charlotteblackgayprideThe Queen City’s annual celebration of the LGBT African-American community returns in July with the group’s traditional community expo and town hall, as well as other exciting events. Check out a list of events below and mark your calendars.

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July 17
Town Hall
LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, 2508 N. Davidson St., Charlotte
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the town hall running from 7-9 p.m. Black Pride’s annual town hall offers the community an opportunity to discuss important and critical issues facing the community today. This year’s town hall discussion is “The -isms,” addressing racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, genderism and more. A mix and mingle will follow from 9-10 p.m. Open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

July 18
Meet and Greet
Charlotte Crowne Plaza, 5700 Westpark Dr., Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the Center for Black Equity, come get to know Charlotte Black Gay Pride organizers and other community leaders and members.

July 19
Pride Expo
Charlotte Crowne Plaza, 5700 Westpark Dr., Charlotte, Noon-6 p.m.
Charlotte Black Gay Pride’s annual community expo, with vendors, entertainment including the annual drag show, workshops, door prizes and a kids zone.

July 20
Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch
Celebs Restaurant, 445 W. Trade St., Charlotte, 1-4 p.m.
A Mardi Gras-inspired jazz brunch to close out the weekend of activities and fun.

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.