NCCU becomes trailblazer

DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has become the first HBCU (historically black college or university) in the state to establish services for LGBT students.

On April 9, they opened their doors to the LGBT Resource Center in the Alphonso Elder Student Union, Room G-64.

In doing so, they become only the second HBCU nationally to create programs targeted at supporting LGBT students. (Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., was the first to do so in 2012.)

According to NCCU’s Campus Echo, the resource center is “designed for students to connect with other members of the LGBT community and learn about their culture and identity. The research center contains an array of resources such as an LGBT support network, the LGBT lecture series, educational and social programming and a library of LGBT materials.”

The center has received support from Creating Open Lives For Real Success (C.O.L.O.R.S.) and Dominating Overly Motivated Studs (D.O.M.S.).

The center is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To learn more about the center, call Doxey at 919-530-6497 or email

— Lainey Millen

CMF funds mount

RALEIGH, N.C. — Crape Myrtle Fest (CMF) has now received $32,650 in fundraising dollars, up from $27,650 as reported in the May 10 issue (CMF raises funds,

They are still searching for hosts or benefactors to assist in raising more funds to support their work.

Grants may be available to organizations that apply for them. The application process has started and any organization related to HIV/AIDS/LGBT work are welcome to apply.

Last year they awarded $51,700 to local AIDS-related organizations and LGBT causes.


— Lainey Millen

Lee to share story

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St., will hold a Meet the Author night on June 23, 4-5:30 p.m. Theme for the afternoon will be based upon LGBT spiritual journey.

Co-sponsored by the Affirming Faith Forum and the center library, this event will have as one of its featured presenters author Justin Lee, executive director of The Gay Christian Network. He has penned “Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays Vs Christians Debate.”

On hand will be a panel of spiritual leaders who will read from their books, followed by discussion. A book signing will also take place.

Other panelists will be announced at a later time.


— Lainey Millen

Teen Dems host gay leaders

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Association of Teen Democrats hosted their 50th annual convention the first weekend of June. There, the group hosted several openly gay and gay-friendly leaders, including N.C. House Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), ally Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) and openly gay, former Senate candidate Jim Neal (D).

The group is the teenage outreach auxiliary of the North Carolina Democratic Party and works with middle and high school students.

— Matt Comer

Family survey participants sought

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality North Carolina’s summer intern, Jeremy Crisp, has developed a survey on LGBT families and is searching for participants.

His initiative goal is to help build strong LGBT family across the state. The four areas of concentration he is planning to develop are: legal protection or as protected as possible in N.C.; advocating for family; advocating for families in the community; and supporting the unique needs of LGBT families.

Crisp attends North Carolina State University and is pursuing a Master’s in Family Life and Youth Development.

Go to to participate.

— Lainey Millen

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Does your organization or special interest group have events or great information to share with our readers? If so, be sure to send in your information to In the upcoming months, we’ll feature one of you in our news notes section in each issue. Are you a part of a Meetup, Yahoo or Google group and do you do something that’s really newsworthy? Do you provide a service for the community or hold fundraisers for worthy causes? Do you educate the public about LGBT issues or concerns? Of course, this is only a sampling of things we are interested in. It’s the aim of these pieces to inform, enlighten and educate our readers about what we’re doing here in the Carolinas to champion LGBT rights, as well as offer resources for those who may be interested in what your group is doing.