Welcome to the Midlands Area Transgender Support of Columbia, SC at the Harriet Hancock Center. We are committed to supporting the transgender community in our state and we believe strongly in finding new ways to better support the needs of all South Carolinians, regardless of gender identity or expression.
Peer support meetings are held at the Harriet Hancock Center. The groups are facilitated by Dayna Smith, Ivan Munn and Archie Crowley. See meeting schedule below. The meetings are meant to be a supportive and friendly environment, designed to help any individuals who struggle with transgender/gender identity issues.
Meeting Dates: 7:00 pm @ Harriet Hancock Center*
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month for anyone on the Trans spectrum.
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month for Trans men.
Every 4th Monday of the month is for Non-binary/Gender Non-Conforming/Gender Queer, and Gender Fluid.
Every 4th Tuesday of the month is for Trans women.
Every 5th Tuesday of the month is a social event.**
* Social/Support Meetings are not sponsored by the Harriet Hancock Center. Social Meetings are organized and facilitated by senior members of the Midlands Area Trans Support of Columbia SC to help teach and nurture social skills for transgender people in a somewhat controlled environment surrounded by familiar faces. The group or its individual members are not responsible for other members during events and outings and each member assumes personal responsibility for their own well-being and actions.
** Please note that not all months have a fifth Tuesday.
Dayna Smith has lived in Columbia, SC since 1997 and is originally from Brevard, NC. Dayna attended Appalachian State University, where she received a BS, and then attended the University of South Carolina and received an IMA. Dayna currently works for a health insurance company, but in her spare time she performs as a spoken word artist/slam poet under the stage name Alley Cat. Dayna is actively involved at the Harriet Hancock Center in Columbia, SC.
Ivan Munn is one of the transgender group facilitators and has run the men’s group since 2015. Ivan grew up in Cayce, SC, but currently resides in Elgin, SC. He has his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and his BA in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Ivan started horomones in 2015, has his name changed in 2016, had top surgery in 2018, and got his gender marker changed in 2019. Ivan currently works as a Special Education Teaching Assistant.
Trans Resource Guide
Click the link below to open our Transgender Support Resource Guide. While we consider the list comprehensive, we acknowledge that it is probably not exhaustive. If you know any additional resources or if you couldn’t find what you were looking for, please email us at TransSupport@LGBTCenterSC.org.