Co-chairs sought

CHARLOTTE — Pride Charlotte is seeking volunteers to serve as its co-chairs for the 2012 Festival. The co-chairs have overall responsibility for the planning, management and execution of all Pride Charlotte operations, activities and events throughout the year. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.

Co-chairs will report to the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte’s Board of Trustees and have oversight responsibility for a volunteer committee. The individual will also work collaboratively with community partners and volunteers to ensure a viable, relevant and inclusive Pride Charlotte celebration for the entire metro Charlotte LGBT community and its allies.

To apply, send in a cover letter and resume to the board chair at Put “2012 Co-Chairs Search Committee” in the subject line. A complete list of responsibilities and qualifications is also available through this email address.

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PFLAG fundraiser slated

SALISBURY , N.C.— The Salisbury/Rowan chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will host their Autumn Soirée on Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m., at the Looking Glass Art Collective, 405 N. Lee St.

The evening’s event helps to support the Salisbury/Rowan PFLAG Scholarships Foundation.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Janie Long, Ph.D., who serves as director of the Center for LGBT Life at Duke University. Entertainment will be provided by Ashley Jo Farmer Band, a locally-based singer/songwriter. A silent auction, food and beverages will grace the festivities.

Cover charge is $30 adult, $20 student. Dress is casual. Tickets are available at Critters Cards & Gifts, 125 S. Main St., in Salisbury or Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., in Spencer.

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Pumpkin carving time!

CHARLOTTE — Charlie Brown may be there! So, venture out the the pumpkin carving competition on Oct. 29, 12-4 p.m., at the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, 820 Hamilton St., Suite B11.

No reservations are needed. Simply show up with an orange orb-like object to carve and tools, too! A prize for best pumpkin will be awarded.

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Band requests contributions

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Pride Band has kicked off its Season Starter Fundraising Drive to raise funds to purchase equipment for the upcoming season.

Tax-deductible contribution are welcome in any amount. So far, they have raised $1,000 and are on their way to meeting a second challenge goal of $1,500.

On Oct. 22, 7-9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity, part one of four of a “Journey Into Space” concert will be held. This wind ensemble presentation is part of the overall series that will encompass music, art and storytelling about humanity’s efforts to discover home. Tickets start at $10 and are available online.

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Guild award nominations announced

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Business Guild is now accepting nominations for their annual LGBT Community Service Awards. Nominations are open through Oct. 31.

The awards recognize both individual and community leaders throughout the Queen City. They originated with the 1993 Charlotte Pride organizing committee and acknowledge the contributions made by individuals, businesses and straight allies. The award ceremony will be held on Dec. 6. At press time, the location had not been announced.

Individual awards are presented to a man and a woman who exemplify the qualities of true leadership. Business awards are made to companies who have set an example of inclusiveness and community support. The Bridge-Builder award is given to a straight ally who has gone well beyond the call of duty in his or her service to meld communities. Nominees, who work to achieve progress and/or visibility on behalf of all LGBT people, usually contribute five or more years to the LGBT community. Winners are selected by the Guild board of directors.

Nominations should include a narrative explaining why the nominee should receive the award, including supporting examples of work done.

For more information or to send in nominations, call 704-565-5075, email or mail to Frances Richter, President, Charlotte Business Guild, P.O. Box 3337, Charlotte, NC 28233.


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 and 704-531-9988,...