Since 2007, the UNC LGBTQ Center has been hosting a space for non-binary people to discuss identity and feel heard: Trans Talk Tuesday.
The event takes place twice a month at Caribou Coffee on East Franklin Street and is meant for those who are transgender, genderfluid, non-binary or who are still questioning their gender identity.
Terri Phoenix, director of the LGBTQ Center, worked to implement Trans Talk Tuesday when it began over a decade ago.
“We started it because at the time that we started it there was no trans support group that was in the local area,” Phoenix said. “We had a number of students that had made a request for a trans peer support discussion group. We felt like it was something that would benefit the community as well.”
Phoenix said Trans Talk Tuesday began at Open Eye Cafe in Carrboro and was intentionally created to include transgender people in all senses of the word. They hope the event gives the opportunity for those questioning their gender identity, or gender expression, the chance to talk openly.