Pride Charlotte 2011 was the biggest Pride event the Queen City has ever seen and it looks like 2012 will be even bigger. The sixth annual Pride Charlotte festival was held on August 27, 2011, on Tryon St. An estimated 27,000-plus people attended the one-day festival, doubling the number of participants from the previous year. Despite some concerns that the more public venue would increase opposition to the festival, the day went extremely smoothy with minimal disruptions from protestors. Beautiful weather, great entertainment, a variety of supportive vendors and sponsors helped to bring the celebration to a whole new level.

This year the celebration is expanding to a two-day festival for the first time in its history and will once again be held in the heart of Uptown. Even though we are still four months away from the event, Pride Charlotte has already announced their headliner for the festival and this one is sure to turn heads.

Known by many as Miami’s own “Diamond Princess,” or for older fans as “Da Baddest Chick,” Katrina “Trina” Taylor is set to perform in Charlotte. “We couldn’t be more excited for Trina’s headlining performance at the Queen City’s annual Pride Charlotte Festival,” said Jonathan Hill, Pride Charlotte entertainment chair. “As headliner, Trina’s lyrical artistry and her star power will be the highlight of two full days of local, regional and national entertainment and community empowerment, celebrating the strength and diversity of Charlotte’s LGBT community.” This will be the first time a chart topping artist of this size and recognition has taken part in Pride Charlotte, a marker of growth and success for the festival and its organizers.”

Trina has truly held her own in the Hip Hop genre for over a decade and continues to collaborate with artists and create a sound that is new while remaining true to herself throughout her career. The Hip Hop princess has worked with other Hip Hop stars including Missy Elliott, Keyshia Cole, Dre, Lil’ Wayne, Kelly Roland, Snoop Dog and more. “My whole career has been a journey filled with obstacles, growth, passion, pain and success,” Trina expresses. “I am happy to continue to evolve and allow the world to see this same evolution as a business woman, an entrepreneur and just as a woman who can make accomplishments or mistakes just as any other human being.”

Her fifth album, “Amazin,” launched Summer 2010 and reached #2 on Billboard’s Rap Album chart and #1 on their Independent Album chart. The album featured collaborations with such artists as Diddy, Keri Hilson, Monica, Nicki Minaj, Lyfe Jennings and Lady Saw.

Trina is currently working on her sixth album, which would make her the first female emcee to release six albums. In March of 2011 Trina released a three-single mixtape called “Diamonds are Forever” which included collaborations with popular artists T-Pain, Rick Ross and Mýa.

Throughout her career, Trina has been featured in numerous magazines including Rolling Out, Sister 2 Sister, XXL, King, Ozone, Source, Kontrol, Urban Ink, Black Men and more. Trina still remains in the mainstream today making television appearances on VH1, MTV, BET, “The Monique Show,” CNN’s “Nitecap” and other media.

Trina is scheduled to take the headlining stage on Saturday, Aug. 25 where she will play to what is expected to be the largest Pride Charlotte crowd in the festival’s history. No more information has been released at press time detailing events that will take place during Pride Charlotte 2012.

Local artists and entertainers still have time to apply to be a part of this year’s festival. The Pride Charlotte committee is encouraging any interested artists to submit their information through the Pride Charlotte website at

The Pride Charlotte committee is also still accepting applications for organizations or individuals interested in being a vendor during the festival. With expanded street presence and an additional day there is space for more vendors than ever before. According to the Pride Charlotte website vendor spaces are currently priced at $200 non-profit and $400 for profit until May 1. Interested businesses wanting to secure vendor space at Pride Charlotte should visit

In order to make a festival of this size a success, Pride Charlotte needs the support of individuals to volunteer prior to and during the festival. Interested in finding out ways you can volunteer to support Pride Charlotte? Then visit

Pride Charlotte is a project of The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte. : :

O'Neale Atkinson

O'Neale Atkinson is a former editor of QNotes, serving in the position from Jan. 23, 2012 to June 15, 2012. His first issue as editor was published on Feb. 4, 2012. His last issue was published June 23,...