Bar crawl registration begins

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Amazing Race Bar Crawl, presented by the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN), will be held on April 19, 12 p.m., beginning at the race headquarters, Brixx, 225 E. 6th St.

The event features teams of up to five people who race to a series of bars in Uptown Charlotte until completion. The proceeds benefit AIDS Walk Charlotte.

amazingrace_logoRAIN says that at each destination teams will purchase five drinks and complete a challenge. Each challenge will offer teams various rewards and penalties including possible additions or deductions to the team’s time. Challenges also determine whether the team is given an easy or difficult clue to the next destination.

No team can exceed five members. Those who do will be disqualified.

At the end of the event, awards will be presented to the team with fastest actual time, fastest game time, best team costume and theme and best team T-shirt.

Registration dates and costs per team are:

Early bird, Jan. 1-Jan. 19, $100; early, Jan. 20-Feb. 19, $125; regular, Feb. 20-April 13, $150; and late, April 14-19, $175.


— Lainey Millen

Chorus slates rehearsals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Voice Chorus will begin their rehearsals on Jan. 7, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Rd.

Their concert season begins on April 11-12, 7:30 p.m., at Heaton Hall, Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd., with “Home.” They will be shedding light on critical issues within the LGBT community, including homelessness among LGBT youth. They will be partnering with Time Out Youth Center and Urban Ministry Center. The Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund awarded the chorus with a grant that is enabling them to create and share youth stories in a video and musical documentary. It will premiere at the concert. The concert will also celebrate the families that LGBT people of all ages create for themselves.


— Lainey Millen

New domestic violence group begins

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A new monthly support group, “No More Tears,” will address domestic violence within the LGBT community, with monthly meetings hosted by The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, 2508 N. Davidson St.. starting on Jan. 7, 7 p.m.

During the evening, one-on-one and group meetings will take place.

Pepsi Dixon serves as group contact and can be reached at 704-345-5398.


— Lainey Millen

‘Dragging with the Stars’ to raise funds for local groups

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In January and February, five men from Queen City organizations will play dress-up, as it were, to raise funds for their groups. The drag amateurs will compete in “Dragging with the Stars,” presented by The Scorpio and Charlotte Pocket Rocket.

draggingwithstars_logoHumorously inspired by the popular “Dancing with the Stars,” the five men — who have never performed in drag before — will be teamed up with five longtime drag performers. Each will participate in five nightly competitions, with tips going to their respective organizations and the ultimate winner getting a $1,000 donation to his charity.

Performances and competitions will be held at The Scorpio on Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12.

The five contestants and their drag mentors, as well as their organizations are: Alex Aguilar and Cierra Nichole (Charlotte Royals Rugby Football Club), Gary Carpenter and Felicia Monet (Charlotte Pride), Brad Joseph Claxton and Buff Faye (Campus Pride), Tyler Singleton (also known as Tyler Daniels-Clyne) and Jessica Raynes (Don’t H8 Club) and Eric McCrickard and Angela Lopez (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation). : :


— Matt Comer

Guild officers elected

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Business Guild, Charlotte’s LGBT chamber of commerce, announced its 2014 officers and board of directors, which were nominated and elected at the Dec. 11, 2013 annual meeting.

Chad Sevearance, a senior professional in human resources and owner of The HRXpert, LLC, was elected president. He will serve during 2014 along with Natasha Tutt, vice president, Financial Center Manager, Fifth Third Bank; Charles Oldham, treasurer, attorney, Oldham Law Firm; and Freddie Ann Hutchens, secretary, CEO, Hutchens, Moore & Associates.

Members also nominated and ratified the election of three new directors for 2014 to serve two-year terms: Milton Howard, owner, The Nickel Bar; Sarah Demarest, attorney, LGBTQ Law Center; and Frank Kalian, owner, Sir Speedy (Kalian Printers, Inc.).

Board members continuing their current terms with one year remaining are: Barry Brodsky, retired; Jai Taylor, project manager/IT; Ann Gonzalez, founder/owner, Create-ster; and Starr Gordon, owner, Sophisticated Lyfe Entertainment.

Teresa L. Davis, former president and an attorney with the U.S. government will serve in an ex-officio capacity.

Starting Jan. 15, 2014, full bios can be found at online.

All board meetings are open to the membership at large.

info: 704-877-4135.

— Lainey Millen and releases

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