Pride events in Charlotte grew out of the activism of the 1970’s, such as the short-lived Charlotte Gay Alliance co-founded by the late Don King in 1972, and a chapter of Dignity, organized in 1977, and later changed to Acceptance to expand its diversity and outreach.
Queerty reported that the Benham twins, David and Jason, and sons of conservative and anti-LGBTQ minister “Flip” Benham, released a video commemorating 9/11 and Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) to help serve the LGBTQ community’s healthcare needs.
Allies are born when their love is unconditional. For Joan Gale, 59 years young and a straight parent, her son’s coming out in middle school was a moment of great change. Seeing her own child confront the struggles that LGBTQ youth face in Cabarrus County and around the world, Gale was determined to do her part. She founded the Concord/Kannapolis chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in 2014, after retiring from her career as a school counselor.
The Community Foundation of Gaston County awarded the House of Mercy a grant, Lara Americo shows resistance, iconic play ‘The Children’s Hour’ comes to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Belk Theatre, the Small Business Administration is holding an executive leaders class, youth artists are being sought for a specialize exhibit at the Mint Museum, PFLAG Concord/Kannapolis is hosting a fundraiser, Equality North Carolina and Time Out Youth Center have united in a youth initiative and trans child story has been shared.