Homelessness among the LGBTQ population, in particular youth, is an epidemic that has long been battled by advocacy groups. While finding permanent housing is the ultimate goal, temporary housing in shelters is another method by which individuals are taken off the streets.
Long one of the most proactive of Charlotte’s LGBTQ nonprofits, Time Out Youth Center (TOY) is currently remodeling their newly-purchased facilities at 3800 Monroe Rd. in east Charlotte, N.C. The organization’s hopes for the new property, according to Executive Director Rodney Tucker, are huge — but the staff and sponsors have the dedication to achieve their dreams.
In light of today’s social climate surrounding allegations of police brutality, one cold case from 2002 may merit a second look. The unsolved murder of Franklin Freeman, who performed drag as Aretha Scott, was suspected to involve the police. Freeman died just five days before he was scheduled to testify against a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).
In the decades since the advent of HIV/AIDS, there have been a number of activists who went above and beyond to address and abate the epidemic. Darrin Johnson of PowerHouse Project (PHP) is one of these leaders. His current posts include serving as PHP’s empowerment coordinator, project director of a CDC-funded study called the Online Safe Space Initiative and working full-time on his doctorate in Health Services Research.
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.