Accredited Schools Online

Within this guide, LGBTQ students can find resources and information about support systems available to help them navigate both high school and college environments.

Addiction Center

Addiction Center is an information hub committed to helping those who are struggling with substance use and mental health disorders. Within this web guide, members of the LGBTQ community will information and support in preventing addiction.

American Civil Liberties Union

The ACLU has actively supported the struggle for lesbian and gay civil rights since the 1960s.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project

The LGBT Project was established in 1986 and fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

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.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

GLSEN is working to ensure safe and effective schools for all students.

Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights.

Lambda Legal

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.

National Directory of Lesbian and Gay Community Centers

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.

National Transgender Advocacy Coalition

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.

National Youth Advocacy Coalition

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

The Trevor Project operates the nations only 24/7 crisis & suicide prevention helpline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.


South Carolina Equality Coalition

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.

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 ( or call (843-619-7354). All are welcome.

Pride Organizations

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 transgender folks. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, in a secure Charleston area location.

  • Gender Benders Buddy Line

Based out of Greenville, SC, the hotline can be used for anyone experiencing thoughts of suicide or general anxiety. Call or text 864-309-0488

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.

  • Therapy

Anna Polk – Summerville Behavioral Health :
709 Old Trolley Rd. , Summerville
(843) 821-2480

Susan Parsons:
1002 Anna Knapp Blvd , Suite 104
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 882-5861

Ciri Colee:
711 – A St. Andrews Blvd, Charleston
(843) 814-3348

John Hyatt:
2366 Ashley River Rd #8
Charleston, South Carolina 29414
(843) 536-1919

Jen Bennett:
5108 North Rhett Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 501-0903

Daena Petersen – Psychiatrist, MUSC:
(also leads a group for trans kids)

  • Hair Removal

Judy’s Electrolysis
(843) 871-1020
$35 for 30 minutes OR $65 for an hour

Advanced Permanent Hair Removal
(843) 670-7000 (Shannon)
(Works below the belt)

Lowcountry Plastic Surgery:
Laser Hair Removal (beard)
(843) 971-2860
Laser used: Cynosure
*Look for Groupons*

Mount Pleasant MediSpa:
Laser Hair Removal (beard)
(843) 375-0270
*Look for Groupons*

  • Facial Feminization Surgery

Dr. Daryl Graham at Sculptured Figures,
Myrtle Beach

  • Transitional Care / Medical

Planned Parenthood
200 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403
p: (843) 628-4380 | f: (843) 937-6497

Equality Clinic Augusta (Georgia)
An interprofessional team of healthcare providers serving the under- and un-insured LGBTQ community.
Free healthcare INCLUDING prescriptions for HRT.

Palmetto Primary Care:
Dr. David Castellone and Dr. Stuart Dawson
(843) 873-0681

Endocrinology at MUSC
MUSC Health Connection
Dr. Beatrice Hull
(843) 792-2529

Pediatric Endocrinology at MUSC
Deborah Bowlby
(843) 876-1527

Hope Sherie, MD, FACS
Cosmetic Concierge
(MTF & FTM procedures)
325-B Arlington Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 938-0459

Susan Datta
180 Wingo Way Suite 306
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 884-1777

Dr. Kimberly Pugh
2093 Henry Tecklenburg Dr #300
Charleston, SC 29414
(843) 402-1575

  • FTM Top Surgery

Dr. Keelee MacPhee
Rex Medical Plaza
4414 Lake Boone Trail #407
Raleigh, NC 27607

Dr. Brian Widenhouse
Port City Plastic Surgery
900 Island Park Dr., #104
Daniel Island, SC 29492
(843) 518-5001

Angela M. Mislowsky
Tidelands Health Coastal Carolina Breast Center
4181 Highway 17 Bypass
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 651-3308


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.