Chris Hood loves living and working in Charlotte. “I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon,” he declares. We believe him — the guy puts down roots. Hood grew up in Rock Hill, where he was “very active in sports and the community.” He left the city to attend Clemson University and after graduating in 2010, he went back home, got a job with a financial firm and came out.
T. Randall Jones (Tia) is a writer, activist, occasional poet and accidental songwriter. She tells 20Qs, “I write to uplift, inspire and celebrate LGBT people of faith and to affect positive change by telling their stories.”
Two years ago Jacob Whipple moved to the Queen City from Salt Lake City. The home automation manufacturer he works for needed a corporate trainer in Charlotte and Jacob grew up in the area and has family here.
Wesley Thompson dreamed of growing up and practicing medicine. That is, when he wasn’t dreaming of growing up and becoming Darrin Stephens and marrying a martini-making enchantress. “Once I realized I couldn’t have a witch for a wife,” he says, “guys were my next option!”
First in his NYC home, then in Denver for four years and now in the Queen City for nearly a decade, Vito Abate has distinguished himself in the realm of theater.
Beverly Mitzel’s life is devoted to caregiving and service. It’s what she does both on the job, as a CARE manager at the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, and at home, raising — along with her partner Sonja Austin — four adopted, special needs children, all under the age of 14.
Becoming a drag star wasn’t enough for David Sewell, so he became a drag starla instead. Starla DaVinci, that is. The 26-year-old Aquarius is a native Charlottean and popular member of the city’s vibrant drag scene.
James Alexander Langteaux is an international reporter/producer/host who recently came out publicly with his new book, “Gay Conversations with God: Straight Talk on Fanatics, Fags and the God Who Loves Us All.”
Since I started this column, a few regular readers (hush your mouth, they exist!) have asked me when I plan to feature myself. I’m really not one to demand attentio…Hey! Sit down, sister!
Photographer Jef Madden is establishing himself as the go-to guy for shooting community events like the AIDSWalk and Pride Charlotte and for documenting LGBT-themed projects like The Human Canvas, Project Colors and the mural that’s currently being painted on the White Rabbit store.