Charlotte: Trans remembrance, HRC gala, ‘Kinky’ returns

Carolinas News Notes

Trans in memoriam slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Transgender Day of Remembrance commemoration will be held on Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. 4th St.

Speakers include Alexandrea Rose, Parker Petruicick, Lara Americo and trans activist Jacob Tobia.

Social time will precede the formal portion of the evening’s program. Pizza and hot chocolate will be provided.

At 7:45 p.m., organizers will read the names of those who died because of anti-transgender violence. Attendees will be able to light a candle in memory of them during this time.

Closing remarks will end the vigil.

More information about the history of the day is available online.

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info: onebodyperlifetime@gmail.com. tdor.info.

Gala tickets on sale

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 21st Annual Human Rights Campaign North Carolina Gala, “Stronger Tog=ther, Moving Equality Forward,” has been slated for Feb. 20, 2016, at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., and ticket purchase is now available.

“We are thrilled that Charlotte has been chosen as the host city for the HRC NC Gala. It is an award-winning evening, and continues to be one of the largest HRC events in the country,” said Ann Hooper, a member of the HRC Board of Governors.

“Jason Boone, Crystal Richardson and Tracy Sanchez, as the 2016 Gala co-chairs, have hit the ground running and already have surprises in store to ensure this year’s gala is the best one ever,” she added.

Host hotel is the Westin Charlotte. The organization is now seeking corporate sponsors, silent auction items, program ads, table captains and volunteers. Information is available online on the organization’s newly designed website.

Regular early bird tickets are $195 until Feb. 7, 2016. Other prices are $300/premium (full tables of 10), $125/Federal Club member, $100/student, seniors and active duty military (valid ID required).

Also, there is an open call for awards and fellowships for the gala. Nomination applications for awards are available online at bit.ly/1hLbsw7 and are due by Dec. 1. Categories are Person of the Year and Organization of the Year.

For those who wish to apply for a fellowship, visit bit.ly/1Pqgb51. It is open to those who require financial assistance in order to attend the gala at a reduced price. Fellowships are limited, so apply early. Deadline is Jan. 1, 2016. Once the allotment has been reached, all slots are exhausted.

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Criteria for the awards and fellowships are available online within the application instructions, etc.

info/tickets: hrccarolinas.org. boxofficetickets.com. dinner@hrccarolinas.org.

‘Kinky’ return to the QC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Back by popular demand, “Kinky Boots” will return to the Belk Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., from Dec. 29, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016.

J. Harrison Ghee will reprise his roll as Lola. He is a native of Fayetteville, N.C.

The musical was developed by Tony Award-winning actor Harvey Fierstein and Grammy Award-winning rocker Cyndi Lauper who won Best Score for the production at the Tony’s.

Inspired by true events, “Kinky Boots” takes viewers from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Tickets are on sale now and are available online.

info/tickets: blumenthalarts.org.

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Does your organization or special interest group have events or great information to share with our readers? If so, be sure to send in your information to specialassignments@goqnotes.com. In the upcoming months, we’ll feature one of you in our news notes section in each issue. Are you a part of a Meetup, Yahoo or Google group and do you do something that’s really newsworthy? Do you provide a service for the community or hold fundraisers for worthy causes? Do you educate the public about LGBT issues or concerns? Of course, this is only a sampling of things we are interested in. It’s the aim of these pieces to inform, enlighten and educate our readers about what we’re doing here in the Carolinas to champion LGBT rights, as well as offer resources for those who may be interested in what your group is doing.

 

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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.