Photo Courtesy of April Callis, assistant director of the UNC LGBTQ Center

Dr. April Callis and co-facilitator Lee Roberts with members of the Carolina Black Caucus celebrating a successful Safe Zone training at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. 

LGBTQ center teaches allyship through Safe Zone trainings

The UNC LGBTQ Center has been offering Safe Zone trainings since 2003, teaching allyship strategies and bringing awareness to various LGBTQ perspectives and experiences.


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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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The UNC LGBTQ Center honors Transgender Day of Remembrance in 2014. Photo by Ani Garrigo.

UNC community recognizes Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance was held around the world on Monday to memorialize the lives of transgender and non-binary individuals who have been murdered because of their identities and to raise awareness regarding high rates of violence against the transgender community. Students and faculty at UNC also took part in the annual observance.