Give OUT Day is slated for May 19 and registration is now open.

Charity day registrations open

NATIONWIDE — Give OUT Day will be held on May 19 and is now engaged in its registration process.

The event is the only national day of giving for the LGBT community — a 24-hour online fundraising competition that unites the LGBT community from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and D.C. to raise critically needed funds to support the diverse array of LGBT non-profits from the arts to social services agencies, advocacy groups to sports leagues, community centers to health facilities, big and small, urban and rural, organizers shared.

Beginning in 2013, it has collected over $2.4 million from more than 15,000 individual donors and is a project of Bolder Giving. Bolder Giving works to inspire and support people to give to their full lifetime potential.

Carolina’s own Campus Pride serves on the advisory committee.

Non-profits are encouraged to register and sponsorship opportunities are available.


Center dances for funds

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — The Pride Community Center of the Tri-Cities will hold a dance party fundraiser on March 26, 9 p.m., at the Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 2406 N. Roan St.

Entertainment will be emceed by comic Jessica Lane with drag performances by Sya Cox O’hara, Faytriana Evans and Austin Rayne. Additionally, vocalists Nic Hollifield and Allison Mullins will perform. Showtimes are 10:15 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

Attendees must be 18 to attend. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are $10 at the door.


Lawsuit filed

STATEWIDE — Progress NC Action has filed a complaint with the North Carolina Board of Elections, showing that Gov. Pat McCrory’s television commercial for the bond issue amounts to a coordinated campaign advertisement funded in part by corporate contributions.

McCrory and others are spearheading efforts to dismantle the non-discrimination ordinance approved recently by the Charlotte City Council. He is seeking re-election for governor this election season.


Gala date set

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality North Carolina has announced that its 10th Annual Equality Gala will be held on Oct. 15 at the Marriott City Center, 500 Fayetteville St.

Details have not yet been firmed up and are unavailable. More information will be provided at a later date.


Former N.C. minister receives award

SARASOTA, Fla. — Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) have announced that former Imani MCC minister, Rev. Wanda Floyd, has been selected as a recipient of the Rev. Ed Paul Award for Leadership in Transitional Ministry, one of a number of international awards presented for 2016.

Rev. Floyd has served MCC as a lay leader, support clergy, founding pastor, senior pastor and transitional pastor for more than 28 years. She was a founder of Imani MCC in Durham, N.C.

She recently completed her appointment as interim pastor with MCC Las Vegas, Nev. Her abilities in spiritual teaching, project management, executive-level experience, collaboration, wisdom and sensitivity in tending the journey of change made MCC Las Vegas stronger and more focused with purpose for their next chapter.

Rev. Wanda also volunteers time to serve as MCC faculty for training transitional ministers.


Lainey Millen

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