1974, four months after the American Psychiatric Association removed
the diagnosis of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders,
Glen Tig became a college freshman at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill. With a pioneering group of students that same year,
Glen took an active role in co-founding the first gay student organization
in North Carolina, the Carolina Gay Association.
During the decades since, Glen has continued a life of activism,
working for racial and gender equality, environmental awareness,
and Native American empowerment. But Glen has never abandoned the
campaign for equal rights and social acceptance for Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people.
North Carolina, Glen has been an avid supporter and sponsor
of the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, co-founder
of a popular LGBT social dance organization,
and an active member of a large Business & Profession
Guild for LGBT community members.
his effort to improve LGBT social opportunities, Glen has
coordinated and taught East Coast Swing Dance classes to hundreds
of LGBT dance enthusiasts. He and his partner Chitpol, a periodontal
surgeon (and cook) from Thailand, have taught scores of happy
students in their ever-popular, LGBT Thai cooking classes.
everyday life, Glen has stood up for LGBT equality by such simple
actions as challenging local video stores to provide "Gay & Lesbian"
sections with dignified selections. On a larger scale, Glen single-handedly
convinced the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union to offer
equal banking privileges to ALL permanent partners of credit union
members statewide-not just heterosexual married spouses.
the early nineties, when Glen's town of Carrboro elected the first
"out" gay mayor in the southeastern US, LGBT clients traveled from
counties around for counseling from "the gay therapist in the town
with the gay mayor." Since then, Glen has worked with large numbers
of LGBT individuals and couples from across central North Carolina,
offering the particular insight, support, and guidance that comes
from being gay himself.
out from his practice, Glen enjoys presenting workshops and lectures
to foster increased understanding of issues faced by America's LGBT
citizens. He also works increasingly as a consultant to help businesses
and corporations create workplace environments that are supportive
of LGBT employees.
early 2003, in the midst of paranoid changes in US immigration
policy, Glen's spouse Chitpol (a citizen of Thailand) was unexpectedly
and inexplicably denied entry back home to the US from Canada (Click
here for story from Raleigh News & Observer). With their
only option for remaining together in North America requiring
a move into exile in Canada, Glen and Chitpol have forged a
compromise solution, where Glen commutes on alternating weeks
between their current home in Canada and Glen's counseling
practice in North Carolina.
dramatic turn of events in Glen's personal life has pushed him into
another activist role, this time advocating for immigration
rights for America's gay citizens who have foreign partners.