Duke Heritage Society Reception for LGBTQ and Ally Alumni

The Duke University Heritage Society hosted its inaugural Duke Alumni reception for LGBTQ and Ally Alumni at the Carolina Theatre of Durham on Monday, August 17, 2015.  It was a spectacular event and we were delighted to have more than 60 friends and supporters join us!  We were especially excited to hold our event during the 20th anniversary of the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

Our guests enjoyed cocktails and dined on some incredible hors d’oeuvres while chatting with old friends and making new ones.  A good time was had by all!  Take a look at some of our photos below.

We were honored to have Jack Boyd ’85, Duke Alumni Association (DAA) incoming president and Heritage Society member, provide the welcome remarks that evening.

We also heard from Bernadette Brown, director for the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) at Duke, who shared highlights of the center and hinted about some new and exciting things to come.  Be sure to check out some more event photos on the CSGD’s Flickr account.

Many of our guests were impressed by the depth of the Queering Duke History collection and remarks provided by Laura Micham, Merle Hoffman Director of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture and Curator of the Gender and Sexuality History Collections at Rubenstein Library.  We were surprised to learn that Duke has cornered the market on gay mystery novels (who knew?!) among so many other impressive and interesting collections and publications   Be sure to also check out the larger Queering Duke History project online.  

Finally, it was great to have Sterly Wilder, DAA’s associate vice president, wrap-up the event with an overview about Duke’s growing affinity network.

The Office of Gift Planning works with donors with many different personal and family situations—singles, couples, heterosexual, LGBTQ, married, unmarried, or long-term partners.  I encourage you to visit our website for LGBTQ couples and families to learn about the creative ways you may be able to achieve your personal, financial, and philanthropic goals.  Please contact me or my team members if we can be of assistance in any way.

P.S.  Have an upcoming event relevant to Duke LGBTQ network members and/or interested in being involved in an event for the network?  Have news about you or another member of the network?  E-mail Jin-Soo Huh at jinsoohuh@alumni.duke.edu to have it appear in the next Duke LGBT network e-newsletter.  If you would like to be added to the email distribution, simply click on LGBT network signup.  And, visit the Duke LGBT network website for more information.

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