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If you're looking for an escape from the everyday routine, bring your partner or spouse and head to the Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Hillsborough communities of the Raleigh Triangle. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Carolina piedmont, these progressive communities are one of the most welcoming sections of the state..
Writes Steven Petrow, Hillsborough resident and Washington Post columnist and author. “This area is home to James Beard Award-winning restaurants; the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill--the oldest public university in the United States and a place where gays and lesbians are right at home with everyone else. That’s true equality.”
In fact, Orange County is currently home to half of the state's gay and lesbian elected officials, a trend that started in 1987, when Chapel Hill Town Council Member Joe Herzenberg became North Carolina's first openly gay elected official.
Further proof of the community’s values: “Carrboro has the oldest domestic partner registry in North Carolina and recently declared October 10 Marriage Equality Day in celebration of the October 10, 2014 court decisions that brought marriage equality to North Carolina,” explains Damon Seils, Carrboro Mayor. Chapel Hill also has a registry."Our community has a long-standing reputation as the most welcoming place in the state for the LGBT community," says Seils. (Picture above L to R: Former Chapel Hill Mayor, Mark Kleinschmidt with Superior Court Judge Alyson Grine and her wife Chapel Hill Mayor Pro Tem Karen Stegman and Damon Seils, Mayor of Carrboro.)
Here's a sampling of some of the things
you can see and do in Orange County,
Visit the New South
Whether you’re ambling along our scenic downtown streets or rambling through the wooded hills, you’ll find yourself in a unique Southern community. “It epitomizes ‘The New South’,” says Jen Jones, who is a former director of communications for EqualityNC. “It’s a place of the future that welcomes diversity, embraces inclusivity, and is a gateway for native Tar Heels, wayward travelers and new transplants alike. Chapel Hill-Carrboro remains one of the most LGBTQ-friendly areas in North Carolina and across the South.”
Petrow agrees. “I travel all over the country and gays and lesbians are ‘tolerated’ more and more just about everywhere, which is great. But here we’re accepted,” he says. “I’ve looked for a place like this to call home my entire life and now I don’t plan to leave until my toes point up at the stars.”
Chapel Hill is one of the most gay friendly cities in the United States
Chapel Hill's queeramid stands at the center of town's Pride Month celebrations
Chapel Hill and Carrboro Score High Marks on LGBTQ+ and Inclusive Policies