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Mayfield to attend national brunch

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hon. LaWana Mayfield, a member of the Charlotte City Council, will be among 12 special guests at the Victory Fund’s National Champagne Brunch 2016 being held on May 15 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Victory is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is using this event to bring attention to its successes over the years.

Mayfield will present an update on what is being done in North Carolina since the passage of HB2.

Joining Mayfield are Hon Chiris Abele, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Angie Craig, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Matt Heinz, Denise Juneau, Mayor Annise Parker, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Brian Sims and Rep. Mark Takano.

It will also honor Emily’s List, an ally in the fight for equality.

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For those who wish to attend, registration is being accepted online.

info: victoryfund.org.

Christian group s exec meets with leaders

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Gay Christian Network Executive Director Justin Lee spent time in late April at a convening of LGBT-affirming Christian leaders at Union Theological Seminary discussing pro-LGBT work s future in conservative and evangelical communities.

The group included Bishop Gene Robinson, Bishop Yvette Flunder, Pastor Danny Cortez, Dr. Christine Wiley, Eliel Cruz, Jane Clementi, and over thirty other pastors, organization heads and thought leaders. They discussed matters ranging from public policy to shifting church attitudes.

At the convening was a two-hour panel discussion which focused on the Church’s role in creating a better world for LGBT individuals.

In other news, the network is working to educate and change the minds of influential Christian thought leaders in the aftermath of HB2. Through this work, they are changing the narrative around what it means to be an LGBT person in the church.

info: gaychristian.net.

QUICK HITS

HBO has announced that “SUITED” will air on June 20 at 9 p.m. Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are the producers of the documentary that showcases the clients of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn-based and LGBT-focused tailor.
info: getsuitedhbo.com.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues has asked the question, what can funders do to respond to anti-LGBTQ bills moving through the South?
info: lgbtfunders.org.

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Randy Berry, a special U.S. envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons, has just marked his first year of service.
info: washingtonblade.com.

North Carolina United Methodist Church bishops spoke out against HB2. “We urge all United Methodists to engage in prayer, in study of the issues, in patient listening and persevering conversation with others who hold differing opinion, and in courageous advocacy for what is right, just and good for all people in North Carolina,” they said.
info: wnccumc.org.

An interview with Jordan’s first LGBT magazine was interviewed about the challenges the community is facing in his country.
info: cherwell.org.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders and the National Center for Lesbian Rights applauded a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which confirms policy set by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, that ensures Gavin Grimm, a 15-year-old transgender student in Virginia, would be fully respected as a boy at his school including in being able to access the boys room.
info: nclrights.org.

The board of directors of Mary’s House for Older Adults in Washington, D.C., announced its inaugural annual Eleanor Holmes Norton Award for Extraordinary Service to LGBTQ Elders and Older Adults by a Public Servant. Rep. Holmes will be its first recipient.
info: maryshousedc.org.

Transform California, a coalition to support the transgender community and encourage others to follow, kicked off its formation in mid-April.
info: transformcalifornia.org.

At press time, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC announced that the list of major business leaders against HB2 has increased to nearly 200 from a couple of dozen in its inception.
info: hrc.org.

Southerners on New Ground announced that they are accepting applications for an artist residency project. Six will be selected and will be able to use the facilities at Sparkle Bark Farms outside Asheville, N.C.
info: bit.ly/sparklebark2016.

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Posted by 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 specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.