Welcome to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Office at East Carolina University. Since 2011, we have served the entire ECU campus from our office in B-103 Brewster Building. We are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our resources include a lending library; information on campus, local, and national resources; and two computer workstations, in addition to a social area and offices for our staff. Throughout the year, we offer educational programs and events, and participate in national campaigns such as Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and “Gay? Fine by Me.” We invite you to visit the LGBT Resource Office—everyone is always welcome!
Deep Run is a powerful portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Cole Ray Davis is a young trans man who uses his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs to counter the bigotry he experiences daily. An exquisitely photographed film that showcases the physical beauty of the landscape, Deep Run also maps its economic and spiritual fissures.
Produced by Susan Sarandon and directed by Hillevi Loven. A discussion with the director will follow the film.
WINNER: Best Documentary, 2015 Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival
A Wellness Passport Event
Thursday, April 14
2-4 pm in Hendrix Theater
Dr. Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Scottie Montgomery, Head Coach, East Carolina Football
The Pirate Ally program is designed to complement Safe Zone training which has been offered to faculty and staff on campus for over ten years. Just as Safe Zone’s purpose is to create a network of faculty and staff allies who are willing to talk to students about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in a non-judgmental, safe environment, Pirate Ally will encourage ECU students to help fulfill the University’s vision of a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
The Pirate Ally training offers students the opportunity for an engaging, educational conversation about the lives of LGBT students on campus and highlights the importance of acceptance and understanding among their peers. Through this program, the LGBT Resource Office will increase the visibility of allies in the Pirate Nation!
Since 2011, the LGBT Resource Office has hosted Lavender Launch, a celebration for LGBT and Ally graduates. This event recognizes their leadership, achievement, and contributions to the ECU community and features the Samantha Hamilton Award for LGBTQA Leadership Excellence. This year's ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 5 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm in the Great Rooms in Mendenhall Student Center. Students graduating in May 2016, August 2016, or December 2016 are eligible to register to participate in Lavender Launch. The public is invited to attend and graduates are encouraged to include their families, friends, and colleagues. Registration deadline is April 25. Graduates may register here.
The Samantha Hamilton Award for LGBTQA Leadership Excellence
The LGBT Resource Office is now accepting nominations for the Samantha Hamilton Award for LGBTQA Leadership Excellence. The award was established in 2013 to honor an ECU undergraduate or graduate who, like Samantha, has provided leadership and service to the LGBT community on campus. Samantha Hamilton inspired her friends and colleagues with her outgoing personality, her ability to create a welcoming, inclusive environment on campus, and an intellectual curiosity which seemed boundless. A founding principle of this award is to recognize an individual whose passion and inspiration will further the vision of a just and fair society in which sexual and gender minorities are empowered to live their dreams and realize their true potential. To submit a nomination, click here. The deadline for submissions is April 15.
We are pleased to share our Spring 2016 calendar of events! Highlights include speaking engagements by Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian. The Resource Office is partnering with the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center for Black HIV Awareness Day on February 8. In March, we will be presenting an exhibit of the National LGBTQ Task Force’s “Shower of Stoles” project. Our documentary series this semester includes: Thy Will Be Done: A Transsexual Woman’s Journey through Faith and Family; The New Black: LGBT Rights and African American Communities; and Deep Run.
Coffee House is a weekly psychoeducational group and offers a regular gathering to help foster a sense of community. The 90-minute session covers different topics related to the LGBT community and offers the opportunity to learn more about yourself and meet other students. Coffee and snacks will be available each week. Coffee House meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8 pm in Brewster B-104 (the conference room next door to the LGBT Resource Office).