corner of Main and Laurel – parade starts here

where are my peeps?

where’s our group?

for sure YOU rock, little sis!

These girls rock, too – ALL TOGETHER NOW!

you girls totally rock!

my chariot for the parade – SC Gay and Lesbian Guild parade entry

(Thanks to Mar-la-ti-dah (l.) for giving up her ride in the Guild chariot)

Guild President CC (r.) drove us and served as dj for our fabulous parade music

(oh, no, she didn’ have ABBA and Dancing Queen  oh, yes, she DID!)

Robin Ridgell and the Famously Hot Mar-la-ti-dah strategize before parade

floats getting ready!

hurry up – don’t be late

Pretty waiting for Matt Tischler’s Light Brigade to organize

Baby Tonks’s very first Pride Parade – Mother beaming

this family walked beside me and made me proud

Rob is ready!

Let’s go!

The Pride Parade made an important statement once again to the city of Columbia and the state of South Carolina as we laughed, sang and chanted our way down Main Street for the first nighttime parade in our history. The crowds on the sidewalk clapped, cheered and waved their own flags to the gays and their families and friends who they knew were taking a stand for equality in a time when equality is under attack by a hostile administration in Washington, D.C.

I will never forget the older attractive African American woman sitting in a wheel chair on the sidewalk waving a small Pride flag at me as we rode by her. She was smiling with real happiness for what she was witnessing, and that brought tears of joy to my eyes.

Nothing rained on my parade last night – none of the usual group of protesters appeared – and my last view as we left Main Street was my favorite float.

Stand against hate. All together now.

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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8 Responses to #STAND AGAINST HATE

  1. Susanne says:

    Bravo, Sheila. A great night for everyone.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wayside Artist says:

    Thank you for standing against hate in the broad daylight and in the night light! Looks like you and gorgeous Pretty had a beautiful evening for a Pride Parade. Hurrah!! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Looks like everyone had a love in — fabulous night!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. cindy knoke says:

    All I have to say is, GO, Go, Go girls!
    Oh, and you rock.

    Liked by 1 person

    • WE will go together!
      You would love my new book coming out in December … 21 wonderful first-person accounts of the ordinary people who organized the lgbtq movement in South Carolina. Check out my link Southern Perspectives, etc.


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