The chorus had been planning to do an international tour. “Then the election happened…”
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.
A University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s School of Architecture team won a design competition, Blumenthal Performing Arts LGBTQ affinity group is having a “Hedwig” pre-show party, the Charlotte and Lesbian Gay Fund is hosting a soirée, House of Mercy’s Walk for AIDS brought needed funds, the Freedom Center for Social Justice is conducting a survey and seeks participants, Carolinas CARE Partnership presented leadership awards and Transcend Charlotte received a grant.
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.
Last year was a difficult year for North Carolina politically. House Bill 2 opened up the LGBTQ community for discrimination and landed the state firmly in the national spotlight for the worst reasons. Then the LGBTQ community had to witness Charlotte repealing its expanded non-discrimination ordinance on the hopes of an HB2 repeal that never came.