CAROLINAS — According to the GLBT National Help Center, North Carolina and South Carolina are among the top 10 originating states for calls to the group’s two national hotlines.
The 24-hour hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, are confidential resources offering support, counseling and community information.
Last year, according to the group, 55 percent of all callers to the hotlines were in their teens or twenties. Another 25 percent were in their thirties. The remainder were in their forties or older. The group also notes that in 2007, they spoke to a total of 30 individuals who said they were age 12 or younger. Eighty-eight percent of all calls were individuals seeking peer-counseling. Of those, the majority were individuals looking for support for coming to family and friends.
North Carolina had the eighth most calls to the GLBT Help Center’s hotlines. The Tar Heel State is usually seen as being more moderate on LGBT issues and has managed to keep an anti-LGBT, anti-family marriage amendment off the ballot for five years. It remains the only state in the South to have accomplished such a feat.
South Carolina, with about half as many residents as its northern neighbor, was ranked tenth. The Palmetto State is home to the arch-conservative Bob Jones University. Its voters passed a marriage amendment in 2006.
Other top 10 originating states included Massachusetts, which was listed first; Maine; New Hampshire; Nebraska; New Jersey; Connecticut; Kentucky and Maryland. Only four of the ten were Southern states. Five were New England states.