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Thursday September 23rd

Lgbtq



N.C. General Assembly's three anti-trans bills follow a recent nationwide trend

In the past month, the N.C. General Assembly has introduced three bills seeking to discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals, especially those who are transgender and gender-nonconforming, in sports, health care and gender-affirming care.  Though new to the North Carolina legislature, many of these bills draw parallels, or even originate directly from, bills passed in other states. A major concern among activists is that many of these bills, both in North Carolina and across the country, seem to increasingly target transgender youth.

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Dr.April Callis is the Assistant Director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

UNC celebrates LGBTQ+ community through its annual Pride Week Celebration

Pride Week this year featured a variety of virtual events, including a Pride baking party, an LGBTQ+ book club meeting, Pride wellness hour, Pride Pictionary and a Pride film screening. These events, held by different organizations around campus, are intended to celebrate the LGBTQ community on UNC’s campus and give students a space to connect with each other within the community. 

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DTH Photo Illustration. A Bible sits on a rainbow pride flag.  Students are sharing their experiences of discrimination in campus ministry groups across campus anonymously on the new Instagram page “Call in Campus Ministry.”

'Trauma and ostracization': Students 'call in' Christian groups for discrimination

After Zach Ripberger shared his story of discrimination and homophobia on social media, dozens of other UNC students and graduates came forward to 'call in' campus ministry.  "It got to the point that every time I was doing something with Young Life, I would just look around and I knew that my full identity, my whole identity was not accepted or even affirmed in that space," Ripberger said. Ripberger said he hopes these calls do not detract people from their faith, but rather make faith communities more inclusive. 

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