Though Charleston has a reputation for holding onto the past longer than most other places, it could not avoid the shock of change. Much has been written of the city's history of civil rights, and its rich African American, women's, ethnic, and religious past. One of the minority groups long left out of the club has been Charleston's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and other sexual minorities community. It's not that they haven't been here all along, making history, contributing greatly to the creation of one of America's most distinctive cities. But, even now, with so many people out and acknowledged, marching in the streets, being elected to public office, and marrying, there are still discrepancies. There are no statues to LGBTQ people (while some discriminatory statutes linger), and very few official mentions anywhere. While other pasts blaze brightly, there is just a flickering of knowledge about local LGBTQ history.
Historian Harlan Greene digs deep and uncovers a wealth of knowledge about Charleston's LGBTQ past and present in this fascinating and informative book.