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A Guide to Gay and Lesbian Resources in the Triangle 

Gay & Lesbian Helpline

Serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities of the Triangle, providing peer counseling services, education, information, resource referrals and documentation of bias crimes. Staffed Sunday-Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Triangle Community Works, which sponsors the helpline, will be holding its next helpline training the weekend of July 8-9. Training is 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. You must attend both sessions to be considered for a regular helpline shift. To attend, call 256-3672 and leave your name and number, or e-mail

Web portals
Triangle Grrrls
Publishes a calendar of events; helps to create and promote events for women-who-love-women to socialize, network and explore the Triangle area.

Triangle Local Events
Triangle-area mailing list that reaches over 3,000 subscribers every week. Since new spam filters at some internet servers have been blocking the list, organizers are now posting the information on the Web too.

Out Carolina
Free online interactive service for the entire North and South Carolina LGBT community.

Lesbian Resource Center
Works to visibly and actively promote the health and well-being of the diverse community of lesbians, bisexual women and other women who partner with women through education, advocacy, resources and referrals in the Triangle area.

Out Triangle
Coming soon: A business and resource directory for the Triangle LGBT community. Their next DineOUT organizing event is Monday, June 27, 5:30-10 p.m. at Lucky 32 restaurant in Cary. Reservations accepted.

Drag Bingo
Gay Bingo has been wildly successful in large urban areas like New York, Seattle and Philadelphia. Drag Bingo debuted in the Triangle in May 2002. In less than three months the event outgrew the space in Raleigh. In January 2004, Drag Bingo moved to the Armory in downtown Durham, a space able to seat over 500 people. The next Drag Bingo is Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m., and the theme is Stepford Wives.

Crape Myrtle Festival, Inc.
Crape Myrtle Festival originated in the summer of 1981 as a small backyard gathering in Wilmington. The party quickly grew in size and moved to Chapel Hill, becoming the gay A-List party in the area. But with the emerging AIDS health crisis, CMF soon began concentrating on raising funds for HIV/AIDS service agencies. CMF evolved into a yearly event, and has raised over $1 million to benefit more than 30 different service agencies throughout the state.

This year, the Crape Myrtle Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, July 30 with a Grand Gala at Exploris in downtown Raleigh. That same weekend, the Crape Myrtle Festival Tennis Classic Tournament ( will be held, as will the GRABIT Bowling Tournament ( Tickets are on sale now on the CMF Web site and soon at White Rabbit Books in Raleigh and Cameron's in Chapel Hill. Volunteers are always welcome.

North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Carolina Theatre of Durham
The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will be celebrating its 10th year during the Aug. 11-14 festival. This is one of the largest gay and lesbian film festivals in the Southeast. This year's schedule is still to be announced. The Carolina Theatre is looking for a few individuals to join the marketing committee. Contact Thomas King at or 560-3040 ext. 224 if you're interested in volunteering.

TCW Games Night
Think you might enjoy playing board and card games with other gay people in a relaxed, alcohol- and smoke-free atmosphere? Triangle Community Works, in conjunction with Interweave, sponsors this LGBT game-playing night twice a month in Raleigh. Games Night is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Games Night starts at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month. First Fridays (July 1) are at Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail. Third Fridays (July 15) are at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave.

North Carolina Pride Parade and Festival
The Pride Committee of North Carolina
The 21st annual 2005 N.C. Pride Parade and Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 24 in Durham and Raleigh. The parade is the signature event in a weekend's worth of activities, seminars, parties and club activities in the area, including Pride NightFest in Raleigh. Volunteers are needed and welcome; e-mail

North Carolina Pride Marching Band
This group is celebrating its 18th year and invites anyone who has ever played a marching band instrument to join them at N.C. Pride 2005 in Durham, and for other Pride dates in S.C., D.C. and Atlanta. They also need flag carriers, banner carriers and band-aids. E-mail for information. They will contact you personally and invite you to their next rehearsal. (The next rehearsals are July 9 and July 17, both at 2 p.m. in the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Music Room.)

Also: The N.C. Pride Band is starting a concert band, which means that those who don't care to play while marching will soon be able to play sitting. The band hopes to perform throughout the year. Here again, anyone who has ever played an instrument is welcome to join.

Equality NC
Statewide org dedicated to securing equality and justice for LGBT people.

Raleighwood Squares
Gay and lesbian square dance club; all are welcome. Beginner's dance class is the second Tuesday of each month, and regular dance sessions are the first, third and fourth Tuesdays. During the summer and near holidays, please e-mail or call to verify that there will be dancing that night.

Triangle Area Gay Scientists
Not limited to scientists. Their monthly potluck dinner rotates around the Triangle; the next meeting is on Saturday, July 9 at 7 p.m. in Durham.

Triangle Business & Professional Guild
Meets on the second Wednesday of each month (July 13). A social hour with cash bar precedes the meeting. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is served at 7, the program begins at 8 and adjourns by 9 p.m.

TBPG Monthly Social: The first Friday of each month (July 1) is set aside for a purely social evening. The event moves around to a variety of places, usually between Raleigh and Durham. In June, they met at the Lucky 32 Bar & Restaurant in Raleigh. July's meeting place was not decided by press time.

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Dedicated to creating safe schools that teach respect for all.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays-Triangle
All volunteer, not-for-profit dedicated to helping parents and their GLBTQ children understand each other.

Project Rainbow Net
Initiative aimed at addressing domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships.

The mission of SWOOP (Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects) is to provide community service in a spirit of cooperative sisterhood, through short-term labor and support to meet otherwise insurmountable community needs.

Mary Renault Society
P.O. Box 98444
Raleigh 27624
Presentation on some aspect of the LGBTQ experience, with a potluck dinner. Fourth Sunday of each month at 7 p.m.

Capital Leathermen
Leather/Levi group. Bar nights and business meetings are held each month on the second Saturday (July 9).

Carolina Bear Lodge Social organization for "bears" and their admirers, with monthly activities across the state. Next big event: Bear Trap XI in Raleigh, July 21-24. Volunteers needed; e-mail

Carolina Kodiaks Rugby Club
The mission of the Kodiaks Rugby Club is to advance the sport of rugby to any and all who have a desire to join the club. The Kodies' next training is June 24, 6-7:30 p.m. at Bond Park in Raleigh.

Triangle Tennis Club (TTC)
TTC meets every Friday (June 24), weather permitting, from 7-9 p.m. in North Raleigh.

Cuntry Kings
Durham-based drag king troupe. Can be seen on the second Saturday of every month (July 9) at the Basement at 1102 Broad St. in Durham.

Ruby Slipper Dance Asylum
Uses dance to foster health and well-being among the Triangle's LGBT community members and friends. New classes start in September.

Triangle Area Bowling Leagues
There are two gay bowling leagues in the area: Kings and Queens, which meets every Thursday night (June 23) at 8:10 p.m., and Capital City Rainbows, which meets every Sunday (June 26) at 7 p.m. Both meet at Capital Lanes in Raleigh.

Triangle Gay Men's Chorus
A chorus of gay/bi/affirming men, located in the Raleigh/Durham area. They give concerts throughout the year.

Common Woman Chorus
A chorus of lesbian/bi/affirming women, located in the Raleigh/Durham area. They give concerts throughout the year.

On Campus Center for LGBT Life at Duke

Duke OUT

GLBT-Straight Alliance of UNC-CH

LGBTQ Services, UNC-CH

N.C. State Bisexuals, Lesbians, Gays & Allies

Youth Organizations
North Carolina Lambda Youth Network (NCLYN)
Summer Leadership Institute is open to all LGBT, questioning and allied youth ages 14-19. June 16-July 21, Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. at the Center for LGBT Life, Duke University. For more information, e-mail

A Safer Place Youth Network (ASPYN)
Sponsors Coffee House Hang-OUTs, an informal social gathering for LGBTQ and allied youth ages 13-23 and ASPYN adult volunteers. Held on the fourth Saturday of the month (July 23), from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Transgender Organizations
It's Time, North Carolina
Political advocacy for gender rights in N.C.

NC TG Unity
Several groups supporting common goals for transgendered individuals.

North Carolina FTMs, Genderqueers, Intersexed Men and Transmen
A group dedicated to the support, survival and safety of all N.C. transmen, ftms, genderqueer and intersexed individuals that identify in the male/man/masculine continuum through the creation of an empowered community.

Religious Organizations (gay/affirming)
Imani Metropolitan Community Church

St. John's Metropolitan Community Church

Calvary United Methodist Church

Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church

St. Philips Episcopal Church Durham

Watts Street Baptist Church of Durham

Church of the Reconciliation

Community Church (Unitarian Universalist)

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; Interweave @ ERUUF:

Institute of Inclusive Christians

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church

Reconciling Evangelicals Concerned of N.C.

Reconciling United Methodist & Friends of N.C.

St. Mark's Episcopal

Triangle More Light Presbyterians

Unitarian Univeralist Fellowship of Raleigh

United Church of Christ of Chapel Hill

Unity Center of Peace Church

GLBT ministry of St. Francis of Assisi

Bars & Clubs
711 Rigsbee Ave.

313 W. Hargett St.

2 S. West St.

330 W. Hargett St.

Books & Music
White Rabbit Books & Things
309 W. Martin St.

Quail Ridge Books & Music
3522 Wade Ave.

Reader's Corner
3201 Hillsborough St.

Internationalist Books & Community Center
405 W. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill

Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.

Books Do Furnish A Room
1809 W. Markham Ave.

Ladyslipper Music
3205 Hillsborough Road

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