Compiled by Matt Comer and Deaidre Newby
Charlotte Black Gay Pride
Jahaan Norvell, co-chair and treasurer of Charlotte Black Gay Pride, said this year’s Pride events promise new experiences and expanded opportunities.
Now officially registered as a non-profit, Charlotte Black Gay Pride is reaching out and organizing like never before. Their board is holding monthly planning meetings at the Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Charlotte and are welcoming new members to its committees. Norvell said board meetings are open to the public.
The input from community members will come in handy as Charlotte Black Gay Pride gears up for its series of events July 15-18 in Uptown Charlotte. As last year, the group’s host hotel is Aloft at the EpiCentre. They will also host events at the Marriott. The group has also partnered with D-UP!, who will hold their annual ball following Pride’s expo at the Grady Cole Center.
Other exciting events include entertainment ranging from spoken word to three new theatrical performances.
For more information, visit charlotteblackgaypride.com.
Triangle Black Pride
A new non-profit, Shades of Pride, will hold the Triangle’s first-ever Black Pride in July. The new group was prompted to begin the event after realizing there were no other events specifically suited toward serving the needs of LGBT communities of color.
Shades of Pride’s Triangle Black Pride runs July 29 through Aug. 1. The event will celebrate and honor the diversity of the African-American LGBT community in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The events are open to all and organizers welcome participation from all portions of the community.
“We believe that the effective delivery of our objectives rely on collaboration with all North Carolina’s citizens, public and private sectors,” marketing chair Kelly Kencade said. “We welcome partnerships in this effort and there is no better time to start than now.”
Triangle Black Pride will host all their events at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, across from Crabtree Valley Mall. The group plans a welcome reception and workshops on Friday, July 30; and an expo on July 31. and a Jazz brunch will be held on Aug. 1.
For more information, visit triangleblackpride.org.
[Ed. Note — This brief originally listed Aug. 1 as the date of the Triangle Black Pride pageant. The correct date is June 6. We regret the error.]
Big changes are in store for the Charlotte metro area’s largest LGBT event of the year. Last year, some 12,00-15,000 people packed Uptown’s Gateway Village and organizers hope they can draw the same or more this year. They’re enticing community members with cooler weather, moving the festival from July to October.
Pride Charlotte 2010 will be held at the N.C. Music Factory (home to the Lesbian & Gay Community Center) on Oct. 2.
Jonathan Hill, Pride Charlotte co-chair, said results from last year’s survey indicated participants wanted a change.
“The changes we’ve made are based on that survey,” he said. “People didn’t want the festival in July and they weren’t fond of the Gateway location. We figured this is the year to make changes. Things are moving along smoothly.”
Hill said Charlotteans and others coming to Pride Charlotte can expect great entertainers, including transgender comedian Ian Harvie. Organizers are also planning larger events for the week leading up to the festival.
For more details, visit pridecharlotte.com.
High Country Pride
Organizers of this year’s Pride activities in Boone are excited to expand the event. In 2010, High Country Pride will extend over a four-day period, starting with a film night on June 10 and ending with a family picnic on June 13.
Other events include a “Hee Haw Drag Bingo,” a panel discussion on “We Are Family: Untangling the Connections and Disconnects of Mountain Queers,” a screening of “Out in the Silence,” and a Pride Dance.
For more information, visit highcountrypride.org.
Blue Ridge Pride
Growth. That’s what organizers of this year’s Blue Ridge Pride festival in Asheville hope will come their way. After a successful comeback in 2009 from organizing snafus the year before, the new Pride festival in Asheville is kicking butt and taking names.
This year, according to co-chair Amy Huntsman, the group will move their festival from MLK Park to Pack Square.
“It’s right in the middle of downtown,” she said. “It will be a great change for Asheville and we’ll see a lot more foot traffic.”
The festival takes place Oct. 2, the same day as Pride Charlotte. In the time leading up to the festival, organizers are reaching out, building support and raising funds. This year they will launch their Rainbows for Pride campaign. Like similar March of Dimes initiatives, donations will be accepted at local LGBT-owned and -friendly businesses. Huntsman hopes as many as 20 or more businesses will participate.
For more information on the festival and the group’s fundraising events through the summer, visit blueridgepride.com.
This year’s NC Pride Fest and Parade will take place in Durham, Sept. 25. For more information, visit ncpride.org.
This year’s Triad Pride Festival and other activities are slated for June 4-6. For more information, visit outtriad.org.
SC Pride update
Organizers of SC Pride have announced a date change for the festival, previously scheduled for Sept. 11. The event has been moved to Sept. 4. For more details, visit goqnotes.com/6399.