Premiere comes to Queen City

CHARLOTTE — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Showtime team up for the series sneak peek of “The Real L Word” on June 20 at the Actor’s Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the screening takes place at 7 p.m.

One must be 18 and over to attend. Suggested donation is $10 which includes an annual HRC membership.

This new series profiles the lives of six Los Angeles lesbians as they go about their daily lives. Regular show time is at 10 p.m. “The L Word” executive producer Ilene Chaiken has teamed up with Magic Elves (who bring to the small screen “Project Runway, “Top Chef” and “Last Comic Standing”).

To catch trailers and real cast bios, visit

Raffles are available and prizes will be awarded.

To purchase tickets, visit

The skinny on money

CHARLOTTE — A free financial planning seminar, “Smart Estate and Financial Planning for LGBT Individuals and Families,” will be held on June 23 at The Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 820 Hamilton St, from 7:30-9 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by HRC Equality Circle and the HRC North Carolina Steering Committee. Space is limited.

Presenter will be Timothy L. Mahoney, HRC director for estate planning.

Local financial and estate planning professionals will also be available for questions and answers.

To reserve a spot, RSVP to hrcaction =102721.

For more information, call 202-216-1563 or email

Stonewall Riots remembered

CHARLOTTE — A commemoration of the Stonewall Riots will be held at Temple Beth-El, Bernstein Education Building, 5101 Providence Rd., on June 28 from 7-9 p.m. All are welcome.

Keshet serves as host. Hebrew for rainbow, Keshet is one of the Temple’s various committees that sits on the board. It originally was a social action initiative that was birthed in the late 1990s by a congregational member, Alan Rosenberg, when he saw that there was no suitable outreach for the LGBT community. During the years, Chavurah Keshet has held Passover seders, attended Pride events, had outreach and social programs that supported its members and more. Rabbi Steve Greenberg, a noted Orthodox clergy who was the first gay man to openly hold such a post, visited the congregation for its annual Inclusive Shabbat weekend.

It currently creates programming for the congregation, as well as unaffiliated Jews in the Queen City.

For more information, call 704-366-1948.

Out to eat

CHARLOTTE — After five years of discussions, PrideSisters has established a new ethnic restaurant dinner group.

The first one was held on April 5 at Siam Garden Thai Restaurant and, most recently, at Ben Thanh Vietnamese Restaurant.

Members of PrideSisters and their “gay guy and straight friends” are welcome.

Each month they will pick a different ethnic group (German, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Cuban, Chinese Dim Sum, Greek, Indian), and they will pick a restaurant that supports LGBT people. For those who love exploring new food/new culture, and want to try out new restaurants with your LGBT sisters and brothers, this group is the ticket.

For more information, email or visit

Center partners with county

CHARLOTTE — On May 14, the Center partnered in a bridge-building expo with Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS). The “DSS Diversity Celebration 2010: One Team, Many Cultures” was an awareness celebration to give DSS an opportunity to better learn how agencies such as the Center serve its clients. Center Board Chair Denise Palm Beck said, “Some did not know that Charlotte even has an LGBT Community Center, and many members of our LGBT community stopped by to say thank you.”

“For the Center, which provides a host of ‘service-oriented’ programs for our LGBT community, this bridge building opportunity is huge,” explained Center Programs Leader Pamela Jones. “It is so important that all LGBT members and straight allies in the Charlotte area know about the Center and all of the vital services and programs that we provide.”

In other news, the Center is holding a garage sale on July 24. Start clearing our those closets to help support the work of the Center. Stop by an chew on a grilled hot dog and a sip of suds.

It is also gearing up for its 2010 summer fundraising campaign. Monies are needed to help sustain it various programs and outreach opportunities. Details on its Battle of The Genders event is forthcoming.

To make contributions or for more information, call 704-333-0144 or visit : :

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.