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Print Edition 2014-02-14 – QNotes

HRC to award local leader, non-profit

Greensboro’s Ron Johnson, Salisbury Pride up for honors

The Human Rights Campaign Carolina Gala is set for Saturday, Feb. 22. As the Carolinas’ movers and shakers file into the Charlotte Convention Center, they’ll be treated to a night full of entertainment. For two award winners, though, it will be a night to honor their work in the LGBT community.

HRC Weekend Events

The HRC Carolina Gala comes to Charlotte on Saturday, Feb. 22. In addition to the gala itself, plenty of other events will keep you hopping throughout the weekend.

Equality in funding? Not for the South.

New report shows southern LGBT communities severely underfunded

A new report from a national LGBT philanthropy research group says funding for LGBT communities in the South is significantly lower than other regions of the country despite the South’s large LGBT population and needs.

LGBT people of color, transgender workers face obstacles

Effects of discrimination can be felt locally

With advances in the LGBT movement, especially on issues like marriage equality, occurring rapidly across the country, some are still left wondering when movement leaders might begin to focus more attention on issues like employment.

N.C. furniture company celebrates 25 years

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams known for LGBT philanthropy, healthy work place

For 25 years, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has been churning out U.S.-made home furnishings products. The company’s growth, the founders say, has been surprising and the journey rewarding.

Pastor says Augusta community is special

The Rev. Lisa Heilig to leave interim post

For the past year and half, the Rev. Lisa Heilig has served as the interim pastor for Metropolitan Community Church of our Redeemer in Augusta. She will soon leave her post.

Youth organization reaches out to LGBT community

Alexander Youth Network to hold meet-and-greet and information session for potential LGBT foster parents

Alexander Youth Network, a local youth services agency, will hold a special meet-and-greet and information session for those interested in becoming foster parents this month. The event will feature a local gay leader and his husband, both of whom work with the agency as treatment parents.

Our People: Q&A with Crys Farrar

Social media company hightlights promoters

Crys Farrar, 27, saw a void in the local community. Nightlife establishments for the LGBT community abound in Charlotte, but most, she says, cater primarily to gay men. The city has Hartigan’s and L4 Lounge, two bars with huge female clientele, but other events and activities, especially for women and minorities, often go unnoticed.

Go to the party, then get to work

Editor's Note

This month, the Human Rights Campaign swings into Charlotte for its annual North Carolina fundraising gala. The national group — the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the country — has been at the forefront of the LGBT equality movement for decades.