‘Famously Hot’ SC Pride is an event not to be missed

If you’re anywhere within relatively close proximity to Columbia, South Carolina, mark your calendars for October 14-15 and make sure to be there for the city’s annual Pride parade festival. Well the state as a whole tends to lean a bit too far into the red zone for most queer taste (not unlike its neighbors),…

Getting to know Columbia’s legendary Harriet Hancock

Harriet Hancock is sitting at her dining room table looking out at her back deck. The backyard is shrouded in trees, creating an idyllic, peaceful environment that surrounds her three-bedroom home in Irmo, South Carolina. In many ways, it is idyllic, only it isn’t exactly home. Home is Columbia, South Carolina, a place where she…

Historic Columbia Archives detail the LGBTQ experiences of the region

While much has been written about American LGBTQ history in New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia since the 1990s, less attention has been given to the south – save places like Atlanta and Miami – until recently. In Charlotte, efforts to collect local and print media history have been in place in…

Queer Conference makes LGBTQ history accessible

After what seems an eternity of global pandemics, social upheaval, and constant economic pressure, the second convening of the Queer History South conference begins in Dallas at the end of September.  I remember talking with friend and colleague Barbara Lau at the Pauli Murray Center at Duke in 2014 about how difficult the work of…

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