The LGBTQ Center of Durham isn’t exactly what one might expect when imagining a center created to act as a network of support for Durham’s queer community: it’s a large purple house, and on Saturday, it was a packed one.
April 8 was the day of the Durham Zine Fest, an event for self-publishers and others who make DIY magazines. It was organized by Rio Aubry Taylor, Katherine Gottsegen and Molly Russell.
“As a queer trans artist, having it here at the LGBTQ Center feels good, it feels right,” Taylor, who attends workshops and discussion groups at the center, said.
“There wasn’t (a zine fest) in Durham; there was the Zine Machine but they weren’t having one this spring,” Gottsegen, who organized the event, said.
As part of their undertaking, the event reserved 50 percent of the table space specifically for people who identify as queer, people of color, or trans as part of the center’s dedication to celebrating LGBTQ identities.