CHAPEL HILL — The Southeast Regional Unity Conference will be held April 9-11 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus.

The conference is open to LGBT and queer identified people and their allies. It was created to provide a safe place for dialogues across a wide range of topics, as well as exploring effective strategies for grassroots organizing.

Theme for this year’s event is “Intersecting Identities: Politics, Power, Performance.”

Speakers and performers include Northwest University Performance Studies graduate student Kareem Khubchandani and Pastor Roger Hayes from Winston-Salem’s Church of the Holy Spirit.

Registration begins at 3 p.m. on April 9. On April 10, a variety of breakout/workshops will be held. On April 11, an interfaith service will take place followed by a breakout/workshop, then a closing session. Included in the prior day’s activities are a dance party, film screening of “Sins Invalid” and an after party.

Conference registration fees are on a pay-what-you-can basis, from $20-$60, with no one turned away due to lack of funds.

UNC-CH student fees cover the cost of registration for UNC-CH students, although donations are welcome.

Registration is securely hosted by Formspring and payments are made through Paypal.

Unity is open to people of all ages (students or non-students), sexual orientations, gender identities, faiths, races, ethnicities and physical abilities. Scholarship applications are available.

For more detailed information, housing recommendation or to register, email or visit

This article appears in the March 20-April 2 print edition.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.