LGBT Center of Raleigh

Mailing Address: 19 West Hargett Street Suite 507 - Raleigh NC 27601 - 919-832-4484

The LGBT Center of Raleigh is physically closed for programs due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but we continue to meet virtually! Those virtual offerings can be found here. If you have questions or are seeking resources, you can call 919-832-4484 seven days a week between the hours of 12pm and 4pm, and your call will be answered by a staff member or volunteer, or you can email

We are holding HIV and STI testing at our new location at 4 North Blount Street in Raleigh every Monday from 5:00 pm to 7:45 pm.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Center Blog

Welcome our new Program Coordinator: Gwen Love!

Gwendolyn Love

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Gwendolyn Love (she/they) and I’m from Cleveland, OH. I am a recent UNC-CH grad where I studied African and African American Studies with a focus on Black Sexuality Studies. When I am not at the Center, I am a writer, researcher, and spoken word artist.

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Hummingbird Creative

Hummingbird Creative — Where Ideas Take Flight!

(And It All Started at an Expo!)

Hummingbird Creative Group

When Wendy Coulter attended a Cary Chamber of Commerce expo in 1995, she was just looking for a job and hoping to find opportunities there. But life had other plans that day, and by the time she left, Wendy found herself with three clients who wanted her graphic design services.

Hummingbird Creative Group was born that day 27 years ago and has been soaring ever since.

According to Coulter, the name of the company has many meanings, beyond the fact that it was her nickname in high school. “Hummingbirds can fly forward, backwards, upside down, and sideways. We’ll do whatever it takes to fulfill the needs of our customers, even if we have to fly upside down,” Coulter laughed. “Hummingbirds are also territorial, and that’s what company brands are all about — positioning your unique brand.”

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Interview with Alan King of Workplace Options

An Interview With Workplace Options’ CEO Alan King on Supporting the Center, Pride, and a Diverse Workforce

Workplace Options 40 years

We are excited to announce that Workplace Options (WPO) is returning as the presenting Sponsor of our annual pride event: Out! Raleigh Pride presented by Workplace Options. We are so proud to continue our partnership with this important global provider of wellbeing solutions, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. We recently asked WPO’s President and Chief Executive Officer Alan King to reflect on the company’s four decades of impact.

Alan KingThe Center: Workplace Options has long had a commitment to LGBTQ+ communities, can you share the origin of that commitment?

Alan King: WPO shares the LGBT Center of Raleigh’s vision of an inclusive world “where LGBTQ+ people are thriving, equal, and valued members of society.” As a leading global provider of wellbeing solutions, we know that when people are unable to be their authentic selves, it can have a negative impact on multiple areas of life, including emotional wellbeing. Likewise, people can flourish in environments where they can be true to themselves.

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Creative Allies

Creative Allies is the Marketing Partner to Small Businesses

Diverse Company Helps Business Owners Focus on What They Do Best

Creative Allies

If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are you started your business because you love performing your service or making your products. Small business owners are great at offering a particular solution to their customers. But marketing their businesses? Not so much.

That’s where Creative Allies comes in. This certified, minority-owned, multicultural marketing agency focuses on content generation and much more for small companies.

Amie Thompson, President and CEO of Creative Allies

“We deal with business owners who are excellent at their craft, but may not know how to market themselves,” said Amie Thompson, President and CEO of Creative Allies since 2018. “Small business owners often don’t know how to grow their businesses and meet potential clients through marketing; they want to be focused on their expertise. We know how to help them do just that.”

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Aging in Style at Carol Woods


Aging in Style at Carol Woods

Inclusive Retirement Community is the Hottest Ticket in the Triangle

Community. Education. Culture. Engagement. Caring. Diversity.

These are the ingredients of Carol Woods’ secret sauce that makes it one of the country’s leading Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). And its right in our backyard!

Named for the lush Carolina landscape that surrounds the community, Carol Woods is an accredited not-for-profit situated on 120 wooded acres in Chapel Hill. The community, which was founded in 1979 by a group of local residents who wanted to retire in comfort and style, attracts residents who want to be close to the superior cultural, educational, and medical resources our area offers.

Gretchen Likins for PrideLifeExpo 2022

According to Gretchen Likins, Director of Admissions and Public Relations at Carol Woods, CCRCs provide a continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing. These occur in a variety of settings, from the facility’s studio apartments to its 1- and 2-bedroom cottages and townhomes to its Early Acceptance Program.

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