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:

Promotional Image for Welcome Brunch 2019Start off the school year with a casual social where you can get to know one another and learn about LGBTIQA+ related groups, clubs, and upcoming events!

Welcome Back is always held the Monday before Fall semester begins. 

The 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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Come by the LGBTQ Center Wednesday evenings between 5:00pm and 8:00pm for a casual social featuring games, crafts, and movies. The Center will provide free snacks - feel free to bring board games, add to the snack selection, and to invite your LGBTIQA+ or affirming friends.

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.