CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Organizers of Charlotte Pride have announced this year’s recipients of their Champions of Pride Awards, including a local LGBTQ archivist, Charlotte City Council member and a high school student from Union County.

The awards are meant to honor individuals who, according to the organization, “empower and unite LGBTQ and allied people through their leadership, service and support.”

Charlotte Pride added in a press release Monday: “Champions understand the importance of celebrating our past, present and future while advancing LGBTQ rights and visibility.”

Award winners this year include, according to the release:
• Harvey Milk Award — Joshua Buford — Given for his significant contributions to community conversations, priorities, leadership, culture and history, and in recognition of his work with the new LGBTQ Community Archive of Charlotte.
• Outstanding Ally Award — The Hon. John Autry, Charlotte City Council, District 5 — Given in recognition of his steadfast support of fully inclusive LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinances considered by Charlotte City Council in March 2015.
• Young Catalyst Award — Gabby Hubert — Given in recognition of her outstanding work on LGBTQ education and awareness as a rising junior at Parkwood High School in Monroe, N.C.

Burford, Autry and Hubert will participate in this year’s parade on Aug. 16, after which they’ll be presented their awards on the event’s stage.

Learn more about the award winners and read detailed biographies at

Charlotte Pride’s festival and parade are scheduled for Aug. 15-16. Be sure to stay tuned for qnotes‘ special Charlotte Pride preview coverage in our July 31-Aug. 14 print edition!

— Compiled from release. This writer is a longtime volunteer with Charlotte Pride.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.