Youth Coffee House is Back!

We are excited to announce Youth Coffee House has found a new home with our community partner Weaver Street Market! Located in downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district, our new partner has graciously offered to provide spacious accommodations to host one of the LGBT Center of Raleigh’s longest running youth programs. We cannot wait until we can safely come together again and share a cup of coffee with each of you at Weaver Street Market.


For now….. We are rebooting Youth Coffee House and meeting virtually! Come join us on June 17th from 4pm-5pm. To register for the meeting Click Here


We look forward to sharing a coffee with you soon!

LGBT Center of Raleigh Youth/Young Adult Leadership Team Applications Now Open!!!

Attention: The LGBT Center of Raleigh Youth/Young Adult Leadership team 2020-2021 applications are now open! This year we are excited to announce we’ll be expanding our programs and leadership team to include young adults ages 18-22.  If you are a high school student or young adult ages 14-22 we encourage you to apply for this amazing opportunity. For more information or to apply click here:

Attention GSA Student Members!


Help GLSEN guide their support of GSAs and advocate on
behalf of GSAs in schools across the U.S. by completing the
GSA Student Survey.

If you attended high school or middle school sometime during
the last school year (2019-2020), are at least 13 years old,
and attended a GSA meeting in the past year at your school,
tell us about your experiences at your GSA. (If you did not
complete the entire school year you can still participate in the
survey.) The survey is completely confidential. Students who
take the survey will have the chance to enter a drawing to win
an online $50 gift card!

For more info and to complete the survey online, visit:

Announcement: Queer NC Events for 2020!

Hey everybody! We are excited to announce the Queer NC events for the rest of our year. We’ve got 5 very exciting events coming up that we want to let you know about, so mark your calendars!

January 24th: We’ll be seeing a movie at IMAX Raleigh next to Marbles. The movie is yet to be decided, but as soon as we’ve got the title and time figured out, we’ll let you know! We ask that you bring $7 for your ticket, but if not, the Center can cover it. Snacks will be provided! We’re bound to have a great time.

February 14th: Our annual Love is Love dance for Valentine’s Day! This is sure to be an excellent event. It will be held from 6-10 pm at a location TBA.

March 28th: Yates by Night: Signs of Spring. We will be heading to a park to go on a night hike led by park naturalists, to enjoy the lovely springtime nature. It will be held from 7-8 pm at Yates Mill Park.

April 25th: We’ll be having a lovely picnic in the park to celebrate springtime, with food provided and a flower crown craft. It will be held from 3-6 pm at a location TBA.

May 3rd: For our last event of our Queer NC year, we’ll be holding an end of year talent show and dance party. Keep an eye out for information about time and location, as well as details about how to sign up to perform! We’re very excited about this awesome event.

These events are going to be a blast and we are really excited to see you all there! Happy New Year!


Check out these additional scholarship opportunities… Deadlines March 1, 2020

Deadline for all applications is March 1, 2020

Achievement Scholarship for Refugees & Immigrants of Wake County, Up to $16,000 First-generation U.S. citizens, refugees, or immigrants, residents of Wake County, North Carolina who have completed at least one academic year at a high school in Wake County. High school seniors at the time of the application with a GPA of 2.5 or greater, planning to pursue a degree as a full-time student at an accredited public, private, or technical college or university in NC, and able to demonstrate family financial need.

Benjamin F. Ward Scholarship, $10,000 Graduating high school seniors in Wake, Durham, Orange, or Chatham counties planning to attend a 4-year public or private college or university in North Carolina. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale with demonstrated commitment to community service and family financial need.

Citrix Scholarship, Up to $20,000 Students planning to attend or currently attending NC Central University, Shaw University, or St. Augustine’s University and pursuing a major in computer and/or information science.

Elizabeth Marie Roberts Scholarship, $8,000 Graduating seniors from Northern High School, Riverside High School, Voyager Academy, or Durham School of the Arts. Must be accepted into any public state university or college in NC, Watts School of Nursing, or Durham Technical Community College and have a minimum grade of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale with demonstrated family financial need.

Felicia Brewer Opportunity Scholarship, Up to $80,000 This scholarship’s purpose is to create a life-transforming opportunity for immigrant or first generation students who have overcome significant adversity, giving them the opportunity to pursue their dreams and improve their lives through education or training. It will be awarded to students who have attended a Chapel Hill –Carrboro City Schools district high school.

GSK Opportunity ScholarshipUp to $20,000 Be a U.S. Citizen for a minimum of one year; reside in Chatham, Durham, Orange, or Wake counties for a minimum of one year; be eligible to receive NC resident tuition costs; attend a public state university or community college in NC and demonstrate the potential to succeed despite adversity as well as an exceptional desire to improve himself or herself through further education or training.

Jason and Jessica Evans Memorial Scholarship, $4,000 Be graduating high school seniors at Orange High School in Hillsborough, NC, plan to pursue a 4-year degree as a full-time student at any accredited public or private college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated family financial need.

Jay Spence Memorial Scholarship, $8,000 Be graduating high school seniors or alumni of Jordan-Matthews High School or Chatham Charter High School in Siler City, NC, and plan to continue an undergraduate or graduate education at an accredited public, private, or community college. Exhibit strong character through a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others through service. Be a Christian, demonstrate family financial need and demonstrate the potential to succeed despite adversity.

Joseph Nystrom Working Student Scholarship, Up to $16,000 Students in Orange, Wake, Durham, Chatham or Alamance counties who are working at least part-time while in school and have demonstrated financial need.

Juanita McNeil West End Scholarship, $2,000 Be a graduating high school senior in Durham County with a GPA of at least 2.5 and demonstrated financial need. Residents of the West End Community (zip codes 27701 and 27707) are encouraged to apply and will be given preference.

NC American Indian Fund Scholarship$1,000 Be enrolled in a state- or federally-recognized tribe (with documentation), demonstrate sustained involvement in the American Indian Community and commitment to American Indian concerns and initiatives, have family residency in the state. Be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-secondary institution in NC, maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and plan to pursue a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate degree as a full-time student at an accredited public, private, or technical college or university.

Richard Whitted Scholarship, $1,000 Graduating seniors at Cedar Ridge High School, Orange High School, Carrboro High School, Chapel Hill High School or East Chapel Hill High School planning to enroll full-time at a 4-year college or university. Must demonstrate commitment to community service and academic excellence.

Umesh and Usha Gulati Scholarship, $2,500 Seniors at one of the following high schools in Durham, NC: Hillside High School, Northern High School, Riverside High School, Southern High School, Jordan High School, Durham School of the Arts, or City of Medicine Academy. Graduating with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and planning to attend a 2- or 4-year technical school, college, or university. Able to demonstrate financial need.

Van and Luella Thomas Family Scholarship$1,000 Graduating high school senior from Jordan Matthews High School, Siler City, NC who have motivation for educational success but are not receiving financial aid from other sources.

William L. Wall Family Scholarship, $4,000 Graduating high school seniors or alumni from Jordan-Matthews High School or Sage Academy in Siler City, NC who will be first-time college students at a public college or university in North Carolina in the coming fall.

Trans Day of Remembrance Ceremony

Trans Day of Remembrance (November 20th) is a day where we honor lives lost due to hate crimes against the trans community. Sadly since the last TDoR in November 2018, there have been approximately 330 trans deaths around the world and those are just the ones that have been reported.

For more information on Trans Day of Remembrance and its history, visit

The LGBT Center of Raleigh will be having a candlelight vigil at the state capital. It will be on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 6pm. There will be at light reception at the LGBT Center of Raleigh till 9pm.

If you feel any overwhelming anxiety or depression due to this day, please refer to the following hotlines.
Trans lifeline: 877-565-8860
Trevor Project: 866-488-7386

Scholarships for Creative Teens: Deadlines Approaching

Deadlines vary by region, with the earliest deadline falling on December 1, 2019. You can visit our deadlines and guidelines page for information on when and how students can submit their work.

Are you a creative teen in grades 7–12? Apply to one of these scholarships from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Deadlines are approaching quickly. Visit the links below to find your local deadline and how to apply.

Congratulations to this year’s Savannah Mull Scholarship recipient!

Savannah Mull was a member of our youth program that we tragically lost to suicide in 2017. In Savannah’s honor, we have a scholarship that we present each year to a member of our youth leadership team. This year’s recipient is Amelia Dalonzo-Baker. Amelia has been a participant of our youth leadership team for three years. They have worked with ASPYRE, QueerNC, and A Place at the Table. Amelia currently attends NC State University and is majoring in business. Their aspirations are to go into law. Amelia continues to contribute their time to the LGBT Center of Raleigh as an adult volunteer. Help us congratulate Amelia on their Scholarship Award!

Tragic loss of local LGBTQ+ Youth sparks scholarship fund

Yesterday, Center staff learned of the tragic passing of 14-year-old Scout Undercoffer. Scout’s loving parents reached out to set up a scholarship fund through the LGBT Center of Raleigh in their child’s name. We are deeply moved the Undercoffer family wishes to create a legacy of support for LGBTQ+ youth.

Mrs. Undercoffer shared, “Scout was about to be one of the world’s most fierce LGBT advocates.” We grieve the untimely loss of this young person, a champion for equity, and a compassionate soul. Please keep the Undercoffer family and all those who knew and loved Scout in your thoughts during this heartbreaking time.

We want to also remind youth if you need to reach out to someone during this time of grief you can call or text the Trevor Project’s 24/7 Hotline 1-886-488-7386 to speak with trained counselors who are here to support LGBTQ+ Youth.

Yee-Haw-Loween was a huge success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Yee-Haw-Loween event! We had 50+ youth attend last night. This has been our largest event to date. Big Thanks to our youth leadership team for all their hard work planning, promoting, and hosting the event. We hope to see everyone again in November when we attend the Triangle Pride Band Concert.