LGBTQ Community

Important events in the history of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community at NC State.

LGBTQ Community
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1/12/1972 Triangle Gay Alliance founded

The Technician reported on the founding of the Triangle Gay Alliance.

9/24/1973 GLBT student wrote "Letter to the Editor"

The Technician printed a "Letter to the Editor" and student body at large in which an unnamed student identified himself as gay and found it "frustrating and depressing."

1978 Discussion group for gay and lesbian students held

Willie White was a local minister who started a weekly discussion group for gay and lesbian students at NC State. White later credited students and faculty from NC State with helping him establish the Triangle’s first church founded by LGBT Christians, St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church in Raleigh.

4/14/1978 Students celebrated Blue Jeans Day

Gay and lesbian students at NC State celebrated National Gay Blue Jeans Day. Signs in the Free Expression Tunnel advertising the event were defaced.

Technician, Vol. 58 No. 80, April 14, 1978Technician, Vol. 58 No. 80, April 14, 1978
12/14/1978 Gay and Lesbian Christian Alliance created

GLCA became an approved student group at NC State. Pastor Willie White served as the group's first advisor.


1981 NC State Gay Community formed

The NC State Gay Community was formed. The group was also known as the State Gay Community and State Gay and Lesbian Community. The organization published a club newsletter, Ten Percent.

4/15/1981 Gay Awareness Day held

Gay Awareness Day was sponsored by the NC State Gay Community student group.

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1981 Gay Educational Committee formed

The Gay Educational Committee was formed in 1981 and may have been active until 1984.

9/1981 Free Expression Tunnel threats painted

Threats against members of the NC State Gay Community were painted in the Free Expression Tunnel.

1983 AIDS information provided on campus

The university began offering information about AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) in a pre-recorded message on its teletips telephone information service.

1984 Gay and Lesbian Association formed

A new group was formed for gay and lesbian students on campus known as the Gay and Lesbian Association (NCSU GALA). The first meeting was in January 1984.

03/1986 Minority Affairs Bill passed

Student Senate passed the Minority Affairs Bill, which created the Minority Affairs Committee. The committee was tasked with representing the concerns of African Americans, Native Americans, women, people with disabilities, and the gay and lesbian community on campus.

Technician, Vol. 67 No. 64, March 12, 1986Technician, Vol. 67 No. 64, March 12, 1986
1989 Lesbian and Gay Student Union formed

The Lesbian and Gay Student Union was a student group, and it was also known as the Lesbian/Gay Student Union. It came into existence in 1989 and was active until 1996. It may have been the first gay and lesbian student group to receive appropriations from Student Government.

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4/29/1991 Statement issued on sexual orientation

Chancellor Larry Monteith issued a statement that sexual orientation would not be relevant to educational and employment decisions.

12/1/1993 World AIDS Day commemorated

World AIDS Day was commemorated on campus and included an information resource fair, a prayer service, a reading of names, a collection of food and toiletries donations, and other activities. Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt were on display in the Talley and Witherspoon student centers since Nov. 19 of that year.

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3/3/1994 Anti-hate rally organized

Several student groups organized an anti-hate rally in Harris Field in response to recent rapes on campus, sexual harassment in classrooms, racist remarks from professors, and anti-gay messages in the Free Expression Tunnel.

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2/23/1995 Barefoot Rally held

The Lesbian & Gay Student Union held a rally on the Brickyard to protest Free Expression Tunnel graffiti telling people to wear shoes every day in support of violence again gay and lesbian people. The graffiti had been painted over announcements for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Awareness Week.

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Fall 1996 BGLA established

The Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Allies (BGLA) student organization was established. It may have replaced the Lesbian/Gay Student Union (LGSU).

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Fall 1996 Project Safe created

Project Safe started to create a "safe, nonjudgmental campus climate" for anyone with questions about gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues.

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Fall 1997 Diversity Initiative launched

Chancellor Larry K. Monteith launched the Diversity Initiative to provide more equitable access to educational resources on campus regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic background, physical disabilities, and other related factors.

10/19/1998 Diversity statement issued

Chancellor Marye Anne Fox issued a statement on "Supporting Diversity and Building the Campus Community through Tolerance of Difference." The statement included sexual orientation as one of several factors in making NC State a diverse student body.


09/06/2000 Equal Opportunity Policy passed

NC State passed Policy 04.25.05, known as the Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Policy. The policy supported equal opportunity and affirmative action efforts, and prohibited discrimination and harassment based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

2001 Delta Lambda Phi established

A chapter of the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity was established.

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Fall 2002 Student Senate passed resolution

Student Senate passed a resolution requesting the university to add sexual orientation to the non-discrimination policy.

Spring 2003 Campus climate survey conducted

This was the first assessment of the campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students at NC State.

9/2/2003 Sexual orientation added to non-discrimination policy

Sexual orientation was added to the university's Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy Statement.

2004 GLBT Subcommittee formed

Following a general campus-wide diversity survey, the University Diversity Committee formed a subcommittee to develop recommendations for improving the campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, and staff.

2005 Non-discrimination policy changed

The university's Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy stated that transexual individuals would be included in the "prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex."

12/6/2006 LGBT Center Town Hall held

Student Government held a town hall style forum on the proposed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center. A panel of speakers, including some university administrators, fielded questions from a sometimes contentious audience.

2007 AEGIS chapter established

A chapter of AEGIS (Accepting and Embracing Gender Identity and Sexuality) was established on campus.

1/23/2008 GLBT Center opened

The GLBT Center opened a new office and officially became a department under the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, after years as a resource within Campus Activities. Justine Hollingshead was the founding director.

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5/6/2009 First Lavender Graduation held

The first Lavender Graduation was held in 2009 and became an annual event.


9/25/2010 NC Pride Parade attended

Members from NC State's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Alliance (GLBTCA) attended the NC Pride Parade and Festival in Durham.

NC State's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Alliance at the NC Pride Parade and FestivalNC State's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Alliance at the NC Pride Parade and Festival
10/20/2010 GLBT community rally held

The GLBT community held a rally in the Brickyard. This was the first rally later known as the "Ally Rally."

2011 Diversity Education Week organized

First organized by students in spring 2011, Diversity Education Week became an annual event to promote awareness and understanding of diverse cultures and foster intercultural understanding.

2011 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Alliance (GLBTCA) formed

The GLBT Community Alliance was formed as a student group dedicated to promoting equality and unity for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, questioning, and allies.

8/17/2011 First "Respect the Pack" event held

The first "Respect the Pack" event was held at the Free Expression Tunnel and became an annual event to promote diversity and inclusion on campus.

10/20/2011 "State Not Hate" rally held

Following vandalism of the GLBT Center on October 17, 2011, the provost issued a statement condemning the act. A rally was held on the Brickyard to support the GLBT community.

2012 Non-discrimination statement revised

The university's Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy was revised to include gender identity and gender expression.

03/2012 "Ides of March" protest held

Students and alumni marched from the Bell Tower to the capital district to protest an upcoming amendment to North Carolina's constitution, which proposed legally banning gay marriage in the state. The event was called "Ides of March."

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2014 GLBT Center moved to Talley

The GLBT center moved to Harrelson Hall in 2011 when Talley closed for renovation, and then relocated to its current space when Talley reopened in 2014. The new GLBT center officially opened in the summer of 2015.

2014 First annual GLBT symposium held

Students participated in the first annual GLBT Symposium. This event was held each fall during move-in weekend as a way for incoming LGBTQ+ students to connect with each other.

2014 oSTEM organization founded

A chapter of the national organization oSTEM (Out in Stem) was formed by students on campus to support LGBTQ+ students and professionals studying or working in STEM fields.

2014 T-Files peer group formed

T-Files, a transgender peer discussion group, was formed in 2014 to provide a safe space for transgender, nonbinary, gender nonconforming and gender questioning students to explore and affirm their identities.

2015 GLBT Advocate Program established
2015 Queer and Trans People of Color organization formed

Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) was organized to provide a safe space for African Americans, Latinx, Asian Americans, Native Americans, multiracial people and other people of color who identify as LGBTQ.

11/2015 Transgender Awareness Week held

NC State celebrated Transgender Awareness Week to raise visibility of transgender and gender nonconforming people. Events included Transgender Day of Remembrance, which raises awareness about the threat of violence toward transgender communities.

2016 AcePack discussion group formed

AcePack was formed as an peer discussion group for students who identified as asexual, aromantic, demisexual, demiromantic, questioning or allies.

2016 Bi/Pan organization formed

Bi/Pan was formed as an an organization for students who identify along the bisexual/pansexual and biromantic/panromantic spectra and their allies.

2016-2017 Paul Nolan (President), Brayndon Stafford (Vice President)

Nolan was the first openly GLBTQ-identifying student body president, and Stafford was the first African American student body vice president.

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03/2016 GLBT Center first annual "Week of Action" held

The GLBT Center hosted its first annual "Week of Action" event in March 2016. The goal of the week was to encourage students, faculty, and staff to explore social justice issues and take action. Events during the week included Transgender Day of Visibility, which is celebrated on March 31st of every year.

4/6/2016 Student Senate opposed HB2

On April 6, 2016, Student Senate passed a bill opposing HB2, the "bathroom" bill regulating access to public facilities, as discrimination against transgender individuals. Later in the month, protests on campus occurred outside bathrooms, and the GLBT Center compiled a list of gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus.

2016 Hispanic Heritage Month event held

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the GLBT Center (now Pride Center) held an event for scholars and activists to discuss gender inclusivity within gendered languages, specifically Spanish.

01/2018 GLBT Center celebrated 10th anniversary


2020 Pride Center introduced sensory-friendly hours

The LGBTQ Pride Center (formerly the GLBT Center) introduced sensory-friendly hours to make the center more accessible for students by providing a peaceful, quiet space during designated times.

10/2021 First annual Pride Walk held

Pride Fest (formerly known as Pride Walk) was first held in 2021 as an opportunity for students to connect with allies and peers.

01/31/2023 GLBT Center renamed LGBTQ Pride Center

The GLBT Center officially unveiled its new name, the LGBTQ Pride Center, during its 15th anniversary celebration on January 31, 2023.