About Us

Our vision is to create a community where all LGBTQ+ lived experiences are affirmed, supported, and celebrated.


The LGBTQ Center of Durham supports LGBTQ+ people through services, programming, resources, and support networks that center their wellbeing and allows them to thrive.

Our Story


Founded in 2015, the LGBTQ Center of Durham opened its doors as the front porch of the LGBTQ community in an effort to serve all the people of Durham. With a commitment to prioritizing those most marginalized among us, Founder and former executive director, Helena Cragg raised funds and coordinated programs to elevate the presence of the Center until recruiting J. Clapp, the founder of Pride: Durham, NC, to be her predecessor in 2019.

Our Work

The LGBTQ Center of Durham commits to centering the experiences of those who are the most marginalized among us. With a history of providing services supplementing this commitment, we continue to strive to set an example for other communities and organizations to prioritize lifting our family up. With Project FAM (supported housing & therapy), LGBTQ+ Youth Center, a re-centered Pride, and other gender inclusive support programs, we are aligned with the promise of serving QTPOC. Our services are open to the entire community and seek to make room for all people.

A great place to meet "family" in a low-key, down-to-earth, safe and supporting environment.

Shane Clary

Visit Us

We are located at 1007 Broad Street. We encourage you to review directions to the Center and suggestions for parking.

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Natalie Watson

Interim Executive Director

Email director@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Alix Adrian

Operations Manager

Email info@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Raye Dooley

Southern Queer Survivor Network

Project Director

Email: advocate@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Vanity Reid Deterville

Director Project FAM

Director of Advocacy and Support

Email: grasp@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Director of Housing and
Therapeutic Services

Email: casemanagement@


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Freddy Perkins

Co-Program Director
LGBTQ Youth Center

Email: youthcenter@

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Niccolo Roditti

Co-Program Director - LGBTQ Youth Center

Email: youthcenter@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Shaye Loyd

Case Manager

Email: advocate@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Abena Bediako

Lead Contracted Clinician - Host Home

Email: abediako@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Desmera Gatewood

Board Co-Chair

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Kristine Suh

Board Co-Chair

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Ariana Vigil

Board Secretary

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Benjamin UySmith

Board Treasurer

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Abby Murray

Board Member

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Kel Williams

Board Member

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Brett Stargill

Board Member


Join Our Team

The LGBTQ Center of Durham continues to grow and flex to meet the needs of the Durham LGBTQ Community. Occasionally, we have opportunities for employment and hope that you will consider us a place to work.

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