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LGBTQ Tour of Charleston

Take of a tour of historic locations, restaurants, bars, and noted spaces that are all a part of the LGBTQ culture, history, and community of Charleston. Cover photo by Stavrialena Gontzou via Unsplash.

  • 1.

    The Book Basement

    The Book Basement

    The leading independent book store in Charleston owned by one of the city's prominent gay couples.

  • 2.

    Home of Armistead Maupin

    Home of Armistead Maupin

    Home of American writer Armistead Maupin known best for his gay-themed series Tales of the City.

  • 3.

    Home of Dawn Pepita Simmons

    Home of Dawn Pepita Simmons

    The home of one of the country's first transsexuals and prolific author who had an interracial marriage.

  • 4.

    Dudley's On Ann

    Dudley's On Ann

    LGBTQ-friendly hangout that hosts drag performances, karaoke, billiards and dancing.

  • 5.

    Dock Street Theatre

    Dock Street Theatre

    Site of an 18th century playhouse, the antebellum Planter's Hotel, and reproduction of a London theatre.

  • 6.

    Bulldog Tours

    Bulldog Tours

    Tour guide adventures in Charleston specializing in food, ghost, and history tours.

  • 7.

    Harry Hervey's House

    Harry Hervey's House

    Home of author, explorer, and adventurer Harry Hervey who shared the locale with lover Carleton Hildreth.

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