Trans events scheduled

DURHAM/RALEIGH, N.C. — Originally slated to be a one-time event on the Transgender Day of Remembrance observance on Nov. 20 at Fullstream Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave. in Durham, a number of transgender community members have now decided to get together on a regular basis to exchange clothing.

“I thought this was a good idea for a number of reasons,” said Paige Sullivan, one of the coordinators. She added that the Great Recession can have a significant effect on the transgender community even harder than most groups, considering statistics say that even in good times, transgender people are adversely unemployed and/or underemployed.

She remembers how expensive it was, and still is, to replace her wardrobe when she made her transition. “I’ve also heard of stories of discrimination of transgender people being denied equal access or experiencing harassment when attempting to use gender-appropriate dressing rooms — even in major retailers.

“Furthermore, when you’re used to buying clothing for one gender for so long, it can be very confusing trying to figure sizing for the other gender — especially considering the differences in the way male and female bodies are shaped,” she explained.

The exchange aims to solve all three issues by providing a safe environment for transgender or gender variant people to experiment with clothing and/or supplement their existing wardrobes. The exchange would not be possible without the support of the community. In addition to donations of clothing, shoes and accessories for both genders in all sizes — they could also use volunteers to collect and store the clothes, help wash and sort them and run the exchanges.

At press time, the LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St., has been designated as a drop off location and a spot is being sought for Durham and outlying Triangle areas as well. They will hold events throughout the year and in different parts of the Triangle in order to distribute the clothing that they collect. Interested parties are encouraged to become a drop-off point or serve as a host exchange location. Email to volunteer.

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In addition to the clothing exchange, a Trans-Giving Dinner will be held at the center on Nov. 24 from 5:30-9 p.m. The center will supply the turkey and drinks for this potluck event. All trans-identified people and allies are invited to attend. RSVP to to reserve a place, as well as signing up for a dish.

Center announces logo contest

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh has recently formed a new group called No Accidents in Life (NAIL) and are hosting a design contest for a logo to showcase its initiatives.

Online submissions are available for viewing at The winner will receive $200.

NAIL provides confidential support and encouragement to those who are 18-30. It is open to the community and meets in a different Triangle home each month.

Older members will serve as mentors and role models. They will share their successes, strength, experience and hope with those who may be experiencing life’s challenges as a LGBT person.

They hope to show its members that things can be better. Topics include, but are not limited to coming out stories, suicide, bullying, workplace choices and more.

For submissions or for more information, email or visit

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at and 704-531-9988,...