Charleston LGBT Organizations 

The Charleston Social Club
A nonprofit group of over 400 Lowcountry lesbians and all women supportive and accepting of lesbians. The club organizes many events and groups among its members, like dinner clubs, bike rides, theatre outings, and more.

Social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, (LGBT) and straight people in the Charleston area. They host local events, festivals, dinners, sporting events, recreational activities, and more. This is not a political/environmental/social awareness-type group — the only agenda is to have fun!

Alliance for Full Acceptance
(843) 883-0343
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.

Charleston Area Transgender Support is a nonprofit group open to genetic males and females who identify themselves as crossdressers; transsexuals; or transgenderists, whether gay or straight, bisexual or asexual, as well as their spouses, significant others, and friends.

Charleston Area Mpowerment Project
(843) 744-4062, x218
CHAMP is a fun and active group of men ages 18-30, enriching and strengthening young gay, bi, and curious men’s pride about who they are, while encouraging them to explore their sexuality in a safer way.

Charleston Powerful Women
Provides activities and events geared toward all women — gay, straight, and bisexual — who are open and accepting of one another. Features events like bi-monthly happy hours and writing groups.

Lowcountry Gay and Lesbian Alliance
(843) 720-8088
A nonprofit organization dedicated to ending discrimination against LGBT people. Potluck held last Sunday of every month.

Marching Pride of South Carolina
(803) 553-3056
Columbia-based marching band and color guard for the lesbian and gay community, as well as their families and friends. Accepts musicians of all talent levels — the Marching Pride exists solely to have fun and add entertainment to community events. Practice generally held monthly, along with cookouts and other events.

Palmetto Umoja
Palmetto Umoja is the only S.C. organization that deals with the issues and visibility of LGBT of color. Their mission is to celebrate the diversity of the entire S.C. gay community by spotlighting and responding to the issues of LGBT South Carolinians of color.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Charleston Chapter
(843) 722-2238
National non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the U.S.

Rainbow Radio: The Real Gay Agenda
(803) 771-7713
The first weekly LGBT radio program in S.C., Rainbow Radio airs Sundays at 10 a.m. in Columbia on Air America, WOIC-AM 1230, as well as online. Discussing topics like clean elections, preserving gay and lesbian history, and gay groups getting religion.

South Carolina Equality Coalition
(803) 318-6900
SCEC, based in Columbia, is focused on the political arena in securing equal rights for LGBT people by maintaining a presence in the S.C. legislature and administration.

South Carolina Log Cabin Republicans
Republican Party gay and lesbian organization.

South Carolina Stonewall Democrats
Democratic Party gay and lesbian organization.

We Are Family
Local non-profit organization dedicated to providing counseling and support services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth from 16 to 23 years of age, along with their families.


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