Within this guide, LGBTQ students can find resources and information about support systems available to help them navigate both high school and college environments.
The ACLU has actively supported the struggle for lesbian and gay civil rights since the 1960s.
The LGBT Project was established in 1986 and fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education.
GLAAD is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
GLSEN is working to ensure safe and effective schools for all students.
The Human Rights Campaign is working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights.
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered, and people with HIV or AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
LGBT Community Centers exists to support and enhance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community centers, which are engines of community organizing and liberation, and crucial to the health and strength of LGBT communities.
The National Transgender Advocacy Coalition works for the advancement of and the attainment of full civil rights for all transgendered, intersexed and gender variant people in every aspect of society and actively opposes discriminatory acts by all means legally available.
The National Youth Advocacy Coalition is a social justice organization that advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well being.
The Trevor Project operates the nations only 24/7 crisis & suicide prevention helpline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Organization committed to securing civil and human rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender South Carolinians.
Advocacy and Education
AFFA is a social justice organization achieving equality and acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
Gay Straight Alliances
Safe Zone workshops incorporate cultural competencies for LGBT communities within the framework of The Citadel’s Core Values: Honor, Duty and Respect. In the College Regulations the explanation of “Respect” includes: “Respect for others eliminates any form of prejudice, discrimination, or harassment (including but not limited to rank, position, age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, physical attributes, etc.).”
The Citadel & Virginia Military Institute Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) connects and supports LGBT cadets, alumni, and their straight allies.
- College of Charleston Gay Straight Alliance
- College of Charleston GSA Facebook Page
- College of Charleston GSA Twitter Page
The College of Charleston Gay Straight Alliance is an organization here to serve the LGBTQQAAIP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, assexual, allies, interest, and pansexual) community at the College of Charleston. We do this through a weekly organizational meeting where we host discussions about LGBT topics as well as atttempt to create a support structure for those who may not have known the “queer” community in the past.
The MUSC Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is an organization of students of all orientations and identities at MUSC designed to provide a sense of community, support, and advocacy for anyone whose real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or alliance may put them in an at risk minority group. The GSA works to organize and assist all students in improving their professional education at MUSC regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual and intersex issues (LGBTQQAI)..
The purpose of The Gay-Straight Alliance is to assure that each member of our school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation. As a group we will build a uniting bond eliminating prejudice based on sexual orientation.
PFLAG meets in Charleston on the second Tuesday of the month at the Circular Congregational Church in the Lower Lance Hall, located behind the main church building: 150 Meeting Street downtown Charleston. For more information email (PFLAGCharleston@gmail.com) or call (843-619-7354). All are welcome.
The main mission of the CPF is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered persons with cultural and educational programs and activities which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event (hereinafter referred to as “Annual Pride Event”).
The mission of the South Carolina Pride Movement is to support the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community of South Carolina; to celebrate the richness and diversity of GLBT lives; to educate the general population on LGBT issues; and to advocate for equality and inclusion in all areas of life.
Upstate Pride SC is a certified nonprofit organization, formed in 2008 to support the LGBTQI community in the Upstate of South Carolina. Upstate Pride SC has been working steadily to promote equality. In addition to planning the annual march each year, UPSC organizes events that unite the LGBTQI community and educate the Upstate.
Founded in June of 2000, CATS is the longest running transgender support group in South Carolina. CATS offers a place where all members of the transgender community can gather to assist and support each other on their respective journeys. They are an open non-restrictive group, welcoming everyone from the occasional cross-dresser to post-op MTF and FTM transsexuals. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, in a secure Charleston area location.
TransAction is a new program of South Carolina Equality focusing on the needs and rights of the transgender and gender variant community in South Carolina. The volunteer members of the TransAction task force follow a three-pronged approach to our work: Engagement, Education, and Advocacy.
The Trans Love Fund works to finance the care of trans* youth living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
Provides STI, HIV, and teen pregnancy prevention services to youth through community education, in person prevention groups, and social media. EMPOWERR’s social media sites provide medically accurate prevention information and stimulates a wide range of discussions regarding current youth issues. Social media sites are geared toward all youth and youth adults with a special emphasis on minority teens and LGBTQ youth.
A community building project in the Charleston area, dedicated to strengthening our community and supporting each other. The group is for young gay, bi, and questioning guys ages 18-30.