The Transformational Workplace
Design Within Reach
4310 Sharon Rd., Charlotte
The Charlotte Business Guild hosts a panel discussion on workplace inclusion. Whether one works for a small business or a large conglomerate, discrimination continues to be an issue in the workplace. The Guild has pulled together an impressive group of panelists to address issues relevant to the LGBT community, including: Travis Nicholson, program analyst at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; April Simpkins, PHR, SHRM-CP, president of SRS&S Consulting; Paige Dula, VP, programmer of Professional Markets at Bank of America; Bree Catlin, security engineer at Wells Fargo.
Continues through April 26
GayCharlotte Film Festival
501 Queens Rd., Charlotte
The seventh annual GayCharlotte Film Festival comes to town, with “To be Takei” screening on opening night. Tickets are $10 at the door for each movie, $8 online.
Bayard Rustin Symposium
5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Guilford College’s Bayard Rustin Center for LGBTQA Activism, Education and Reconciliation hosts its fourth annual symposium. The day-long training will focus on a deeper analysis of how systemic oppression operates toward a better understanding of how to work for transformative change. The event is free and lunch is provided. Information is available online or via email.
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Janice’s 19th Annual Backyard Cookout
1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
Janice provides all the hamburgers, hotdogs, sides and fixings. All you bring is you! Free and open to the community. RSVP for an accurate headcount online.
42-B S. Union St., Concord
PFLAG Concord/Kannapolis hosts a silent auction, heavy appetizers, drinks and music for their fundraising event. Tickets are $15. Email email@example.com for more information.
Big Gay Sing 3
130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
It’s the music we danced and sang to over the past 40 years, Big Gay Sing 3: Dancing with Dorothy, the irresistible soundtrack of the history of the LGBTQ movement. Celebrate the music of artists who shaped LGBT culture and culture at large. How can you stop from singing along to “Closer to Fine” and “Tutti Fruitti” (how could anyone not know Little Richard was gay?)? Stomp along to Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” You’ll scream with laughter with Delighted Tobehere’s (the artist formerly known as Roxy C. Moorecox) outrageous antics, and they’ve even got a chill or two in store for attendees. Tickets: $25-35, Reserved Seating; children under 12, $10.
Blake Brockington film screening
501 Queens Rd., Charlotte
A free community event held in honor and memory of Blake Brockington, 2014 East Mecklenburg High School homecoming king and transgender youth and social justice activist. The GayCharlotte Film Festival will screen a short documentary by Elon University student filmmakers Mason Sklut, Maggie Sloane and Sergio Ingato. The film, which received Best Documentary Short at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, profiles Brockington’s life and experiences. Event includes a panel discussion with filmmakers and community members following the documentary screening. Attendance is free, but advance registration is requested online.
AIDS Walk Charlotte
800 W. Trade St., Charlotte
The Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) presents its 19th annual AIDS Walk Charlotte, the largest HIV awareness and fundraising event in the Carolinas. Information and registration available online or via email or phone.
North Carolina Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Equality NC hosts is annual Lobby Day at the North Carolina General Assembly, the best opportunity to make voices heard in opposition to North Carolina’s Indiana-style RFRA, show strong support for non-discrimination protections in employment and beyond and provide valuable visibility to LGBT and allied constituents in important legislative districts. Information and registration online.
Including LGBTQ People and their Families in Faith Communities
St. Peter Catholic Church
507 S. Tryon St., Charlotte
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sister Jeannine Gramick of New Ways Ministries joins PFLAG Charlotte for a morning workshop and seminar advocating justice and inclusion for LGBTQ people and their families. Free.
Davidson County Pride
Davidson County Fairgrounds
400 Greensboro St., Lexington
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Davidson County hosts its first-ever Pride festival. Weekend event is free. Information available online.
‘Life Out Loud’
Myers Park Baptist Church
1900 Queens Rd., Charlotte
The many voices of the LGBT community share their stories in Charlotte Pride Band’s final concert of the season, “Life Out Loud.” Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte and One Voice chorus join the band in telling this musical narrative of self-discovery. Tickets are $13 for individuals or $22.50 for a family pass (two adults, all kids under age 12). Information and tickets available online.
Royals Prom Dress Match
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte
The Charlotte Royals take on the Nashville Grizzlies in their annual Prom Dress match. Tickets are $10.
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Last updated: April 23, 2015, 7:53 p.m.