The LGBTQ Columbia History Initiative, led by Historic Columbia, is documenting the often unseen and untold stories of this diverse community through the creation of a comprehensive resource of oral histories, archival collections, and historic site interpretation. We hope visitors will explore, learn, share, and help us continue to capture the stories that make our shared history so rich and complex.


We owe a debt of gratitude for the foundational work of James T. Sears, Santi Thompson, Sheila Morris, and Ed Madden, without which much of this history would be lost.

This online resource was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Historic Columbia and its LGBTQ Columbia History Initiative Steering Committee, the Queer Cola Oral History and Digital Archive Project, the Harriet Hancock Center, Richland Library’s Walker Local and Family History Center, South Caroliniana Library, and the Department of Oral History, with special thanks to University Libraries’ oral historian.

Photo: Pride marchers hold hands on the steps of the South Carolina State House, June 23, 1990. Courtesy Jim Blanton via Richland Library.