LGBT Resource Office

Welcome to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Office at East Carolina University. As part of the Department of Intercultural Affairs within Student Involvement and Leadership at ECU, the Resource Office works in conjunction with our sister center, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, to help prepare students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society. We work each day to develop tomorrow’s leaders to serve and inspire positive change.

Since 2011, we have served the entire ECU campus from our office in B-103 Brewster Building. We are open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 9 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 National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, World AIDS Day and “Gay? Fine by Me.” We invite you to visit the LGBT Resource Office-everyone is always welcome!


Mary Lambert “Bold”

Monday, March 19 at 7 pm

In 2012, Mary Lambert was working three restaurant jobs when her life changed. An aspiring singer-songwriter, cellist, spoken word artist, and newly graduated with a Bachelors of Music Composition from Cornish College of the Arts, she had begun to establish herself around Seattle, performing slam poetry and fusing a talk-singing style into her intimate performances. She received a phone call from a friend who was working with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on their debut album, The Heist. Macklemore and Lewis were struggling to write a chorus for their new song, a marriage-equality anthem, called “Same Love”. Lambert had three hours to write the hook, and the result was the transcendent chorus to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ triple-platinum hit “Same Love,” which Lambert wrote from her vantage point of being both a Christian and a lesbian.

Presented in celebration of Women’s History Month in partnership with the Department of Sociology Gender Studies Minor and the Religious Studies program.

Free and open to the public.

7 pm in Hendrix Theatre in Mendenhall Student Center


Transgender Day of Visibility

Tuesday, March 27 at 12:30 pm

Join us for Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV)!  TDOV is a day to show your support for the trans community. It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community.  This is a day of empowerment and we hope you will join us for a keynote by Kelley Haven, MD, ECU Family Medicine.  Lunch will be served in the Green Room at the Croatan.

RSVP here


A Celebration of Life of the life of Jen Ervin

Wednesday, March 28 at 7 pm

Our community was deeply impacted by the tragic loss of Jen Ervin on February 24.  The LGBT Resource Office will host a celebration of the life of Jen Ervin on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 pm in the Green Room at the Croatan. The public is invited to attend. Dinner will be served.

RSVP here.

Lavender Launch 2018

NEW DATE:  Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 pm

Lavender Launch is the annual celebration of the the achievements of our LGBT and Ally graduates.  You are cordially invited to join us on Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 pm in the Great Rooms in Mendenhall Student Center as we honor our 2018 graduates.

For students who are graduating in May 2018, August 2018, or December 2018, and would like to participate in the ceremony, register here.  The deadline to register is April 13.


QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color)

Monthly Meetings

Presented by the LGBT Resource Office and facilitated by Dr. Mikkaka Overstreet (College of Education), the monthly QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) meeting was created to build community and work together to navigate the complexities of our intersectional identities. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 10 at 6 pm in Brewster B-104.

Coffee House, every Wednesday at 7 pm

Coffee House is an informal weekly gathering for students, facilitated by Zachary Dale and Hunter Roberts, graduate assistants in the LGBT Resource Office. Planned topics for this semester include trans health, gender and sexuality, intersectionality, and faith & the LGBT community.

7:00 pm in Brewster B-104

The LGBT Legacy Project

Deadline to submit is Friday, March 23, 2018

Our stories are our history, each one a reflection of a life lived and a journey unique to each individual. The lives of generations of people in the LGBT community have gone unrecorded due to homophobia, fear, prejudice, and, sadly, shame.

The LGBT Legacy Project is an effort to capture our stories for future generations who might someday want to know about the lives of our students in the early part of the 21st century. To launch this initiative, the LGBT Resource Office announces an essay contest around the theme of coming out.

We welcome submissions of essays (1000 to 1500 words in length) that tell a story of the coming out experience. Stories might focus on coming out to parents or family members, coming out to allies/friends, coming out on campus to roommates, friends, or teachers – or any important moment in your coming out process, including coming out to and getting comfortable with yourself. Stories might also reflect the experience of an ally who was there for a friend or family member who came out to them.

Submissions must be double spaced with one inch margins and should be emailed to Deadline for submission is Friday, March 23, 2018. Open to all currently enrolled ECU students (undergraduate or graduate) in good academic standing.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First prize – $500
Second prize – $300
Third prize – $200

Winners will be announced at our Lavender Launch ceremony on May 2, 2018.

The LGBT Legacy Project is made possible by the support of the LGBT Advancement Council with funds donated to the LGBT Priority Fund in Student Affairs Advancement.

Application is through:

Spring 2018 Calendar of Events

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