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 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.

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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.


J. Clapp

Executive Director

Email info@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

Pronouns: she/her or they/them

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Alix Adrian

Operations Manager

Email info@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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KC Buchanan

Co-Director, Project FAM

Director of Housing and Therapeutic Services

Email casemanagement@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Vanity Reid Deterville

Co-Director, Project FAM

Director of Advocacy and Support

Email grasp@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

Pronouns: she/her/hers


E Wright

Survivorship Services Coordinator

Email survivor@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

Pronouns: they/them


Freddy Perkins

Program Director - LGBTQ Youth Center

Email youthcenter@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Program Coordinator

Email info@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Senior Case Manager - Project FAM

Email casemanagement@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Abena Bediako

Lead Contracted Clinician - Host Home

Email abediako@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Natalie Watson

Deputy Director

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Charla Blumell

Board Chair

Email cblumell@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Candis Cox


Email ccox@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Ashley Williams

Board Treasurer

Email awilliams@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Joaquín Carcaño

Board of Directors

Email jcarcano@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Amos Cooper, Jr.

Board of Directors

Email acooper@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Deven Crock

Board of Directors

Email dcrock@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Jill Madsen

Board of Directors

Email jmadsen@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

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Derrick Matthews

Board of Directors

Email dmatthews@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

Pronouns: he/him/his

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José Romero

Board of Directors

Email jromero@lgbtqcenterofdurham.org

Pronouns: They/He, Elle/El

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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