Safe Zone Ally Resources

Safe Zone Logo (2014)

Attend an upcoming Ally Lunch

Download the Safe Zone decal: Safe Zone Decal (The download is available for you to use in items specific to you, such as your email signature or course syllabus. If you would like to include the Safe Zone decal on materials for an organization or office, please contact us beforehand.

Check out our LGBTQ Resource Library: LGBT Programs maintains a small library of LGBTQ themed nonfiction resources, fiction novels, graphic novels, and more, that are available for check-out by Safe Zone Allies. View our holdings online, then drop by the office in the Russell House West Wing Office #043 (you may want to email ahead of time to make an appointment) to pick something up.

Online Resources:

University of South Carolina

The Counseling and Human Development Center: The CHDC offers a number of services that can help our LGBTQ students including 1:1 consultations and counseling and group sessions, including an LGBTQ group that meets weekly.

Office of Student Conduct Incident Report: If a student experiences discrimination or harassment, an incident report should be filled out and submitted to the Office of Student Conduct. Discrimination and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender are prohibited under the Student Code of Conduct, therefore, violations should be processed through the Office of Student Conduct.

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. Members of the Carolina community may file complaints through EOP, as well as get support in handling issues of discrimination and/or harassment.

Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention and Prevention: SAVIP advocates offer support and services to students, faculty, and staff who are survivors of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, relationship difficulties, dating issues, domestic issues and/or any forms of interpersonal violence. Their staff has been trained to work with LGBTQ survivors.

UofSC 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.

Columbia, SC

The Harriet Hancock Center: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: 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.

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.

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.

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.


BiNet USA: A national non-profit advocating for bisexual communities in the U.S.

Bisexual Resource Center: The oldest national bi organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities.

Campus Pride: Serves LGBT and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBT-friendly colleges and universities.

Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS): The first university-based LGBT research center in the United States and committed to nurturing cutting-edge scholarship, organizing events for examining and affirming LGBTQ lives, fostering network-building among academics, artists, activists, policy makers, and community members, and providing fellowships that promote reflection on queer pasts, presents, and futures.

Children of Lesbian and Gays Everywhere: Unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD): Rewrites the script for LGBT equality as a dynamic media force, they tackle tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to positive change.

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN): The leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.

Human Rights Campaign: America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

Lambda Legal: A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

National Center for Transgender Equality: A social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: National organization with the mission of building the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. They do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referendums and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of the movement.

Out & Equal: The world’s largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

PFLAG: The nation’s largest family and ally organization, made up of parents, families, friends, and allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

SAGE: America’s oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults through pioneering programs and services for the aging LGBT community, providing technical assistance and training to expand opportunities for LGBT older people across the country and providing a national voice on LGBT aging issues.

Southern Poverty Law Center: Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute: A non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.