SC Equality a Leader in Pro-Equality License Plate

January 17, 2012


Columbia, SC   January 17, 2012- South Carolina Equality, the Palmetto State's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) education and political advocacy organization launches a license plate available for purchase to the public in late January 2012.

South Carolina joins Indiana this week as one of three states to claim pro-equality license plates, Maryland being the first in 2008.

The license plate was created as a way of allowing residents of South Carolina to publicly display their support of community, culture and policy that encourages and advocates for equal treatment for all South Carolinians, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Christine Johnson, executive director of South Carolina Equality said, "2012 represents our 10th Anniversary of providing LGBT advocacy in the Palmetto State, and we can think of no better way to kick off our year of celebration! We begin the New Year feeling grateful and fortunate that South Carolina license plate policy allows a broad expression of diverse opinion and organizational support. We have collaborated with the DMV to create a license plate we hope will appeal not just members of the LGBT community, but their families, friends and allies."

With one of the lowest specialty license plate fees in the state ($25.00), the SC Equality license plate is an affordable way to show support for equality and the over 120,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals who call South Carolina home.

SC Equality Board Chair, Dean Pierce said, "South Carolina is now a national leader in securing a pro-equality license plate.  We wish LGBT equality supporters in every state could take advantage the public advocacy opportunity our great state has provided to South Carolina Equality".

SC Equality is hosting three license plate launching events in Columbia, Charleston and Greenville.  The media and public are cordially invited to join the debut of the license plate in Columbia, SC.  January 20, 2012 5:30-7:00pm 701 Whaley Street, Columbia SC  29202