The Southern Fried Queer Pride festival comes to Durham for the first time Thursday, putting on a three-day event filled with art workshops, performances, skill shares and dance parties to celebrate Southern queer culture.
Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP) is an Atlanta-based queer and trans arts and advocacy organization and festival that launched in 2014. Co-founder Taylor Alxndr wanted to create a space for local LGBTQ people to perform, entertain and educate within their Southern communities.
This is the first time the SFQP festival will come from Atlanta to Durham, hoping to inspire queer and trans pride in North Carolina.
“Every year we have a whole bunch of people come from North Carolina to Atlanta,” Alxndr said. “Durham is a really special place because there is so much political action already happening.”
The festival will open with Heart Party, a self-love, trauma-free art workshop for creative queers at The Mothership workspace in Durham. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a DIY zine and internet art workshop led by artists Shady K. and Darcy V., followed by an open art jam where dancing, snacking and free expression are encouraged.