A guide to gay groups and associations 

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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 cross-dressers, transsexuals, or transgenderists, whether gay or straight, bisexual or asexual. Also open to spouses, significant others, and friends.

Charleston Area Mpowerment Project
(843) 744-4062, x218
CHAMP is a fun and active group of men 18 to 30 years old, 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 and sponsors events like bi-monthly happy hours and writing groups.

The Charleston Social Club
A nonprofit group of Lowcountry lesbians and women supportive and accepting of lesbians. The club organizes many events, like dinners, bike rides, theater outings, and more.

Citadel Gay and Lesbian Alliance
The mission of this group is to open up a line of communication and support for the LGBT Citadel community.

CofC Gay Straight Alliance
An organization of both gay and straight Cougars providing a sense of community, support, and acceptance.

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. Practices are generally held monthly, along with cookouts and other events.

MUSC Gay Straight Alliance
An organization of both gay and straight students at MUSC designed to provide a sense of community, support, and advocacy for lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in any medical profession

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

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Charleston Chapter
(843) 722-2238
National nonprofit 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 can be found online, discussing topics like clean elections, preserving gay and lesbian history, and religion.

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

S.C. 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.

S.C. Gay and Lesbian Business Guild
Supports the needs of South Carolina's gay- and lesbian-owned and -friendly businesses.

S.C. Log Cabin Republicans
Republican Party gay and lesbian organization.

S.C. Stonewall Democrats
Democratic Party gay and lesbian organization.

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

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

Gay Straight Alliance of Trident Technical College
An Organization at Trident Tech to provide a sense of community, support, and acceptance.

We Are Family
Local nonprofit 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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