Friends and Neighbors


Whether you’re looking for a way to be an ally or you need support yourself,
we thrive on making connections that better the lives of the LGBTQ+ community and their loved ones.

empowering people of all gender expressions and sexual identities  – Upstate Pride



Gender Benders is a grassroots organization for transgender and gender diverse folks in the Southeastern US. We are based in Upstate, SC and we have chapters and partner organizations in Hattiesburg, MS, Clemson, SC, and Hendersonville, NC.


Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth through support in creating and maintaining Gay Straight Alliances (GSA’s) in their schools as well as training SC school faculty and staff in LGBTQ competency.

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SC Equality is dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) South Carolinians.

Famously Hot South Carolina Pride!

Famously Hot SC Pride, the largest and longest-running Pride event in South Carolina, has just closed its 28th year with record-blasting numbers!

AID Upstate

Today. Tomorrow. For the Community. For You. AID Upstate was incorporated in 1987.  The organization began several years earlier as a committee, then task force composed of individuals working in public health in response to a then unnamed illness that was primarily affecting young gay men and rapidly progressing to death. This grass-roots response to the AIDS pandemic developed into a consortium of public and private health organizations, service organizations, interested individuals and persons living with HIV.

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Piedmont Care is the nonprofit 501c3 organization providing HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and advocacy in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties of South Carolina. We are the only organization in our community 100% dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS.