Guild and ENC host gathering

CHARLOTTE — Equality NC (ENC) will be hosting a free gathering in partnership with the Charlotte Business Guild on Jan. 29, 6-8 p.m., at Blue Restaurant and Bar, Hearst Tower, corner of 5th and College Sts.

Grab a drink and enjoy free appetizers and great conversation. ENC’s statewide board and staff will be in town and are eager to connect with its supporters.

To attend, visit, however, walk-ins are welcome too.

Local Pride slated

SALISBURY — PFLAG NC State Coordinator Mike Clawson, founder of the Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG chapter, has announced the Salisbury-Rowan Human Relations Council (SRHRC) has voted to support and endorse a Salisbury-Rowan PRIDE event for 2010.

“I’m proud and excited that the SRHRC has stepped up and followed through in it’s mission statement”, said Clawson. “We produce several events each year to honor the African-American, Hispanic and faith communities, and for the Council to acknowledge that we can celebrate Salisbury-Rowan’s GLBT community as well is a huge step.”

The event will feature entertainment, speakers, food, and organizational and informational booths, all in beautiful, historic downtown Salisbury. A date has yet to be set. Clawson hopes a lot of the vendors and groups that participate in Charlotte PRIDE will come forward to be a part of Rowan’s first PRIDE event. Vendors, organizations and/or employers are encouraged to call 704-213-0181 to get details.


CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Afro American Professional Lesbian Meetup Group will be getting together for PALs Sunday Brunch, Part 2, on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at 131 Main Restaurant, 1315 East Blvd.

For more information, visit Lesbian-Meetup-Group/calendar.

All for the cause

CHARLOTTE — Join Buff Faye on numerous occasions to help support local charities. It’s food, fun and drag for the whole family.

On Feb. 12, head Uptown to Hartigan’s Pub & Restaurant, 601 S. Cedar for Eat Your Heart Out, a special dining experience from 7-10 p.m., with proceeds benefiting Regional AIDS Interfaith Network and House of Mercy. Didn’t get enough for one day, then bounce on back on for a Sunday Drag Brunch on Feb. 14 from 12-3 p.m.

A fundraiser for Campus Pride and Time Out Youth will take place on Feb. 25 at Myers Park Baptist Church at 6 p.m. featuring Mitchell Gold, author of “Crisis.” Afterward, bop on over to Petra’s Piano Bar at 8 p.m. to cap off the evening. There’s no cover, but donations are welcome. Call 704-344-9335 for more details.

Don’t want to get pinched? Then deck out in green and head back over to Hartigan’s on Mar. 14 from 12-3 p.m. for Get Lucky!? — Luck O’ the Buff Faye. Proceeds will benefit Campus Pride.

Hold on to a few bucks for after Tax Day. On Apr. 18, it’s hee-haw time for Rise & Shine —Country Barnyard Buff Faye from 12-3 p.m. at Hartigan’s. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

For more information, visit

Strike up the music

CHARLOTTE — It’s official. The Queen City now has the beginnings of an LGBT band.

As a result of the outcome of the Jan. 14 organizational meeting, it seems that there are about 20 people who are ready to jump on board to help get this thing up and running.

Consensus has established Thursday evenings as rehearsal night, with the first one to be on Feb. 11, 7-9:30 p.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St.

Auditions were held on Jan. 21 and Feb. 4 or by appointment.

The band is looking for a music director.

To schedule an audition, to express interest in leading the band or to get more information on the band, email Don Niehus at

[Ed. Note: This story’s information has been updated from the print edition.]

This article was published in the Jan. 23 — Feb. 5 print edition.

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.