LGBT community center coming to Winston-Salem

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Winston-Salem is getting its first LGBT community center. (Cassandra Sherrill/The Winston-Salem Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem is getting its first LGBT community center, a place to offer support for the gay community and its straight allies.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the center, called North Star, is scheduled to open in August at 704 Brookstown Ave.

“I think it’s going to fill a huge need in the community,” said organizer Teresa Carter.

The center will include a library, where people can check out books of interest to the LGBT community, as well as a resource room with information about gay-friendly restaurants, businesses, doctors and dentists, for example. The resource room will also have brochures for Equality Winston-Salem, the Adam Foundation and other groups that serve the LGBT community.

“We hear a lot about bullying in schools for young people who are coming to terms with their sexuality,” Carter said. “This community center could be a safe place for them to come for counseling.”

Carter, who works as a counselor, said that the center will offer a variety of support groups, some for teens and their parents and some for other members of the community, including Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for members of the LGBT community, something that isn’t offered elsewhere in the Triad.

North Star is a nonprofit organization and will operate with an all-volunteer staff. Carter said North Star hopes to have its grand opening on Aug. 10.

The name has a double meaning. “When I think of the North Star, I think of direction,” Carter said. “Also, Northstar was the name of the first gay comic-book hero.”

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal