Triad Equality Alliance hopes to keep these billboards up for Greensboro, N.C. motorists for a total of four months. Q-Notes’ editor, Matt Comer, a native of the Triad area, appears in one billboard for the organization.

GREENSBORO — For the past few years, the Triad Equality Alliance has raised funds to place LGBT-friendly messages on billboards around the Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point metropolitan area. This year, they’ve taken up the task again.

Organizers hope their “Good People” campaign, which highlights LGBT citizens as “good parents, teachers, soldiers, employers, and friends,” will help community members see just how much gay folks contribute to the worth and value of their local communities.

“The ‘Good People’ campaign was a combination of multiple people’s brainstorming,” Triad Equality Alliance organizer Judith Kobler told Q-Notes. “Our past campaigns really were a natural segway into this year’s campaign.”

In the past the organization has funded campaigns highlighting equality between gays and straights and a 2006 “We are your neighbors and we are gay” campaign.

“Our themes throughout the years have always been about getting people to know us,” Kobler said. “When they do they found out that we’re really ordinary people like everyone else.”

The group hopes to have the billboards up for a total of four months. They’ve applied for grant funds from the Guilford Green Foundation to cover some of the cost. Donations to help fund the campaign can be made online at

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.