Watch: Winston-Salem LGBTQ center profiled by local news

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The North Star LGBTQ Center was recently profiled by a local news station, in partnership with the Winston-Salem Foundation.

Fox 8 spoke to the center’s board chair, director and a local youth who frequents the center, which opened in 2012.

“I remember growing up here in Winston-Salem and there wasn’t a resource like this, and when I was a teenager, it was a very scary thing to be gay then,” board chair George Keller Dukes told the news station.

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That safe space now exists for youth like Jesse Wolfe, a senior at Mount Tabor High School.

“It’s important because it allows people to connect with other youth who are LGBT and be able to feel supported,” Wolfe said.

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The center first opened at an historic home on Brookstown Ave. near downtown Winston before moving to near the corner of Burke and First Sts. It offers a library, educational programs, support groups, HIV testing and other services.

The Fox 8 profile was made possible through the support of the Winston-Salem Foundation, which provided the center $7,000 in 2017 and $10,000 this year to support hiring a part-time center manager.

Learn more about North Star online at

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.