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Charlotte’s Cheslie Kryst Named Law Firm’s First Diversity Advisor

Carolinas News Notes

The Current “Extra” television correspondent and Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst has been announced as North Carolina-based law firm Poyner Spruill’s first diversity advisor. The law firm traces its roots back the 1800s.

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Chamber Hires First CEO, Unveils Future Plan Path

Chad Turner Assumes Helm of Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce

At the 2020 Annual Meeting the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 15, it was announced that after serving three terms as president, Chad Turner was unanimously selected as the chamber’s first staff member in the role of chief executive officer.

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‘The Big Tow: An Unlikely Romance’

Out in Print

Two wheels hooked. That was your vehicle: two wheels on the ground, the other two in the air, safely attached to a bar hooked on both ends to a big truck. Oh, how you hate shredded tires, check-engine lights, busted radiators, dead batteries, and the guy with the rig, but in the new book “The Big Tow” by Ann McMan, a wired starter isn’t the only thing that’s hot.

QNotes Receives $130,000 in Funding from Google GNI Innovation Challenge

Thirty-Four-Year-Old Pub to Launch Online Platform

In 2021, qnotes will launch qnotescarolinas.org as a new online platform to engage and involve the community in sharing those stories throughout the Carolinas. It will start with a news platform that is fed by current freelance reporters and the part-time staff of qnotes.

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RAIN Names New Leader

Carolinas News Notes

Chelsea Gulden, a longtime HIV advocate and service provider, will become president and CEO of RAIN, following the retirement of the organization’s founder, president and CEO Debbie Warren in January 2021.

Governor Signs ‘Parents’ Day’ Proclamation

Carolinas News Notes

During the first week of December, Gov. Roy Cooper signed a proclamation declaring Dec. 6 as Gender Expansive Parents’ Day. Rep. Vernetta Alston’s office requested the proclamation to celebrate and acknowledge families in North Carolina with gender expansive parents.

HRC, EFI Release 2020 Municipal Equality Index

Beyond the Carolinas

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Equality Federation Institute have recently released their Municipal Equality Index that touts a record-setting national average for localities who continue to lead the way on equality, “even in times of national crisis and absent state and federal leadership,” the organizations said.