Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Programs and Events

Fall Welcome Reception

The Fall Welcome Reception is an event offered at the beginning of the calendar year to welcome new and returning students to campus. Students are invited to meet the staff and students who work in the Center, learn about the programs and resources the CSGD provides, and build community with peers. 

For more information about the Fall Welcome Reception, please contact

Pride Events and Festival


Pride: Durham, NC serves as the annual celebration of community, family, pride, and activism in Durham and across the state; providing space for members of the LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate and rejuvenate their spirit. Pride: Durham, NC's goal is to capture the spirit of Durham's progressive politics and inclusion.

Pride: Durham, NC's festival and parade will take place on East Campus.

For more information about Pride: Durham, NC please visit

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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 LGBTQIA+ 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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Alumnx Reception

Each year the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity holds an Alumnx Reception in conjunction with the reunion weekend offered at Duke. All LGBTQIA+ and allied Alumnx attending reunion weekend, and alumnx in the area are welcome. Current students are invited to attend the reception to answer questions about LGBTQIA+ Life at Duke, exchange stories with alumnx’s, and engage in an afternoon of community. We offer a QTPOC Alumnx Reception, followed by an Alumnx Reception for all alum.

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Lavender Graduation


All LGBTQIA+ and allied undergraduate and graduate students that are completing a degree are invited to participate in Lavender Graduation. This reception is an opportunity for the Center celebrate and honor our students for their accomplishments.

The reception will include:

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

Kickback Fridays

Come by the CSGD on Fridays from 3-5pm for fun, food, and friends! Each Friday boasts a different theme which can be found on our Facebook page. Kickback Fridays are open to all members of the Duke community.

CSGD - Queer Series Rainbow Bar

Queer and Trans Leadership Series

The Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CSGD) along with the Center for Leadership Development and Social Action (LDSA) and the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) is excited to launch the inaugural Queer and Trans Leadership Series. This program is designed to engage students in a developmental and reflective learning experience where students will be able to foster their leadership growth through the lens of their Queer and Trans identities in conjunction with their other social identities. Throughout the course of this program students will meet and connect with influential leaders who are engaged in important work throughout a variety of settings (activism and advocacy, nonprofit, education, state government, etc.)  

**Persons who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact in advance of the program.**