Our Purpose

For more than a decade, the LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast, formerly The Frank Harr Foundation, has been an LGBTQ+ education and outreach organization. Our goal is to provide safe spaces for the community to gather, resources, and advocacy to fight for a better tomorrow.

  • Safe Zone Training – Our Safe Zone training focuses on all aspects of creating a welcoming environment for anyone within the LGBTQ+ community. This program is appropriate for schools, businesses, non-profits, civic and social organizations. The goal is to teach inclusive and appropriate language, outline the do’s and don’ts, and help our broader community create safe spaces where all are comfortable. Reach out to us for more information on how to schedule!


  • Youth Steering Committee – Our Youth Steering Committee offers leadership training and social opportunities in a peer-led format. Our YSC members participate in a range of activities, including Safe Zone training, sex education training, drug addiction prevention, and Stop the Bleed.


  • University Level Education – We provide education at the university level, including sharing specific tools and insight to Social Work and Nursing students on the unique issues that face the LGBTQ+ population.
  • AIDS Awareness – The Frank Harr Foundation is honored to bring The AIDS Memorial Quilt to Wilmington. During the winter, the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed at select venues in our community with speakers, educational workshops, and social gatherings to continue the mission of making HIV/AIDS real and immediate. We work year round on AIDS awareness and testing programs in coordination with local non-profit Seeds of Healing.


  • SAGEing in Place – SAGEing in Place assists older LGBTQ+ people in identifying and addressing areas where assistance may be needed to stay at home as we get older. We address questions concerning medical services, transportation, insurance, legal issues, social opportunities, home maintenance – anything relevant to helping seniors remain in their homes and live full lives.


  • Near Future Programs – Watch for more information and volunteer opportunities for our Welcome Wagon, a quarterly gathering for people who are new to the region, newly “out,” or just looking for another place to meet new LGBTQ+ people and allies!

Youth Programming

The LGBTQ Center is happy to offer area youth the resources they need when navigating what it means to be a part of the greater LGBTQ+ community. We are committed to providing safe spaces for growth and inclusion through our programs, events and support for all young people- whether they have familial and peer support or not. Additionally, we conduct outreach and initiatives for individuals, families, educational and health providers who wish to gain a better understanding of how best to serve our LGBTQ+ youth.

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LGBTQ+ Older Adults

LGBT older people live in every region of our country, from urban neighborhoods to rural counties— and everywhere in between. SAGE Wilmington of the Cape Fear Coast is sponsored by the LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast and is an affiliate of SAGE USA – a national advocacy and services organization that has been looking out for LGBTQ elders since 1978. Our objective is to enhance the lives of LGBTQ seniors in the area by providing access to programs and activities that build up our unique community while providing a safe haven for LGBTQ older people and those that care for them.

Community Outreach

The LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast is committed to aligning with individuals, businesses (small and large), and organizations that help us fulfill our mission of addressing the needs of our LGBTQ community. Whether through engagement with Port City Pride, or collaboration with PFLAG, SAGE, Queer Current, the LGBTQIA Resource Center at UNCW, Stonewall Sports and so many more, you can be confident that supporting us means you’re supporting efforts designed to improve the lives of those we serve.

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