Photo courtesy of Abby Hylton. 

Queer youth find an outlet through circus arts camp

It took hanging upside-down with their left foot pointed to the ceiling for Abby Hylton to come to terms with their identity. Three years later, they are giving that same gift to queer and transgender people across the Triangle.


LGBTQ

The University offers a number of resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The LGBTQ Center works to foster an inclusive community within UNC. They do this by advocating for LGBTQ rights, setting up educational programs and offering resources to the UNC community relating to these issues.

Over the past few years the state of North Carolina has been involved in a fight over LGBTQ rights. In 2012 the state voted on a ballot initiative known as Amendment One. The initiative passed 61 percent to 39 percent and established a ban on gay marriage in the state’s constitution. A number of groups challenged the constitutionality of the decision, including the ACLU.

In October 2014, North Carolina became the 29th state, plus Washington, D.C., to legalize gay marriage in the United States. The Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states on June 26, 2015. 

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Tar Heels share their stories on National Coming Out Day

On this 29th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, coming out still matters. The day, which recognizes those who have publicly disclosed being a member or ally of the LGBTQ community, was first established in 1987 and its significance continues to evolve for UNC students. Staff writer Abby Cantrell asked UNC students to share their stories and advice for those who have not publicly come out. 


UNC scores well in LGBTQ athlete survey

In the world of sports, physical talent is often the only thing fans see from the stands. For Stephen Bickford, a former UNC men's soccer player who was a first-year in 2005, a secret loomed over that talent in a way he felt no one could understand.