Forum slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A community forum on marriage, social justice and intersectional organizing will be held on Dec. 17, 7 p.m., at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.

Focus for the discussion will be “Beyond Marriage Equality: Social Justice, Intersectionality & Southern Organizing for LGBTQ Communities.”

Dialogue will be part of the evening’s program as community members and local panelists participate in a social justice interchange.

Discussion will center around the value of creating an intersectional framework for collective organizing that strengthens Charlotte and the region. Panelists will share their own experiences, as well as complex struggles of LGBT work on the back end of marriage equality.

Racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, class, age, ability, social action and other identities consideration is taken into account when developing new strategy formation that leads toward full inclusion, equity and safety.

The event is free. It is sponsored by Campus Pride and the Freedom Center for Social Justice.


Fellowship noms open

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Human Rights Campaign North Carolina has announced that it is accepting fellowship nominations for its 2015 gala to be held on Feb. 21 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

For those LGBT and straight allies who would like to attend the gala, but have limited income, fellowships enable one to attend who otherwise could not do so without financial assistance.

Seekers must complete an application and commitment to the HRC mission to build an America where LGBT families and individuals can be open, honest and safe at work, at home and in the community. Individuals must be a current resident of North Carolina with a willingness to volunteer for local HRC organizing and further outreach efforts. Additionally, applicants should show demonstration of one’s limited income status.

Fellowships will be granted on an ongoing basis until the designated allotment has been filled or until February 2015, whichever is sooner. Applications can be downloaded online.

The gala is also looking for silent auction items. The auction provides additional fundraising dollars for the gala. Donations of goods and services can range from furnishings, art, gift cards, professional services and more. For those items that are valued greater than $500, contributors are eligible for ad space in the program book at no additional cost. Email Chad Barringer and Glen Powell at or go online to donate.


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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.