We Are Family began in April 1995 under the direction of Tom Myers, the father of a gay son. Tom recognized the need for support for LGBTQ+ youth, and WAF was born from the love of a father for his son. WAF initially focused on the use of direct mail to provide constructive information to people and community leaders that LGBTQ+ youth would normally seek out for counsel and support. The staff sought out speaking engagements whenever possible, at churches and other public places to spread a message of understanding and acceptance. In early 1997, WAF began to offer direct services (SafeSpace) to LGBTQ+ youth in the Tri-County area through a weekly peer support group.
Since then, WAF has grown to offer several programs thatinclude: peer discussion groups (SafeSpace, QueerSpace, and QTPOC), Queer Prom, Spirit Day, LGBTeach, Trans Love Fund, and Closet Case Thrift Store. 2017-2018, WAF also partnered with the Riley Center for Livable Communities to lead the YOUth Count, the first ever study of youth homelessness in Charleston County that identified 62 individuals under the age of 25 who werehousing insecure, 38% of whom identified as LGBTQ+.