While Asheville has many LGBT organizations, events and programs geared towards living in Asheville - the resources dedicated to LGBT careers is somewhat limited. Listed below are some state wide and national organizations that can provide further assistance.
NC State Resources
Organizations working to change policies that affect the LGBT community or to elect pro-equality candidates.
Equality North Carolina
Your statewide LGBT advocacy organization.
Equality NC Action Fund (PAC)
Equality NC’s Political Action Committee.
Mecklenburg Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Action Committee (MeckPAC)
A non-partisan, non-profit organization registered with the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.
Organizations serving the business community and certain professions.
NC Gay and Lesbian Attorneys
A voluntary state-wide non-profit attorneys' organization, providing visibility, support, and advocacy for LGBT communities.
Triangle Business & Professional Guild
A Networking Organization for the GLBT Business and Professional Community.
School & Campus LGBT organizations.
Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity - Western Carolina Region Colony
As a non-profit organization, Delta Lambda Phi is organized for social and recreational purposes. More specifically, the Fraternity’s purposes also include enhancing the quality of life among gay, bisexual and progressive men by providing dignified and purposeful social, service and recreational activities. Promotes a strong and positive image, which respects the diversity of all individuals, irrespective of sexual orientation.
Gay Straight Alliance - Western Carolina Region (App U, UNC Asheville, Western Carolina University)
This is a group designed to bring all of the members of GSAs in Western North Carolina into one group to speak of upcoming events, projects, presentations, and socials.
AccreditedColleges.com: College Guide for LGBT Students
Aspiring college students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) face a unique set of challenges when looking at schools. Fortunately, many schools have adopted a culture of awareness and respect for the LGBT community. Many others have active, vocal LGBT advocacy programs on campus, and some even offer LGBT studies and housing. The following guide should get you started on your search for a comfortable school environment.
LGBT community centers and community service organizations.
Chi Psi Omega Fraternity Inc.
Non-profit social Greek organization in Charlotte, NC to promote equality and awareness in the LGBTQ community through community service outreach, promoting tolerance and understanding of the LGBTQ community, and ensuring the continuing education of our neighbors. Learn more on Facebook.
North Star LGBT Community Center.
North Star is Winston-Salem’s first LGBT Community Center. The Community Center opened on September 21, 2013! The Center offers many educational, social, and collaborative activities for the whole community in the Piedmont/Triad area..
Arts and cultural organizations.
Organizations serving the legal needs of the LGBT community.
NC Gay and Lesbian Attorneys/Institute for Equal Rights
Association of LGBT Attorneys that works to advance legal efforts on LGBT issues.
The Freedom Center for Social Justice
THE FREEDOM CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE LGBT LAW CENTER seeks to eliminate barriers to justice and assist marginalized community members by providing direct legal services, community education, and community resources to the LGBT community in North Carolina. The FCSJ LGBT Law Center also seeks to educate the business and legal community in North Carolina about legal and other issues that impact the LGBT community.
Local chapters of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, providing support and advocating for equal rights.
The best way for parents, family members, friends, or gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people to get support, receive educational materials, and learn about PFLAG's advocacy efforts is to visit a PFLAG local chapter.
CLICK HERE to FIND A LOCAL CHAPTER, including:
Please join us for our monthly meetings at 7:30 PM every 3rd Tuesday of the month. We meet at Friendship Friends Meeting House, 1103 New Garden Road (across from the Guilford College soccer complex) in Greensboro. For a map and directions, search here:
This PFLAG Support Group meets every month at 7:30 P.M. on: 1st Thursday: Pilgrim United Church of Christ (3011 Academy Road Durham, NC 27707) and 3rd Wednesday: Community United Church of Christ (814 Dixie Trail Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607).
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) promotes the health and well- being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) persons through support to cope with an adverse society, education for an ill-informed public, and advocacy to end discrimination.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promotes the health and well-being of GLBT persons and their families through SUPPORT, to cope with an adverse society; through EDUCATION, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and through ADVOCACY, to end discrimination and to secure fair and equal civil rights. PFLAG provides the opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
PFLAG Rocky Mount
Support meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month. Time and place posted with events.
Groups that organize community pride events.
Blue Ridge Pride
Annual LGBT grassroots festival featuring education, celebration and entertainment.
Charlotte Black Gay Pride
Charlotte Black Gay Pride is dedicated to providing information regarding pride in the Charlotte Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, & Transgender community.
North Carolina’s annual LGBT festival.
The Queen City’s LGBT Pride Festival, including events, sponsor and volunteer information.
Pride Winston-Salem's mission is to celebrate culture, honor diversity, inspire engagement, promote inclusion, provide community outreach, and educate friends, allies, and supporters on equal rights for all.
Salisbury, NC’s LGBT Pride Festival, including events, sponsor and volunteer information.
Organizations that work in or with K-12 schools on LGBT issues.
Safe Schools NC
A statewide group focused on training school professionals to work effectively with LGBT students.
Groups serving the needs of the transgender community.
NC Transgender Unity
Coalition of local transgender advocacy and support organizations.
Organizations serving North Carolina’s LGBT youth.
Dedicated to empowering LGBTQ youth ages 14 - 23 in Western NC to be confident and vital members of our community
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workplace equality.
We partner with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide executive leadership development, comprehensive training and consultation, and professional networking opportunities that build inclusive and welcoming work environments.
Since 1996, we have worked with executives, human resources professionals, Employee Resource Groups and individuals to provide leadership and professional development, education, and research to create workplaces free of discrimination.
Out & Equal hosts the annual Workplace Summit where employees and experts from around the world gather to share strategies and best practices to create workplace equality inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.