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Special Collections to Host Virtual LGBTQ Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Special Collections to Host Virtual LGBTQ Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Are you looking for a way to meaningfully contribute to your community- without leaving your living room?

During the week of July 13 to July 17, 2020, Special Collections is sponsoring an edit-a-thon that will focus on strengthening representation of LGBTQ individuals, events, and issues on Wikipedia. An extension of the Documenting LGBTQ Life in the Lowcountry project, this weeklong event will give participants an opportunity to learn how to write and edit Wikipedia articles, sharpen their research skills, and empower them to address gaps present in LGBTQ-related Wikipedia entries. Participants will be provided with a curated list of articles for revision and creation based upon ongoing efforts to collect, organize, and document the Lowcountry’s understudied and underrepresented LGBTQ history.  

Wikipedia is the largest open access encyclopedia in the world. Students and researchers from all educational backgrounds use it as a jumping-off point for research. Unfortunately, it suffers from representational bias. LGBTQ articles, which are often short and lack robust sources, are commonly flagged by Wikipedia as not notable enough to be written about. Participants will help push back against the lack of LGBTQ representation on Wikipedia by using resources in our collections to strengthen these articles. 

Whether you have the time to edit ten articles or can only add a single sentence, no contribution is too small. Anyone is welcome to join and no experience is required! Training will be provided. 

You can view a list of articles to be edited, learn more about LGBTQ Life in the Lowcountry, and complete easy to follow Wikipedia training modules on the LGBTQ Lowcountry Wikipedia Edit-a-thon LibGuide. Sign up for the event here or email with questions. 

Happy editing! 

Thank you, donors!

Being LGBTQ in the Lowcountry

This project was made possible by initial support from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and continues through the generosity of donors like you. In appreciation of their support, we’d like to recognize the following donors for their commitments to the Lowcountry LGBTQ Documentation Project.

$1 – 99

Gregory Adams*
J. Michael Baffa and David Peckman
Patrick H. Bell*
Lou Betti*
David Bossman*
Andrea L. Brannen*
William Howell Breard, Class of 2008
Marshall Seaton Brown, Class of 2009
Michael Kane Brown*
Betsy Smith Bunker*
Polly Walton Buxton*
Susan Shorago Chase*
Margaret Hotchkiss Cieslikowski and Daniel Cieslikowski
Jennifer Simmons Cormany, Class of 2014
Sally Davis and Alan J. Davis
Jessica Elfenbein and Robert Feinstein
Denise Gaul*
Naomi Gorstein and David Gorstein
Sarah Elizabeth Gerson, Class of 2010
Harriet Grady*
Dona Haltiwanger and R. Curtis Haltiwanger, Class of 1969
Richard Hendry*

Alexander Hirsch
Gene Hodges*
George Hopkins*
Sue Jacoby
Janet Johnson
Brenda Kinsler*
Lee Anne Leland*
Michael Martinez*
Doug McCoy*
Susan Milliken*
Lynn Moldenhauer*
Sheila Morris*
Mary Murray*
Melinda Nicholson*
Susan Pearlstine Norton*
Ashley Pagnotta
Susan Lee Parsons*
Curtis Rogers*
Robert John Sauers*
Priscilla Shumway
Eve Sokol*
Larry Sussberg*
Teresa Mellis Tidestrom*
Karen Crowley Welch*
Floy Work*

$100 – 499
Rabbi Stephanie Alexander
Eve Berlinksy and Norman Berlinsky
Rachel Bocchino*
Jacob Bouknight
Rick Cone*
Raymond G. Cox, Class of 1983 (also*)
Amy Davis
Peter F. Finnerty
Mary Edna Fraser and John B. Sperry, Jr.
Mike Gleason*
Marianne C. Greely
Jacob Hirsch
Susan and Steve Hoffius
Becky Hollingsworth
Rabbi Gregory Kanter

$500 – 999
Darrell Basham
Boyd Beckwith and Jerry W. Hill, Jr., Class of 1987
Lee Breeden and James O. Breedon
E.E. Fava
Jane Fluet
Josephine Humphreys Hutcheson and Thomas Hutcheson
Dian and Richard T. Jerue
Wynetka Shutt

$1,000 – 4,999
Karen Becker
James Bouknight MD PhD and Ramsay Still
Taylor Sheldon DeBartola, Class of 2010 and William Andrew Shalosky II
Professor Don Doyle, PhD and Professor Marjorie Spruill, PhD
Susan K. Dunn
Harlan Greene, Class of 1974, and Jonathan D.A. Ray
Robert Schofield
Mr. Rick Throckmorton and Mrs. Edith Howle

$5,000 – 10,000
Medway Charitable Trust
Jim Phillips, ’73 “In memory of my crazy, funny cousin Melvin Surles who, in spite of all the prejudice he faced, flourished.”

$25,000 – 50,000
Linda Ketner and Beth Huntley
Harriet McDougal

$200,000 and above
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

* Denotes donation in honor of Charlie Smith

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.