LGBTQ Working Group



The City of Charleston established its first LGBTQ working group in May 2019. This group will work directly with Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin to offer recommendations and help develop LGBTQ related policies and procedures in the City of Charleston. This group includes representation from the City of Charleston, Charleston Police Department, Charleston City Council, business professionals from diverse backgrounds and community members.

"Charleston is committed to being an inclusive community. We have a responsibility to advocate for and support all citizens and visitors of our city. Everyone deserves a seat at the table,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “The formation of the LGBTQ working group provides us with a unique opportunity to develop and implement forward thinking policies and programs to better serve ALL members of our community.”


The Working Group recognizes all voices and perspectives must be considered to make lasting, equitable change and remains committed to maintaining a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment. Members shall make a concerted effort to think creatively about issues, consider the interconnected nature of social categorization [race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, age, disability, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, income status, etc.], encourage cross-community, cross-sector and cross-issue collaboration and establish opportunities throughout the City for LGBTQ+ individuals. The Working Group will continually strive to ensure the LGBTQ+ community's voices are heard and ensure both the unique needs and experiences of the community are reflected in the recommendations provided to the Mayor.


Akasha Karmichael
Amy Smith
Angelo Moore, Vice Chair
Ashir Coillberg
Barry Turley
Brad Marple
Caitlin Cook, Liaison
Carling McManus
Chris Gosses
Jake Jarvis, Chair
Jerry Comer
Jessi Redden, Liaison
Kay Albright, Recording Secretary
Kevin Madison
Linda Bodie
Natasha Stone
Tina Stinson, Liaison

2021 Regular Meeting Schedule

All meetings start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise specified.

January 5, 2021
March 2, 2021
May 4, 2021
July 6, 2021
September 7, 2021
November 2, 2021

Meetings agendas can be viewed prior to the meeting at:


 Mayor Goodwin celebrate the formation of the LGBTQ Working Group.

Contact Information

Jake Jarvis
LGBTQ Working Group Chair

Tina Stinson
Executive Scheduler | Coordinator
Liaison in the City Executive's Office

Corporal Jessi Redden
Traffic Division (AIB)
CPD Liaison

Caitlin Cook
City Council At-Large


Working Group Bylaws