NC Justice Center Executive Director Rick Glazier was honored with a Lifetime Achieve Award by the NC Child Care Coalition.

Former reps, senators honored

RALEIGH, N.C. — The NC Justice Center Executive Director Rick Glazier was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NC Child Care Coalition during the first week in April for his leadership and advocacy for early childhood education.

The coalition recognized five outstanding legislators at its 4th Annual Early Education Forum on April 6, including Glazier, Sen. Tamara Barringer, Rep. Josh Dobson, Rep. Chris Malone, and Sen. Jeff Jackson.

Each of these legislators has championed early education and made it a top priority for their work in the NC General Assembly, said Michele Rivest, the coalition s executive director. There are thousands of young children and their families who have had access to high quality early education as a result of their tireless efforts. We are deeply grateful to their commitment to advance our young children s development, early learning, and future success in school and in life.

Former Rep. Glazier served in the state’s General Assembly for 13 years as a state representative from Cumberland County. There he served on numerous committees and in several leadership roles, including Minority Whip and co-chair of the House Education Appropriations Committee. During his time in the legislature, Rep. Glazier championed early education issues including Smart Start and NC PreK, and consistently prioritized the needs of children and families in his district and throughout North Carolina, for which he has received numerous awards.

Glazier was one of the legislators who helped introduce a bill in 2015 to protect LGBT workers. And, he was among 31 elected officials who joined the NC Electeds for Equality in 2013.

In 2015, Glazier resigned from the legislature to serve as the new executive director of the NC Justice Center.

Sen. Jackson has long stood in support of the LGBT community and was one who took an active, public role in favor of same-sex marriage, often lending his voice to vigils and other assemblies during the fight for marriage equality.


Host party quickly approaches

RALEIGH, N.C. — The 2016 Crape Myrtle Host Party will be held on April 23, 7 p.m., at the home of Ray Stephens and Rex Michael, 530 Oakwood Ave.

The board and court of the Crape Myrtle Festival celebrates the start of their 36th year with this event. Semi-formal attire is recommended. Minimum contribution requested is $150 and can be made at

In other news, the organization has announced that it is partnering with Going Places! Custom Travel to take a trip to Spain from Nov. 3-13. Crape Myrtle court member and travel agency contact Patty Van Wyck will arrange the trip and will serve as its guide, translator and escort.

Going Places! includes a contribution to Crape Myrtle in the price of the trip and contributes all profits as well. Email Van Wyck at to learn more.


Community celebration goes all out

RALEIGH, N.C. — Out! Raleigh will be held on May 7, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. along Fayetteville St. in the downtown district. It is produced by The LGBT Center of Raleigh and Workplace Options.

The annual festival, this year themed #GoAllOUT, brings tens of thousands of attendees, vendors and LGBT and allies together in an outdoor, family-friendly atmosphere. It offers entertainment to individuals and families of all ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and religions.

In its sixth year, it will feature music acts by Kristen Ford, Big Mama Shakes, Sayer McShane, Laila Nur, Chit Nasty Duo, Shadina and 120 Minutes. It also includes food trucks and a Kid Zone.

“We believe in acceptance, because everyone, no matter your sexual orientation or gender identity, deserves equal rights in this state and in our country,” said event steering committee member Scott Hoar. He also stated, “Given the current situation in our state revolving around HB2, no one should feel that they cannot come out and enjoy the day. Let’s show the state’s government that we are united as friends, family and allies. We would like to show Gov. Pat McCrory, the state legislators and voting constituents of N.C. that the LGBT and ally community stand together in a family-friendly street festival atmosphere highlighting the diversity of the state of N.C.”

Organizers suggest that the community visit its website to purchase an Out! Raleigh pullover hoodie to support the work of the center. Resources have been drained since the passage of HB2 as the center continues to protect LGBT individuals in the Triangle. They also have center T-shirts for sale.

Sponsors for the 2016 festival include the LGBT Center of Raleigh, Workplace Options, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina, RA Jeffrey’s Distributing Company, PNC Bank, Red Hat, Legends Nightclub Complex, Flex, Food Lion, OrderUp, Greater Raleigh Convention Center, Biogen, Cameron Financial, Haas & Associates, The Norris Team-Century 21 Triangle Group, Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer and more.


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