Local Organizations

IRIS (Individuals Respecting Identities and Sexualities)

The University of South Carolina
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/UofSCIRIS/?fref=ts
Twitter link: https://twitter.com/UofSCIRIS

Individuals Respecting Identities and Sexualities is a social, service, and advocacy organization for the LBGTQ community at the University of South Carolina. The meetings are anonymous and conducted in forum style. The group discusses a range of issues and also sponsors educational programs throughout the year.

For more information contact: Kirk Foster at kfoster@sc.edu

Email at: openings.sc@gmail.com

A supportive and welcoming network of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons and straight allies coming from diverse spiritual traditions to open hearts, minds, and doors. The group holds monthly meetings at different affirming congregations one Tuesday each month. Email for meeting times, location, and other information.


Columbia, SC Prime Timers is a social, nonprofit, noncommercial group for gay/bi mature men and other men 21 years and older who subscribe to our purpose of socialization. Our main goal is to arrange social activities and events to enhance the lives of older gay/bi men in the SC Midlands. Activities and events may include arranging guest speakers for our monthly meetings, dining out, educational programs, movie outings, card night, day trips etc.  




The Mission of The Guild of South Carolina is to be the gateway for the LGBT community and its supporters
to develop friendships, business relationships, and alliances through social and professional programming.

South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Business Guild
PO Box 7913
Columbia, SC 29202-7913

Email: scglbg@aol.com
Website: www.scglbg.org


 Parents, Family and Friends of Gays and Lesbians, Columbia Chapter

E-mail at: cola.pflag@gmail.com
Phone: 803-317-2702

PFLAG is national organization that promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy, and that works to end discrimination and secure full civil rights human rights for the LGBTQ community.  

 South Carolina Equality


SC Equality is the state's LGBT education and political advocacy organization.  Their mission is to secure equal human and civil rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender South Carolinians and their families.  SC Equality is the home of the SC GSA Network, an education, support and resource for South Carolina high school students who want to start or want support for their high school gay-straight alliance

Resource Page: http://www.scequality.org/resources/

Girls Rock!

1219 Taylor St, Columbia, SC 29201

At Girls Rock Columbia, the campers learn to play an instrument, form a band, write an original song and, at the end of the week, perform a concert at a live music venue for the entire community. The program encourages an environment that cultivates self-confidence, challenges gender stereotypes, promotes positive female relationships, creativity, and leadership.  The ultimate goal of Girls Rock Columbia is to empower everyone involved; both campers and volunteers, to take the sense of community learned from within the organization and carry that throughout the city they call home.

Women’s Well Being Initiative

Program Coordinator: Andrenette F. Hudley
Office and Mailing Address:
Women's Well-Being Initiative
USC Women's and Gender Studies Program
Jones Physical Science Center, Suite 109K
712 Main Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29208

Established in 2001, by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Women’s Well-Being Initiative (WWBI) aims to engage faculty, staff and students in campus-community partnerships that promote the well-being of women and girls in the Midlands, and to enhance the recognition of the full diversity of women's experiences across race, class, age, ethnicity and other dimensions of difference.


211 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
EdVenture offers a spectrum of programs that enhance learning through hands-on activity.


Regional/National Organizations

Lambda Legal
Provides information relating to state and local laws affecting LGBTQ individuals.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Provides information on national political issues affecting LGBTQ individuals.

South Carolina GSA Network
SCGSA Network is resource hub for Gay Straight Alliances in South Carolina public high schools. The group provides education, leadership development, crisis management and networking opportunities for students who participate in approved GSA clubs and those seeking to create a GSA within their school.
It is the official position of the Federal Department of Education that all students have the government’s support to form Gay-Straight Alliances under the Equal Access Act.

Southern Poverty Law Center Best Practices: Creating an LGBT-inclusive School Climate
Teaching Tolerance kits are free to educators. Best Practices: Creating an LGBT-inclusive School Climate offers advice ranging from ensuring that a school’s anti-bullying policy explicitly prohibits anti-LGBT bullying to recognizing staff members who promote an inclusive school environment.

We Are Family
Phone: 843-637-3697
E-mail: info@waf.org
29 Leinbach Drive, Suite D-3, Charleston, SC 29407
We Are Family provides direct support, leadership development opportunities, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex (LGBTQQI), and straight ally youth ages 0-25. We Are Family’s vision is that LGBTQQI and straight ally youth feel empowered to find their places in the world, in their families, and in their communities.

Gender Benders
E-mail: info@genderbenders.org
Gender Benders, based out of Greenville, SC, strives to create a safe and supportive space for transgender, GNC, LGBT*, and allied individuals by connecting folks through friendships, providing support through resources, and initiating trans-inclusive community change through social action.

SONG (Southerners On New Ground)
Phone: 404-549-8628
SONG is a home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. We build, sustain, and connect a southern regional base of LBGTQ people in order to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions in our communities. SONG builds this movement through leadership development, intersectional analysis, and organizing.

TransYouth Family Allies
Email: info@imatyfa.org

Phone: 888-462-8932

Facebook: www.facebook.com/imatyfa

Organization that provides information and educational resources relating to transgender issues through its website.