Documenting LGBTQ Life: News and Events

Upcoming events

In the Zone

We’re participating with Safe Zone training at College of Charleston in a special LGBTQ history workshop on October 8. Check out for more information.


Our first oral histories are now available on the Lowcountry Digital Library! You can read the transcripts and listen to the recordings from our collection page.

We’ve just posted a new article by Harlan Greene about the Garden & Gun club, a mixed gay and straight bar in Charleston in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Click here to read the article.

We now have a LibGuide to supplement our collections with the College of Charleston! You can find books, web resources, articles, and videos to add context and depth to the archival materials and oral histories that are part of the project. Visit to explore the guide and find resources to help further your research.

Check out our online exhibit and virtual tour of Charleston’s queer history. Developed by Harlan Greene and Dr. Sandy Slater, The Real Rainbow Row takes you to different locations through downtown Charleston that relate to LGBTQ history. Come learn the history you may have missed at The Real Rainbow Row website. Now you can take the virtual tour at

Our social media is up and running! Visit us on Twitter @lgbtlowcountry, Instagram @lgbtlowcountry, Facebook @LGTBQ Life in the Lowcountry, and SoundCloud @lgbtqlowcountry.

Previous events

We hosted an exhibit and cocktail hour as part of the College of Charleston’s Fall Alumni Weekend on November 16. It was a great opportunity to share the progress our project has made so far.


New LGBTQ archive at College of Charleston receives grant to help document neglected era of history

Two years ago, a graduate student at the College of Charleston approached Harlan Greene at the Special Collections desk to request materials concerning Charleston’s LGBTQ history.

CofC calls on LGBTQ alumni to share their stories for posterity

The Special Collections department of the College of Charleston libraries is collecting stories, records, and documents that showcase "the rich history of the Lowcountry's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community."

The Real Rainbow Row Walking Tour

This project focuses on people, events, and places in Charleston that attest to a strong and vibrant queer past.