A Message from the LGBTQ Center of Durham


Update: $7,700 was raised for the Center at LUEWWD XV! Click here for the results and links to photos. 

The LGBTQ Center of Durham (the Center) stands on the shoulders of a rich history of grassroots organizations in Durham who, in responding to the effects of marginalization and oppression, have answered the needs of various communities, specifically people of color and LGBTQ+ peoples, and those living within both communities simultaneously. Two years ago the Center opened its doors at 114 Hunt Street with the mission to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ+ folks in Durham by creating a space that welcomes and affirms all LGBTQ+ individuals.

This year we decided it was high time to celebrate the anniversary of the Center to acknowledge all of the work that has been done and the progress that has made in realizing our center’s mission and vision. Namely, over the last 2 years, our center has had some amazing accomplishments:

  • We’ve stayed open 7 days a week (except holidays) through the efforts of our amazingly dedicated volunteers;
  • We’ve hosted countless meetings and events, both for our own programs but also as a space available to individual community members, other organizations, etc (on a sliding scale basis to make our space affordable to everyone);
  • We’ve celebrated so many phases of life from weddings, to graduation parties, from prom dances to marriage proposals, to birthday gatherings;
  • We have offered a space where community has come together to build programs built by and for the community;
  • On any given day you are equally likely to find a quiet and peaceful place to come study, or an inspiring and educational presentation or movie screening;
  • Each month there is a broad and diverse array of programs aimed to build and sustain our community, talk about complex issues, educate the broader community, and mobilize towards creating a better Durham.  

We could not have done this without the support of the entire Durham and surrounding community and we want to take the time to celebrate with you!

Join us for a day and evening of celebration! The daytime portion of the party will be from 2:00-7:00 where everyone is invited to Rigsbee Avenue between Geer Street and Corporation (directly in front of Motorco)  for a family-friendly block party FREE to the community.  You’ll have an opportunity to engage with some of our community partners who will be tabling, enjoy games for the kids, a silent auction, and dancing along to the LIVE PERFORMANCE from Who’s Bad, a celebration of the King of Pop’s music http://www.whosbadmusic.com/ around 5pm.

Stick around after the performance while the League Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham (LUEWWD; pronounced ‘lewd’) close out our celebration with theatrical and competitive women’s arm wrestling. During the event – dubbed LUEWWD XV: simply irRESISTible – 8 costumed women will compete in a bracket style tournament for the championship belt while raising funds to support programming at the LGBTQ Center of Durham. (Here’s a link to the Facebook event which will have the latest updates)

Please celebrate with us!

Helena Cragg

Board Chair

LGBTQ Center of Durham