Crisis Assistance

Trans Lifeline
Phone: 877-565-8860
Hours: 1:00 PM - 7:00 AM EST all week
Peer-to-peer hotline that connects trans people with resources and crisis support.

Laser Hair Removal

Angela Heaton @ Columbia Laser & Aesthetics
Columbia Laser & Aesthetics
1410 Blanding Street Suite 203
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-851-3459
Monday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday - Thursday from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Electrolysis By Ruth Owens, Rn, Le
3508 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 803-798-3838
Hours: Call for store hours.

Judy Shelley @ Image Makers Salon
Image Makers Salon
8810-D Farrow Road
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-736-3614 or 803-609-5140
Hours: Call for hours.

Hair Stylists

Julie Kemp Bollard @ Park Salon and Spa
Park Salon and Spa
2000 Park Street, Suite 104
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-779-6288
Hours: Call for store hours.

Plastic Surgeons

Jarom Gilstrap, MD
Palmetto Health - USC Plastic Surgery
2 Medical Park Rd., Suite 302
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-545-5800

Keelee MacPhee, MD
Renaissance Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, PA
Rex Medical Plaza
4414 Lake Boone Trail, #407
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-341-0915 or 919-341-0966
Fax: 919-341-0917


NOTE: The following professionals are trained in performing and monitoring hormone replacement therapy for transgender individuals and others. When requesting an appointment or visiting the doctor’s office, be sure to mention that you have been referred to them by Danya Smith from the Harriet Hancock Center. This will prevent any fervent questioning about your reason for visit.

Elizabeth Boggs, MD
Women Physicians Associates OB/GYN
9 Richland Medical Park Dr., Suite 620
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-779-6776
Fax: 803-779-7346

Katherine “Kate" Gordon, MD
Comprehensive Family Medicine
205 Medical Circle
West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: 803-814-2288
Fax: 803-661-6280

General Practitioners/Family Medicine

Michelle Rojas, MD
Grace Medical Group, LLC
1333 Taylor Street, Suite 3B
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-933-0288

Kimberly Williams, MD
Palmetto Primary Care Physicians
710 Rabon Road, #202
Columbia SC 29203
Phone: 803-636-2121

David Schwartz, MD
University Specialty Clinics
9 Richland Medical Park Dr., Suite 230
Columbia SC 29203
Phone: 803-434-7990
Maximum age limit 18, referral needed

HIV/Infectious Disease and Sexually Transmitted Infections

Edwin Hayes, MD & Kamala Sanasi, MD
Palmetto Health - USC Immunology Center
1 Richland Medical Park Dr., Suite 400
Columbia SC 29203
Phone: 803-545-5350

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Elizabeth Boggs, MD
Women Physicians Associates OB/GYN
9 Richland Medical Park Dr., Suite 620
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-779-6776
Fax: 803-779-7346

Matthew Lenhard, MD
Palmetto Health - USC Obstetrics and Gynecology
1801 Sunset Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-434-3020

Kristi Tomlin, MD
2 Medical Park Rd., Suite 107
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-545-5700

Legal & Advocacy Resources

SC Name Change Packet:

Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
912 Lady Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29202
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1929, Columbia, SC, 29202
Phone: 803-850-0912
Partners: M. Melissa Burnette, Kathleen M. McDaniel, Nekki Shutt, Janet E. Rhodes

Campaign for Southern Equality
P.O. Box 364
Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: 828-242-1559
SC Name Change Guidelines: ***Scroll to the bottom and select South Carolina on the left***

Catherine Johnson - Family Law Attorney
Law Office of Catherine Johnson
1004 Gervais Street, Suite 208
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-446-8795
Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED
Note: Assists with name change

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
18 Tremont, Suite 950
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-426-1350
Fax: 617-426-3594

Lambda Legal
Southern Regional Office
730 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 640
Atlanta, GA 30308-1210
Phone: 404-897-1880
Fax: 404-897-1884
Organizational Mission: Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

National Center for Transgender Equality
1133 19th Street NW, Suite 302
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 202-642-4542
Organizational Mission: The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country. NCTE maintains nationwide name and gender marker change database for every state and what is required for a passport and Social Security Administration.

Organizational Mission: SPART*A’s mission is to advocate for our actively serving transgender military members, veterans, and their families. SPART*A provides our members with a peer support network, assistance in navigating military transgender policy and health care, and educational resources for their professional development. SPART*A actively coordinates and collaborates with other LGBT advocacy organizations to promote an inclusive military environment that values the contributions of all Americans with the desire to serve.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)
147 West 24th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-337-8550
Fax: 212-337-1972

Transgender Law Center
P.O. Box 70976
Oakland, CA 94612-0976
Phone: 510-587-9696
Fax: 510-587-9699
Legal Assistance: 415-865-0176

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. (TLDEF)
20 West 20th Street, Suite 705
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 646-862-9396
Fax: 646-930-5654
Name Change:
Organizational Mission: Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.

TransLatin@ Coalition
3055 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 350
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: 213-553-1848
Organizational Mission: The mission of TransLatin@ Coalition is to advocate for the specific needs of the Trans Latin@ community that resides in the U.S.A. and to plan strategies that improve our quality of life.

TransJustice at The Audre Lorde Project
147 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011-1911
Phone: 212-463-0342
Fax: 212-463-0344
Organizational Mission: The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.

Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC)
Washington, D.C. 20009
Phone: 202-643-7631
Organizational Mission: Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) is a national organizing collective led by trans women of color created to uplift the narratives, leadership, and lived experiences of trans and gender non conforming people of color.  Historically, we have been the catalyst of change for social justice movements.  TWOCC works to empower our community and comrades to create and sustain revolutionary change!

Counseling Services

Shelby Albright, Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Shelby Albright, LLC
324 E Saint John Street, Suite D2
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Phone: 864-513-6394 or 864-381-8564
Specialties: Anxiety, Gay, Transgender
Ages Served: Adolescents (14 to 19) and Adults

Jen Bennett, MA, LPCI
Therapy Studios
5107 N Rhett Avenue, Suite 600
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 843-751-4621
Specialties: Transgender, Gay, Relationship Issues
Ages Served: Preteens (11 to 13), Adolescents (14 to 19), and Adults

Jessica Jarman, Counselor, MEd, LPC, LMHC
Jessica Jarman, LGBT Therapist
610 Holly Street
Columbia, SC 29205
Phone: 803-426-9195
Specialties: Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer +

Alex Karydi, Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, CAC, CSAC
The South Carolina Clinical Sexology Center
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-712-4466
Specialties: Transgender, Child or Adolescent, Family Conflict
Ages Served: Toddlers/Preschoolers (0 to 6) - Adults

Joy Smith-Dailey, LISW-CP
2212 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205
Phone: 803-667-0471
Specialties: Transgender, Depression, PTSD

Nova Swanstrom, Psychological Associate, MA, LPA
Delta Behavioral Health
1606 Physician’s Drive, Suite 104
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-442-8480 ext. 3009
Specialties: Transgender, Bisexual, Gay
Ages Served: Toddlers/Preschoolers (0 to 6) - Elders (65+)

Additional Resources

Closet Case Thrift Store
529 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: 843-442-4758
Hours: Tuesday - Friday from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Organizational Mission: Closet Case Thrift Store is the only store of it’s kind in downtown Charleston. Located in All of Us Resource Center, it is operated by We Are Family and all proceeds go to support our LGBTQ+ youth programming and operation costs.

COLAGE - Resource for Children of Trans Parents
3815 South Othello Street, Suite 100, #310
Seattle, WA 98118
Phone: 828-782-1938
Organizational Mission: COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents and caregivers into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.

Gender Spectrum
Phone: 510-788-4412
Organizational Mission: Gender Spectrum’s mission is to create a gender-inclusive world for all children and youth. To accomplish this, we help families, organizations, and institutions increase understandings of gender and consider the implications that evolving views have for each of us.

Pride Link
Mobile Pride Center based in Greenville, SC
Phone: 864-275-7659