The LGBTQ Center of Durham has officially opened it doors.

Center opens doors

DURHAM, N.C. — The LGBTQ Center of Durham, 114 Hunt St., has officially opened and is now operational seven days a week from 2-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The board has invited the community to take a tour of the new building. The facility comes with free WiFi, has a library and more. Space can be reserved for organizational meetings or events.

The center’s website has the instituted mission statement, vision and points of unity for viewing. The resources and foundation of the creation of the center was the end product of the community assessment committee. As the organization continues to grow, the fabric will change with the needs that are present at the time. The community is asked to share its thoughts with the board.

As always, the center continues to seek volunteers to staff the facility and to help out with programming. Three-hour blocks of time will be welcome from those who wish to serve. An orientation session will be held on Dec. 12, 2 p.m., for those interested. Email volunteer@lgbtqcenterof to sign up.


Bianca is in the house

RALEIGH, N.C. — Join “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bianca del Rio as she stars in and hosts the Pardon Moi French Drag Me to Lunch VII on Dec. 5, 11 a.m., at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel,  Hannover Ball Room, 421 S. Salisbury St.

The event is a benefit for the LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St. Joining del Rio as co-hosts are Candis Cox and Brian French.

Performances during the fundraiser include those by Lindsay Starr, Chloe Cassidy, Alexandra Vittz, Dana St. James and Ivory Winters. Music will be provided by DJ Jermainia.

Tickets range from $35 to $900 depending upon package purchased. Visit the website to learn more. Sales end at 8 a.m. on Dec. 5. Use LGBT promo code to save 15 percent.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at and 704-531-9988,...