The Carolinas are filled with scores of LGBT-focused support and family groups to provide a shoulder or welcoming arms for those in the community who seek the solace of safety.
For students, gay-straight alliances have been a key component to make an uncomfortable situation more palatable. Not only are they front and center for them while they are engaged in their academic endeavors, but they also provide a social outlet as well.
Gay-Straight Alliance Network contacts for both North and South Carolina are:
Time Out Youth GSA Network
South Carolina GSA Network
These two organizations will also have other youth-related resources available for those who see other options. Visit their websites for contact information and to learn more about local GSAs and their locations.
Other organizations that help to support youth, both regionally and nationally are:
National organization supporting secondary and post-secondary students.
Gay Straight Advocates for Education Greensboro
Organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQIA youth with an emphasis on creating safe educational environments for ALL youth.
Leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.
OUTright Youth of Catawba Valley
Provides a safe environment for LGBT youth and their allies.
Provides a safe social space for LGBT young adults in the Charlotte area.
Safe Schools NC
A statewide group focused on training school professionals to work effectively with LGBT students.
Time Out Youth Center
The Queen City’s resource and support center for youth education, empowerment and more.
The Trevor Project
Leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT young people.
Youth advocacy and leadership organization located in Western North Carolina.
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Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) groups are also an asset to helping the community to provide much-needed support and education for those who would otherwise lack the guidance and camaraderie so necessary when raising an LGBT child. They also serve as organizations that advocate for equal rights.
PFLAG chapters in North Carolina:
PFLAG Flat Rock/Hendersonville
Flat Rock, N.C.
PFLAG High Point
High Point, N.C
PFLAG Rocky Mount
Rocky Mount, N.C.
PFLAG Salisbury/ Rowan
PFLAG Wilmington/Cape Fear
PFLAG chapters in South Carolina:
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University LGBT centers and programs are:
University of North Carolina at Asheville
CPCC Spectrum Club
LGBT Legal Society
Charlotte School of Law
Duke LGBT Network
Gay Straight Alliance
Gender & LGBTQIA Center
Gender Equity Center
Johnson & Wales University
North Carolina State University
GLBTQA Resource Center
Henderson Springs LGBT Center
Appalachian State University
Individuals Recognizing Identities and Sexualities (IRIS)
Western Carolina University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
LGBT Resource Center
East Carolina University
LGBTQ Resource Center
North Carolina Central University
Wake Forest University
Multicultural Resource Center
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Johnson and Wales University
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