Featured Events

Featured Event: 

June 22
Quiet No More! A Choral Celebration of Stonewall
Carolina Theatre of Durham
309 W. Morgan St., Durham
8 p.m.
The Common Woman Chorus of Durham and the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus of Raleigh will present a concert, “Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Special guests, the Triad Pride Men’s and Women’s Choruses, will perform the title music suite — a brand new, eight-movement work co-commissioned by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. In doing so, the four choruses will represent North Carolina as part of the largest collaboration of LGBTQ choruses in history. This work will be performed by over 25 choruses nationwide this spring. The program will feature additional songs of protest, liberation and inspiration. The concert also honors the courage of early, social justice pioneers. The work encourages everyone to join in the renewed spirit of resistance for the future — not just for LGBTQ individuals, but for all victims of bullying, hate, intolerance and violence. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the LGBT Center of Raleigh and the LGBTQ Center of Durham. Tickets are $15-$35 and are available online.

Other Events:

June 14-29
‘Fun Home’
Queen’s University Hadley Theatre
2132 Radcliffe Ave., Charlotte
Times Vary
Join the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte for their presentation of the award-winning musical “Fun Home.” Based on the autobiography of lesbian artist Alison Bechdel (a former qnotes cartoon contributor), “Fun Home” explores themes of queerness, family and community. Tickets start at $8.75 and are available online.

June 14-16
Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas
1215 Thomas Ave., Charlotte
Times Vary
Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating June 19, 1865, the day that word of the abolition of slavery reached enslaved African-Americans in Texas. Charlotte’s Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas draws over 5,500 notable dignitaries, elected officials and influential young professional to the Queen City. This family-friendly event features music, educational exhibits, and local vendors.

June 14
HeroesCon Charlotte
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St., Charlotte
10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
The 37th Annual Charlotte HerosCon features a diverse range of guests this year, including leading comic book creators, film television actors, writers, directors and various vendors. Anyone under the age of 18 is granted free admission to the convention. Tickets start at $25 and are available online.

June 15-16
Stonewall 50th Anniversary Rally + Celebration
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St., Charlotte
2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Charlotte Pride presents a community-wide rally and commemoration of the Stonewall Riots in Romare Bearden park. The event is free and open to the public. More than a dozen community leaders and performers are slated to appear on the rally stage. Among the speakers are: Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, the city’s first LGBTQ elected official; Candis Cox, a Raleigh-based transgender advocate and board member for statewide advocacy group Equality North Carolina; Kelli Baron, a Charlotte transgender advocate; and Calla Hales, director of A Preferred Women’s Health Center. A variety of other speakers will be present from Charlotte Pride, Charlotte Black Pride, and several other community organizations.The rally will be followed by a retro dance party at Bar Argon. Charlotte Pride has created an open call for speakers and presenters which can be accessed online.

June 15
Mr. Gay Southeast America Pageantry Contest
Dillworth Neighborhood Grille
911 E. Morehead St., Charlotte
7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Join Charlotte queen Buff Faye and reigning Mr. Gay America Judas Elliot for the fabulous Mr. Gay Southeast America Pageant. The event will feature dinner, a drag show and drinks. Tickets start at $12 and are available online.

June 17-22
AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit
Asheville Masonic Temple
80 Broadway St., Asheville
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Western North Carolina AIDS Project will present portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Admission is free and open to the public. This event coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, placing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the broader context of the LGBTQ rights movement.

June 17
The Underground Open Mic
1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
8 p.m.
The Underground Open Mic welcomes artists of all styles, genres, and skill level for a night of performance and fun. Proceeds will benefit the Underground Mobile Art Gallery, a community project that seeks to bring visual, musical, poetic, and graphic black artists to low-income Charlotte neighborhoods. Tickets are $5 and are available online.

June 19
Charlotte Black Pride Monthly Mixer
Hollywood Nights
7631 Sharon Lakes Rd., Charlotte
6:30 p.m.
Charlotte Black Pride presents a night of red carpet walks, hookah and great drinks with friends. Admission is free, but guests are asked to register online.

June 20-June 30
Churchill’s Shorts
409 W. Martin St., Raleigh
Times Vary
Burning Coal Theatre Company and CAM/Raleigh present two short plays by acclaimed playwright Caryl Churchill. The plays will explore themes such as technology, family and the environment. Tickets are $15 and are available online.

June 21
Asheville Celebrates 50 Years of Pride
Eleven on Grove
11 Grove St., Asheville
6-10 p.m.
Asheville celebrates 50 years of Pride with a fundraiser for Western North Carolina-area non-profits who help the community thrive. The event will include dinner, a Drag Show MC’d by Beer City Sisters, Abbey of All Souls and music from DJ Smiley. $10 donations are requested and can be made online.

June 22-29
Charlotte Caribbean Carnival
Various Times and Locations
Charlotte’s week-long Caribbean festival will feature a wide variety of events including a children’s carnival, a Miss Charlotte Caribbean Carnival Queen pageant and various music and dance events. A highlight of the festival will be the June 29 AfroCarribean street parade, starting at 4 p.m. and ending in a carnival village where local, national and international talents will perform. A full listing of events and tickets are available online.

June 22
Upstate Pride Rally & Black Pride Festival
Falls Park
601 S. Main St., Greenville, S.C.
12-6 p.m.
Upstate Pride presents their new Black Pride Festival. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our True Colors” and it will honor the queer people of color who sparked the modern LGBTQ rights movement in America. Admission is free.

June 22
North Carolina Symphony Summerfest with Ben Folds
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary
7:30 p.m.
Contemporary pianist-singer-songwriter and Winston-Salem, N.C. native Ben Folds joins the North Carolina Symphony for a one-night-only show.  Concertgoers are welcome to bring picnics, wine and beer, lawn chairs, and blankets. Tickets start at $51 and are available online.

June 23
Best of Broadway at Symphony Park
Symphony Park
4400 Sharon Rd., Charlotte
8:15 p.m.
The Charlotte Symphony presents a night of Broadway’s best-loved show tunes, including selections from “Grease,” “The Sound of Music,” and ”Wicked.” Tickets are free for youth 12 and under, $4.11 for youth 13-18 and $11.51 for adults and are available online.

June 23
Queens Who Brunch
Ink n Ivy
222 S. Church St., Charlotte
12 p.m.
The Vanity House presents a brunch show featuring Paris Brooks Bonet, Kassandra Hylton, Crystal Guysir and Erica Chanel. Tickets start at $35 and are available online.

June 23
Pride Month Sunday Funday Social & Mixer
1402 Winnifred St., Charlotte
2-5 p.m.
Charlotte Pride presents a laid-back afternoon of new friends, drink specials and good conversation. Attendees will also be able to learn about upcoming Charlotte Pride activities and volunteer opportunities. Admission is free.

June 23
Durham Refugee Day 2019
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St., Durham
3-6 p.m.
This family-friendly event celebrates Durham’s refugee and immigrant communities. The event will feature live music, kid’s activities, and vendors from around the world. Admission is free.

June 25-June 30
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 North Tryon St., Charlotte
Times Vary
The groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical “Falsettos” tells the story of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist and the lesbians next door. Tickets start at $25 and are available online.

June 25
Gay & Gray Cookout
Senior Resources of Guilford
1401 Benjamin Pkwy., Greensboro
6 p.m.
As part of the Guilford Green Foundation’s ongoing Gay & Gray event series, join them for a good ‘ol fashion cookout. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided, but organizers are asking attendees to provide side dishes! For more information, email center@ggfnc.org.

June 26
Wine Down Wednesday
Mellow Mushroom
255 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Charlotte
9 p.m.
Onya Nerves presents a night of drag, food and wine featuring Lolita Van Dank, Gouda Judy, drag king Will Charmer and music by DJ Little Beatty. Tickets are $10 and are available online.

June 26
Watch Party for the Democratic Debates
All American Pub
200 E Bland St., Charlotte
8-11 p.m.
The Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County and Slate Charlotte offer the opportunity to watch the Democratic presidential primary debates with other interested Charlotteans. Admission is free.

June 27
Friends in Diversity
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte
6:30-9 p.m.
The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce presents Friends in Diversity, a celebration of Charlotte’s vibrant business community featuring a meet and greet, networking opportunities and complimentary hors d’ouevres. Admission is $15 for non-members and may RSVP at any time free of charge.

June 28
Ali Wong: The Milk & Money Tour
Ovens Auditorium
2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte
7 p.m.
Comic Ali Wong brings her raunchy and insightful comedy to Charlotte. Tickets start at $39.50 and are available online.

July 9-15: ‘Hello, Dolly!’
Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in the critically acclaimed musical “Hello, Dolly!” This new production has broken box office records and garnered praise in the media and from theatergoers. Tickets start at $25 and are available online. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Various Times. bit.ly/2wJ3b62.

July 12
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Ovens Auditorium
2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte
8 p.m.
The legendary Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons visit Charlotte with their unique blend of pop and rock. Tickets start at $57 and are available online.



Charlotte LGBT Chamber
Regular business meetings, social events and other activities throughout the year. Days and times vary.
info: clgbtcc.org.

Charlotte Latin Pride
Spanish-language support nights, second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., Charlotte Pride offices at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte.
info: charlottepride.org/latin/.

PFLAG Charlotte
Support meetings, second Monday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m., Time Out Youth Center, 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: pflagcharlotte.org.

PFLAG Concord/Kannapolis
Meets for monthly group support meetings, second Tuesday of each month, 7-9 p.m., Trinity United Church of Christ, 38 Church St. N., Concord.
info: bit.ly/1pCFVBq.

PFLAG Gaston
Meets for monthly support meetings, third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia.
info: pflaggaston.org.

Prime Timers
Monthly meeting including dinner, speaker, games and more for gay men ages 21 and up, 5-7 p.m., Park Road Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3900 Park Rd., Charlotte.
info: primetimersww.com/charlotte/.

Stonewall Sports
Regular team sports, meet-up, social and service events throughout the year. Days and times vary.
info: stonewallcharlotte.leagueapps.com.

Trans Youth Group
Weekly discussion groups for transgender youth ages 13-20 each Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: timeoutyouth.org.

Transcend Charlotte
Support groups for partners, friends and family of transgender and gender non-conforming adults ages 18 and older, second and fourth Sundays of each month, 6-7 p.m., Time Out Youth Center, 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: transcendcharlotte.org.

Youth Drop-In Space
Drop-in space Monday-Friday, 3-6:30 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: timeoutyouth.org.

Youth Discussion Group
Weekly discussion groups for LGBTQ youth ages 13-20 each Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: timeoutyouth.org.

Youth of Color Group
Weekly discussion groups for LGBTQ and ally people of color each Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: timeoutyouth.org.


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Last updated: June 14, 2019, 2:08 a.m.