Community Building

Community Building

The Center hosts social and cultural events that allow LGBTIQA+ and allied communities to gather for meeting new people, mutual support, and networking throughout the school year:

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Start off the school year with a casual social for LGBTIQA+ folks, their affirming loved ones, and allies! Get to know one another while learning about groups, clubs, and upcoming events that focus on community and/or advocacy related to gender and sexual diversity.

Pride and Awareness BannerThe Center participates in a number of annual pride and visibility observances that uplift LGBTIQA+ identities. We celebrate some of these identities on different dates than their national and international observances as needed to make them more accessible to the Carolina community.

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Join the LGBTQ Center Ambassadors and other LGBTIQA+ or allied students for games, movies, crafts, and discussions. Meet us every other Wednesday via Zoom to reconnect with friends or to make new ones!

Book Club BannerThe LGBTQ Center Book Club is a twice-monthly meeting of lit nerds and casual readers who love to discuss books, fanfic, and other readings with LGBTQIA+ themes. 

QGAPS Social is a bi-monthly gathering for LGBTQIA+ graduate and professional students.

QGAPS + QTPOC Social is a monthly gathering for Black, Indigenous, and graduate/professional students of color who identify as LGBTIQA+. 

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LGBTIQA+ folks who work for the University in ANY capacity are welcome join the LGBTQ Center once per month to enjoy casual conversation, build relationships, and support one another. Feel free to bring your affirming friends, colleagues, and loved ones.

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About LGBTIQA+ Advocacy Awards

This award recognizes contributions to or advocacy on behalf of LGBTIQA+ communities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Lavender Graduation is a commencement ceremony honoring graduating LGBTIQA+ identified students and their allies. It is a cultural celebration that acknowledges the achievements and contributions that students of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions have made at Carolina. Recipients of the LGBTIQA+ Advocacy Awards are announced during the ceremony, which is followed by a catered reception.

This program is co-sponsored by the Program in Sexuality Studies and the Provost Committee for LGBTQ Life.