Winthrop University: Safe Zones - Resources
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Safe Zones
246 DiGiorgio Center
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-4515 (Fax)

Safe Zones


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-Dean of Students Office - 246 DiGiorgio Center  803/323-4503

- Office of Diversity & Student Engagement - Offers many different types of Publications from the HRC guides, PFLAG fliers, and many more. Located at 216 DiGiorgio Center.

- Diversity Center — Resources available in the Diversity Center— 222 DiGiorgio Center

-Time Out Youth -2320 North Davidson St. Charlotte, N.C., 28205 Support group for LGBT youth ages 11-20. Weekly meetings Monday-Friday, times vary. Contact: 704/344-8335

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- RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network - Provides care teams to serve people living with HIV/AIDS.


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-CyberBullying Winthrop University takes any form of bullying seriously. If you have a concern, please contact the Dean of Students Office to have a confidential discussion. Bullying

- COLAGE (Children of Lesbian and Gays Everywhere) - A national and international organization that supports young people with LGBT parents.

- GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) - Has many great resources on the queer community.

- The Human Rights Campaign

- National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education - Provides information on resources and a database of campuses across the country with GSA's and        Safe Zone projects.

 - PFLAG (Parents and friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Persons) - A national resource for parents and families.

- Creating a Welcoming Campus & Community -  New college guide for LGBTQ students

- Campus Pride — A Charlotte based national organization for LGBTQ college students

- Substance Abuse Rehab - Substance Abuse Prevention in the LGBT community

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- 10 Reasons Why God Loves Gay Christians

- The Best Case for the Bible Not Condemning Homosexuality

- Gays Aren't in Conflict with Christianity- NY Times

- Changing Our Mind - David Gushee
A great book for those who are coming out to give to their parents and family who may be having trouble accepting them.

- God and the Gay Christian - Matthew Vines
This book is more of a theological point of view but has some poignantly persuasive and empowering parts as well.

- Torn - Justin Lee
Addresses the visceral, emotional experience of coming out in a Christian community.

- Does Jesus Really Love Me? - Jeff Chu
Some may be initially turned off by the title, but it answers to the experience of being rejected by some religious communities and keeping your faith in God.

- Brokenhearted Bahá'is: LGBTs Rejected by Their Faith

Buddhism and LGBT

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Religion and Spirituality

Many denominations are accepting and inclusive of the LGBTQ individuals. Here is a partial list of those in our area with a short definition of the denominations current status.


Lutheran churches have the freedom to choose individually if they are accepting of LGBT individuals. These churches are considered to be "Reconciling in Christ" congregations. Many Lutheran churches allow same-sex marriages and ordination of people in same sex relationships. Some of the local Lutheran churches that are Reconciling in Christ are listed below.

Epiphany Lutheran Church
Address: 2370 W Main St, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Phone: (803) 324-8877

 Holy Trinity Lutheran
Address: 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205
Phone: (704) 377-5439


Episcopalian churches are very accepting of LGBT individuals and have been working toward full inclusion since 1976.

The Episcopal Church of our Saviour
Address: 144 Caldwell St., Rock Hill, SC 29730
Phone: (803) 327-1131

Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter
Address: 2701 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: (704) 332-4171

Address: 1507 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 376-8441

Metropolitan Community Church
The Metropolitan Community Church was founded specifically for outreach to LGBTQ people. There is also an emphasis on gender equality in church leadership positions. There are two churches located in Charlotte.

Metropolitan Community Church of Charlotte
Address: 7121 Orr Road, Charlotte, NC 28213
Phone: (704) 334-7232

New Life Metropolitan
Address: 1201 South New Hope Road, Gastonia, NC 28054
Phones:  (704) 334-0350

Unity Fellowship Church

Unity Fellowship Church is a nationwide church that was founded by Archbishop Carl Bean with LGBTQ people of color in mind.

UFC - Charlotte
Address: 6151 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: (704) 567-5007

 Alliance of Baptists
The Alliance of Baptists formed in 1987 as an attempt to break away from fundamentalist resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention. The Alliance of Baptists churches are welcoming of all individuals and have made it a goal of theirs to educate people about LGBT issues.

Myers Park Baptist
Address: 1900 Queens Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207
Phone: (704) 334-7232

St. John's Baptist Church
Address: 300 Hawthorne Ln, Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: (704) 333-5428

Park Road Baptist Church
Address: 3900 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: (704) 523-5717

St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church
Address: 1600 Norris Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206
Phone: (704) 375-9650

Unitarian Universalist
The Unitarian Universalist Association has been a longstanding supporter of LGBTQ rights as well as other social justice movements. Their official stance on LGBTQ inclusion is here. 

Unitarian Universalist
Address: 234 N Sharon Amity Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: (704) 366-8623

United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ has been a historically liberal and LGBTQ inclusive denomination. The church in charlotte has been active in Charlotte Pride and LGBTQ outreach ministries.

Wedgewood Church
Address: 4800 Wedgewood Dr, Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: (704) 364-2767

Holy Covenant UCC
Address: 3501 West W T Harris Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28269
Phone: (704) 599-9810

United Methodist

While United Methodist churches are still deliberating on the inclusion of LGBTQ people in ordainment and marriage, some churches have taken it upon themselves to join the Reconciling Ministries task force. First United Methodist Church is included in this task force and has a welcoming statement on their website affirming all sexual orientations and gender identities.

First United Methodist Church
Address: 501 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
: (704) 333-9081


Seigle Avenue Presbyterian
Address: 832 Seigle Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: (704) 338-1914

St. Peter's Catholic
Address: 507 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (704) 332-2901

Temple Beth EL
Address: 5101 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC 28270
Phone: (704) 366-1948

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         American Institute of Bisexuality

         BiNet USA

         Bisexual Resource Center

National Organizations





         National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)


         Immigration Equality

         National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation


         Transgender Law and Policy Institute

         Gender Diversity

         Gender Spectrum  

         Gender Justice League 

         Bathroom Policy FAQ

Youth and Education
-The Trevor Project

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HIV/AIDS Support    

Catawba Care Coalition - Resources for people living with HIV or AIDS, also offers free HIV testing.
500 Lakeshore Parkway
Rock Hill, SC 29730

Last Updated: 9/27/22