GLBT Students and Allies Can Sign Up for Pride Celebration

Durham Pride

GLBT students and allies will pile into vans on Saturday, September 29, 2018, to attend the annual pride event on Duke University’s East Campus. The new organizer for this year’s celebration is Pride: Durham, NC, an initiative of the LGBTQ Center of Durham.

The day-long event starts with students visiting GLBT organizations. GLBT-friendly businesses and faith communities will show their support on the festival grounds. Students will have the opportunity to update their voter registration, shop for rainbow regalia, buy Pride flags, learn about the different resources available across the state and ultimately, bask in the visibility of their community.

Transportation is open to current NC State students. Sign up to reserve a seat in the vans. Transportation will meet and load the vans at 10:45 a.m. in the circle on Dunn Avenue near the tower elevator at Talley Student Union and will depart from Durham at 3:30 p.m. to return to campus by 4:15 p.m. Students should plan to be off-campus from 10:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. The GLBT Center is registered to march in the parade. Students are welcome to march or watch the parade.

Pride: Durham, NC has stated their core values to ensure they are transparent in all aspects of this year’s event. Awareness of intersectional social justice is one of the long-term goals of the GLBT Center, and Pride: Durham, NC is an excellent way to show students how intersectionality operates outside of NC State.

Pride: Durham’s Core Values

We believe, as individuals of varied experiences and identities, that all people are worthy of equality, respect and dignity. In order to reflect these values in all that we do, we continually endeavor to:

  • be conscious that we are inextricably connected to each other in stability, power and unity for our survival and liberation; 
  • be deeply rooted in relationships, and to build and sustain those connections; 
  • foster space where we can be heard and seen in all aspects of our whole selves; 
  • understand the complexities of what it means to feel safe and included – in all contexts – and to allow this knowledge to inform and guide our collective work; 
  • ground ourselves in our community’s long legacy of resilience and brilliance, and celebrate those qualities in our community members today; 
  • encourage and promote our ability to take care of ourselves and each other, in recognition of the toll of living daily with the effects of oppressions; 
  • prioritize historically and emerging marginalized peoples in leadership roles; 
  • listen to the voices and assess needs of the community to determine programming; create and maintain a culture of transparency and accessibility throughout all operations and relationships of the organization. 

Andy DeRoin is the program coordinator for the GLBT Center.