LGBTQ Resources

The Counseling and Human Development Center offers a support group if you are experiencing any problems or concerns related to being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and would like to talk to others dealing with similar issues in a safe environment, this support group can help!

Equal Opportunity Programs -The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs was created to ensure that applicants for employment, employees, and prospective and enrolled students of the University of South Carolina are protected against discrimination.

USC LGBT Research Guide – This guide can get you started finding information from reference books, the circulating collection, videos, and articles on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.

Gender Neutral Bathrooms – A map compiled by a group of students at the university highlighting lavatories on campus. Updated as of April 2013.

Columbia, SC

College Resource Network is a free scholarship search engine and college planning website specializing in Minority Scholarships with a focus on LGBTQ Scholarships.

The Harriet Hancock Center for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community of South Carolina -The Harriet Hancock Community Center serves the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities of South Carolina. The Center is a safe haven for our community and youth with support and social activities.

Openings is a supportive and welcoming network of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and straight allies coming from diverse spiritual traditions to open hearts, minds, and doors.

Rainbow Radio -The first weekly GLBT radio program in South Carolina.

South Carolina Pride Movement -The South Carolina Pride Movement is a statewide organization dedicated to celebrating, advocating, educating, and supporting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities of South Carolina.

South Carolina Equality - South Carolina Equality Coalition was established in 2002 as a statewide non-partisan coalition of local and state social, religious and political GLBT organizations and allies with a mission to secure civil and human rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender South Carolinians.

South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Business Guild -The South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Business Guild is a non-profit organization supporting the needs of South Carolina's gay and lesbian members of the business community and our allies.

YEAH! Youth Empowered Against HIV - YEAH! trains young gay, bisexual, and queer males (ages 18-24) to be peer leaders and educators to help prevent new HIV infections in the Midlands of South Carolina.

South Carolina

Alliance for Full Acceptance - A social justice organization achieving equality and acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight allies uniting to eliminate prejudice based on sexual orientation.

South Carolina Black Pride - The South Carolina Black Pride is an organization to unify and celebrate South Carolina black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community.

Sean’s Last Wish Foundation - A nonprofit organization that was created to educated the public through community involvement to embrace diversity and non-conflict violence resolution.

TransCarolina - The North and South Carolina Transgender support and social group.

We Are Family – Charleston - We Are Family is dedicated to providing resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and straight ally youth ages 16-23.

AFFIRM – LGBTQ Youth Organization in Greenville - AFFIRM is a peer based support group created to provide emotional support, social opportunities, and health education to sexual minority teens in the Greenville, South Carolina area.

National

Campus Pride - Campus Pride represents the only national nonprofit organization for student, leaders, and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs, and services to support LGBT and ally students.

LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index – A tool to find LGBT colleges and universities.

LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education - LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education advances effective leadership in the realm of post-secondary education, supports professional development of LGBTQ leaders in that sector, and provides education and advocacy regarding LGBTQ issues within the global academy and for the public at large.

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals - Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect.

Lambda 10 Project - National Clearinghouse for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Fraternity & Sorority Issues works to heighten the visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of the college fraternity by serving as a clearinghouse for educational resources and educational materials related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as it pertains to the fraternity/sorority experience.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

Lead with Love – Strengthening Families Through the Coming Out Process - Lead With Love is a 35-minute documentary created to help answer questions about the coming out process. The goal is to provide comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

Point Foundation for LGBT Scholars (Scholarships) – Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring, leadership, training, and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

It Gets Better Project -The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone and it WILL get better.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) – GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to create a more vibrant and diverse community.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs.

GLBT History Month - The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools, or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and makes the civil rights statement of our extraordinary national and international contributions.

Athlete Ally – a sports resource encouraging all individuals involved in sports to respect every member of their communities, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, and to lead others in doing the same. Athlete Ally provides social advocacy campaigns, on-campus trainings, and practical tools, including resources to locate and learn about allied athletes, coaches, teams, athletic clubs and sports-based advocacy projects around the country.

OutSports - Outsports' mission is to build the broadest, deepest, most informative, and most entertaining gay sports community. This encompasses sports fans, teams, and leagues.

Our Group Athletes – Our Group is an outreach, support and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) high school and college student-athletes and allies. It serves as a network to connect LGBT student-athletes with other LGBT student-athletes. Our Group is also dedicated to educating athletes, coaches and fans so that the sports community is an accepting one for ALL athletes, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Trevor Project -The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

GLBT National Help Center – The GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit, organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity. They offer several different programs including two national hotlines that help members of our community talk about the important issues that they are facing in their lives.

National Center for Transgender Equality - Provides this presence by monitoring federal activity and communicating this activity to our members around the country, providing congressional education, and establishing a center of expertise on transgender issues.

National Black Justice Coalition - The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. NBJC’s mission is to eradicate racism and homophobia.

Bisexual Resource Center - The Bisexual Resource Center envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.

NativeOut - Is a nonprofit education and media organization, actively involved in the Two Spirit Movement. NativeOut utilizes the internet, through our website, multimedia, and social networks to educate about the Indigenous LGBTQ/Two Spirit people of North America.

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)- The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations. NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.

Out for Work - Out for Work functions as a complimentary component in the total educational experience of LGBT students, primarily in the development, evaluation, initiation, and implementation of career plans and opportunities. OFW’s programs, resources and services provide assistance to students in the cultivation and enhancement of skills to explore career options, master search techniques and strategies and research employment opportunities.

Disaboom - Disaboom created the first comprehensive, evolving source of information, insight, and personal engagement for the disability community.

Reach Out – ReachOut is a non-profit organization that helps millions of young people lead happier lives.

Reach Out USA - ReachOut is a non-profit organization that helps millions of young people lead happier lives in the United States.

LGBT Peace Corps – Promotes Peace Corps ideals and the legal, political and social rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people around the world.

International

International LGBTI Association - International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Association.

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission – The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.