About Us

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

Mission

We are committed to improving the quality of life for LGBTQ+ people in and around Durham:

  • through programming, resources, and networks of support;
  • by acting as a hub for Durham’s LGBTQ+ community;
  • by sharing and affirming all LGBTQ+ lived experiences; and,
  • by educating our neighbors in order to enhance understanding of and sensitivity to LGBTQ+ issues.

 

Our Story

History

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 the Host Home Program, 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 114 Hunt Street in Downtown Durham. We encourage you to review directions to the Center and suggestions for parking.

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J. Clapp

Executive Director

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Alix Adrian

Program Coordinator - GRASP

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KC Buchanan

Program Coordinator - Host Home 

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Program Director - GRASP

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Case Manager - Host Home

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Abena Bediako

Lead Contracted Clinician - Host Home

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Meredith Stewart

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Ashley Williams

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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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Meredith Stewart

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Ashley Williams

Board Treasurer

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Natalie Watson

Board Secretary

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Charla Blumell

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Bart Evans

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