Shades of Pride owes its inception to eight individuals who came together November 2008 to create a first of its kind Pride experience in the Triangle. Through the support of organizations such as Seven Sisters, MUFHA, and Infinity Diamond Club, that vision became Shades of Pride. After five years of presenting opportunities for the LGBTQ community to be enlightened, educated and entertained, Shades of Pride has embarked in a new direction. Effective March 2015, Shades of Pride merged with the LGBTQ Center of Durham. While the structure has changed, the mission remains the same.
Shades of Pride is a program of the LGBTQ Center of Durham which creates opportunities that acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of North Carolina’s LGBTQ communities. We aim to deliver relevant programs that increase awareness. Initiatives include the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS as well as informational workshops on diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer and other health disparities that often impact the LGBTQ community.
Shades of Pride's programming accomplishments include being the only Pride in the South to offer a FREE film festival since our establishment, showing such acclaimed works by Sundance Film Festival Pitching contest winner J.D. Walker, Finding Me web series creator Roger Omeus Jr. and DBGM founder Antoine B. Craigwell of You are Not Alone: Stories from Black Gay Men about their Depression. During our 2013 events, we even had the honor of screening for the second time only Al Nisa-Muslim Women in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca from activist/poet Red Summer.
We have facilitated workshops featuring nationally known critical thinkers including Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs and SharRon Jamison. We have also worked side by side with the openly gay comedian and teacher Sampson for the last four years. Sampson has been featured on The Tom Joyner Morning Show and recently was the first openly gay black comedian to headline the historic Howard Theatre in Washington D.C.
As a community organization, Shades of Pride will continue to tackle similar topics as diverse as LGBT Greek life, retirement issues, same sex domestic violence in addition to professional and career development.
Shades of Pride would like to express a heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who supported us during our first five years and looking forward to having your involvement as we stride forward.