Three years ago, Larry Ferri and his partner Barry Pettinato set out from Washington, D.C., to settle in Charlotte. They went through all the usual motions any moving couple might. They found a real estate agent, toured the city and ranked the pros and cons of the neighborhoods they encountered.
When Democrats from across the country come to Charlotte this September, they will experience a city that is increasingly moving in the right direction on matters of LGBT equality. After years of stalled progress, the city now protects employees on the basis of sexual orientation. In June, the council included domestic partner benefits in their 2012-2013 budget.
Depictions and allusions to the City of Charlotte’s namesake appear all over the city. The city’s logo — a crown — is inspired by her. Streets, schools and other places are named in her honor.
The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte is proud to serve the local LGBT community and to increase our visibility to the greater Charlotte community.
The Queen City has a new queen and king for Pride Charlotte.
As the days draw ever closer to the DNC, law enforcement agencies from the local to the national levels are taking steps to prepare for the security the city will need to keep convention-goers, demonstrators, businesses and citizens safe.
The Bingham Cup is the largest amateur international rugby tournament in the world. That’s right, in the world. And, this year, the Charlotte Royals joined in on the fun and went to Manchester for a cold, wet weekend of rugby, camaraderie, brotherhood and Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee in jolly ol’ England.
The white Hebrew letters march around the rim of the elegant brown bowl in a declaration never to be refuted: “I Will Be What I Will Be.” The ceramicist didn’t mean that as a personal manifesto: It’s a slight alteration of the words Moses heard God speak from the burning bush.
Since I started this column, a few regular readers (hush your mouth, they exist!) have asked me when I plan to feature myself. I’m really not one to demand attentio…Hey! Sit down, sister!
Which Charlotte gay neighborhood do you live in? Which neighborhood is your favorite? Why is it special and what makes it unique?