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Our People – QNotes

Our People: Lydia E. Lavelle

Politician, Educator, Activist

Mayor of Carrboro, N.C. and law professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law, Lydia E. Lavelle has played a vital role in the fight for LGBTQ rights in North Carolina.

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Our People: Natalie Watson

Center Volunteer, Community Leader

Having served as a volunteer coordinator for over two years, Natalie Watson is this year’s Community Impact Award recipient for the LGBTQ Center of Raleigh.

Our People: Teresa Davis

Attorney, Former Military Servicemember, Musician, Foodie

Teresa Davis, who has been a Charlotte, N.C. resident for over 15 years, has led an exciting and fulfilling life. Davis served as the president of the Charlotte Business Guild, as well as having served on the board of the Charlotte LGBT Community Center for over five years.

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Our People: Brisa Ramirez

Charlotte Pride Board Member, Analyst, Community Volunteer

Brisa Ramirez is a member of the board for Charlotte Pride and an analyst at 25 Capital. Ramirez is one of the United States’ 600,000+ beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an immigration policy that allows individuals brought to the U.S. as children to continue to live, work and gain an education in the country.

Our People: Lennie Gerber

Civil Liberties Activist, Wife, Senior Community Leader

Over the course of her life, Lennie Gerber led a storied legal career, fighting for housing justice, consumer protection and the right of incarcerated women to be involved in their children’s lives.

Our People: Ames Simmons

Policy Director, Equality North Carolina

Ames Simmons is a queer, transgender white man who serves as the first-ever director of Trans Policy at Equality North Carolina, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization.

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Our People: Tina Wright and Nikki Lynn Thomas

King-Henry-Brockington Archivists

Tina Wright and Nikki Lynn Thomas are both archivists at J. Murray Atkins Library at University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) involved with the King-Henry-Brockington Archive, a collection of materials relating to LGBTQ history in Charlotte.

Our People: Derrick Vidas

Pet Entrepreneur

Derrick Vidas is the owner of Midwood Barkery, an Oakhurst establishment offering doggie day care, boarding and grooming for Charlotteans and their fur families.

Our People: Erin Barbee

Elder Advocate, Community Leader

Aldersgate Director of Mission Advancement Erin Barbee, whose commitment to education and equality, helped propel Aldersgate towards a prestigious national certification in services for LGBTQ elders.

Our People: Robert Dogens

Retired Banker, Community Activist

Retired banker Robert Frank Dogens is well-known in Charlotte’s prominent finance sector as a former senior vice president at Wells Fargo, but he’s made as much of an impact, if not more, as a community activist.