Amendment One and the law presentation slated

CHARLOTTE,N.C. — On Aug. 1, Connie Vetter, an attorney and member of the North Carolina State Bar and Mecklenburg County Bar, will present “Amendment One, DOMA, and Gay Law 101: Everything you should and need to know” at the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, 2508 N. Davidson, at 6:30 p.m.

Vetter will share what impact Amendment One has had and how the state’s law affects LGBT individuals and couples, in addition to ways to protect oneself. Also, with the June 26 repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, a discussion will ensue to go over the significance of the Supreme Court decision both on the national and state levels.

With a focus primarily on the needs of LGBT individuals, as well as couples, Vetter is an experienced mediator. She previously has served on the boards of the Center, NC GALA Institute for Equal Rights, North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Attorneys, Mecklenburg Gay & Lesbian Political Action Committee, Equality NC, Time Out Youth and OutCharlotte. In 2004 she was appointed to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee by the Charlotte City Council.

Vetter has received numerous awards and honors throughout her career. Her passion for educating people on legal issues continues as she shares her expertise with the community and beyond.


Pride Band forms marching contingent

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Pride Band has announced it is forming their new Charlotte Pride Marching Band. The news comes just in time for this year’s Charlotte Pride, which will include the first local Pride parade in Charlotte since NC Pride visited in 1994.

“Charlotte Pride is commemorating the first Pride parade in 19 years with a marching band,” the group said. “Not just any ol’ band, though — one that’s composed primarily of LGBT musicians of all ability levels who want to have a fun, visible (and audible) celebration of Pride.”

The band is looking for brass, percussion and woodwind players. They are also seeking volunteers for their flag corps. The band is working with Charlotte Pride to form a color guard who will present national, state, local and community flags at the beginning of the parade on Sunday, Aug. 25 and at an opening ceremony for the festival on Saturday, Aug. 24.

For more information about joining the marching band, please contact David Wallace at If you are an active-duty service member, veteran or current or former Boy Scout member, leader or parent and are interested in joining the color guard, visit to learn how you can participate.

TOY scholarship winner revealed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth has announced that the Neil and Tim Griffin Scholarship recipient is Veronica Rivas. Rivas has been a participant at the youth-focused organization.

She will receive $2,500 in grants to be applied toward her college education. She will be attending Western Carolina University in Asheville with plans to study biology and English.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.