SAIGE-NC - Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities of North Carolina

Greetings to SAIGE-NC members and interested parties!

SAIGE-NC is a division of NCCA designed to provide information, resources and advocacy for the LGBTGEQIAP+ individuals we serve. We are a community of counselors, students, and other professionals dedicated to increasing awareness of LGBTGEQIAP+ issues and advocating for and with our LGBTGEQIAP+ clients. If interested in becoming more involved with the chapter, please do not hesitate to reach out and express your interest by sending an email to [email protected].

In May of 2020, after two years of planning and discussions, it was announced that ACA approved the name change at the national level in April 2020. This change was a direct response to the changing field and terminology as well as input from members through both formal and informal processes. For more information about these updates, please visit the new national SAIGE website: https://saigecounseling.org/.

The official name of the national division is now: Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE). The overall vision of SAIGE is “a world where LGBTGEQIAP+ people are respected, celebrated, and experience belonging."

Dues

  • $15 per Person

2022-2023 Officers

  • President: Whitney Akers [email protected]
  • President Elect: Rebekah Byrd
  • President Elect Elect: Vacant
  • Social Media Representative: Angela Brooks-Livingston
  • Secretary: Vacant (Will hold Election in 2023)
  • Treasurer: Vacant (Will hold Election in 2023)

Mission 

  • To promote a greater understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender expansive individuals among members of the counseling profession.
  • To improve standards and delivery of counseling services provided to members of the LGBTGEQIAP+ community.
  • To identify and work to eliminate conditions which create barriers to the individual development LGBTGEQIAP+ individuals.
  • To develop, implement, and/or foster interest in charitable, scientific, and educational programs designed to further the interests of LGBTGEQIAP+ individuals.
  • To secure equality of treatment, advancement, qualifications, and status of LGBTGEQIAP+  individuals in counseling and development work.
  • To publish scientific, educational, and professional materials with the purpose of raising the standards of all who work in counseling regarding these issues.
  • To facilitate a broader awareness of issues in counseling LGBTGEQIAP+ individuals.

Helpful Links

Local and National Resources

  • Forge — http://forge-forward.org/ is a progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies).  They have recorded webinars on many different issues related to trans* individuals and SOFFAs.
  • GLAAD — www.glaad.org — Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “GLAAD works with print, broadcast and online news sources to bring people powerful stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality.”
  • GLSEN — www.glsen.org — Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. GLSEN is a United States-based education organization working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and to prompt LGBT cultural inclusion and awareness in K-12 schools
  • It Gets Better Project — www.itgetsbetter.org — “The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.”
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force — http://www.thetaskforce.org/ — “The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up.” They also run Creating Change the “largest annual gathering of LGBTQ activists, organizers, and leaders within the LGBT movement” in the US.
  • OUTright Youth (Hickory) – http://www.outrightyouthcv.org – OUTright Youth is the ONLY PLACE in the Catawba Valley that provides a unique, youth-centered, safe environment for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Questioning) youth ages 12-23, and their allies, to come together, receive unconditional support, and make friends who understand who they are as they struggle with sexual orientation, gender identity and other issues.
  • PFLAG — www.pflag.org — “Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies United with LGBT People to Move Equality Forward.”
  • Religious Institute — http://www.religiousinstitute.org — “a multi-faith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.”
  • The “Not All Like That” (NALT) Project – http://notalllikethat.org – videos of Christians (mostly families) explaining how they fully support LGBTQ people and that being Christian should not mean being anti-gay.
  • The Human Rights Campaign:  https://www.hrc.org/   The Human Rights Campaign is the largest LGBTQ advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States. The organization focuses on protecting and expanding rights for LGBTQ individuals, most notably advocating for marriage equality, anti-discrimination and hate crimes legislation, and HIV/AIDS advocacy. The organization has a number of legislative initiatives as well as supporting resources for LGBTQ individuals
  • The Transcending Gender Project — http://www.transcendinggender.org
  • The Trevor Project — www.thetrevorproject.org — “Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.”
  • Time Out Youth (Charlotte) – https://timeoutyouth.org/ – Time Out Youth Center is a place where you can experience a sense of belonging and community. Whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, a straight ally – or just don’t want to be labeled, you will be welcomed here. Some of our youth are out, some are partially out, and some are not out at all. Time Out Youth Center offers a safe space for all and fully respects the journey of each individual. While at Time Out Youth, you are not expected to be anyone or anything except who you are.
  • Transgender Law Center — transgenderlawcenter.org— “Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.”
  • Trans Lifeline – https://translifeline.org/ – Trans Lifeline is run by and for trans people.  Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.