Our Support Groups

  • Youth
  • TransPath
  • Parents
Youth

ENC Youth

We offer a youth group for our under 18 community. Our Youth Group is a fun way for kids to connect and be around kids that understand what they're going through. ENC Youth is led by a group of Youth Advisors and strive to hold fun events for kids of every age.

TransPath

For Clinical/Transition Resources, contact Nova Swanstrom MA, LPA.

For Peer Support and Transition Resources contact Lillith Campos.

Through our Support Services, we have the potential to make a real and positive change in the community. This is one of our key areas of focus here at Onslow County LGBTQ+ Community Center, and a source of much success for our LGBTQ+ Organization. Get in touch with us today and see how you can lend a helping hand with this program. 


Support Group Meetings

We offer a weekly peer-to-peer support group on Monday's between 6pm and 8pm EST for TGNC individuals.* For more information, click the box above to email Lillith Campos.

*Currently these are held via Zoom due to the ongoing affects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access to TGNBNC Friendly Services

We are currently compiling a list of these resources and will be released on our next update to this new website.

Assistance with Vital Records*

Transition can be daunting, especially when it comes to name changes, gender marker changes, and updating vital records. We are here to help you each step of the way.

*This program is a new offering and currently under-going program maintenance.

Workshops and Education Programs*

We will be hosting a variety of educational programs, seminars and workshops, from makeup and fashion classes to skill building and job training.

*This program is a new offering and currently under-going program maintenance.


Housing and Financial Assistance

We're here to help you find a safe home, apartment and/or living arrangement. The community center also offers Microgrants for Utilities, HRT, Personal Supplies, Food, and Transportation.


General Questions/Comments

Parents

Being there for our parents

We see every challenge as an opportunity, and this initiative helps us ensure that our partners are better prepared to manage the unique situations they find themselves in. We are invested in an innovative approach that empowers our community and delivers the support they need, when they need it.


Support Tips from John Hopkins Medicine


General Questions/Comments

Our Services

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Anti-Violence
  • Voices of Recovery
  • Education & Training
  • Housing Programs
HIV/AIDS

ENC HIV/AIDS Collaborative Task Force

The ENC HIV/AIDS Collaborative Task Force is dedicated to preventing new cases of HIV/AIDS and promoting self-sufficiency in people living with HIV. We provide HIV-related client support, prevention, education and advocacy activities guided by the belief that all people are entitled to equal access to health care.


Living with HIV

Being diagnosed with HIV can be an overwhelming experience. If you have been recently diagnosed and need support, we are here to assist in providing resources and support to you and your loved ones.

Once diagnosed with HIV, it is important to seek medical care immediately. Regardless of whether you have health insurance, there are affordable options for treatment and we are here to help you find the medical provider that will work best for your individual situation. Once you are in care, your doctor will prescribe an HIV medication regimen that will work for you and help to keep you healthy. Newly diagnosed patients may have several concerns, such as affording medications and finding community resources.

We can assist to make sure you are connected to the right medical providers and resources, we can help with transportation to medical appointments, and we can ensure that you have access to affordable medications.


Important Contacts

National HIV/AIDS Hotline

1 (800) CDC-INFO

(800-232-4636)

National HIV/AIDS Hotline TTY

1 (888) 232-6348

National HIV/AIDS Hotline

cdcinfo@cdc.gov

Hepatitis C Association Support Line

1 (877) HELP-4-HEP

(1-877-435-7443)

Anti-Violence

Intimate Partner Violence

Anti-Violence Project provides comprehensive and holistic services for survivors of violence, hate crimes, harassment, discrimination, and law enforcement misconduct. Our Legal Advocacy Project for Survivors provides LGBTQ-specific trauma-informed direct legal services and advocacy for LGBTQ victims of domestic/intimate partner/dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, trafficking and/or other crime victimization.

Services include:

  • Safety planning, crisis intervention, and referrals to LGBTQ-inclusive service providers.
  • Referrals to counseling, mental health, and other support services.
  • Advocacy with law enforcement, criminal justice agencies, service providers, and others.
  • Accompaniment to Court and law enforcement agencies.
  • Coordination of sexual assault response services.
  • Preparation of restraining orders.
  • Assistance in applying for compensation pursuant to North Carolina Law.
  • Transportation to appointments relevant to client’s case.
  • Training, education, and consultations on LGBTQ domestic/intimate partner/dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, hate crimes and/or other crime victimization.

If you have been a victim of a hate crime, here are steps you can take to protect yourself

  • If you are injured, seek medical assistance
  • Make detailed notes, including witness information and any hateful words used
  • Document location, injuries, and property damage with photographs
  • Call us for assistance and support

Please note: Even if you do not intend to use the legal system or talk with law enforcement, it may be helpful to speak with one of our victim advocates or attorneys to learn all your options.


What is considered a hate crime in North Carolina

We see news stories covering potential “hate crimes” all the time, some of them involving very serious, egregious crimes, but what constitutes a hate crime, exactly? According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a hate crime is one that is motivated by biases based on disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Victims may be individuals, businesses, institutions, government entities, religious organizations, or society/the public as a whole.

Nationwide, investigating agencies have report thousands of hate crimes committed each year, where more than 57 percent of those reported in 2016 were motivated by the victim’s race and more than half committed against African Americans, specifically. This is followed by crimes committed due to a victim’s religion and sexual orientation. However, given how narrowly North Carolina currently defines hate crimes, only a limited number of criminal prosecutions are brought each year in the state, as we discuss below.


Incidents and National Trends

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there has been an overall nationwide increase in these crimes over the last two years—following the election of President Donald Trump. While the Department of Justice has indicated that hate crimes would be a top focus, the Department appears to be awaiting a task force report focusing on specific steps the Department can take in an effort to investigate and prosecute those accused of violating the civil rights of others before taking any affirmative action on this promise.

Hate Crime Prosecution in North Carolina

In North Carolina, investigators report hundreds of these crimes committed each year, where 99 percent are related to a victim’s ancestry, ethnicity, or race (followed by incidents motivated by a victim’s religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity).

Still, state law does not classify a number of crimes committed to be “hate crimes,” as the FBI does. In fact, in June of this year, a number of state senators filed a bill to add disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation to the scope of the state’s existing hate crimes law, which only currently covers crimes motivated by biases based on gender, race, and/or religion; precisely for this reason. Without the protection of state hate crime laws, lesbian gay bisexual transgender and queer (LGBTQ) victims have to rely on federal—not state—prosecutors to charge those accused under the Matthew Shepard Act, which relies on local and state police forces first identifying the murders as related to LGBTQ identity, and then communicating this to the FBI.

Voices of Recovery

Making a Difference

We're here to promote the rights of, and ensure opportunities for, those suffering from the disease of addiction, members of the recovery community, and their family members.

Core Values:

  • Commitment to recovery and sobriety
  • Sustainability of a substance- and crime-free lifestyle
  • Accountability for our actions and mental health
  • Courage to do what is right
  • Willingness to be of service to others
  • Positive regard for others, especially the vulnerable
  • Diversity and inclusion in all that we do

In addition to our core values, we are also seeking to also:

  • Develop leaders, offering opportunities for people in recovery, family members, friends and allies to express their collective voice, learn new skills and responsibilities, and provide a forum for community service.;
  • Advocating for meaningful representation and voice for people in long-term addiction recovery and family members on issues that affect their lives;
  • Assessing needs related to the adequacy and quality of local treatment’ recovery support services, and other health and social services;
  • Assessing strengths, assets, and resources available in the community to support recovery;
  • Educating the public, policy makers, and service providers about the prevalence and multiple pathways of addiction recovery;
  • Developing human and fiscal resources by expanding philanthropic and public support for addiction treatment, recovery support services, and recovery advocacy and cultivating volunteerism within local communities of recovery; and
  • Supporting research that illuminates effective strategies and the processes of long-term recovery and establishes an evidence base for peer and community supports.

Education & Training

Doing what's needed for our community.

As part of our commitment to Equity and Inclusion, we are expanding and diversifying our trainings to reflect issues of intersectionality, implicit bias and racial justice, as well as to offer help with understanding LGBT culture and history, navigating legal and legislative concerns, and much more.


The need for these trainings is tremendous. For LGBTQ individuals, there is often no easy way to identify those who might be supportive to them. Many in the LGBT community experience isolation and loneliness. Even locating basic information can become risky and logistically difficult when there are few networks, directories and resources.


Our Trainings

Fee's Per Staff Member

1 Staff - $20.00 Each

10 Staff - $16.00 Each ($15 each after 10)

20 Staff - $14.00 Each ($12 each after 20)

40 Staff - $ 8.75 Each ($8 each after 40)

75 Staff - $6.65 Each ($6 each after 75)

100 Staff - $6.00 Each ($5 each after 100)

Most of our trainings are accredited and provide CEU Credits.


SafeZone Trainings

Our basic training (also called Safe Zone training), this program provides an introduction to LGBTQ issues and resources. Topics discussed include the wide spectrum of LGBTQ identities, the importance of using preferred pronouns, and the particular policies and resources available here at the center. The program will also touch on intersectionality, implicit bias, racial justice, LGBTQ culture and history, legal and legislative issues, but for a more in-depth workshop on these topics, we suggest you consider one of our more specialized programs, listed below.

This training provides 2 CEU's and is 2.5 hours in length.


Transgender Issues

This program explores the particular issues faced by our transgender and nonbinary community. We look at gender-neutral services available and the importance of pronoun awareness. We offer strategies to become allies of this community. A deeper understanding of thinking beyond the gender binary is the goal.

This training provides 1 CEU and is 1.5 hours in length.

Developing Inclusive Policies

Unifying science, education and services to transform lives. Introductory training for Admins on developing sound, inclusive policy and procedures.

This training does not provide a CEU and is 1 hour in length.

Working with LGBTQ+ Foster Care Issues

Unifying science, education and services to transform lives. Introductory training for for working with LGBTQ+ youth in the foster care system.

This training provides 1 CEU and is 1.5 hours in length.

Working with LGBTQ+ Youth and Families

What are the issues for LGBT young people, in particular with regard to parents? How can we begin to work together to develop programs that meets the needs of LGBT young people and their families?

This training provides 1 CEU and is 2 hours in length.


Training Request

Housing Programs

Host Houses

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 Onslow County LGBTQ+ Community Center

2440 Commerce Road

Suite 219

Jacksonville, NC 28546

(910) 333-9968

For General Questions:

info@onslowcountylgbtq.com