Campus Pride will hold its Homecoming Awards Banquet on July 23.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Campus Pride’s Homecoming and Awards Banquet will be held on July 23, 7 p.m., at Johnson & Wales University Wildcat Center, 235 S. Cedar St.

The event will celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Campus Pride and the 10-year anniversary of Camp Pride, the nation’s LGBT leadership academy for undergraduate students.

Jacika Nicole. Photo Credit: David Muller
Jacika Nicole. Photo Credit: David Muller

Jasika Nicole, “Scandal” and “Fringe” actor and artist, and Miss Lawrence, fashion icon, celebrity stylist and actor from the Golden Globe nominated TV series, “Empire,” “Fashion Queens” and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” will be the featured speakers at the celebration. During the event, Campus Pride will recognize them for their significant contributions to the LGBT community through media with this year’s Campus Pride Voice and Action National Leadership Awards.

Miss Lawrence
Miss Lawrence

Lifelong LGBT activist and Southern pioneer, Mandy Carter, will also be recognized for her outstanding service to social justice along with other special awards that night.

“Everyone is welcome to this Homecoming celebration as we celebrate Campus Pride’s milestone with past, present and future LGBTQ leaders,” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride. “This summer we honor the voices who have advocated for our community and recognize the dedication of those who continue this fight. It’s going to be a very special, memorable night.”

Campus Pride Homecoming and Awards Banquet will be recognizing LGBT youth, alumni and advocates by awarding Voice and Action National Leadership Awards. These annual awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of LGBT and ally leaders and those who support LGBT issues at colleges and universities across the U.S.

Campus Pride will also recognize a number of outstanding student alumni of Camp Pride at this gala, occurring during the weekend of the 10th Annual Camp Pride LGBTQ Leadership Academy, who have provided service and advocacy beyond the mission of Campus Pride, through the Champion of Campus Pride Award. To nominate students or Camp Pride alumni, visit the organization’s website.

Tickets are available online. Seats are limited, so early purchase is encouraged. Cost is $42.50/camp alumni/current students and $85/general admission. Table sponsorships can be purchased as well at $650 for a table of 10. Attendees of the 10th Annual Camp Pride Summer Leadership Academy will be in attendance that evening as well. Seats are limited and tickets may be purchased at


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