Now entering its fifth year, the Charleston Pride Festival is so much more than a glitter-festooned parade through downtown streets. It’s still that (and it’s still a lot of fun), but it has also become an important week for education and outreach, from a documentary screening to a Takeover Charleston event that shows strength in numbers. Keep reading to see how Pride puts the rainbow in Rainbow Row.
Ansley Pope is a lot of things. He's a rising junior, a women's and gender studies major, and an orientation intern who greets incoming freshmen at the College of Charleston. But Pope also identifies as a transgender man. — Ashley Sprouse
In the years since the first Charleston Pride Festival took place in 2010, the event has gone from a single-day celebration in Park Circle to a full-fledged week of events centered around a parade in downtown Charleston. — Paul Bowers
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For a town obsessed with its own history, Charleston has been slow to acknowledge its gay past. That's why Harlan Greene, a librarian at the College of Charleston, created an interactive map this spring titled "The Real Rainbow Row: Charleston's Queer History." — Paul Bowers
To kick off the 2014 Charleston Pride Festival, the RiverDogs will don throwback Rainbows jerseys this Saturday night and give the first-pitch honors to local drag queen Patti O’Furniture. — Paul Bowers
Crystal Moore, the lesbian police chief of Latta, S.C., who made national headlines this spring after the mayor fired her and the town hired her back, will speak at the Aug. 6 meeting of the Alliance For Full Acceptance (AFFA). The meeting is free to attend and open to the public, and it will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the Charleston Marriott (170 Lockwood Blvd.). — Paul Bowers
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Charleston Pride Fest, celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex individuals. And the Park Circle Film Society is getting involved once again with Pride Film Night, a screening of 11 LGBT short films on Aug. 5. at 7 p.m. Each film highlights LGBT-related issues and raises awareness about the challenges members of those communities face. — Michaela Michienzi
The mission of Sean's Last Wish is to empower the community through educational diversity programs, nonviolent conflict resolution, and community involvement.
The first weekly GLBT radio program in S.C., Rainbow Radio can be found online, discussing topics like clean elections, preserving gay and lesbian history, and religion.
National nonprofit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the U.S. Meets first Monday monthly from 6:30-8 p.m. Circular Congregational Church Annex, 150 Calhoun St.
AFFA is committed to the full social justice and civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans. They offer two programs that meet regularly: a parenting group and ADORASO, an outreach program to the religious community. They also offer workshops on topics like spirituality, sexual and gender orientation, and coming out. Meets second Thursday of every month.
Supports the needs of South Carolina's gay- and lesbian-owned and -friendly businesses.
We Are Family, in partnership with the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Medical University of South Carolina, has launched the SafeSpace support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, asexual, intersex, and straight ally youth between the ages of 11 and 15. The group meets every second Friday night to hang out, have pizza, and talk about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness at 29 Leinbach Drive.
A gay and bisexual men's social group working toward connection, support, inspiration, and love that hosts potlucks, yoga classes, and more weekly and monthly events.
The goal of the organization is to unite the younger GLBTQ community of Charleston and straight allies by facilitating informal social gatherings.
The Charleston Social Club is a nonprofit activities organization for lesbians and all women who are accepting of lesbians. We welcome women of all races, ages, ethnic heritage, religious and spiritual beliefs, and physical abilities.
Citadel Gay and Lesbian Alliance's mission is to open up a line of communication and support for the GLBT Citadel community. Members include Citadel grads, cadets, faculty, staff, and straight allies.