Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Programs and Events

Pride Events and Festival



Every year the North Carolina Pride Committee puts on North Carolina's Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Festival. Duke supports their effort by hosting the festival and parade on East Campus and the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity creates a float for the parade. Our float is put on by students and has won several awards over the years. It is a great way to get involved and show support for the Duke LGBTQ community. Please check our Events page and Facebook page to learn how to get involved!

If you are interested in attending the NC PRIDE committee website can be found here:

We are in conversation with community leaders about alternative dates and events. We will post any similar events we are participating in here as they are determined.

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Coming Out Day @ Duke 

Coming out

National Coming Out Day is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for the LGBTQ+ community.  It is observed on October 11 every year by members of the LGBTQ+ communities and those who stand in solidarity with them. National Coming Out Day is on the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights and the first visit of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Washington DC.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to remember those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.  Transgender Day of Remembrance is held annually on November 20th. The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity  works to raise awareness about the hate crimes and violence gender non-conforming individuals face on a daily basis with campaigns around campus. We offer presentations of Trans 101 to groups throughout the year. Please see our Training & Resources page for more information on these trainings.

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World AIDS Day

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity observes World AIDS Day on December 1 each year with the rest of the world. We offer information and resources throughout the year about living with AIDS and AIDS prevention.  This can include a referral to Student Health. We support our departments throughout campus on their efforts to celebrate World AIDS Day.

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Alumni/ae Reception



Each year, the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity holds an Alumni/ae Reception in conjunction with reunions weekend. All LGBTQ and allied Alumni/ae attending reunions weekend, as well as area alumni/ae are welcome. Current students also attend the reception to answer questions about LGBTQ Life at Duke and exchange stories with alums.

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Lavender Graduation


All LGBTQ and allied undergraduate and graduate students that are completing a degree are invited to participate in Lavender Graduation.

  • Certificate Distribution for all Participating Graduates
  • Rainbow Tassels for all Participating Graduates
  • Ally and Activist Leadership Awards
  • Dinner Reception


Profiles in Sexuality Research

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity at Duke run a series of faculty talks with students about their work. We hope to introduce the Duke community to the different ways that LGBTQ issues -- or sexuality more generally -- are the subject of scholarly research at Duke. Please check our Events page or Facebook page for presentation dates and times.

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Kickback Fridays


kick back

Fall 2018 Schedule Coming Soon!

Questions? Or an idea for themes? Contact


Sports & Social Justice Leadership Initiative

Athlete Ally, along with the Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, are proud to announce the new Sports & Social Justice Leadership Initiative, created to foster well-rounded socially conscious student-athletes who are equipped with the leadership skills and knowledge to influence and impact social change on topics related to LGBTQ+ inclusion, beyond the courts and in their communities.