About Us

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

Mission

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

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 112 W Main St Fl 2 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

Operations Manager

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Natalie Watson

Deputy Director

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Vanity Reid Deterville

Director Project FAM

Director of Advocacy and Support

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Victims Services Specialist - Durham

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Freddy Perkins

Program Director - LGBTQ Youth Center

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Health Case Manager

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Director of Housing and Therapeutic Services

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Abena Bediako

Lead Contracted Clinician - Host Home

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Niccolo Roditti

Assistant Program Director - Youth Center

Email: youthcenter@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Leah Whitehead

Housing Case Manager

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Shaye Loyd

Case Manager

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Nikki Mintz

Career Coach

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Riley Carter

Victims Services Specialist - Asheville

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Derrick Matthews, Ph.D.

Board Chair

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Amos Cooper

Treasurer

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José Romero

Secretary

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Octavius Smiley-Humphries

Board Member

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Benjamin UySmith

Board Member

Email: buysmith@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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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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