Edwin Gil with his ‘Paint Your Piece of Pride’ art piece.

Pride art piece revealed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Nov. 11, artist Edwin Gil’s “Paint Your Piece of Pride” was unveiled at Charlotte Pride’s annual sponsor appreciation event held at the Levine Museum of the New South.

The work consists of six canvas panels, each bearing one color of the rainbow and depicting one of six iconic buildings in the Charlotte, N.C., skyline, the organization shared.

A project funded by the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, it was painted by thousands of individuals who attended the 2015 Charlotte Pride Festival from Aug. 15-16. The “individual additions and creations on the canvas make the pieces genuinely unique and captivating,” Charlotte Pride added.

The piece will be on display at the Pride offices where it will join a 2014 large-scaled, glass-tiled mural entitled “Face of Pride,” previously done by Gil.

info: charlottepride.org.


Fun-draiser slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A fundraiser for Time Out Youth Center, 2320 N. Davidson St., will be held on Dec. 6, 1-8 p.m., at Hattie’s Tap and Tavern, 2918 The Plaza.

The second annual event is filled with camaraderie and the Carolina Panthers’ game watch against the New Orleans Saints. Enjoy drink specials and cheer on the “home boys.” After the game, stay to listen to music by bands.

Attendees are asked to bring a contribution in lieu of a door charge.

info: timeoutyouth.org.

Tree memorial honors DV victims

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m., the community is invited to participate in the Domestic Violence Memorial Tree ceremony at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Headquarters, Main Lobby, 601 E. Trade St.

Hosted by the county’s Community Support Services in partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council, this is the 11th annual observance.

Those who have lost loved ones and friends to domestic violence can honor them with pictures, poems, news articles, flowers, etc., placing these items near the tree for all to appreciate, organizers said. Attendance is free and open to the public.

The tree will be on display until Jan. 2, 2016.

As of Nov. 24, there are 45 statewide victims. They will be remembered during the event by placement of 45 ribbons on the tree by attendees. Closing ceremony will include lighting of the tree.

Since 2002, there have been 101 DV-related homicides in the county. For information or support, call 704-336-3210 or contact the Safe Alliance DV Shelter 24-hour hotline at 704-332-2513.

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released its 2014 “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2014” report this fall that said:

  • For a fourth year in a row cisgender men killed by their male partners were most impacted by intimate partner violence (IPV) homicide.
  • LGBT and HIV-affected communities of color, bisexual survivors, transgender communities and cisgender male survivors were uniquely and disproportionately impacted by IPV.
  • LGBT and HIV-affected survivors on public assistance were more likely to face physical violence and injury as a result of IPV.
  • A higher percentage of LGBT and HIV-affected survivors of IPV attempted to access the police, courts and domestic violence shelters for support compared to previous years.

info: char-meck.gov. safealliance.org. projectrainbownet.org. nccadv.org. avp.org. rainbow.mrgdesign.com.

ASO collects for kids

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Different Roads Home (DRH), 2320 N. Davidson St., is helping to make the holiday season brighter for area children who have been been affected and effected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases.

The organization has launched its Holiday Bear Program, with a portion of the proceeds going to help fund DRH’s support services.

Bears are $20/1, $50/3 and $100/7. After order placement, the gifts will be delivered to those in need. Contributors have the option to have DRH send the bear to a specific address or to one of their clients. Those shipped outside the Charlotte, N.C. area garner an additional $5/bear shipping and handling fee.

Email DRH at tshellito@differentroadshome.org to obtain a form.

info: differentroadshome.org.

Have news or other information? Send your press releases and updates for inclusion in our News Notes: editor@goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com.

Share your news with us
Does your organization or special interest group have events or great information to share with our readers? If so, be sure to send in your information to specialassignments@goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com. In the upcoming months, we’ll feature one of you in our news notes section in each issue. Are you a part of a Meetup, Yahoo or Google group and do you do something that’s really newsworthy? Do you provide a service for the community or hold fundraisers for worthy causes? Do you educate the public about LGBT issues or concerns? Of course, this is only a sampling of things we are interested in. It’s the aim of these pieces to inform, enlighten and educate our readers about what we’re doing here in the Carolinas to champion LGBT rights, as well as offer resources for those who may be interested in what your group is doing.

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.