Continues through Aug. 21
Charlotte Pride 2016
Various locations and times
Charlotte Pride will host a week of events around the city, culminating in a two-day street festival, Aug. 20-21, and a parade on Aug. 21, 1-3 p.m. The festival is on S. Tryon St. between Trade and Stonewall Sts. The parade route will travel from 9th and N. Tryon Sts. to Independence Square at Tryon and Trade Sts. Some of the events that will take place during Pride Week include the Time Out Youth Charlotte Pride Dance, Aug. 12, for youth ages 13-20, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; the Charlotte Latin Pride Expo, Aug. 13, at Midwood International & Cultural Center; Trans Pride Keynote & Social, Aug. 15, at Levine Museum of the New South and the Charlotte Pride Kickoff Cookout, Aug. 19, at Bar at 316. More information and more event listings are available online.
Charleston Pride Parade
King St., Charleston
The Charleston Pride Parade route will travel from Ann St. down King St. to Broad St. and then to Colonial Lake. It is one of the biggest parades in the region. More information is available online.
Stronger Communities: LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
31 Woodfin St., Asheville
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The North Carolina Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the nation’s largest suicide prevention organization, will host a conference for local mental health providers and other interested parties concerning the increased suicide risk in the LGBTQ community. Those in attendance will learn about suicide risk, the latest research findings and explore strategies for improving the situation. Presentations will be given by national experts and will include a special presentation by North Carolina native Jacob Tobia, host of NBC OUT’s Queer 2.0. Conference registration is open and required to attend.
2906 Central Avenue, Charlotte
OUT Step is a new, free, bi-monthly LGBT event bringing no-cost salsa/swing/shag lessons to Charlotte’s LGBT community. For participants without a partner, every effort is made to pair attendees with a partner who’s the gender of their choice. No previous dance experience is necessary (or expected!). Registration for free admission requires an email with name/phone number to OUTStepCharlotte@gmail.com. Non-registrants pay $2 at the door.
Continues through Aug. 21
South Carolina Black Pride
Various locations and times, Columbia
South Carolina Black Pride 2016 takes place over several days with the goal of unifying and celebrating the diversity the South Carolina black LGBTQ community and allies. There will be a kick off at Ms Scotto’s, 8712 Two Notch Rd., where there will be food, drinks and karaoke. There will also be a community expo event on Aug. 20, at Meadowlake Park, 600 Beckman Rd., and a closing community picnic at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Rd. More information is available online.
An Intimate Evening with Jennifer Holliday
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N College St., Charlotte
Singer and actress Jennifer Holliday has been called a Broadway legend by critics and has won both a Grammy and a Tony Award. Different Road Home brings her to Charlotte, where she will both be interviewed and perform a vocal concert. Tickets range from $39.50-$150 for a VIP package, which includes a meet-and-greet and an autographed photograph of Holliday. More information and tickets are available online.
Genderfusion: Charlotte Pride Edition
1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
Transcend Charlotte presents Genderfusion, a party for the transgender community and their allies. Karaoke starts at 8:30 p.m. with a variety show beginning at 11 p.m. Food and drink specials will be available. Tickets cost $15 at the door and $10 in advance online.
We Are Family Feud
501 Queens Rd., Charlotte
Different Roads Home and Carolinas Care Partnership bring another edition of “We Are Family Feud,” with an appearance by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season six star Trinity K. Bonet. Lana Cane and Mink Shoals will bring their campy drag hosting abilities to round out this fun, laugh-filled event. VIP tickets cost $50 and include a meet and greet with Bonet starting at 5:30 p.m., which comes with an autographed photograph. The after party will take place at Bar at 316. More information and tickets are available online.
PFLAG Concord/Kannapolis Cookout
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Concord/Kannapolis will hold its annual cookout and celebration at a member’s home. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and to sign up to bring a dish. More information is available online.
SC Pride 2016
Main St., Columbia
The SC Pride 2016 festival and parade continues the legacy of the longest running and largest pride event in South Carolina. The parade will take place at noon down Main St. Performers at this year’s SC Pride include Jordin Sparks, Jessica Sutta, Erika Jayne, Stacey Q, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars Phoenix, Raven, Naysha Lopez and Yara Sofia. More information is available online.
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Last updated: August 12, 2016,1:37 p.m.