We Are Family returns with back-to-school events

A safe space for LGBTQI+ individuals in our community.

People dancing and smiling as they enjoy the We Are Family Prom.

Smiles all around at We Are Family’s recent prom.

Photo provided by We Are Family

As summer comes to an end, programming for the upcoming school year is revving up. We Are Family is one of many organizations with plans to host back-to-school events.

We Are Family is a nonprofit that aims to provide affirming spaces for LGBTQI+ and ally individuals through the age of 24. Their vision is that this group feels empowered “to find their places in the world, in their families, and in their communities.”

Founded in 1995, We Are Family began serving this area in early 1997 by offering direct services to LGBTQI+ youth through a weekly peer support group.

Today, the organization has several programs and initiatives focused on leadership development, community and movement building, advocacy, social support groups, and mental health assistance programs.

Upcoming programs

SafeSpace | Designed for middle and high school students with weekly meetings at 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 1 | Topic: A well-rounded apology and connection + healing spell jars
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15 | Topic: How to communicated conflict and harm + knitting circle
  • Tuesday, Aug. 29 | Topic: Intentional Community + pod mapping

Additionally, there will be virtual meetings on Tuesday, Aug. 8, and Tues. Aug. 22
QueerSpace | Designed for young adults ages 18-24

  • Saturday, Aug. 12, time TBA
  • Saturday, Aug. 26, time TBA

The Q Crew | Designed as a virtual support group for LBGTQI+ who are Black Indigenous People of Color for people ages 16-24

  • Wednesday, Aug. 2, time TBA
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16, time TBA
  • Wednesday, Aug. 30, time TBA

Art Therapy | Designed for high school-aged individuals, run by licensed MUSC art therapists, and does not require any experience

  • Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6–7:30 p.m. | Topic: Centering and naming your emotions
  • Wednesday, Aug. 20, 6–7 p.m. | Topic: Exploration of identity in this time of community trauma

Other monthly groups

KidSpace | For LGBTQIA+ youth ages ten and under

  • Saturday, August 26, 2–3 p.m.

ParentSpace | For parents, guardians, and caregivers of LGBTQI+ youth and young adults

  • Saturday, Aug. 6, 5–6:30 p.m.

Note: Locations will be provided once you fill out the intake form.

If you are interested in joining any of these programs, visit here. Contact We Are Family’s Program Director, Cora Webb, for any questions.