Organizers of the 2011 Charlotte Black Gay Pride set out this year to organize around a simple theme: “Together We Can.”

They carried it off with a series of events meant to stimulate the mind, senses and spirit.

Charlotte Black Gay Pride organizers TL Stewart and Jahaan Norvell were on hand at their annual expo on July 16.

On July 14, the group held a roundtable discussion and forum on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Sponsored by AON Hewitt, the discussion drew panelists from some of the largest employers in the city.

The organization’s largest event, their annual expo, was held this year on July 16 at the headquarters mosque of the Charlotte Oasis Shriners.

Jahaan Norvell said the event had been a success, though attendance this year was lower than last. She credited some competing events and a new location for the lower-than-expected turnout. Still, she expected at least 1,000 expo visitors by the end of the event.

Charlotte Black Gay Pride’s last event was a special Sunday worship service held on July 17 at Unity Fellowship Church of Charlotte.

The event was sponsored by AON Hewitt, Wells Fargo, the Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund, the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, AARP, Scorpio and others.

For more information on the 2011 events, visit charlotteblackgaypride.com. : :

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.