CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Updating the July 9 issue’s News Notes brief, “Protections top concern in merger” (, discussions were being considered between the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA and the YMCA of the Triangle.

Although the merger has yet to take place, LGBT members of the Triangle community have shared other possible alternatives to joining the YMCA.

Kenny Levine, with Triangle Families – NC LGBT Parents Group, shared that the Levin Jewish Community Center in Durham, 1937 West Cornwallis Rd., provided a gender neutral application to its prospects. He visits the pool daily and has found the atmosphere to be welcoming, especially to those in multiracial families. Members come from “virtually every corner of the earth,” Levine commented.

In a post to the listserv, Levine wrote: “But before writing this post, I decided to check in with the J’s director of membership to see if she would want me to post this message on a listserv for LGBT families. When I asked her about it, she didn’t just say, ‘okay,’ but she was thrilled that I was interested in doing some outreach to the LGBT community on behalf of the J. She said that in designing their membership policies, they made an active decision to be fully inclusive, and they are happy to have that word go out.”

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Lainey Millen

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