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

Caroline Morin-Gage

Executive Director

Virginia Hager

Board President

Justin Smith


Alana Schilling

Board Member

John Bentz

Vice Chair

Ken Cox

President Emeritus

Shelly O’Rourke

Board Member; former Executive Director

Amber Woodard

Board Member

Monique Kanadanian

Board Member

Ashley Daniels

Operations and Programming Assistant

Reagan Armour

Intern | MSW Student

Alex Vitagliano

Volunteer Facilitator

Lainey Herring

Intern | MSW Student

Who Was Frank Harr?

Frank HarrFrank 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.

At the early age of 19, Frank was honored with the NC Young Republican of the Year award, which helped spawn his undying and faithful love for politics. It was not until his late 20’s that Frank would become a founding member of Stone Wall Democrats, Wilmington Chapter. His passionate views and unending desire to seek equality for ALL people pushed him into the forefront of politics in Wilmington.

Frank’s political activism led community leaders, from District Attorneys to Senators, to seek his guidance, insight and participation not only within their campaigns, but with their leadership roles within the community. In the fall of 2008, Frank was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication and commitment to the Democratic Party.

Politics was not Frank’s only passion. He was an active board member for CARE – a non-profit organization supporting families infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. He also co-founded and co-chaired the annual AIDS benefit in Wilmington. Frank and Ken (his life partner of 32 years) were founding members of St. Jude Metropolitan Community Church, and very active in social justice, ecumenical and community life.

 He is missed.

Thank you to qnotes for the obituary posted here.

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