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Our People: Samis Rose

Longtime pillar of Charlotte’s LGBTQ community, Samis Rose helped create various organizations attributable to making it possible for today’s generation in Charlotte to celebrate LGBTQ Pride. 

The Queen City: A Pride Retrospective

The Early Years of Pride Events in Charlotte

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.

Our People: Tina Wright and Nikki Lynn Thomas

King-Henry-Brockington Archivists

Tina Wright and Nikki Lynn Thomas are both archivists at J. Murray Atkins Library at University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) involved with the King-Henry-Brockington Archive, a collection of materials relating to LGBTQ history in Charlotte.

Our People: Linda Lawyer

Writer, Activist, Community Supporter

Linda Lawyer has, as she reports in a fit of modesty which may or may not be characteristic, “a lot of stories.”

In a different time: Gay life, love and sex in the 1970s

Love & Lust, The Annual Sex Issue

The 1980s AIDS Crisis changed everything — politics and activism, culture and community, sex and love. For those who lived before it, through it and after it, the AIDS Crisis marked a decidedly earth-shaking turning point — as an old world passed away, along with a whole generation of LGBT leaders and young people with it, and a new one was born.