In Charleston, our rich storytelling tradition is rooted in a culture of secrets, half-truths, and people hidden in shadow. We live, work, and raise families in a city of opposing forces, where gracious hospitality exists alongside systematic exclusion; where breathtaking beauty meets punishing heat.
To be lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in Charleston in 1998 was to be hidden, closeted, excluded, and denied. That is, until a group of committed lesbian and gay citizens united around a belief - that the success of our shared future lies not just in our ability to make sense of culture's opposing forces, but to create a new narrative of a healthy, strong, and prosperous community - with equality and acceptance for all.
A community that understands when we marginalize, attack, discriminate against, or define any part of our people as "other" or "less than," we weaken, degrade, and devalue the community as a whole.