PHOTOS: Charlotte Black Gay Pride

Charlotte Black Gay Pride held their annual community expo on Saturday, July 20 at the Naomi Drennan Community Center in Charlotte. Dozens of community members attended to interact with and learn more about the several businesses and non-profits in attendance. Entertainers also took the stage on Saturday afternoon, along with elected officials and candidates. Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, the city’s first openly gay or lesbian elected official, was present and gave a short speech welcoming the community to the event. Also present were North Carolina state House Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), City Council District 2 candidate Al Austin, District 4 candidate Will Russell and representatives for City Councilmember and mayoral candidate James Mitchell and City Councilmember David Howard. The community expo was one of several events staged by Charlotte Black Gay Pride this year. The events kicked off with a town hall hosted by Mayfield; Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon, who is running for mayor this year, attended briefly. Other events included social mixers, parties, an “old school” field day and nightlife parties planned by a variety of local promoters. : :

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A town hall meeting was held during Charlotte Black Gay Pride at the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte. City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield hosted. File Photo

A town hall meeting was held during Charlotte Black Gay Pride at the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte. City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield hosted. File Photo

Charlotte Black Gay Pride volunteers were in full force as they welcomed attendees during the  July 20 Charlotte Black Gay Pride. File Photo

Charlotte Black Gay Pride volunteers were in full force as they welcomed attendees during the
July 20 Charlotte Black Gay Pride. File Photo

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Charlotte Black Gay Pride board members were on  hand for the July 20 event. File Photo

Charlotte Black Gay Pride board members were on hand for the July 20 event. File Photo

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Samantha Mercer (left) and Nel Dixon were happy to represent their Chi Psi Omega Fraternity at Charlotte Black Gay Pride. File Photo

Samantha Mercer (left) and Nel Dixon were happy to represent their Chi Psi Omega Fraternity at Charlotte Black Gay Pride. File Photo

Charlotte City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield (left) and state House Rep.Marcus Brandon addressed the attendees at Charlotte Black Gay Pride. File Photo

Charlotte City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield (left) and state House Rep.Marcus Brandon addressed the attendees at Charlotte Black Gay Pride. File Photo

 

 

 

 

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