The board of the South Carolina Pride Movement has stepped up to pay the state's British advertising campaign bill after S.C.'s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism skipped out on its $5,000 tab, LGBT news source Q Notes reported.
"Unfortunately, South Carolina has sent a message to the world that a signed contract from any state agency could be nullified if someone says, 'Oops, we made a mistake in signing this contract,'" board member Bruce Converse, who also works as the executive producer of Rainbow Radio, told Q Notes. "In other words, the 'word' of South Carolina can't be trusted. We believe it is the right thing to do, to repay this debt."
The campaign's advertisements, boasting, "South Carolina is so gay," were created for London's Pride Week. Q Notes reported that the order to nix the ads came directly from Gov. Mark Sanford's office.
A joke image created by campaign supporters will be featured in advertisements for S.C.'s Pride Festival. The "South Carolina Will Be So Gay" campaign will be launched from the group's website.
"Someone needs to rise above and do the right thing, and the GLBT community of South Carolina should be the ones to do it, and the S.C. Pride Movement is going to take the lead," Ryan Wilson, president of South Carolina Pride, told Q Notes. "South Carolina may not be 'so gay' currently, but we are going to show the world that we can be and we will be so gay, and gay-friendly, someday!" (The Advocate)