Charleston LGBTQQIAA Resources 


Clubs and organizations

Alliance for Full Acceptance
Committed to the full social justice and civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans. (843) 883-0343,

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

Charleston enlightenMEN
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.

Charleston Powerful Women
Provides activities and events geared toward all women — gay, straight, and bisexual — who are open and accepting of one another.

Charleston Pride
Annual LGBT community event.

The Charleston Social Club
A nonprofit activities organization for lesbians and all women who are accepting of lesbians.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Charleston Chapter
National nonprofit meets first Monday monthly from 6:30-8 p.m. at Circular Congregational Church Annex, 150 Calhoun St. (843) 722-2238,

Planned Parenthood
The center provides preventative reproduction health care including annual exams and STD testing. 200 Rutledge Ave. (843) 628-4380,

Rainbow Radio: The Real Gay Agenda
The weekly LGBT radio program in S.C., Rainbow Radio can be found online, discussing topics like preserving gay and lesbian history and religion. (803) 771-7713,

Sean's Last Wish Foundation
The mission of Sean's Last Wish is to empower the community through diversity programs, nonviolent conflict resolution, and community involvement.

Southern Boys
Fun-loving, mostly Southern gay men who make the rounds to various cities and events. The group also organizes events and contributes to LGBT charities.

Takeover Charleston
A roaming gay-friendly happy hour event.

Trident Knights
Provides for the promotion, support, and development of the leather and Levi community.

We Are Family
Dedicated to providing counseling and support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth from 16 to 23, along with their families. Meets Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.


S.C. Equality Coalition

S.C. Log Cabin Republicans

S.C. Stonewall Democrats

College organizations

Citadel Gay and Lesbian Alliance

CofC Gay Straight Alliance

MUSC Gay Straight Alliance

Trident Technical College Gay Straight Alliance

The Pride Issue 2012

  • L is for Lesbian: Melissa Moore

    Born and raised in Charleston, Melissa Moore is currently the executive director of We Are Family, an organization that provides resources to LGBTQQIAA youth aged 16-23. She has also held positions with S.C. Equality and the Alliance for Full Acceptance
  • G is for Gay: Rob Lewis

    Rob Lewis has served on the boards of a number of organizations, from the Carolina Bear Lodge to the local World Adult Kickball Association to his neighborhood association. He is the current president of Charleston Pride.
  • T is for Transgender: Sabian Mignone

    Sabian Mignone is a female-to-male transgendered individual. He is the founder of Wando High School's Gay-Straight Alliance and is a member of We Are Family. Since he's on staff at the Tribal Tribune, Wando's student newspaper, we invited Sabian to pen his own essay.
  • Q is for Queer: Gracie Aghapour

    Gracie Aghapour is one of the founders of Girls Rock Charleston, a week-long summer program whose mission is to empower girls and trans youth through music education, DIY media, and creative collaboration. Its second run takes place this week.
  • I is for Intersex: Kneena

    Kneena (last name withheld) came to the Lowcountry to attend the College of Charleston. They (Kneena prefers them/they pronouns) has been involved with the Really, Really Free Market, Girls Rock Camp, and We Are Family.
  • A is for Ally: Susan Cohen

    Susan Cohen is the editorial assistant at the Charleston City Paper. She conducted the interviews for this issue
  • What the modern terms for gender and sexual identity mean

  • 2012 Charleston Pride Festival Schedule


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