August 18, 2010

Spreading the Love(=Love)

I recently returned from summer classes in Vermont, and I am so thrilled to be back in queer Durham, in my haus/zoo, and of course, the LGBT Center (there are new chairs!)

This summer was so transformative for me. I am so much more comfortable with my body, my sexuality, and my goals for the future. I know all of the gushy goodness gets sickening sometimes, but I spent way too long being sad. And with all the great things happening this year in Durham and at Duke, I can hardly contain my excitement. Folks, we have so much work to do!

I don’t know if you’ve heard about Womyn. But I hope you know that Megan, Jack and I will not stop harassing your Facebooks, this blog, your dorm rooms, your friends, your plaza, etc, until it is finished.

Also, some really, really super news. There is a new free bus called the Bull City Connector that goes from Duke all the way into Golden Belt! Don’t know what Golden Belt is? Well that’s proof that you don’t get off campus enough.

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW QUEER DURHAM IS?! It’s soooo queer. You’re missing out on so much! So I hope to keep all of you informed as best as I can about the goings-on in town, because it is absolutely worth it.

To continue my excitement, The Pinhook has now changed its regulations to be 18 and up! There are constant queer things and dance parties and all kinds of goodness that you should investigate.

Some events coming up:

Queerbaret on August 20th, for those of you in town.

This weekend is also the Queerrilla Film Festival! Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Come out and support the love.

Also, a shameless plug for my partner’s show this Sunday at the Pinhook.

I’m not sure if you can tell, but I’m very excited for my friendlies to come home and explore with me. If you’re apprehensive about this semester, I think my enthusiasm is contagious, so you can come play with my kitties and eat cookies.

Much love, anticipation to see the oldies and meet the newbies, hope for a better year and a growing community of support and affection,



  1. This is GREAT! One thing I do wish I did more of was get to know Durham earlier in my career at Duke! And I loved this line..."DURHAM IS SO QUEER". Summer could not have said it better! I've actually heard someone tell me once that Francescas cafe is "ground-zero for lesbians", haha, and that's about how I might characterize it too. Soooo LGBTQ friendly! =)

  2. So what is Golden Belt and Pinhook? You didn't really explain them...


  4. Summer, I'm so so so glad that you're in such a good place right now. You should know that all summer long I've been waiting to get back to school so that you can show me Durham. I haven't forgotten our conversation from late april/early may and I'm just so excited for it all. PLEASE take me with you to thing!! Your post just put me in a fantastic mood, so yes, I'd say that your enthusiasm for sure is contagious. Also, I really want to meet said kitties. I hope they're cuddly :)

    Matt, Ever since freshman year I've been looking to find a "First Fridays" type of event (we have it in Phoenix and I'm a big fan). Thanks for posting that link to the Golden Belt. I think their Third Fridays is just what I've been looking for!

  5. Wow Summer! I didn't know how Queer Durham really was! I'm glad that you're so happy and that you're in an even BETTER place than you were when I saw you! I miss you so much though, and I can't wait to see you when we all go back soon! I just talked to Megan, by the way. We're ALL so excited for Womyn, so don't worry about spamming!

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3