Myers Park Baptist Church welcomes Jake Goodman for a workshop in November.

Church fellowship shares fall programs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd., has announced its fall fellowship opportunities through their LGBT outreach ministry.

The church is hosting an outreach workshop, “Youth/HIV/Homeless: Care & Justice” on Nov. 15, 10 a.m., in Heaton Hall. It will be facilitated by Jake Goodman, a Jewish educator, performer and community organizer.

Join the LGBT Fellowship and Ministry of Outreach, advocacy leaders from Time Out Youth and RAIN, and local church leaders to discuss what it means to be an “affirming” congregation today. Kids are coming out at younger and younger ages, the fight against AIDS has shifted and homeless LGBT youth are more visible than ever. Discussion will focus on what responsibility faith institutions have and where do they stand on these social issues.

On Nov. 16, 9:45 a.m., in Heaton Hall, an adult form will be presented on “What It Means to Actively Create a More Welcoming Faith Community” led by Goodman.

After services on Nov. 16, 12:15 p.m., enjoy an LGBT meet and greet in the Parlor. Coffee and sweets are provided.


Fashion fete benefits orgs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — BRIEF! A Fete of Fashion will be held on Nov. 1, 7 p.m., at Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St.

Twenty-four male models will strut the runway decked out in trendy underwear, sports and loungewear.

Proceeds will benefit Time Out Youth Center and the Human Rights Campaign.

Tickets range from $35 to $125, with choices of standing room, seated or VIP seating locations, and are available online.

VIP ticket holders receive a table for four on the runway, two bottles of champagne and light hors d’oeuvres.


Attorney presents legal options

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Connie J. Vetter, Attorney at Law, will present “A Legal Talk on Same-Sex Marriage in North Carolina” on Nov. 5, 6 p.m., at The VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza.

During the discussion, attendees will be able to hear the latest on same-sex marriage, adoption, recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages and more.

The program is free and open to the public.

Use the contact form online to suggest other topics of interest prior to the presentation.

For specific legal questions, call 704-333-4000.


Latino films screenings approach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The CineMás Latino Film Series, Orgullo (pride), organized by La Coalición, Latin American Coalition, will be held on Nov. 5, 7 p.m., at Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Rd. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Four LGBT short films will be shown that include: “Alex y Fabio Ya No Estan” (an exploration of a couple’s relationship); “Bajo el último techo” (the befriending of a trans neighbor); “Carreteras” (lesbian-themed); and “You’re dead to me” (dealing with grief and family loss).

The screening is presented by the Mint Museum, Arts & Science Council, North Carollina Arts Council and McDonald’s.

Tickets are $5 are available at the door.


Guild gala upcoming

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Business Guild will hold its Gala, A Giving & Awards Ceremony, on Nov. 8 at 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., with the gala and awards ceremony following at 7:30 p.m.

Hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a cash bar will be included in attendee’s ticket cost.

A keynote speaker and live entertainment, which was not available at press time, will be a highlight of the evening’s festivities.

Tickets range from $35/student to $655/non-member full table. See the website for full pricing options.

In other news, the guild will host a Connect Networking event on Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m., at Dilworth Grille, 911 E. Morehead St.

Enjoy a cash bar and complimentary hors d’ouevres.

RSVP via Facebook at


Set up the pins, bowlers!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Human Rights Campaign is sponsoring its annual Bowling for Equality will be held on Nov. 8, 2 p.m., at 10 Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Dr. NoDa Brewing Company is the presenting sponsor.

Participants will be able to enjoy three hours of bowling, live music, free prizes and a membership to HRC. Shoes are included.

Tickets are: $15/youth under 12, $35/single, $25/student 12-21 with valid ID, $100/lane sponsor and $150/lane captain for up to five people. They are available online


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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.