June is PRIDE Month! Celebrating PRIDE with our LGBTQIA+ communities is an exciting step on our journey to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive co-op. Join the celebration by buying products from LGBTQIA+ producers—look for the PRIDE Flag. Your purchases automatically make a donation to our PRIDE Fund, which benefits our four partner LGBTQIA+ organizations:
To serve, empower, and advocate for the well-being of our diverse LGBTQ+ communities.
We envision an inclusive world where LGBTQ+ people are thriving, equal, and valued members of society.
What do you want the community to know about the center?
Still fairly virtual due to the pandemic – but we are still operating! The center serves the community in the triangle area and worldwide. There will be some outdoor events coming up soon. Please check the online calendar for events.
The center has moved into a smaller office space for the time being. Funding for a new larger space is in the works.
OUT! Raleigh Pride has been cancelled this year. There will be virtual and in-person Pride Month celebrations to be announced (more details to come…)
Volunteer opportunities –
Occasional opportunities virtual and with also June events. Reach out to Kori (they/them), Director of Events and Programs if you want to volunteer. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dream partnership with WSM –
Hosting a youth coffee house at WSM Raleigh location (upstairs)
Who We Are:
We are an autonomous mutual aid initiative. None of our organizers are paid for their work. We are recipient-led, meaning the people who receive funds decide through consensus how funds are allocated.
Who We Serve + How:
Our recipients are Queer, Transgender, Indigenous People Of Color (QTIPOC) living in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, or rural North Carolina. All recipients are under/unemployed due to COVID-19, and were fighting to survive systemic racism + queerphobia before the pandemic even hit. Most have never received a stimulus check, and face barriers to accessing safety-net services. So every month, we ask the community for funds on social media + send those funds to our recipients so they can survive. Mostly through Paypal, Venmo, and Cashapp. We figure out other ways when folks don’t have bank accounts. Funds are given with zero strings attached.
What We’ve Done So Far:
We’ve re-distributed over $75,000 to our recipients since the pandemic hit. About $50,000 of that came from our beloved community! The rest came in the form of rapid-response grants + fundraisers from LGBTQ+ focused social justice non-profits.
Our goal is to continue to provide our recipients with at least $400 in survival funds a month, for the foreseeable future. When we are able to provide folks with that kind of substantial support, it helps them avoid being forced into exploitative work + relationships, as well as avoid starvation, exposure, and incarceration. We are helping our recipients stay SAFE during this terrible time, and hope to continue doing so until this pandemic is over.
Who we are:
We are a community center with a social services lens – focusing on helping people navigate gender issues, domestic violence, sexual assault, housing instability and those financially impacted by COVID19.
Our vision is to create a community where all LGBTQ+ lived experiences are affirmed, supported and celebrated. We are committed to improving the quality of life for LGBTQ+ people in and around Durham. The LBGTQ Center of Durham serves persons from Alamance County to Wake County and is the only center providing social services for our clients. The center is currently closed but open for in-person service by appointment.
Our annual Pride march, Pride: Durham, NC will be held on September 25, 2021!
Pride: Durham, NC brings love and activism back to the forefront of Pride as a way to drive stronger connections and further growth and success in a tumultuous political climate. All people with love in their hearts and progress fueling them are welcome at Pride: Durham, NC.
On the horizon:
Our Youth Center is scheduled to open in 2021! We are partnering with iNSIDEoUT, Bull City Schools United, Safe Schools NC and QORDS (Queer Oriented Radical Days of Summer).
Volunteer with LGBTQ Center of Durham
Volunteer opportunities are changing all the time – follow our Facebook page for updates! https://www.facebook.com/lgbtqcenterdurham/
Founded in 2008 and named during a gathering on the lawn of WSM lawn in Carrboro!
Who we are:
Empowering Authenticity Inside and Out
INSIDEoUT is a youth-led organization that hosts community events for LGBTQ+ youth. We provide resources, opportunities for leadership, and safe, affirming spaces for queer youth. We work to connect Gay-Queer-Straight Alliances with one another to strengthen our community. We elevate and celebrate the voices and knowledge of LGBTQ+ youth from all backgrounds as forces of justice, liberation and the eradication of all systems of oppression.
INSIDEoUT hosts monthly youth hangouts! Hangouts are two hours of youth determined activities that are designed to connect and empower our youth in a queer-positive, non-judgmental space. Agendas for hangouts range from making posters for Pride, practicing self-care, DIY pronoun mask making to hosting guest speakers from the community. Details and upcoming dates/zoom links can be found here. (https://www.insideout180.org/hangouts)
As of now, iNSIDEoUT 180 is completely volunteer supported. The heart, soul, and strategic objectives are all set by and made reality by iNSIDEoUT’s board of youth leaders. The nuts and bolts of fundraising and logistical support are made possible by oUTSIDE iN, our board of adult supporters. If you are a young person hoping to get involved or become part of the iNSIDEoUT 180 board, you can keep an eye on our instagram (@insideout180) for upcoming hangouts, events, and for the release of our board member application.
Support this work:
If you’re an adult trying to support this work, adult support comes in many different shapes and sizes. You can volunteer your time as a chaperone, donate money, food, or services, serve on our 501 (c) 3 Board, and much much more! Check out our webpage to see what feels like a good fit, and sign up! We’re so excited to meet you.