LGBTQ History Month: Robina Asti

Biography: Transgender Rights Plaintiff  b. April 7, 1921d. March 21, 2021 “After years of deep reflection, I realized that I was not living my true self.” Robina Asti was a World War II Navy pilot and the oldest working flight instructor on record. As a 92-year-old transgender woman, she won the legal right to receive…

LGBTQ History Month: Hans Christian Andersen

Biography: Fairy Tale Author b. April 2, 1805d. August 4, 1875 “Just living is not enough … one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish storyteller and novelist, most famous for his timeless fairy tales, including “The Little Mermaid,” “The Snow Queen” and “Thumbelina.”  Andersen was born to…

For the 2022 History Project: Urvashi Vaid

When Urvashi Vaid died at 63 in May 2022 after a valiant fight with breast cancer, thousands of LGBTQ people who had been touched by her decades of activism mourned her passing. Vaid had been part of more than a half-century of activism that began when she was only 11. She worked on a breadth…

‘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…

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