Inspiration to give back to your community can come from any number of places, from a personal desire to make a difference to fulfilling a graduation requirement for community service hours.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold its 10th annual Out of the Darkness Charlotte Walk on Oct. 28, the Diocesan Ministry for Gay & Lesbian Catholics will hold its annual The Cross & The Rainbow retreat from Oct. 6-8, Duke Energy reported that they are making sure that all employees at their company feel welcome, especially those from the LGBTQ community, The Legal Services of Southern Piedmont has undergone a rebranding effort over the past two years and is now called the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and The Charlotte Pride Festival and Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade gave out its annual Champions of Pride Awards at the culmination of the two-day event.
In 1990, Tonda Taylor, along with human services professionals, educators, physicians and clergy, assembled to discuss the needs of young LGBTQ individuals who were struggling with their sexual orientation. They knew that there was a desperate need for a place for them to turn for help and support. So on April 8, 1991, four gay and lesbian youth gathered for a discussion group under the guidance of Taylor and others for what would later become the premier organization in the Charlotte, N.C. area to address the needs of LGBTQ youth.
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.