Welcome to the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center at East Carolina University. As part of the Department of Intercultural Affairs within Student Involvement and Leadership at ECU, the LGBTQ Center 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 strive to foster understanding and acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The Peel LGBTQ Center works each day to develop tomorrow’s leaders to serve and inspire positive change.
Since our founding in 2011, we have served the entire ECU campus. Our new home is in Suite 209 in the Main Campus Student Center and we are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 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 Peel LGBTQ Center–everyone is always welcome!
Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues
Tuesday, February 19 at 7 pm
The annual campus production of Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play will take place on Tuesday, February 19 at 7 pm in the Ballroom of the Main Campus Student Center. Presented every February on college campuses around the world as part of the international V-Day campaign, the purpose of these events is to raise awareness about violence against women and girls as well as raise money for local organizations that are working to end violence.
Poignant and hilarious,The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler’s award-winning masterpiece gives voice to real women’s deepest fantasies and fears. A company of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are featured in this year’s production.
The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Center for Family Violence Prevention.
An Evening with Denice Frohman
Monday, March 11 at 7 pm
Denice Frohman is a poet, performer, and educator from New York City and is co-organizer of #PoetsforPuertoRico As a queer, mixed Latina, Frohman is the daughter of Puerto Rican and Jewish parents. Her work focuses on identity, lineage, disrupting notions of power, and celebrating the parts of ourselves deemed unworthy. She hopes to inspire people, particularly young folks of color, to see themselves as writers and to know their stories are worth telling.
Presented in celebration of Women’s Herstory Month and in partnership with the Women and Gender Office and the Gender Studies Program.
The event in Black Box Theater in the Main Campus Student Center is free and open to the public.
“Last Call at Maud’s” presented in celebration of Women’s Herstory Month
Monday, March 18
Maud’s was a down-to-earth watering hole nestled in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury since 1966 and it came to enjoy an international reputation as the quintessential meeting place for non-conformist women and their friends. This 77-minute historical documentary goes into the world’s longest lasting lesbian bar as it bids farewell to those who have known it through the years. Presented as part of the Spring 2019 Queer Film Series.
7 pm in the Peel LGBTQ Center Conference Room (Room 211 in the Main Campus Student Center)
Free and open to the public
Creating a Directory of LGBTQ+ Affirmative Providers
The Health Sciences Sexual and Gender Diversity Committee (SGDC) is developing a directory of LGBTQ+ Affirming Providers, and they invite health care providers to add their name and information to this list. The list of providers will be shared on the SGDC’s website, the LGBTQ Center’s website, and may be shared by or with other groups within and outside ECU. It will be viewable by the public, and it is intended as a resource to help connect LGBTQ+ patients with providers who affirm their commitment to providing welcoming and inclusive care for sexually and gender diverse patients.
If you are a healthcare provider and are interested in learning more, click here. Inquiries can also be directed to Dr. Brandon Kyle, chair of the SGDC, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2019 Coffee House meets every Wednesday at 7 pm
The Peel LGBTQ Center’s Coffee House meets every Wednesday at 7 pm in the Peel LGBTQ Center Conference Room. Coffee House is a psychoeducational experience for students and is intended to offer support and foster a sense of community. The 90-minute program covers a range of topics related to campus life, student success, and issues impacting the lives of LGBTQ students. Coffee, tea, and snacks are available each week.