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Welcome to the LGBT Resource Office

Welcome to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Office at East Carolina University. As part of the Department of Intercultural Affairs within Student Involvement and Leadership at ECU, the Resource Office works in conjunction with our sister center, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, to help prepare students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society.  We work each day to develop tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change.

Since 2011, we have served the entire ECU campus from our office in B-103 Brewster Building. We are open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our resources include a lending library; information on campus, local, and national resources; and two computer workstations, in addition to a social area and offices for our staff. Throughout the year, we offer educational programs and events, and participate in national campaigns such as Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and "Gay? Fine by Me." We invite you to visit the LGBT Resource Office-everyone is always welcome!

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Upcoming Safe Zone Training

The LGBT Resource Office announces the following Safe Zone trainings:

Tuesday, January 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in Mendenhall Student Center, Room 221
Wednesday, January 17 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in Laupus Library, Room 1504

Safe Zone training is an opportunity for people to talk, learn, and ask questions about sexuality and gender in a non-judgmental, safe, educational environment.

The purpose of Safe Zone is to create a network of allies who are willing to talk to students about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Trainings are offered throughout the year on Main Campus and the Health Sciences Campus. Each session is three hours in length and includes a panel of students who share their experiences as members of the LGBT community on campus.

Registration for faculty and staff is open through Cornerstone.

QTPOC Monthly Meetings

QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color)

Monthly Meetings

Presented by the LGBT Resource Office and facilitated by Dr. Mikkaka Overstreet (College of Education), the monthly QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) meeting was created to build community and work together to navigate the complexities of our intersectional identities. First meeting of the semester is Tuesday, January 16 at 6 pm in Brewster B-104.

Coffee House
Coffee House begins January 17

Coffee House is an informal weekly gathering for students, facilitated by Zachary Dale and Hunter Roberts, graduate assistants in the LGBT Resource Office. Planned topics for this semester include trans health, gender and sexuality, intersectionality, and faith & the LGBT community.

7:00 pm in Brewster B-104

LGBT Resource Office Scholarships
LGBT Resource Office Scholarships

First created in 2017, the LGBT Resource Office Pride Scholarship and the LGBT Resource Office Equality Scholarship are each $500 scholarships made possible by the support of the LGBT Advancement Council with funds donated to the LGBT Priority Fund in Student Affairs Advancement. Scholarships are open to currently enrolled ECU undergraduate and graduate students.

The LGBT Resource Office Pride Scholarship is a merit-based award to recognize outstanding students who thrive academically and are committed to social justice and equality for the LGBT community at East Carolina University. The scholarship is available to current students in good academic standing, and is renewable annually. The Pride Scholarship was created to recognize academic excellence among students actively involved in the LGBT Resource Office who promote a safe and inclusive environment for LGBT students at East Carolina University.

The LGBT Resource Office Equality Scholarship is a need-based award to support students with a motivation to complete their degree and students with a demonstrated interest in supporting the LGBT Resource Office. The scholarship is available to current students in good academic standing, and is renewable annually. The Equality Scholarship was created in recognition of the financial need of some LGBT students whose life circumstances may create economic hardship due to limited or no family support. Further, the Equality Scholarship is designed to support students to achieve success by easing some of the stress of financial hardship.

Application is through:

Deadline to apply is January 22, 2018.

The LGBT Legacy Project
The LGBT Legacy Project

Our stories are our history, each one a reflection of a life lived and a journey unique to each individual. The lives of generations of people in the LGBT community have gone unrecorded due to homophobia, fear, prejudice, and, sadly, shame.

The LGBT Legacy Project is an effort to capture our stories for future generations who might someday want to know about the lives of our students in the early part of the 21st century. To launch this initiative, the LGBT Resource Office announces an essay contest around the theme of coming out.

We welcome submissions of essays (1000 to 1500 words in length) that tell a story of the coming out experience. Stories might focus on coming out to parents or family members, coming out to allies/friends, coming out on campus to roommates, friends, or teachers - or any important moment in your coming out process, including coming out to and getting comfortable with yourself. Stories might also reflect the experience of an ally who was there for a friend or family member who came out to them.

Submissions must be double spaced with one inch margins and should be emailed to Deadline for submission is Friday, March 23, 2018. Open to all currently enrolled ECU students (undergraduate or graduate) in good academic standing.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First prize - $500
Second prize - $300
Third prize - $200

Winners will be announced at our Lavender Launch ceremony on May 3, 2018.

The LGBT Legacy Project is made possible by the support of the LGBT Advancement Council with funds donated to the LGBT Priority Fund in Student Affairs Advancement.

Application is through:

Deadline to apply is March 23, 2018.

Alternative Break Experience
The LGBT Resource Office Alternative Break Experience

March 4-8 in Atlanta, Georgia

This Alternative Break Experience (ABE) will allow students to experience the services and support available to the LGBT community in a major metropolitan area.

Volunteer service will include work with Lost-n-Found Youth, a non-profit which assists homeless youth from 13 to 25 in stabilizing their lives, including preparing them for permanent housing and stable employment. Participants will learn about homelessness in the LGBT community and the difference one person can make. This opportunity will allow for students to witness firsthand the impact of homophobia and homelessness in an urban setting, while asking students to think about different types of service (indirect, direct, and advocacy). Additional volunteer service will include the Jerusalem House. Cultural educational experiences will include a performance of the Alliance Theater and a visit to the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

All inclusive cost is $300 for the entire trip. Scholarships are available (which will reduce to the cost to $50).

The deadline to apply is January 24.

To apply: