Charleston is known for many things, especially its rich history, but what often gets overlooked is its longstanding history of the LGBTQ+ community in the Charleston area. In celebration of Pride Month, we wanted to highlight this history by providing several LGBTQ-friendly spots in Charleston and The Real Rainbow Row book overview and tour at the Gibbes. This piece of literature is authored by a renowned Charleston Local and LGBTQ+ historian, Harlan Greene. The book encapsulates the 350+ years of Charleston’s LGBTQ history.
The Park Circle area hosts a multi-day event annually focused on celebrating LGBTQ+ culture. As far as local spots, Stella’s, and Commonhouse AleWorks have embraced the culture to its fullest extent. Charleston also has an incredible Walk and Talk Tour that focuses on the impact of the community through the LGTBQ+ narrative. “Explore LGBTQ Charleston” page, is an additional resource where we have provided all the LGBTQ+ friendly activities, businesses, and events in the Charleston area should you need additional information.
WALK & TALK CHARLESTON | @walkandtalkchs
The Hat Man Mural, 43 Broad Street, Charleston
(843) 732-6674, www.walkandtalkchs.com
Founder of Walk and Talk Charleston, Tyler Wright, is a certified guide and a member of the Palmetto Guild and Charleston Tour Association. She will be taking guests on their tours around Charleston, showing them exactly why she herself loves the city so much. Walk and Talk Charleston offers four different tours such as the Classic Charleston History and Historic Gossip Tour, The Real Rainbow Row Tour: Charleston’s LGBTQ+History, Shop Middle King Street x Walk & Talk Charleston and the Zen Charleston Walking Tour with Still Soul Studio. No tour is better than the other so whichever you decide to walk on, you won’t be disappointed.
114 St Philip St A, Charleston, SC 29403
Owned by gay couple Steven Niketas and Michael Routzahn, Stella’s marks a return to the heart of Greek cuisine. In 2017, Stella’s opened a second location in Charleston’s historic Upper-King neighborhood, bringing her story and food to the Palmetto State.
COMMONHOUSE ALE WORKS
4831 O'Hear Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
www.Commonhousealeworks.com | (843) 471-1400
Commonhouse Aleworks has been instrumental in organizing Park Circle Pride in June, and for the past few years, they have made an "Acceptance Ale" in June that has benefitted AFFA, and We Are Family. It originated in the friendship between Hank Hanna and Pearce Fleming and through the love of craft beers, which were often shared amongst them and friends in what became known as Back Porch Beer sessions. Beer is a central component of communities throughout the history of civilization. And while beer is what we make, it is not our why. We are a community impact organization hoping to serve in the development of people and relationships that celebrate all we share in common which in turn positively impacts our community and world.