Documenting LGBTQ Life: News and Events


Local LGBTQ community leaders are looking at creating a Queer Community Center in Charleston. Help them out by filling out this survey to tell them what you would want in a community center!

Our social media is up and running! Visit us on Twitter @lgbtlowcountry, Instagram @lgbtlowcountry, and now SoundCloud @lgbtqlowcountry.

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.

Previous events

The Office of Institutional Diversity held an LGBTQ table fair celebration October 10, followed by a formal event featuring Alison Berk, CofC Coordinator for Prevention Education, Jane Clementi, founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, and Vanity Reid, CofC student and spoken word performer.

Upcoming events

Center Stage: Stop Kiss

As part of their LGBTQ-themed season, CofC student theatre group Center Stage is performing Stop Kiss from October 10-13. See the Center Stage website for details.

MUSC National Coming Out Day Celebration

The MUSC National Coming Out Day Celebration has been postponed due to Hurricane Michael. Watch this space or our social media for updates on rescheduling.

Center Stage: Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Cast

Continuing their LGBTQ-themed season, CofC student theatre group Center Stage is putting on the Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Cast on October 31. More details to come. See the Center Stage website for details.

Fall Alumni Weekend

We’re looking forward to participating in the Fall Alumni Weekend with a cocktail hour on Friday, November 16 from 4:30-5:30pm on the third floor of Addlestone Library. Alumni will be able to check out an exhibit of materials from the collection and listen to a presentation from project director Harlan Greene. Early bird tickets are on sale now through October 15 for $10.

Pride in the Libraries

This past weekend, the Holy City celebrated diversity and equal rights for all during Charleston Pride. The College of Charleston Libraries joined the festival with information about its latest project, Documenting LGBTQ Life in the Lowcountry.

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."