GREENSBORO, N.C. - Almost 400 activists and advocates for the LGBT -- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender -- community came out to UNCG for the third annual Equality Conference.LGBT issues have been a hot topic across the country and in the triad. The Equality Conference came to Greensboro to educate members of the LGBT community on issues that affect them, including gay marriage, parenting and discrimination.Gay marriage in particular has been an uphill battle, with the latest defeat of gay marriage by popular vote in Maine last week. In fact, gay marriage has been defeated in each state that has brought the issue to the ballot.Ian Palmquist, Executive Director of Equality North Carolina, hopes to change minds."I hope people are inspired to go home and have difficult conversations with people and really challenge them to think about the impact that discrimination has on lesbian and gay people in our state." Palmquist said.This is the first time Greensboro has hosted the conference.