Social research has shown that people dealing with issues and concerns of sexual orientation are at a much higher risk of suicide and other self-destructive behaviors. This demonstrates why it is important that the campus climate is one where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals feel safe.
The GLBT Center at NC State is genuinely concerned for the well being of all members of the campus community, with specific attention to the issues and concerns of the GLBT students, staff, and faculty. Whether it is helping a student address his or her own sexual identity, assisting a colleague who had a son/daughter “come out” to them, or providing information to a student who is living with a GLBT roommate, support and understanding is critical. We are working to weaken the social norms of homophobia and helping to create an environment at NC State University that develops positive self-identities for GLBT individuals.
Harassment and Violence On Campus
If you have been a victim of harassment, discrimination, and/or violence there are a number of resources available to you on campus. For emergencies you can call 911 from any phone, including land lines on campus.
Office of Student Conduct
NC State Women’s Center
Interact of Wake County
NC State Counseling Center
Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity
NC Sex Offenders Registry
NC State University Police Department
Issues Impacting the GLBT Community
A great resource for staying up to date on the issues facing the GLBT community is a non-profit called the Movement Advancement Project. They are an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people.
MARRIAGE: THE ANTI-AMENDMENT
The original version of the proposed Senate bill, introduced in February of 2011, stated that “Marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.” In September,a revised version of this bill was circulated (SB514).
The revised version retains the same first sentence, but adds a second sentence stating “This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”This revised version eliminates some of the broader possible interpretations of the proposed Amendment’s language, and therefore forecloses some of the negative consequences that could result from the Amendment.
Yet this new language still does not solve many other problems caused by the vague and untested language of the Amendment. As a result, the proposed Amendment’s scope is still unclear, potentially far reaching, and has the possible result of unsettling the rights of committed but unmarried couples in a number of legal areas. It could take years of litigation for courts to resolve these issues. (This information provided courtesy of Equality NC, www.equalitync.org)
How Amendment One Could Impact North Carolina:
- In 1996 the NC General Assembly passed a law prohibiting same-sex marriage. This amendment does not redefine marriage but rather writes discrimination into our state’s constitution and is not necessary since there is already a law in place.
- Uses broad language that would ban civil unions, domestic partnerships, or legal recognition of other relationships (same-sex OR opposite-sex).
- Would negate benefits for thousands of NC municipal employees and our UNC system.
- Could invalidate domestic violence protections for unmarried couples whether same-sex or opposite-sex.
- Hundreds of small and large businesses statewide, including numerous CEOs, are opposed because of the potential negative impact in our state and for their companies.
- Researchers have found in states with constitutional amendments GLBT individuals report an increase in stress, anxiety, and substance abuse.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released their annual report in May of 2008 on violence against GLBT people. The NCAVP does an independent report from the FBI because they rely solely on law enforcement reports rather than victim service data. NCAVP’s 2007 report noted a 24% increase in total number of victims reporting incidents of anti-LGBT violence (from 1,954 to 2.430). In 2007, the total number of offenders also increased about 5% from 2006. Please visit NCAVP’s website to view their publications and more information about hate crimes.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) releases statistics each fall looking at hate crimes for the previous year. Here is summary information for 2010:
- 6,628 hate crimes reported overall.
- 6,624 single-bias offenses reported with over 9,691 victims.
- Sexual-orientation bias accounted for almost 19.3% (1,706 victims) of all hate crimes reported.
- Destruction, damage, and vandalism were the most often reported offenses – 30.1% of the total.
- Gay men are the highest targeted group.
- The location for most offenses took place at a residence, on a highway, or at a school/college.
- 10.9% of offenses occurred at schools or colleges.
Specific to North Carolina:
- 94 hate crimes reported overall.
- Sexual-orientation bias accounted for 14.8% (14) of all hate crimes reported.
- Most offenses took place in a city or a metropolitan area and none occurred at schools/colleges.
Currently, North Carolina, along with 37 other states do not product individuals from discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. As a result, members of the United States Congress have attempted since 1994 to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which would give all GLBT Americans basic employment protection from discrimination based on irrational prejudice. For the Current Status of the Bill, go to HRC’s page on ENDA
The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) officially happened 60 days after the President, Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs certified that the implementation of the new policies and regulations written by the Department of Defense was consistent with the standards of military readiness and effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces. This occurred on September 20, 2011. A full report one year later regarding the effect on military readiness was made available in September of 2012.
For more information, you can go to the military’s website on DADT.
In 2008 North Carolina passed a law ensuring that patients can receive visitors no matter the legal status for their relationship. When a patient is admitted to a hospital, they have the right to designate visitors who will receive the same visitation privileges as the patient’s immediate family members.
In 2010 President Barack Obama issued a federal memorandum regarding a person being able to designate someone of their choice to make healthcare decisions for them, regardless of marital status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
In North Carolina, most people in the transgender community are not covered for sex reassignment surgery as well as sex-specific care.
The Department of Veterans Affairs released in June 2011 a directive that updated their healthcare to plan to provide care to transgender patients without discrimination, keeps their transgender status and medical care confidential, and covers all sex-specific care. For more information, you can find a PDF on the new directive here.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is working on objectives to meet the Healthy People 2020 initiative to help improve the health, safety, and well-being of GLBT individuals. Go to http://www.hhs.gov/secretary/about/lgbthealth.html to view a summary of actions taken by DHHS.