Our Beginning

On May 8, 2008, the world lost a lifelong advocate for cultural diversity and social justice, Frank Harr. In honor of his legacy, Frank's partner of 32 years, Ken Cox, founded The Frank Harr Foundation - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The organization has provided a home for outreach, community, education, and advocacy in southeastern North Carolina. From peer support groups to elder outreach, the staff and volunteers of the Frank Harr Foundation worked tirelessly to ensure that equality, inclusion, and community were available to everyone in our region.

Our organization was offered a home within the Ormond Building at 1624 Princess Street, courtesy of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, for which we are incredibly grateful. This building is a place for everyone - where youth, elders, family and friends have a safe haven, a place to connect, and a home.

Today... And Tomorrow

In mid 2021, the Frank Harr Foundation changed our name to The LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast. We hope this change will make us more visible and easier for folks to find.

We are proud of the outreach work we're doing at the LGBTQ Center and our growing services to youth, older LGBTQ folks, and everyone in between. We respond to phone calls from isolated, lonely LGBTQ elders and connect them to community and resources. We talk to parents of young queer folks who are desperately seeking a place where their child can find love, support, and acceptance. Our amazing volunteers and facilitators enable us to host over a dozen programs, like Safe Zone training, the Wilmington Pride Youth Group, SAGE, and our Breaking the Binary: Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming support group.

If you're interested in helping us, please consider getting involved whether as a volunteer or by making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Our Board & Staff

Ed Adams

Volunteer SAGE Director

Caroline Morin, she/her/hers

Executive Director

Virginia Hager

Board President

Justin Smith

Treasurer

John Bentz

Vice Chair

Ken Cox

President Emeritus

Shelly O’Rourke

Board Member; former Executive Director

Amber Woodard

Secretary

Monique Kanadanian

Board Member

Who Was Frank Harr?

Frank Harr (April 26, 1952 – May 8, 2008) was a lifetime resident of South Eastern North Carolina and dedicated his life to building community, educating others about human rights, and advocating for equality for ALL people. Frank touched so many lives through his compassion, humanitarian efforts and his commitment to change. He evoked passion about many issues, whether it was violence within a neighborhood, social justice, or educating communities about HIV/AIDS, Frank was the messenger.

Thank you to qnotes for the obituary posted here.

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