Though I think Durham has a pretty visible LGBT scene, if you’re (a) visiting, (b) new to the area, or (c) a person with a crazy-busy work schedule who never sees the light of day, you may not know about all of the excellent things that Durham has to offer. It has a small dance floor and a backyard area with lawn chairs, frisbees, and (most importantly) cornholing.
Upcoming performances include Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt, as well as Meshell Ndegeocello. It’s neither LGBT nor feminist, but they had a display of queer books out for Pride, and also they have a fair-sized collection of used lesbian romance novels downstairs. If it’s time for you to get that Tegan Quin-riding-a-gay-unicorn tattoo you’ve always wanted, head over to Dogstar Tattoo. For alternative lifestyle haircuts, you should go to Angela Goldman, Inc. She’s an amazing stylist and a totally badass human being.
(And was the first stylist I’d seen who immediately supported my decision to chop all my hair off rather than trying to talk me out of it, and her work is really, really good, y’all). Consequently, I’ve never been to anyone else in Durham, but I’ve heard that folks have also had good experiences at Rock Paper Scissors .
(Awesome for its own reasons: it’s a great space but also has incredible retrospectives where it shows old sci-fi films as well as ’80s fantasy films).
The NCGLFF recently expanded this past year to ten glorious days of LGBT films, including , which featured a foul-mouthed Olympia Dukakis in a cowboy hat. I have never been to this, but I am fairly certain it is both super gay and a good time. ) To find out about LGBT events in the area, you can consult both The Triangle and Triangle Local Events.
Regardless of whether you’re affiliated with a local college, you should also check out or Yahoo! The latter includes groups like the Durham Gender Alliance. On that note, Triangle Grrrls is also totally worth checking out.