Charlotte: SF trans teen to be featured at Charlotte Pride
Updated: August 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm
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SF trans teen to be featured at Charlotte Pride
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nineteen-year-old transgender singer-songwriter and motivational speaker Ryan Cassata will speak with local LGBTQ youth on Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m., at Time Out Youth Center at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza. The following day, on Aug. 24, 2 p.m., he will perform at the Wells Fargo State at Charlotte Pride’s PNC Bank Festival Zone.
Hailing from San Francisco, Calif., Cassata has already amassed many successes, including five records, touring, TV appearances, as well as hitting the stage of several of the world’s biggest LGBTQ music festivals. Even more impressive was his being awarded his high school’s first-ever Harvey Milk Memorial Award.
“Charlotte Pride believes strongly in our young people and we are proud to offer them this unique, empowering opportunity to hear from Ryan,” said Craig Hopkins, Charlotte Pride co-director.
Time Out Youth’s Executive Director Rodney Tucker added, “Ryan is a great example for our youth. He a great artist and activist that shows the power of [the] youth voice in the LGBTQ movement” Tucker also said that they were expecting a good crowd of LGBTQ youth and young adults.
— qnotes staff and from releases
Signature event date set
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) has announced that its annual Dining with Friends event will be held on Nov. 2.
People from across the area will gather at various homes and establishments in order to help bring awareness to RAIN’s work and to capture funds from its attendees to help support the programs and services RAIN provides for the city’s community. Each host will decide on the dinner’s theme and menu.
Hosts can sign up online and begin planning their events.
The finale will be held at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. Enjoy delicious desserts from local restaurants, along with champagne, coffee and cocktails. Cost is $30. The cap off is presented by Wells Fargo, Kiss 95.1 and Something Classic.
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