Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

About Us

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity provides education, advocacy, support, mentoring, academic engagement, and space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, questioning, queer and allied students, staff, and faculty at Duke. The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity also serves and supports Duke alumni/ae and the greater LGBTQ community.

Through its services, the Center encourages critical thinking about the intellectual, cultural, and political ramifications of sexual and gender diversity at Duke and beyond. We seek to challenge bias and intolerance in order to promote affirmation and support a more inclusive campus climate.

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity Staff

  • Director, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • Nick Antonicci, Assistant Director, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • India Pierce, Program Coordinator, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • Meda Connor, Staff Specialist, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

History of LGBTQ Life at Duke

Since the formation of the Duke Gay Alliance in 1972, Duke's LGBTQ community has had a rich history. The following documents detail this history from 1972 to the present, including information on student and faculty groups, alumni networks, and institutional changes.

A Notable Presence on Campus

As Duke President Richard Brodhead has stated, "As an institution within a larger culture, it's not surprising that the Duke of older times was saturated with homophobia…I regret every act that ever limited the human life of anyone who came here." Today, Duke is equally proud to acknowledge a quite different environment where all students, gay and straight, are equal members of our broader Duke family. Here are just a few of the current facts: