Articles by Raija Haughn


Homelessness in the Holy City

It takes little more than a quick stroll down King or Market Street to see that Charleston has a homelessness problem. Ranked number one U.S. city by Travel + Leisure six years in a row, this charming southern oasis is not immune to the downsides of booming tourism, namely gentrification. As of 2017, Charleston is…


Out of the Closet, Onto the Rack

It is difficult not to feel at home within the eclectic, lovingly curated walls of We Are Family’s new thrift store, Closet Case. From houseware and furniture to clothes and books, downtown Charleston’s first and only thrift store packs quite a punch. Sitting down with Demi Hickman, who runs the store’s daily operations, the sense…


Sophie Labelle: The Art of Activism

Art and activism With quick-witted sarcasm and formidable passion, Sophie Labelle has spent her life creating content specifically for the transgender community. Her webcomic, “Assigned Male,” has served as a source of healing for members of the trans community as well as an educational tool for cisgendered individuals. PRISM, the College’s LGBTQIA+ student organization, hosted a…


United in Hope

They called him America’s angriest activist. When Larry Kramer and a handful of friends founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center in 1982 New York City, they did so out of an unimaginable fear for their own lives and the lives of their friends. The AIDS epidemic was in full swing – countless friends and…

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