Upstate Pride SC is only one of many organizations that serve people of various gender expressions and sexual identities in the Upstate of South Carolina.
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AID Upstate is a contractor with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) to provide supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS and prevention services to the Upstate community—particularly focusing on “high-risk” populations/communities. Supportive Services are funded through the Ryan White Care ACT, a federal grant awarded to SC DHEC. Our Prevention Services are funded through the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
BJUnity provides a safe harbor—a network of people and resources—for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and straight affirming people affected by fundamentalist Christianity. BJUnity affirms and empowers lgbt+ people from Bob Jones University and other Independent Fundamental Baptist organizations. BJUnity confronts homophobia and transphobia in compassion, dignity and love, with the objective to promote dialogue and change.
Ethan Johnstone is a local consultant specializing in transgender education and advocacy. Ethan has been involved in the leadership and organization of Southern LGBT advancement efforts through several non-profits and have developed and distributed a resource guide for transgender individuals living in the Southeast US. Ethan offers workshops, trainings, and talks on transgender issues and experience at schools, non-profit organizations, corporations, churches, and more.
Gender Benders is a group for transgender, gender variant, LGBTQQI, and allied individuals in the Upstate, SC area. Gender Benders strives to create a safe and supportive space for transgender, gender variant, LGBTQQI, and allied individuals by connecting folks through friendships, providing support through resources, and initiating trans-inclusive community change through social action. You can also visit their Facebook page.
Out & About Upstate is a social organization promoting acceptance for people of all sexual orientations. While primarily an organization created for the LGBT community to socialize, we welcome all individuals who celebrate diversity. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun environment at local venues enabling the community to interact. There is no cost to join. Simply arrive at the specified location and pay for your own food and drinks. Happy Hour events are planned the third Friday of every month with mid-month events planned on Saturday during the day. Facebook and Meetup.com
Piedmont Care is the nonprofit 501c3 organization providing HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and advocacy in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties of South Carolina. We are the only organization in our community 100% dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
PFLAG (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is a national organization of more than 350 chapters and 200,000 members. PFLAG exists to support GLBT people, their families and friends in an adverse society, to inform and enlighten the public, and to advocate to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights. At PFLAG, we listen, we learn, we share, we act.
- PFLAG Spartanburg meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at Elite Home Care on 516 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302. Facebook
- PFLAG Greenville meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. All members of the LGBT community and their straight allies and family members are welcome. For meeting place or further information, please leave a message on our help-line at 864-232-2988 or via email. And be sure to check out the PFLAG GREENVILLE 20 YEAR HISTORY document on our website! Facebook
SC Equality consists of two organizations, South Carolina Equality, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable and educational organization, and South Carolina Equality Coalition, Inc., a 501 (c)4 political organization focused on advocacy and legislation, were chartered. While originally organized as a coalition of GLBT and progressive organizations, both the (c)3 and (c)4 organizations of South Carolina Equality now provide leadership as independent educational and political advocacy organizations, respectively, working for GLBT inclusive policies at the local and state levels.
If you know of a resource that we're missing on this list, please contact our education chair to have the list updated.