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. Durham welcomes you and loves you not in spite of who you are, but because of who you are.

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.



Home to the NC Pride Parade since 1981, LGBTQ individuals and their allies gather in Durham each September for a weekend of festivities. This year on Sept. 30, NC Pride takes the form of Pride @ Night, a 12-hour celebration from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Rigsbee Street in Downtown Durham. Enjoy good food, parties, and live entertainment at this annual celebration.

Each August, Durham hosts the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the second largest LGBTQ film festival in the Southeast. See movies from around the globe that show the complexities and beauty of LGBTQ life.



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 all gender diverse individuals and their significant others, family, friends, and allies.

University-Affiliated Programs

Duke 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. Colors of NCCU is NCCU's organization for LGBTQ students, staff, faculty, and alumni. 


Resources for LGBTQ Kids & Teens 

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.




Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604