About The HRC North Carolina Gala Equality Awards

Awards to be presented at the HRC North Carolina Gala will honor an individual and an organization that have furthered the progress of civil rights for the LGBTQ community. Nominations will be accepted for the following honors:

The Person of the Year Award is given to an individual who has contributed efforts to improve the lives and visibility of LGBTQ people in North Carolina. The recipient should have a consistent and significant list of contributions to the LGBTQ community and be seen as a role model to others. Examples could include initiating, leading and/or enhancing LGBTQ organizations, policy, programs and/or events.

The Organization of the Year Award is given to an organization that has furthered the progress for civil rights for LGBTQ people in North Carolina. The organization can be for-profit or not-for-profit. The organization should have created and sustained policies and practices that work to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and exemplifies the mission and vision of HRC.

The HRC North Carolina Gala Fellowships

The annual HRC NC Gala aims to be inclusive, regardless of level of income and other differences. A limited number of fellowships to those who demonstrate need and would otherwise not be able to attend the dinner without financial assistance. Those receiving the fellowship can attend the Gala at a reduced dinner ticket price.

Criteria for Gala Fellowship:

  • Completed Gala Fellowship Application
  • Commitment to the HRC mission to build an America where LGBTQ families and individuals can be open, honest and safe at work, at home and in the community
  • Current resident of North Carolina or South Carolina
  • Willingness to volunteer for local HRC organizing and further outreach efforts
  • Demonstration of limited income status