As part of the Research Triangle, Raleigh is part of an active community of educators, scholars and innovators. The city is home to a diverse array of people who bring their identities, cultures, art, music, and voices to a space that welcomes them. The GLBT and Ally communities thrive here, and the Research Triangle is home to several local and campus GLBT Centers, student and professional GLBT organizations, and a variety of GLBT annual events. Check out the links below for more information.
LGBT Center of Raleigh
We are fortunate to have a community center in downtown Raleigh at 324 South Harrington Street. The LGBT Center of Raleigh‘s mission is to strengthen individual and community development through social and educational activities; to facilitate the incubation of supportive services and groups; and to identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their friends and supporters within and beyond central North Carolina. The NC State GLBT Center partners with the LGBT Center of Raleigh on numerous programs and events throughout the year. Stay connected with the LGBT Center of Raleigh to know what is going on in the local community.
LGBT Center of Durham
We are fortunate to have a community center in Durham at 114 Hunt Street. The LGBT Center of Durham is a safe and inclusive community committed to supporting and celebrating GLBT and Queer identified people in and around Durham. For more information, visit the LGBT Center of Durham website.
UNC-Chapel Hill LGBTQ Center
The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is home to one of our partner Centers. Visit their calendar to check out what’s happening on their campus.
Duke University Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Located in nearby Durham, Duke University also houses a Center and hosts the annual NC Pride Parade. Check out their calendar for more information about their programs and events.
PFLAG Triangle provides a support group meeting in Raleigh for parents, families, and friends of those in the GLBT community. The meetings are held at the Community United Church of Christ (CUCC) the third Wednesday of each month. CUCC is located at 814 Dixie Trail. For more information about PFLAG Triangle, see the PFLAG website.
Raleigh Business and Professional Network (RBPN)
RBPN is a non-profit and networking organization for the GLBT business and professional community. RBPN gets together on the second Wednesday of each month for a dinner meeting and then the fourth Wednesday of each month for a social. To learn more about the RBPN networking group and get involved, see the RBPN website.
Each September NC Pride is held in Durham and features a pride parade and festival. The GLBT Center provides transportation to and from the event. See the NC Pride website for more information.
Each May the LGBT Center of Raleigh hosts Out! Raleigh, a festival featuring vendors, speakers, performers, and artists. See the Out! Raleigh website for more information about Out! Raleigh.
Crape Myrtle Festival
The Crape Myrtle Festival (CMF) is an all-volunteer nonprofit that encourages and promotes the development of services for persons living with AIDS and/or HIV infection, and additionally, raises money for financial assistance, outreach, and education to realize needs within the LGBT community. CMF hosts a variety of events, including an annual Drag Brunch and Gala. For more information about CMF, please visit the CMF website.
Shades of Pride
Shades of Pride is a non-profit agency formed to create opportunities to acknowledge, celebrate and include the diversity of North Carolina’s African American GLBT Community through events. The organization also works to deliver programs that increase awareness, prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, diabetes, breast and prostate cancer and other health disparities affecting minority populations. Each summer, they host Shades of Pride.