About Us

The Center

Located in the heart of Columbia, the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center is the hub of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activity in the Midlands of South Carolina.

Our facility offers a variety of resources including a free lending library, meeting spaces for LGBT-supportive groups, and a directory of LGBT-friendly businesses, organizations, and counselors while also serving as the headquarters for the South Carolina Pride Movement. The resources provided at the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center are free and available to everyone during operating hours. These times may vary depending on the availability of center staff and volunteers. Check our our –Calendar– for our current schedule of meetings, events, and open hours.

The Harriet Hancock Center Foundation is organized as a non-profit corporation and has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID# 57-0836466).The Harriet Hancock Center Foundation is also registered charity with the Secretary of State of South Carolina. Please consult your tax adviser for the extent to which your contribution is tax deductible according to the law.



Harriet Hancock LGBT Center is a proud to be a member of CenterLink.

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers works to help build the capacity of centers to meet the social, cultural, health and political advocacy needs of LGBT community members across the country.


City of Columbia Climate Protection Action

The Center is also proud to be a member of the City of Columbia Climate Protection Action Campaign.

The City of Columbia Green Business membership program is a voluntary program to encourage workplaces to take proactive steps to improve their environmental record while improving their bottom line. The program recognizes businesses that operate in an environmentally friendly manner and encourages other workplaces to adopt green business practices. The Harriet Hancock LGBT Center has committed to reducing waste at our events, maintaining a facility where energy and water use are conserved, and encouraging LGBT citizens of Columbia to do what they can to protect the environment in our city.


South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Business Guild

As proud member and partner with the South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild, the Center supports LGBT friendly businesses and services in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild is a not-for-profit organization supporting the needs of South Carolina’s gay and lesbian members of the business community and our allies. Membership in the Guild provides great networking opportunities, fun activities and events—plus a dollars and “sense” way of increasing commerce, trade and professional contacts. The Harriet Hancock LGBT Center believes that our community has strength in our buying power and where we spend our money does matter. Consider supporting members of the Guild before supporting companies or services that are not LGBT-inclusive.