South Carolina: New board chair announced

Carolinas News Notes

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Topher Larkin has been named as the new board chair for We Are Family, a non-profit organization that provides direct services and leadership development opportunities for LGBT youth. It is located at 29 Leinbach Dr., Suite D-3.

Originally from Tampa, Fla., Larkin has had an eclectic career. He has worked in surrogacy, entertainment public relations, as well as a personal assistant. However, it is his passion for community activism and youth involvement that led him to We Are Family.

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Larkin is on the board of Charleston Pride and serves as board chair for the Charleston Area World AIDS Day committee. He also serves as prevention outreach and quality assurance manager for Lowcountry AIDS Services.

He received his degree in theatre and communications from Emerson College.

“An everyday person can find something that they want to get involved in and really make a difference. We Are Family is small and local, so every type of support, be it financial or volunteer-­‐oriented, makes a huge impact,” he said. “I’m looking forward to using my experience to help grow the organization,” he added.

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The organization hosts the SafeSpace support group on Tuesday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. at Circular Congregational Church of Charleston, 150 Meeting St., for LGBT and straight ally youth.

info: waf.org.

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