Social and Cultural Events

Social and Cultural Events

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. Check upcoming events for details.

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.

Stop by the Center before you head home! Each week we'll have snacks, an introvert corner, and a main activity: PlayStation gaming, crafts, viewing party, or board gaming.

5:00pm - 8:00pm every Wednesday (except University holidays) at the LGBTQ Center

Queer Graduate and Professional Students (QGAPS) Social is a bi-monthly gathering for LGBTQIA+ graduate and professional students. It's a chance for folks to connect, come together, and build community. Feel free to come for as long or as little as you are able. There is no pressure to purchase anything if you can't or don't want to.

Affirming friends and loved ones are welcome to join!

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.

LGBTIQA+ Advocacy Awards Graphic

This award recognizes contributions to or advocacy on behalf of LGBTIQA+ communities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Individuals who have contributed in one or more of the following ways are eligible for consideration:

  • Elevated the status of LGBTIQ-identified persons and/or allies;
  • Helped to improve campus or community policies affecting LGBTIQ-identified persons;
  • Enhanced visibility and awareness of LGBTIQ issues.

Three awards will be given out; one to an undergraduate student, one to a graduate/professional student, and one to a faculty/staff member. The awardees will be honored at Lavender Graduation.

Lavender Graduation at UNC-Chapel Hill

Lavender Graduation is a commencement ceremony honoring Sexuality Studies minors, 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. Recipients of the LGBTIQA+ Advocacy Award are announced during the ceremony. A catered reception will follow.

The 2018-2019 Ceremony will be Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm in Sonja Haynes Stone Center.

Register to participate by Sunday, April 21st.