Special Alert

Y'all Means All in Durham

Out in Durham

Safe, inviting, inspiring - that's how Durham's LGBTQ+ community describes the Bull City. 

From its activist roots to current reputation as a progressive Southern city, Durhamites have worked hard to ensure that the Bull City is a welcoming place for all who visit. When the North Carolina General Assembly passed HB2 in 2016, Durhamites stood in solidarity with the LGBTQ community through protests, fundraisers for LGBTQ non-profits, and "We Don't Care" bathroom signage. This is a community that will uplift you, support your dreams, and give you strength. Whether you're staying for one night or the rest of your life, you'll feel right at home here.



Since 1981, The NC Pride parade has historically drawn thousands of costumed marchers alongside decorated floats and vehicles, with a 5k run, festival vendors, speeches, and parties taking place around the Triangle. In its first year this September 29, Pride: Durham, NC will bring love and activism back to the forefront of Pride to drive stronger connections and further growth and success. Enjoy good food, parties, and live entertainment at this annual celebration.

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Duke University East Campus
1304 Campus Drive Durham, NC, 27705 

Each August, Durham hosts the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the second largest LGBTQ film festival in the Southeast. Held at the historic Carolina Theatre, NCGLFF displays films that range from features to documentaries and shorts, highlighting directors from across the country. In addition to screenings, the schedule includes a kick-off party, family-friendly events, and food trucks. 





The Pinhook offers queer dance parties, karaoke and movie nights, as well as live music several nights a week. For a neighborhood feel, head to The Bar, where you can also enjoy events like drag performances and trivia.

While Durham offers several LGBTQ-specific nightlife options, your options aren't relegated to those spaces. The Bull City's many craft breweries, atmospheric cocktail bars, and rooftop hangouts are inclusive and welcoming of all people.

Pauli Murray


Durham has a long history of working towards inclusive ideals as a community. From sit-ins during the Civil Rights movement to widespread support for gender-neutral restrooms and the trans community in the face of HB2, Durhamites aren't afraid to challenge injustice with action. One of Durham's great icons includes Dr. Pauli Murray, a queer African-American activist who fought tirelessly for the equal rights of all individuals. You can now visit Murray's childhood home, which is a National Historic Landmark. 


Resources for LGBTQ Adults 

LGBTQ Center of Durham is a "family room" for the LGBTQ community. The center hosts discussion groups, free HIV / STI testing, movie nights, open mics, and more. PFLAG Triangle offers friendship and support for parents, families, friends, and allies united with LGBTQ people. Attend a support group, volunteer, or advocate on behalf of the community. Durham Gender Alliance is a moderated, gender issues support group serving the Triangle. Members meet once a month, and membership is extended to diverse individuals of all genders, as well as their significant others, family, friends, and allies.

University-Affiliated Programs

The Duke University Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity hosts programs and events throughout the year. There are also many student-led LGBTQ organizations at Duke, which are listed on the Center's website. The LGBTA Center is NCCU's center for LGBTQ students, staff, faculty, and alumni. 


Resources for LGBTQ Kids & Teens 

The LGBTQ Youth Resource Guide is a resource for families, social services, and community organizations produced by the Pauli Murray Project. iNSIDEoUT, a youth-led organization for LGTBQ kids and teens in the Triangle, supports activism and community building. QORDS is a queer-oriented radical youth camp where queer and gender non-conforming youth can get together to create music, learn about LGBTQ issues, and enjoy a week in the Carolina mountains.




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Durham, NC 27701 USA
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