Youth group revamps for fall

DURHAM, N.C. — iNSIDEoUT has announced that it has revamped it’s organization, just in time for back-to-school.

They have been meeting every week over the summer to hang out and prepare for the upcoming year. There are plans for two retreats on the horizon.

They also launched a new website and updated their adult ally database.

In the meantime, they are holding a board camping retreat on Aug. 22-24 so that they can bond, create a vision and make plans for the year.

On Sept.12-14, iNSIDEoUT will host a senate of GSA/QSA leaders’ leadership retreat. Participants will be able to meet other youth from across the state. They will also be able to introduce the iNSIDEoUT Senate which will be comprised of representatives from schools, GSAs and QSAs who can receive benefit from the connections made through the organization.

Support will be made available for those who want to form a GSA or QSA at their school. Leaders of other youth-led LGBT groups that are not a GSA/QSA are welcome.

The event is free, however a $20 contribution is suggested. For those interested in attending, email The location will be supplied to registered participants. Parental release for those under 18 is mandatory, as well as consent forms for those over 18, are due by Sept. 7. The forms are available for download online.

On Oct. 11, they are holding an Adult & Donor Appreciation Brunch.

The organization also has a group, Upsidedown, for children ages 6-12. They are launching a new website soon.

iNSIDEoUT always appreciates contributions to help sustain its work.


Center hosts potluck

DURHAM, N.C. — The LGBTQ Center of Durham will hold an alcohol-free Fun Day potluck and cookout for the community on Aug. 24, 1 p.m., at Piney Wood Park, 400 E. Woodcroft Pkwy.

Organizers will provide will provide water, hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers. Grills will be fired up and ready to cook at 4 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy food, music, fun activities and camaraderie.


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