Charlotte: A post-mortem on Amendment One two

by Lainey Millen  Special Assignments  specialassignments@goqnotes.com
Published: June 9, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes


Photo Credit: The Charlotte Observer, Todd Sumlin

A post-mortem on Amendment One two

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Observer’s Steve Lyttle reported that California-based Missiongathering Christian Church, San Diego, erected a billboard in Charlotte on Billy Graham Pky. on May 30 apologizing for the passage of Amendment One. It read, “Missiongathering Christian Church is sorry for the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of those who denied rights and equality to so many in the Name of God.”

WSOC shared that the church’s goal was to let the “LGBT community of North Carolina and like-minded allies there all people across the country that support them.”

Openly gay Carborro Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt voiced his opposition of a state boycott in protest of the passage of Amendment One, The [Durham] Herald Sun said. He told The Huffington Post, “I just found the conversation somewhat disturbing…I think we have been unjustly targeted with boycott talk.”

Meanwhile, InterstateQ reported that straight bar Butter NC in the NC Music Factory was having a “Repeal Amendment One Party on June 7. Initially, the club did not say how the funds accumulated during the event would benefit any LGBT group, but later said that it would support a local one.

Although not directly related to the Amendment One issue, in a bold move, Target recently announced that it was selling T-shirts that supported Pride. They are doing this with partner Family Equality Council as a way to support LGBT employees and consumers. Target’s LGBTA Business Council was responsible for the grassroots effort, Towleroad.com said. Monies received from the sale of the $12.99 item will be donated to the Family Equality Council with a $120,000 cap. It has riled marriage amendment supporters in Minnesota, the state’s public radio added.

It’s a fabulous fundraiser for Campus Pride

CHARLOTTE — A week-long Queen’s Fab Fest presented by Queen City Theatre to benefit Campus Pride will be held June 23-30.

This event features “Falsettos in Concert – a Theatre Gala” on June 23 at 8 p.m. at McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St.; “There Comes a Time – Miss Coco Peru is Back!” at 8 p.m. at Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St.; “Outside the BOXX – An Evening with Pandora Boxx” with special opening act Trixie Zenyon on June 28 at 8 p.m. at Duke Energy Theatre; “Twisted Broadway – A Broadway Cabaret” on June 29 at 8 p.m. at Duke Energy Theatre followed by an after-party and drag show at Hartigan’s Irish Pub, 601 S. Cedar St.; and “The Wizard of Oz – Buff Faye’s First Annual Sing-A-Long” on June 30 at 8 p.m. at Duke Energy Theatre, including over $500 in prizes for best costume.

Participants can also have a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Madonna in concert in November.

Tickets are $15 for individual sales or bundle packages of $100 for all performances. Patron sales receive reserved seating. Visit queencitytheatre.com to make purchases.

For more information, visit campuspride.org.

TOY seeks volunteers

CHARLOTTE — Time Out Youth (TOY) is searching for volunteers to work in their Emergency Housing and Assistance program.

Hosts are needed to provide support to youth in crisis between the ages of 18-23. Additionally, volunteers should agree to provide food and a safe, comfortable place to sleep for a couple of weeks to three months, depending upon the needs of the young person. House rules must be set up and the youth must pledge to abide by them.

Clients arrive at TOY with a variety of issues. Some have even shown up with only the clothes on their backs and nothing else. They are often homeless and disenfranchised from their families.

To volunteer or to provide other assistance to this program, email Laurie Pitts at laurie.pitts@timeoutyouth.org.

Tech club takes LGBT focus

CHARLOTTE — A TechCrunch Mini Meetup will be held on July 11, 6-10 p.m. at a to-be-determined location, as well as in Raleigh on July 10, 6-10 p.m.

This social networking event hopes to match developers and investors, as well as providing a spot for those who want to learn more about technology in their area.

They are currently looking for sponsors and locations to house the meetings. Facilitators are focusing on LGBT founders, start-ups and employers and would welcome speakers to share their ideas with attendees.

Some time may be spent on politics in light of recent developments in the Tar Heel State after passage of Amendment One, along with the effect legislated homophobia has on the startup community and entrepreneurship.

For more information, email john@techcrunch.com. Correspondence should include the city in the subject line. Or, visit techcrunch.com or plancast.com/category/techcrunch/736795.

Centers run for funds

HUNTERSVILLE — The LGBT Center of Raleigh and The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte teamed up to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., by participating in the North Carolina Warrior Dash on from May 19-20 at Rural Hills, 4431 Neck Rd.

The 3.08-mile course is fraught with obstacles like rock walls, rope nets and mud pits. The 2012 event saw about 10,000 racing participants from 40 teams. The race is part of 54 international fundraising races that benefit St. Jude.

The duo (pictured) managed to raise more than $12,000, the largest single purse of the event. This amounted to 15 percent of the total money raised.

“It speaks volumes to the fact that LGBT citizens are productive, active contributors to their communities and the whole of society,” shared team member Keith Alyea of Charlotte, NC. “I can only hope that our strong participation at events like the Warrior Dash changes some hearts and minds.”

“The commitment of our team to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital exceeded all our expectations,” said Dr. Matthew Cotter, team captain. “When they finished, team members were so proud of themselves and all their cuts and bruises. We look forward to taking a strong part in more events like this in the future.”

Team members also contributed their race sneakers to the Green Sneakers program which added 50 cents for ever pound donated to the hospital. The shoes are cleaned and made available as affordable footwear around the world.

For more information, visit warriordash.com.