Charlotte’s black LGBT history has been shaped and driven by countless leaders and creatives. Here are four such individuals who have had, and continue to have, a substantial impact locally and beyond.
Milton Howard was, quite literally, born to be a party animal.
“Growing up, I pretty much was always that party kid, always liked to go out,” the Huntersville, N.C., native said. “It has always been my passion. Maybe I’m a victim of my birth: I was actually born on New Year’s Eve. And here it is, almost 50 years later, and I’m still kicking it!”
Mondo Guerra is a fashion designer who first came to fame in 2010 as a contestant on the eighth season of the reality television show “Project Runway.” Although he didn’t win, Guerra was a fan favorite, even before he disclosed his HIV-positive status on the show. At that moment, he also took on the role of HIV/AIDS activist.
February is the month for Valentine’s Day and for falling in love (and chocolate). And, yes, even drag queens need love and romance too. Oh and did I mention chocolate. Well my muse for this column on “Drag Queen Love” came from my good Judy (drag lingo for friend) Shelita Bonet Hoyle and her recent Facebook post. She states:
Ryan Butler is the first gay Democratic super delegate from N.C.; Pride hosts fundraiser; Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS prayer breakfast is around the corner; Pride Band slates concert; a music benefit for the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce will help fund a grant; the North Carolina Diversity Council announces its vet summit; and a men’s group offers support.