Mayfield elected to national office

LaWana Mayfield Photo Credit: City of Charlotte - Corporate Communications & Marketing
LaWana Mayfield
Photo Credit: City of Charlotte – Corporate Communications & Marketing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, the city’s first openly LGBT elected official, was elected to an officer position with the National League of Cities’ Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO).

Mayfield was elected to first vice president at the League’s Congress and Exposition on Nov. 15. Other new officers are: Mayor Keith McGlashan, Shoreline, Wash., president; Commissioner Andy Amoroso, Lake Worth, Fla., second vice president; plus at-large members Tom Green, commissioner, Wilton Manors, Fla.; Karen Kellen, councilmember, Lakewood, Col.; Philip Kingston, councilmember, Dallas, Texas; Adam Medrano, councilmember, Dallas, Texas.

Established in 1993, the GLBTLO constituency group is a voluntary association of local elected and appointed officials formed within the National League of Cities to encourage the active involvement and full participation of LGBT municipal officials and their supporters in the organization and its programs.


Benefit slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A jazz and neo-soul Christmas benefit concert for The Bakers 6 will be held on Dec. 15, 6 p.m., at the LGBT Community Center, 2508 N. Davidson St.

The event is being held to raise funds for the children of Antoinette Baker who was stabbed on Dec. 4, 2011, outside Hartigan’s Irish Pub, 601 S. Cedar St. There had been an altercation between Baker and Katie Nicole Robinson inside the bar and it continued outside. Baker was unresponsive as the scene and was pronounced dead after being transported to Carolinas Medical Center.

Promoter HollyJ Events has lined up Indigo Blu to headline, with The Bakers Six, Tanya Ross and Anwan Edge performing, as well. Host will be Monica Rae Simpson. The evening will feature jazz and soul music, along with unity and family for Christmas.

Music will also be provided by DJ Terry coupled with fun activities for everyone.

Complimentary food and drinks will be provided.

Tickets are $20/advance and $25/door and are on sale now. Children under 16-years-old are admitted free.

info: 704-831-0044.

Pride seeks volunteers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Organizers of Charlotte Pride are on the hunt for volunteer leaders and committee members for its Aug. 23-24, 2014 festival.

They held an initial recruitment and informational meeting on Nov. 6 at Caldwell Presbyterian Church.

Currently, they are seeking chairs and vice chairs to serve on the parade, development, media/marketing/technology, community development, entertainment and operations committees.

A list of full committee descriptions are available online at

Resumes from interested parties should be sent to

Announcements on other Charlotte Pride activities and board meetings will be available at a later date. The community is encouraged to attend the open board meetings to share ideas or to become involved in the production of the event.


DRH featured on Share Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Different Roads Home was recently selected as the Non-Profit of the Week through the Share Charlotte organization.

CEO and Founder Dale Pierce was featured in a video about his non-profit. It can be seen online at

Different Roads Home serves the community with educational and support services for those who are living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

Share Charlotte is a resource for finding non-profits in Mecklenburg County. It is headed up by Kelly Brooks and Kimberly Paulk.


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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.