Duke Health Community comes together to celebrate Durham Pride

Durham City hosted Pride: Durham, NC on September 24, with many Duke Health members coming together as a community to celebrate inclusion, community, family, pride and activism. As financial and programming sponsor, Duke Health invited employees and their families to participate in the festivities.

The day included a parade and a Duke-organized “medical village” on East Campus to highlight Duke’s LGBTQ+ affirmation care services, including a monkeypox vaccination clinic staffed by members of the team of volunteers. The event was organized by the LGBTQ+ Center of Durham.

As Pride Month is commemorated in June around the world to promote equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) Americans, the City of Durham is sponsoring additional celebrations in September.

This year’s theme was “IRL!” (In Real Life), meaning the event was in person, with no virtual component. The event was also about Inspiring Real Love.

“It was amazing to see our Duke Health community come together in such a united and collaborative way,” said Dane Whicker, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and lead organizer for Duke Health’s participation in the ‘event. “Duke at Pride: Durham is a true example of how we can promote health equity as ‘One Duke!'”

Photos by LKT Photography