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 centers, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and the new Women and Gender Office, 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 Friday, 8:00 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 National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, World AIDS Day, “Gay? Fine by Me,” Bisexual Awareness Week, Asexual Awareness Week, and Transgender Day of Visibility.  We invite you to visit the LGBT Resource Office–everyone is always welcome!

Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center

Grand Opening

Saturday, January 12, 2019

In January 2019, East Carolina University’s new 210,000-square-foot student center will be opening its doors to students, faculty and staff, alumni, and friends of ECU for the first time. The new hub of campus is double the size of Mendenhall, ECU’s current student center, which was built in 1974. This new building is silver-level LEED certified with six dining options, a grand ballroom capable of seating 1,800 people, and a jumbo outdoor movie screen.

On Saturday, January 12, East Carolina University will commemorate the landmark creation of the newly named Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center, the largest center of its kind in the UNC system.  Dr. Jesse Peel, a native of Everetts, North Carolina, shares ECU’s vision of a safe and welcoming environment that promotes understanding, acceptance, and visibility of the LGBTQ community.  The Peel LGBTQ Center will be located in the new student center, featuring expanded study and lounge areas, staff offices, a conference room, and a lending library of more than 500 titles.

The LGBT Resource Office was originally founded in 2011 and currently sees more than 7,000 visits each academic year.  Its educational programming includes a Speaker Series, the Queer Film Series, and annual events such as National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and World AIDS Day.

1:00-4:00 pm Open House

Meet Dr. Jesse Peel, our staff, and student volunteers!  The afternoon includes a dedication and the unveiling of a portrait of Dr. Peel, created by Georgia artist Shane McDonald.  Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

6:30 pm Grand Opening Celebration

Join us for a festive evening of dinner, drinks, and fabulous fun in the Grand Ballroom of the Main Student Center!  Tickets: $50 and a table for 8 people is $400.  Click here to purchase tickets.

For more information, call (252) 737-2514

Una Mujer Fantastica (A Fantastic Woman)

Winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film

Monday, November 12

Marina, a twentysomething waitress and aspiring singer, is in a loving relationship with older partner Orlando despite the difference in their ages. When Orlando unexpectedly dies, Marina, who is transgender, faces discrimination and hostility from both Orlando’s family and government officials while also contending with her devastating grief.

Presented in partnership with Foreign Languages and Literatures.  The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.  Free and open to the public.

7 pm in Mendenhall Student Center, Room 244


Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC)

Next meeting:  November 15 at 6 pm

Dr. Mikkaka Overstreet, Assistant Professor in the College of Education, facilitates a monthly gathering created to offer students of color the opportunity to build community and work together to navigate the complexity of intersectional identities.

Thursday at 6 pm in Brewster B-104.



Transgender Day of Remembrance

Monday, November 19

“With so many seeking to erase transgender people—sometimes in the most brutal ways possible—it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”

– Gwendolyn Ann Smith, Transgender Day of Remembrance founder

Enlighten the world and honor lives lost to hatred and violence.  We invite you to join us for an evening that includes a candlelight vigil for those lost in 2018, a keynote speech, and dinner.  Free and open to the public.

6:30 pm in in the Green Room at the Croatan

The LGBT Legacy Project

Fall 2018:  The impact of bullying

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, transphobia, fear, prejudice, shame, and, sadly, bullying.

Despite the perception that society is becoming more open and welcoming of LGBTQ+ persons,victimization disparities have not improved since the 1990s (when they were first measured).  Some forms of victimization, particularly those affecting youth, appear to be worsening. This has serious, lifelong impacts on the physical and behavioral health of LGBTQ+ youth and adults.*

The LGBT Legacy Project invites you to share your story of the impact of bullying in your life as a member of the LGBT community.  We welcome submissions of essays (1000 to 1500 words in length) which must be double spaced with one inch margins.  Open to all currently enrolled ECU undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing.

Deadline for submission is Friday, November 9, 2018.  Information and submission process at ECUAWard at https://ecu.academicworks.com.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First prize            $500

Second prize       $300

Third prize           $200

Winners will be notified via email by November 26, 2018.

*As cited in “Violence in LGBTQ+ Communities What Do We Know, and What Do We Need to Know?”, Tasseli McKay, Shilpi Misra, and Christine Lindquist, March 2017



February 15-17, 2019

The LGBT Resource Office will offer the opportunity for up to six (6) students to attend this extraordinary conference.  This opportunity is made possible by the LGBT Resource Office, with the support of the LGBT Priority Fund and the Department of Intercultural Affairs.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association present Time To THRIVE, the annual national conference to promote safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth…everywhere!

We are making progress on the road to legal equality, yet young LGBTQ people in America still face dramatically heightened rates of discrimination in school, at home, and within their community. The impact of family rejection, bullying and the messages they hear about being LGBTQ weigh heavily on our youth. By engaging a broad audience of youth-serving professionals, including K-12 educators, mental health providers, pediatricians, religious leaders, recreational athletic coaches and youth development staff (Boys and Girls Club, YMCAs, scout leaders, etc.), we can create spaces in which LGBTQ youth are affirmed, supported, and have the ability to thrive.  The conference provides a comprehensive opportunity to build awareness and cultural competency, learn current and emerging best practices, and gather resources from leading experts and national organizations in the field. The conference is strongly committed to an intersectional approach in all conversations, workshops, and keynotes.

Applicants should embody the following qualities:

  • Emerging Leader
  • Undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing, enrolled in classes for Spring 2019
  • Dedicated to academic achievement (must have at least a 2.5 GPA at ECU)
  • Welcoming, inclusive, and compassionate
  • Demonstrated commitment to the LGBT community through involvement with the LGBT Resource Office or other comparable social justice/advocacy/equality outlets/organizations at ECU

Interviews will be conducted with finalists for this opportunity.

Students selected to attend the conference will be responsible for the following:

  • Securing excused absences for classes Feb 14-18
  • Non-refundable payment of $50
  • Participants will be responsible for meals not provided by the conference
  • Deadline to apply is November 10, 2018

Apply online by clicking here.






Coffee House

Wednesdays at 7 pm

Coffee House is a weekly gathering for students exploring topics such as identity development, coping skills, and intersectionality in a safe and welcoming community.  Co-facilitated by Zachary Dale and Hunter Roberts, graduate assistants in the LGBT Resource Office, Coffee House is designed to foster understanding in a supportive environment. Wednesdays at 7 pm in Brewster B-104.

Upcoming Coffee House topics:

Nov 14:  Self-care through mindfulness

Nov 28:  HIV/AIDS awareness and education