Parents group welcomes author

CONCORD, N.C. — PFLAG Concord/Kannapolis will host Statesville, N.C., author Robert Belding-Miller at its meeting on April 14, 7 p.m., at Central United Methodist Church, 30 Union St. N.

He will speak on community from the LGBT perspective. Included will be the definition of community (fetishes, sexuality, identity, etc., as well as common ground), sexuality as it applies to being gay or lesbian, bi-sexual myths and reality, understanding what it means to be transgender, identity as an asexual person and more.

In late 2014, Belding-Miller published his non-fiction book, “Unique,” under the pen name Nameless Brother.

He shares some of his life’s adventures, while finding himself and gaining self acceptance. He also goes into detail about gay issues, being homeless and survival.

The book in paperback format and ebook is available online through Amazon and other retailers.


Church hosts gathering

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LGBT Fellowship will hold a meet and greet on March 29 following worship services at Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall, 1900 Queens Rd.

This quick and casual gathering is for church members and guests.

Coffee and sweet treats will be served.


Benefit slated for boaters

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Buff Faye will host a drag brunch to benefit One World Dragon Boat on April 12, 12 p.m., at The Bar @ 316, 316 Rensselear Ave.

All tips received by Buff Faye will be contributed to One World. Additionally, Drag in a Bag will also provide another opportunity to raise funds for the boaters. Two couples will be selected from the audience for participation. They will be attired in drag and work the room collecting tips along the way. All monies will then go to One World.


Film fest shares lineup

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 7th Annual GayCharlotte Film Festival will be held from April 23-26 at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd.

Kicking off the event is a screening of “To Be Takei” on April 23 at 7 p.m.

Other films with dates and times are: April 24, “Tiger Orange,” 7 p.m., and “My Straight Son,” 9 p.m.; April 25, “The Circle,” 4 p.m., “Tru Love,” 7 p.m., and “Out in the Night,” 9 p.m.; and April 26, “The Dog,” 2 p.m., “Boy Meets Girl,” 4 p.m., and “Eat With Me,” 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10/at the door, $8/online and $5/Charlotte Film Society members, students and seniors.


Date set for prom

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth Center, 2320 N. Davidson St., will hold its ’90s inspired prom, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” on April 24, at the Van Landingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza.

Attendees will be able to dance, hear music and more. The event is drug and alcohol free.

Tickets are $5/advance, $10/at the door.

Call 704-344-8335 for more details.


PFLAG group to host social

CONCORD, N.C. — PFLAG Concord/Kannapolis and Carm’s Café will host a PFLAG Connections Social and fundraiser on April 25, 6 p.m., at Carm’s Café, 42 Union St S.

Learn more about local support for the LGBT community and enjoy appetizers, drinks, music and a silent auction.

Contributions and silent auction items are being sought. Email Joan Gale, president, at for more information.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from PFLAG members before the event or via email at

Card benefits youth

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Campus Pride has announced a special offer to sign up for an equality Visa card from now until April 30 as part of its Headstart campaign.

A contribution of $25 will go to LGBT youth for every new cardholder. And, one percent of every purchase goes to lifetime LGBT youth support.

The sign up code is 2012.

This initiative is part of Campus Pride’s fundraising effort for GiveOUT Day On May 21. It hopes to subscribe 200 or more during the project.

As part of the outreach for the ‘Headstart’ campaign, Campus Pride will also be providing money management tools and resources to help cardholders learn how to best utilize credit cards, organizers shared.

Additionally, the initiative provides for a giving platform to individuals from within the LGBT community, as well as straight allies and businesses, through which they can support LGBT non-profit organizations of their choosing.


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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.