Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

There are several organizations and centers in North Carolina that support LGBTQIA youth. They are listed here in alphabetical order by city or county. If you know of any more we should add, please contact Managing Editor Kimberly Hirsh.


Safe Schools NC
We support youth by visiting GSAs (either in person or virtually) and helping youth navigate their school’s chain of command in the case of bullying or other discrimination.


A queer-oriented summer music camp in the Asheville area (though the organization is based in Asheville, Durham, and Greensboro).
Youth Outright
An LGBTQ youth advocacy organization for youth ages 14-23 in Western North Carolina. Weekly meetings are held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Asheville.


El Centro Hispano
This organization works to strengthen Hispanic/Latino communities. They offer a variety of programs, including an LGBTQ support group. They also have an office in Durham.

Catawba, Caldwell, Lincoln, Burke and Alexander Counties

OUTright Youth of Catawba Valley
A safe and confidential place for middle and high school aged youth who are LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning) to be proud of who they are and to meet other LGBTQ youth and straight allies in a supportive and judgment free environment. Weekly or monthly meetings are held in different towns in the Catawba Valley area. Also on Facebook.


Time-Out Youth (TOY)
An organization for youth ages 11-20. TOY offers a space to hang out and a wide variety of services, including discussion groups, leadership training and activities, an LGBTQ prom, as well as laundry and kitchen services for homeless youth.


El Centro Hispano
This organization works to strengthen Hispanic/Latino communities. They offer a variety of programs, including an LGBTQ support group. They also have an office in Carrboro.
A youth-led organization that provides community, leadership, and activism opportunities for LGBTQIA youth.

The sibling organization of iNSIDEoUT, upside down is for LGBTQIA youth 12 and under.


Queer Lab
Housed in the museum and artist space Elsewhere, this is a “youth-led media project exploring LGBTQ experience in North Carolina. Each QueerLab session brings together an editorial team of queer identifying youth to publish I Don’t Do Boxes, and organize workshops focused on creative media production and digital storytelling.” It is open to youth of all ages, though leadership roles are generally reserved for ages 14-25.

Guildford County

YouthSAFE is a safe, welcoming, confidential social networking group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Questioning young people in Guilford County. They also have a Facebook page.


Catawba Valley Pride
This organization hosts youth events and sponsors a scholarship for local LGBT youth.

High Country (Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Wilkes, Yancey, Mitchell and Alleghany counties)

High Country LGBTQ Alliance
The High Country LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer & Questioning) Alliance provides a forum for communication and dialogue and is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and inquiry with particular respect to sexual orientation and gender identity within North Carolina’s High Country. You can contact them by email at

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Mitchell County Gay-Straight Alliance
This organization works to support LGBT people in Mitchell County, North Carolina. They hold many events throughout the year, which you can find on their Facebook page.


LGBT Center of Raleigh
The center has a great library with books and movies for check out, as well as several youth-specific programs for support and socialization. Check their calendar for current events for youth.

Yadkin County

El Cambio
This intersectional organization supports undocumented people and LGBTQIA people in the Piedmont. Their work includes organizing, advocacy, research, and training.