When evaluating things from afar, sometimes establishing trust is difficult. That's when we look to the published comments of others to help us all feel like what we are seeing and reading is worthy of our serious consideration.
Durham is a place that is accepting and open, and everyone who chooses to be is welcomed. But don't take our word for it: here's what others have to say about Durham, NC:
Durham: "Mid-Sized Cities with Most Same-Sex Couples," Williams Institute/The Atlantic
Durham: "America's Most Tolerant City," The Daily Beast
Duke Students: "Invited to the White House LGBT Pride Reception," Duke Today
Toys for Tots: "One of the most festive and fulfilling aspects of the holiday season is that it is a reminder and an opportunity to give back. For lucky lesbians in the North Carolina area, this year's annual toy drive comes with drinks and dancing with the Toys 4 Tots Marine gifting program. In its 22nd year, 2011's event is being held at The Bar, Durham's LGBT neighborhood bar, but it originally started at Catherine Tillery's home. Tillery, a North Carolinian lesbian, began this tradition by inviting her close friends over to her house the first Friday of each December to collect gifts for Toys 4 Tots... Over the years, the local lesbian Durham community came together to turn a house party into the lesbian event of the year." - "Lesbian Event Collects Hundreds of Gifts for Toys 4 Tots," Curve Magazine
Amendment One: "As Kym Register talks about North Carolina's effort to stop same-sex marriage, the feelings of shame and pride can be heard in her voice....Register, who owns what she calls a queer positive live music venue in downtown Durham, hopes that LGBT travelers will continue to come to North Carolina - especially to its many welcoming cities. 'We need people to come and be visible,' says Register. ‘This is not the time to turn your back.'" - "North Carolinians Say Don't Judge Our Cities by the State," Edge New York
Mobile Homecoming Project: "In April of 2009, Alexis Pauline Gumbs and her partner Julia Wallace sat in a small conference room in Durham, NC. Both were Southern-born, twentysomething activists with academic training....They were at a larger annual gathering of labor and human rights organizers, and around them sat over a dozen women, all of them self-identified black lesbians, and each one at least 20 years older. The workshop session was led by Mandy Carter, a longtime LGBT activist, and Carter wanted to share only one thing: stories....The idea turned into the Mobile Homecoming Project, a multimedia storytelling project to uncover hidden histories. Gumbs and Wallace scour their networks to find older members of the black LGBT community, record them on video or podcasts, and sometimes host screening events that bring together people from all ages." -"A New LGBT Politics Seeks To Marry Issues, Not Just People," ColorLines