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Our People: Samis Rose

Longtime pillar of Charlotte’s LGBTQ community, Samis Rose helped create various organizations attributable to making it possible for today’s generation in Charlotte to celebrate LGBTQ Pride. 

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Our People: Cory Davis

Musician, Techie, Community Builder

Cory Davis joined One Voice’s LGBTQIA and allied chorus in the summer of 2019 as their new artistic director. Davis is a career musician with 12 years of experience in choral conducting as well as having a background in non-profit development and management.

Our People: Linton Walker, Jr.

HIV/AIDS Advocate, Awareness-Apparel Line Creator, Husband

Linton Walker, Jr. is taking a stance against the negative stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. Upon being diagnosed with HIV in 2011, Walker said he began experiencing a great deal of judgment and discrimination stemming from his status.

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Our People: Judith Jeffries

Volunteer, Charlotte LGBTQ Elder, Wife

Upon retiring from her 20+ year career from Carolinas HealthCare System, Judith A Jeffries began devoting much of her time to volunteering in the LGBTQ community.

Our People: Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

LGBTQ Rights Activist

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is the founder and executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE). She founded CSE in 2011 and has worked on LGBTQ rights campaigns since 2011.

Our People: Erin Goldstein

Mom, Small Business Owner, Advocate

Time Out Youth Board Chair Erin Goldstein is a native Charlottean who has a passion for family and adventure. In her downtime from work and being a mom and wife, she and her business partner and best friend, Malone, operate a T-shirt business promoting LGBTQ pride in the Charlotte, N.C. area.

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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.

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.

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.