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iNSIDEoUT Seeks Adult Staff for 2018-2019

iNSIDEoUT seeks adult staff for the 2018-2019 school year to work directly with youth in our programs. We have several positions available, including some volunteer opportunities and some opportunities for paid work. Volunteer adult staff are needed to supervise iNSIDEoUT Hangout (ages 13 and older), The Cypher (youth of color only, all ages), and Upsidedown (ages 12 and younger). We also seek paid facilitators to visit schools to help train and support students in Gay-Straight Alliances.

We are having an adult staff interest meeting
Saturday, August 4, 2-3pm
304 E. Trinity Ave. in Durham

There is a mandatory orientation retreat for all adult staff on August 25, 12-5pm. To be considered for adult staffing positions, please complete the online form at this link before August 12 at midnight:

Thank you!

Happy Summer!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our 12th Annual Banquet and Gaiety, where we raised several hundred dollars for our activities in the coming year. Check out our amazing 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 iNSIDEoUT Boards in the photo below. We are ready to go! Next up: camping trip in August for next year’s Board members. We’ll tell you our Fall plans after that.

Adults who are interested in getting involved, please contact There are some adult volunteer opportunities over the summer.

See you in September!

April Update

Insideout is honored to receive the Norris Wicker Youth Human Rights and Advocacy Award from the Durham Human Rights Commission. There we are in the photo receiving the award with grace.

Read on for information about

Queer Prom
Twelfth Annual Banquet and Gaiety
Middle and Elementary School Gay-Straight Alliance Meet-Up
Backwords, The iNSIDEoUT Zine
iNSIDEoUT Board Applications for 2018-2019
Hangout and The Cypher
Final Senate Meeting
Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Queer Prom
Queer Prom is April 28, 7-10 pm at Calvary United Methodist Church, 304 E. Trinity Ave. Durham. Featuring DJ Vespertine. We need adult chaperones! Sign up to chaperone here.
Facebook Event

Twelfth Annual Awards Banquet and Gaiety
May 12, 12-2pm
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.

Join us as we celebrate this magnificent year for LGBTQ youth activism and awesomeness. Nominate your friends, teachers and anyone else for an award. We give awards to youth, adults and organizations who have supported queer youth this year. We want to know what you’ve been up to in your school. Nomination form is here. Featuring music by Emily Musolino. Check out Emily’s recent interview on The State of Things. Delicious brunch provided. Banquet is free to attend. Suggested donation: Adult: $25 Youth: $3. We are accepting donations on our website: We need adults to volunteer! Contact if interested. Facebook Event

Middle and Elementary School Gay-Straight Alliance Meet-Up
April 28, 1-3pm
At Pincho Loco Ice Cream
1918 Perry St.

Are you a middle schooler or younger youth in a Gay-Straight Alliance, or who wants to start one? Do you not have a Gay-Straight Alliance but want to meet other youth who do? Come to our meet-up! All youth middle-school-age or younger are welcome.

Backwords, The iNSIDEoUT Zine

ATTENTION ALL HOMO SAPIENS! Are you creative? Do you like to draw? Are you a king/Queen with your words? Well DM your art or poems to @insideout180 or email for it to be published in Insideout’s magazine BACKWORDS. And if you’re shy, you can always remain anonymous. Shh. More info:

iNSIDEoUT Board 2018-2019

We are now accepting Board Applications for 2018-2019. Being on the Board is awesome you get to make the decisions about what Insideout does. There is a weekend camping retreat at Kerr Lake that is mandatory for board members August 24-26, 2018. There is a mandatory parent meeting for all interested applicants and their parents/guardians, Saturday May 5, 4-6pm. Deadline May 4 at midnight. Apply here.

Hangout and The Cypher

Hang out with us Saturday, April 14, 3-5pm at Hangout. The Cypher meets after that from 5-6pm. The Cypher is a music group for youth of color only. The Cypher will also meet April 28, 5-6pm. We will not have hang out that day because of Queer Prom. Hangout and The Cypher meet in the Rainbow Room, 304 E. Trinity Ave. Durham.

Final Senate Meeting

The final Senate Meeting of the year is April 21, 5:30-6:30 at the Rainbow Room. The Senate is for youth from all schools and G/QSAs to come together. Contact for more info. All youth are welcome!

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

We need an accountant/bookkeeper to help us take over the world! Please spread the word and let us know if you are interested and qualified. We also are having an interest meeting for volunteer staff members who will work directly with youth as advisors in 2018-2019. These are both volunteer positions with an expected  commitment of 5 hours per month. We also need prom chaperones and other event support, and adult board members. Contact if you are interested in any of these.

Thank you, as always, for your love and support!

Rockin on in 2018…

We have big plans for this Spring! We hope you will join us! See below for details, and email boardinsideout[@] with any questions.

Fabufest – February 10-11
Fabufest is an overnight retreat hosted by iNSIDEoUT for LGBT+ and allied youth ages 12-19. Through a variety of workshops, games, and other fun activities, participants learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and get the opportunity to meet other queer/allied youth in the area! The theme of the event for 2018 is power, so we will be discussing related topics such as oppression, activism, and spreading power through some knowledge! This year’s Fabufest will take place in Hillsborough, NC, from 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 10th, until 8:00 AM on the following day, Sunday February 11th (the specific location will be provided to those who register). We hope to see you there!
Register online:

We meet twice a month, just to hang out. Contact us for location details.
Hangouts are from 3-5pm on the following dates:
Jan 13
Jan 27
Feb 24
Mar 10
Mar 24
Apr 14
Apr 28

Upsidedown is our group for youth 12 and under. We meet twice a month before Hangout, for friendship, fun, activism, and more. Join us from 1-3pm on the following dates:
Jan 13
Jan 27
Feb 24
Mar 10
Mar 24
Apr 14
Apr 28

Senate Meetings
Want to help lead iNSIDEoUT? Come to Senate Meetings! iNSIDEoUT is an organization comprised of a network of Gay-/Queer-Straight Alliances and other similarly minded groups; these participating groups are collectively referred to as “The iNSIDEoUT Senate”. At Senate meetings we decide what iNSIDEoUT will do, get input from you and your GSA/QSA, and discuss how iNSIDEoUT can support you.
Senate meetings are 5:30 to 6:30 on the following dates:
Jan 20
Mar 17
Apr 21

Thank you for your support!

We’ve had an amazing 2017. To help us keep the party going, make a tax-deductible contribution today. To contribute online, visit Network for Good at the link below. Please consider making an automatically recurring donation. We are more than halfway to our goal of $5000, and have received a matching donation up to $5000. Your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar.

Or, mail a check made out to Insideout, to:

P.O. Box 25429
Durham, NC 27702

Youth and Adult Meeting

Youth and Adult Meeting
Join us December 3
LGBTQ Center of Durham
114 Hunt St.

Learn how to support your queer students and how to get connected to other GSAs, QSAs, and queer youth groups!! GSA and QSA advisers are STRONGLY recommended to come so if you know any, LET THEM KNOW! Queer youth, ally youth, adult queer, adult ally, senate and board members for Insideout180, and lastly GSAs and QSAs advisors are welcome! #thisisgay

Join us for Senate Meetings – Help decide what Insideout will do, let us know what’s happening in your school, and stay connected.
November 5, 4-6pm
December 3, 2-4pm (We invite all GSA/QSA teacher advisors to this networking meeting on December 3).

And Hangout – Hang out with other youth in a judgement free space. Make art, read, chat, snack, endless possibilities and low pressure.
November 11, 3-5pm
December 9, 3-5pm

Oct 14 we’ll have a Queer Youth Parade to the LGBTQ Center’s 2nd Anniversary party. Join us!
1.) 1pm-3pm : make Queernival decorations at the Rainbow Room (304 E. Trinity Ave.)
2.) 3pm : March from Rainbow Room to Motorco (723 Rigsbee Ave.)
3.) Enjoy the block party ! ❤️????????????????
Facebook Event

Oct 28 is Queernival!
12-5pm, 304 E. Trinity Ave.
Queernival is a free outdoor street fair celebrating queer youth liberation! On October 28, youth of all ages, adult allies and organizations will come together to celebrate, educate, organize, throw pies, and get our dance on!

Sign up to host a booth here.
Facebook Event

Queernival from iNSIDEoUT on Vimeo.

Fall Plans

We are back from our Board retreat and ready to rock and roll (scroll down).

board retreat 2017

Here are some of our plans:
Contact insideoutamy[@] for location details.

Senate Meetings: September 16 from 5-6pm and September 30 at Night at the Lock-In

The Senate is another organizing group made up of members from local GSAs and QSAs. All youth are welcome at Senate meetings, even if you don’t have a QSA, aren’t in school, or have never been before. More info: here.

Liberate Pride NC Lock-In
September 30, 8PM – October 1, 8AM
There will be movies, video games, board games, pizza and a maybe a chance to win a cash prize for your GSA/QSA.
(P.S. We’ll also have our second Senate meeting at the lock-in so bring your friends and your school.)
This event is for any youth age 19 or younger, and requires parental permission. The event will be in Durham, specific location details sent to registered participants. Register here. Parental Release Forms here: 18+ / Under 18.

Hangout, 3-5pm
September 23 (Topic: RESISTANCE)
October 14
November 11
December 9 (Topic: Ice Cream Social)
Join us to hang out and socialize with other teens. iNSIDEoUT Hangout is an informal space where teens gather to meet other out and allied teens. There will be snacks, good people, and fun things to do.

And Queernival 2017!
October 28, 12-5pm
304 E. Trinity Ave. Durham
More info here.

Hangout and Upsidedown Kickoff September 23


We have resumed Hangout 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 3-5pm. Join us! All youth are welcome. Future Hangouts: Sept 23, Oct 14, (Oct 28 is Queernival!), Nov 11, and Dec 9. We will not hang out on September 9th because that week we will be away at our board retreat. But we hope to see you September 23 for the next Hangout. Email insideoutamy[@] for location details.


Upsidedown is having a Kickoff on September 23 from 12-2pm! Take this 3-minute survey to let us know what you want the kick-off to be like! We may go bowling, hiking, picnicing, or to Chucky Cheese! Upsidedown is for all youth 12 and younger. Let us know what you want to do here.