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Duke, ally create leadership partnership

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University’s Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity and Athlete Ally have entered into a partnership to launch the Sports & Social Justice Leadership Initiative.

dukeuniversity_logoThe new program “is specifically for student-athletes, recognizing that they are in an influential position to advocate for social justice and inclusion with respect to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE),” said center Director Bernadette Brown in a release.

Duke is the first partner to be selected by Athlete Ally, its Founder and Executive Director Hudson Taylor remarked.

“Duke’s longstanding commitment to social justice, combined with its world-class athletic program, makes the university and its community perfect partners in our important work,” Taylor said. “We are thrilled to be working with Duke on this initiative. Athletes have the power to change the world,” he added. “We strongly believe in educating and activating athletes to champion social justice issues.”

Training will be provided in a series of workshops for the student-athletes. Topics covered include sports activism history, sports and SOGIE research, encouragement to become social justice leaders and more. Afterward they will host a conference for the athletic community, from physical education teachers to sports administrators at all levels of the educational spectrum, Duke shared.

“The conference will present and explore inclusive policies and practices to better the lives and experiences of LGBTQA+ athletes across sports,” Brown said.

The initiative is done on a voluntary basis.


Retirement program slated

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh and SAGE Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St., will hold a “Retire in Peace” program on Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m., at the center.

Get tips on how to have peace of mind, enjoy what really matters in life and develop a plan to make retirement more fulfilling.

Participants will be able to enjoy socializing while becoming enlightened.

The event is hosted by Tom Cameron, financial planning and asset management specialist.

Wine, cheese, soft drinks and coffee will be served.


Youth group to host brunch

DURHAM, N.C. — iNSIDEoUT will holds its Second Annual Adult Ally Brunch on Oct. 10, 12 p.m., at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.

A coordinated potluck will fill out the food provisions. Volunteers are being sought to contribute a dish, snack, beverage or dessert. Email for more information.

Additionally, greeters, an MC, sound technicians, food servers, raffle staff and contribution collectors are being solicited. Email to sign up.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.