NASCAR and CLGBTCC celebrate LGBT+ Day at Charlotte Motor Speedway

This coming Saturday, October 8, coinciding with NASCAR’s Race for the Cure presentation (an event designed to heighten awareness of breast cancer) the Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce and NASCAR will come together to present LGBT+ Day at NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway. Members of the LGBTQ community are urged to attend for the combined elements of…

More Republicans than Democrats likely died of COVID

It’s already known that hundreds of thousands of Americans would still be alive if every eligible person had gotten vaccinated against COVID-19. Now new research strongly suggests that many more of those “excess deaths” in Ohio and Florida were among people with Republican voter registrations. It’s perhaps unsurprising that Republicans were more reluctant to get…

Foundation for The Carolinas announces Beyond Open Small Business Grant Program

The Foundation For The Carolinas announced September 28 that diverse small business owners can apply through October 28 for the organization’s first round of grants, ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 in its Beyond Open program.  Established with a $20 million grant from Wells Fargo, Beyond Open will make grants to diverse-owned small businesses and organizations offering expertise…

LGBTQ affirming NC church unconcerned about SBC snub

College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina was the center of some controversy the last week of August when the Southern Baptist Convention voted to remove it from its rolls because it is an LGBTQ affirming church. In a statement from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, the release read they were removed because…

‘Famously Hot’ SC Pride is an event not to be missed

If you’re anywhere within relatively close proximity to Columbia, South Carolina, mark your calendars for October 14-15 and make sure to be there for the city’s annual Pride parade festival. Well the state as a whole tends to lean a bit too far into the red zone for most queer taste (not unlike its neighbors),…

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