LGBTQ Center

The LGBTQ Center was founded in August of 2011 and provides education, advocacy, and support to the entire campus community around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.  Members of the Wake Forest community come from many different races, class backgrounds, religions, and life experiences and the Center seeks to honor these intersections of identity through our programming and resources.

The Center also provides one-on-one counseling and referrals to students, faculty, and staff. Through partnership with offices such as Admissions, Residence Life and Housing, Financial Aid, and Human Resources, the Center is able to ensure that prospective LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff are welcomed and included in the Wake Forest community. Visit for more information.


Signature Programs & Initiatives

The Safe Zone Program is an in-depth, interactive presentation designed to educate Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students about the LGBTQ community. Participants learn what it means to be an ally—a person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ people—as well as how to create a Safe Zone. Allies who have completed the training program receive a Safe Zone sticker, identifiable to the entire campus, which may be displayed on their door to designate it as a safe place for all members of the community.

LGBTQ Center Coffee Hour happens every Thursday* from 3-4pm in Benson 218. Stop by for coffee, tea, cookies, and comfy couches. Allies are welcome! *When classes are in session

QWake: A Conversation Space is a safe and confidential conversation space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students that takes place on the 1st Thursday of each month from 6-7pm in Benson 218. QWake is moderated by the LGBTQ Center Program Coordinator, Rob Powell.

TGQ is  discussion group for students who identify as transgender, genderqueer, or who are not sure where they fit on the gender spectrum. Facilitated by the LGBTQ Center, TGQ is held monthly in Benson 218 from 6-7pm on Tuesdays. Confidential discussion group. For more information, contact

Lavender Graduation will be celebrated for the first time at Wake Forest on April 30, 2014 in the ZSR Auditorium. This graduation celebration will honor graduating students who identify as LGBTQ or as allies. It will be a wonderful way to say goodbye to students who have contributed so much during their time at Wake Forest.

Programs by our Campus Partners

Wake Forest LGBTQ Faculty-Staff Group is an informal group that meets bimonthly for community-building, information-sharing and mutual support. For more information on the Wake Forest LGBTQ Faculty-Staff Group, contact Margaret Bender at

Coming Out/LGBTQ (Counseling Center) is available to undergrad and grad students questioning their sexual orientation or who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Students have the opportunity to give and receive support in a confidential environment. Common issues addressed in group include: coming out, sexual identity, intimate relationships, family dynamics, finding support, self-esteem, and spirituality. Wherever you are in the process of exploring, coming with, or embracing your sexual orientation, this is a group for you to discuss your concerns in a safe place. For more information, contact Hillary Lambert, PsyD at

LGBT Spirituality Group (Wake Forest Baptist) hosts a weekly LGBT Spirituality Group for students and young adults from 8-9pm on Sunday evenings.  It meets in the church offices (Wingate suite 108) and all are welcome! For more information, contact

Transgender Support Group (Wake Forest Baptist) is a transgender support group meets biweekly, hosted by Wake Forest Baptist Church. Any person who identifies as trans or who is partnered with someone who identifies as trans is welcome to attend. The meetings last about one hour. If anyone is interested in knowing the time, date, and location, please contact