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Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) records

Identifier: Mss 0205

Collection Overview

The collection consists of the records of the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) from 1998 to 2018. The collection includes administrative records, subject files, correspondence, photographs, audiovisual materials, born-digital files, including digital images, text files, and audio and video recordings, and objects. Where possible, original folder titles have been retained. The records document AFFA’s activities in advocating for LGBTQ equality in the Charleston, South Carolina, area. Administrative records include annual reports, board retreat materials, handbooks, grant applications, financials, and materials relating to AFFA’s annual fundraising gala. The analog administrative records series contains some meeting minutes, but the bulk are located in electronic records series. Subject files contain information on organizations, training workshops, topics, and people relevant to AFFA’s work, notably A Dialogue on Religion and Sexuality (ADORASO), and AFFAInk, both AFFA programs. Original folder titles have been retained and marked in quotes.

From AFFA’s founding in 1998, administrative records, subject files, correspondence, public relations records, and audiovisual material were also stored and created in digital format. Some of these born-digital files duplicate material in the administrative and subject files series, but a significant portion of the born-digital files are unique. These materials contain board meeting minutes, bylaws, financials, strategic plans, photographs, event materials from AFFA’s annual fundraising gala, advertisements, SCEC files, We Are Family administrative files, and subject files. Original folder names have been retained, but capitalization and abbreviations have been standardized. Original order has also been maintained. Many of the folder listed have additional subfolders. Formats include .pdf, .jpg, .mpg, .qpd, and .adop. There are 14,993 (51.2 GB) permanent digital files in the collection. The digital files are dated from 1998 to 2019, according to their “Last Modified” dates. Access is restricted as materials in this series are currently unprocessed. Materials are not available in their original format and must be reformatted to digital access copies.

Correspondence includes mailing campaigns, newsletters, and event invitations sent by AFFA and letters and printed copies of emails received. Public relations records contain correspondence, policies, contracts, and invoices relating to various newspaper, television, and radio companies. There are also clippings of printed AFFA ads. “Equal Time” radio show materials include broadcast information, planning, and audio recordings, both on CD and audiocassette, of the shows. Show topics include local LGBTQ group activities and updates on state and national LGBTQ issues.

Audiovisual material includes DVDs, CDs, videocassettes, and minidiscs. There is an incomplete run of the In the Life documentary series. There are also documentaries and advertisements produced by AFFA and the South Carolina Equality Coalition (SCEC), notably the half-hour documentary we are your neighbors, where local members of the LGBTQ community speak about their experiences living in the Charleston area. There are also documentaries and electronic files not produced by AFFA, notably images from Charlie Smith’s campaign for the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004.

There are also objects, mostly produced by AFFA. Objects include posters, bumper stickers, pins, and billboard mockups. Most of the bumper stickers relate to the campaign to oppose Amendment 1 to South Carolina’s constitution, while most of the posters display AFFA’s logo or advertise for events.


  • Creation: 1998-2019


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research, with the following exception: Series 3. Born digital-files, 1998-2019. Access is restricted to materials in this series. Additionally, some materials are currently unprocessed. Materials are not available in their original format and must be reformatted to digital access copies.

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Historical Note

The Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) is a social justice organization located in Charleston, South Carolina dedicated to achieving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. AFFA was founded in 1998 with founding officers Linda Ketner, president; Charles Smith, vice-president; Lynne Moldenhauer, secretary; and Jim Redman (later Jim Redman-Gress), treasurer. Founding board members were Sharon Stricker, Tom Myers, Carolyn Newkirk and Warren Gress (later Warren Redman-Gress). AFFA hired Warren Redman-Gress as its first executive director in 2002. Board presidents include Linda Ketner, 1998-2004; Susie Prueter, 2004-2008; Sue Weller, 2008-2010; Jason Guerra, 2010-2011; Truman Smith, 2011-2015; Holly Thomas, 2015-2016; Catherine LaFond, 2016; Kelley Doherty, 2016-2017; and Colleen Condon, 2018-2019. Warren Redman-Gress was executive director from 2002 to 2017, and Chase Glenn continued in that position beginning in 2017. From its beginning, AFFA’s goal has been to advocate for the equality of LGBTQ people in South Carolina, through promotional campaigns, legislative action, and social events. Some of AFFA’s important campaigns include buying space on billboards on Interstate 26 in South Carolina, and producing TV, radio, newspaper, and Internet ads promoting LGBTQ equality and acceptance. AFFA was heavily involved in the campaign to oppose the 2006 referendum on Amendment 1 to the South Carolina constitution, which made it unconstitutional to perform or recognize same-sex marriages in the state. AFFA produced a radio show called “Equal Time” from 2006 to 2007, which was broadcast on station 730AM in the Charleston area. The show discussed various LGBTQ topics with local and national community members as guests. AFFA has provided small grants to projects serving LGBTQ youth in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Georgia. AFFA has also held training sessions for schools, police departments, psychologists, and other groups on LGBTQ issues.


8.5 linear feet (5 cartons, 2 oversize boxes, 2 object boxes, 7 oversize paper folders, 124 compact discs, 74 digital video discs, 24 videocassettes, 1 audiocassette and 51.2 GB of unprocessed digital files (14,993 digital files))


Administrative records, subject files, correspondence, audiovisual materials, and born-digital files documenting the activities of the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA), a Charleston, South Carolina-based organization that advocates for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. Materials relate to AFFA’s partnerships with the grant organization the Freeman Foundation, and with LGBTQ organizations including South Carolina Equality Coalition (SCEC), We Are Family, and Charleston Pride. Materials also relate to AFFA officers including Linda Ketner, Charlie Smith, Warren Redman-Gress, and Chase Glenn.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Administrative records, 1999-2018
  2. Subject files, 1998-2018
  3. Born-digital files, 1998-2019
  4. Correspondence, 1998-2017
  5. Public relations records, 1999-2017
  6. "Equal Time" radio show, 2005-2007
  7. Audiovisual materials, 2001-2015
  8. Objects, circa 2002-circa 2018

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) in 2017 and 2019. Born-digital files originally stored in Dropbox. Files transferred to the Addlestone Library server in June of 2019.


Further accruals are expected.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include the Lowcountry Gay & Lesbian Alliance records (Mss 0206). Related oral histories in Special Collections include Interview with Charles Smith (Mss LGBTQ-OH-007), Unity in the Community program (Mss LGBTQ-OH-011), Interview with Linda Ketner (Mss LGBTQ-OH-012), Interview with Kristen Lowe (Mss LGBTQ-OH-024), Interview with Suzanne Groff (Mss LGBTQ-OH-009), and State of the Community Symposium (Mss LGBTQ-OH-022).

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Thayer, September 2019.

Inventory of the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) Records, 1998-2019
Processed by: Rebecca Thayer; finding aid created by: Rebecca Thayer
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Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supported the processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid.

Repository Details

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