Category: Community Partners

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

Call for Contestants! We Want You!

(So…this event happened already and it was a ton of fun! Click here for more.)

 

Have you been thinking about ways to meet cool people in Durham?

Do you secretly wish that Halloween was more than once a year so you can find another reason to dress in costume?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in Sylvester Stallone’s footsteps in “Over the Top”? (sorry, we can’t make that dream come totally true… “over the top” is an illegal move in arm-wrestling… we could photoshop you into a supercool monster truck!)

Do you want to be a multi-tasking wizard by simultaneously raising funds for your community and having a ton of fun with your friends?

Here’s a key question: Are you free on October 14, 2017?

LUEWWD XV (yes, 15) is coming up and we are looking for new contestants! This means that you (yes, YOU!) would put on a costume, hop on the stage, and arm wrestle to benefit a local nonprofit. And you get to pick four of your friends to be your official entourage. It’s that easy!

Absolutely NO EXPERIENCE is necessary. We’ll get more details to you if you’re interested. And you could check out our FAQs too.

Please contact us at contestant@luewwd.com.

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Giselle and Julissa: Siblings benefit from PYO and community mentors

Hope we’ll see you at LUEWWD XIV: Double O LUEWWD on October 15th!

The two videos below introduce you to Giselle and her sister Julissa who both took part in Partners for Youth Opportunity’s mentoring program. The videos were put together by students enrolled at the Center for Documentary Studies’ Video Institute this summer.

The first, a view into the life of Giselle, was prepared by researcher and legislator from EducationNC Alex Granados and his Video Institute partner Jennifer Durham. In it “[Giselle] told us about her varied education experiences in North Carolina and the struggles she has had to overcome as a low-income student.”

The Strength to Bloom from Center for Documentary Studies on Vimeo.

In the second video, Julissa (Giselle’s sister) talks about her work with artist Cassidy James Logan, illustrating a children’s book written by Bethany Dalton.

Meet young writer and brand new college student Natasha

Meet Natasha, get to know Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO), and raise funds for PYO on October 15th at LUEWWD XIV: Double O LUEWWD, ladies’ arm-wrestling tournament for charity.

 

Writing my own happy ending

Additional thoughts from PYO Executive Director Julie Wells: “Natasha just headed off for college this week, texting staff the whole way. Her family rented a van to drive her to Wells College, where the PYO college counselor helped to secure financial aid and scholarships to help offset the cost of going to an out-of-state institution. Natasha wrote for the Durham VOICE for two years and this past summer interned at WUNC, reporting for Youth Voices radio.

I am really struck by this last editorial she wrote for the paper and the fact that she is experiencing this transition into to college with her family, stopping in DC along the way to see the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial for the first time…”

Proceeds from LUEWWD XIV will help PYO expand one of its core programs Girls Empowerment Project which covers cultural programming, leadership development opportunities and scholarships for girls. In addition to PYO’s client group being 65% girls, 62% of PYO families are led by single mothers. Often the involvement of one girl in the program leads to the involvement of a younger sibling or female cousins. PYO’s programming has a multigenerational impact on poverty and increases opportunity to level the playing field for many girls in Durham. YEAH!

P.Y.O. on center stage at LUEWWD XIV on Oct 15th

UPDATE: LUEWWD XIV: Double O LUEWWD was awesome! More than $7,500 was raised and will go towards Partners for Youth Opportunity’s Girls Empowerment Project. Thank you to everyone who attended. The contestants and entourages were incredible. Photos to be posted soon!

We are already having a blast planning LUEWWD XIV: Double O LUEWWD with its beneficiary Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO). Click for event details and volunteer openings.

PYO exists to help Durham youth reach their educational and vocational potential through academic support, workforce training, mentoring and opportunities to connect with leadership and service learning.

(Look at this happy PYO crew!)

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Proceeds from LUEWWD XIV will help PYO expand one of its core programs Girls Empowerment Project: cultural programming, leadership development opportunities and scholarships for girls. In addition to serving 65% girls, 62% of their families are led by single mothers. Often the involvement of one girl in the program leads to the involvement of a younger sibling or female cousins. PYO’s programming has a multigenerational impact on poverty and increases opportunity to level the playing field for many girls in Durham. YEAH!

(What a great mom-daughter pair pictured here with a lot to celebrate)momanddaughter

Like PYO on Facebook too!

Other posts related to PYO:

Meet young writer and brand new college student Natasha

Giselle and Julissa: Siblings benefit from PYO and community mentors

LUEWWD XIII all the details

The LUEWWD organizers have been busy lining up the details for LUEWWD XIII and with this event approaching fast, we’ve got four pieces of information we wanted to share with you.

First, the date! LUEWWD XIII will be on Saturday, October 3rd at 9:00 (doors open at 8:00)

Second, we’re moving! That’s right, we’ve literally grown out of our space at our faithful host venue, Social Games and Brews. So our friends at Triangle Brewing Company have offered to host LUEWWD XIII.

Third, the theme! Since this next event is our 13th and it’s in the month of October, we would like if we may, take you on a strange journey to… LUEWWD XIII: Rocky Horror LUEWWD Show. Those of you who remember life before cell phones and cable TV should remember this cult classic. Those of you who don’t know what we’re talking about, stay tuned for an opportunity to find out at a special film viewing event in September (details to follow!).

 

Fourth, the beneficiary! The most important detail and the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Cribs for Kids is the LUEWWD XIII beneficiary! Cribs for Kids Durham (a program of Welcome Baby operating with Durham County Cooperative Extension) provides new Pack ‘n Plays to families that do not have a safe place for their baby to sleep. Along with a new Pack ‘n Play, Cribs for Kids shares safe sleep strategies in an effort to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The program relies on private donations, small community grants, and fundraising events to purchase Pack ‘n Plays. As they approach their 5th year of distribution they have raised nearly $40K and distributed over 500 new Pack ‘n Plays! We are so excited to partner with Cribs for Kids and Welcome Baby and hope that we can make a significant contribution to their already impressive 5-year fundraising efforts!

That is all for now!

Karaoke Machine? Paddle Boats? Smores?

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Every dollar you contribute to QORDS via LUEWWD XII: Express Yourself goes far! Check out the list below…

Bring cash to the April 25th event to spend on a bunch of entertaining things or donate online ahead of the event! Oh, did we mention that emcee Marilyn Manho will be on stage again (this is her last LUEWWD hosting gig — MAJOR SAD FACE) and that special guest Vivica C. Coxx will be performing? This is gonna be amazing!!

Thank you!

 $650-sends a youth to camp for the week

$325- sends a youth to camp for half the week

$315-transports the youth from the campground to the music venue for their performance

$270-feeds a youth at camp the whole week

$70-pays for a karaoke machine for use at camp

$45- feeds a youth at camp for one day

$30- pays for one microphone for band practice

$30-pays for Dr. Drum beat-maker download for hip hop tracks

$20-pays for make-up, nail polish, and glitter for one camper

$15-covers the cost of craft supplies for one youth at camp

 $15-rents a paddleboat for one youth at camp

 $15- buys a pack of CDs to record camper songs at the end of the week

 $10-pays for a pair of drumsticks for one youth

 $10-pays for Smores at the campfire for one youth during camp

 $5- pays for a journal for a youth to write in at camp

 $5- buys a pack of guitar strings for one camper

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Poster graphic courtesy of qords.org

Introducing XII’s Community Partner Q.O.R.D.S.

LUEWWD XII: Express Yourself will take place on April 25th at Social Games and Brews in Durham. Not only will Marilyn Manho be our hostess again but we’ll also have Vivica C. Coxx as a special guest!! Event proceeds will be going to Q.O.R.D.S. to fund camp scholarships for female-identified Durham youth (ages 12-17). (event details)

$650 covers a camper’s tuition for a week-long overnight summer camp for queer youth or youth of queer parents. This year the camp is taking place August 2-7 at Haw River Summit in Brown’s Summit, North Carolina. We’re hoping that LUEWWD XII will help raise funds for a BUNCH of scholarships for these great young people. Click here for a list of other great experiences for the campers your dollars could purchase!

And, since the theme of the next LUEWWD is to express yourself, here’s a video produced by Q.O.R.D.S. (with KiQ) showing the campers’ important (and fun) experiences.

If you would like to contribute to Q.O.R.D.S. through the upcoming LUEWWD event, you can make a donation at any time. If you have a favorite wrestler, you can contribute to their campaign for Madame Moneymaker!

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We’ve been having a blast putting together LUEWWD XII with the QORDS organizers and hope you can be a part of the fun, too!

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Durham First In Families: Adele

Thank you to Durham First In Families for sharing this story. Adele is one of many individuals served by LUEWWD XI’s beneficiary organization. Please consider making a donation by voting for your favorite arm wrestler online or at the September 20th event. We’d love to see you there! Sign up to volunteer if you can!Adele_small

Adele enjoys swimming, reading, and playing at Camp Shelanu. Camp Shelanu at the Levin JCC offers inclusion services for children with developmental disabilities who may need support during camp.

Adele is a 13 year old girl with Autism, and summer camp allows Adele to spend time with her peers and provides respite for her parents.

More about Durham First In Families.

Meet Donna

Meet Felicia

Contributions at any level will make a tangible impact:

·         $25 can provide a gas card to support a family with travel to costly medical appointments for their daughter with Down Syndrome

·         $50 can give school clothes and school supplies to a young girl with Autism

·         $100 can assist with a week of camp for a girl with a Traumatic Brain Injury

·         $250 can fund 25 hours of respite for the caregiver of a young woman with Cerebral Palsy

·         $500 can assist with a wheelchair repair for a woman with Spina Bifida


Come on out to LUEWWD XI: First in Fight happening on September 20th at Social Games and Brews  (1007 W. Main St., Durham, NC).

Durham First In Families: Donna

Thank you to Durham First In Families for sharing this story. Donna is one of many individuals served by LUEWWD XI’s beneficiary organization. Please consider making a donation by voting for your favorite arm wrestler online or at the September 20th event. We’d love to see you there! Sign up to volunteer if you can! Donna_small

Donna, a self-advocate who uses a wheelchair and has a service dog, was in need of a ramp to allow her to enter and exit her home. She also needed a fence for her backyard so her service dog could go outside safely and not run in the street.

Durham FIF partnered with Dickerson Fencing who built Donna a fence, and the Knights of Columbus who built a ramp. Now, Donna has peace of mind – she can access her home and her beloved service dog can play in her yard.

More about Durham First In Families.

Meet Adele

Meet Felicia

Contributions at any level will make a tangible impact:

·         $25 can provide a gas card to support a family with travel to costly medical appointments for their daughter with Down Syndrome

·         $50 can give school clothes and school supplies to a young girl with Autism

·         $100 can assist with a week of camp for a girl with a Traumatic Brain Injury

·         $250 can fund 25 hours of respite for the caregiver of a young woman with Cerebral Palsy

·         $500 can assist with a wheelchair repair for a woman with Spina Bifida


Come on out to LUEWWD XI: First in Fight happening on September 20th at Social Games and Brews  (1007 W. Main St., Durham, NC).