Annual Charlotte Black Gay Pride gets underway today

by Matt Comer  Editor
Published: July 18, 2013 in News

cbgp_logoCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Several events are scheduled to begin today in celebration of Charlotte Black Gay Pride. The annual event celebrates the LGBT African-American community.

Charlotte Black Gay Pride Chair William Singleton told qnotes the events will highlight diversity.

“It is a movement to celebrate who you are, not only in your sexuality, but also celebrate our ethnicity,” Singleton said in the newspaper’s July 5 print edition. “It’s not to segregate, because we do participate with Charlotte Pride, but it is important to celebrate the uniqueness that is our community.”

Tonight, the group will host a town hall with City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte’s first openly LGBT elected official.

“We’ll be talking about issues of our community, where we want to go as a whole and goal-setting for the next year,” Singleton said. The second half of the event will feature speed-dating, couples’ games, mixers and hors d’oeuvres.

Other events include a mixer on Friday and a community expo on Saturday. See a full list below.

Scheduled Events:

G.R.O.W. U.P. Official Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, July 18, 7-9 p.m.
LGBT Community Center of Charlotte
2508 N. Davidson St.
Discussion of community goals featuring City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield.

Mix & Match Meet & Greet
Friday, July 19, 7p.m.
Crowne Plaza host hotel
201 S. McDowell St.

Saturday, July 20, 10a.m.-2p.m.
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
There will be Zumba sessions, food vendors, a drag show and an open mic event for singers and poets.

Ole’ School Field Day
Sunday, July 21, 2-6p.m.
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
Fun games like tug-of-war, kickball and other favorites will be played and prizes awarded. A cookout and outside-the-box worship services will be provided.

– Maria Dominguez contributed