Bianca Del Rio will hit the Queen City in July.

Queen City welcomes drag star

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bianco Del Rio will hit the stage on July 3, 8 p.m., at McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.

The season six winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will share her “Rolodex of Hate” comedy special during her performance. Her show has sold out globally. She was a headliner at the Charlotte Pride 2014 festival.

Tickets are $35 and $50, as well as a limited number of VIP meet and greet tickets for $75. They are available online at

Charlotte Pride and qnotes, in association with Murray & Peter, serve as sponsors.


Pride accepting apps

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride is currently accepting applications for vendor and parade entries for its Aug. 15-16 celebration.

Additionally, orders are being taken for individuals and companies who wish to advertise in the Pride Guide. Close out on sales ends on June 15.

Upcoming fundraising and community events include Canine Couture on June 6, 2 p.m., at Triple C Brewing Company, 2900 Griffith St., and the Community Family Picnic on June 7 at Park Road Park, Shelter 1, 6220 Park Rd.

The dog show benefits Charlotte Pride and the Humane Society of Charlotte. Fashions are provided by Silverfly. Tickets are $5/general admission and $20/VIP seating.

The picnic includes games, kickball, Twister, face painting, as well as Equality Cupcakes. Hamburgers, hot dogs, the fixings, chips, dessert and more are supplied. It is being presented by Bank of America, Charlotte Black Gay Pride, Charlotte Pride, Human Rights Campaign and PFLAG Charlotte.

The organization is also accepting nominations for its annual Champions of Pride Awards. Award categories include the Harvey Milk Award (leadership), Outstanding Ally Award (straight allies), Young Catalyst Award (under 30) and the Legacy Award (lifetime achievement). Nominations can be made online by June 12 at


ASO extends services

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Different Roads Home, 15905 Brookway Dr., Suite 4203, will begin offering in August care services for caregivers of individuals who are living with cancer.

A Cancer Caregiver Support Group will initiate the new venture. Once that is underway, Different Roads Home will open an on-site food bank for cancer caregivers, as well as those living with HIV and other chronic illnesses.

In order to provide a viable service, contributions are being accepted online in any amount.

In other news, the organization will host “A Sordid Affair” watch party on Aug. 14 with director and producer Del Shores. Enjoy dinner and drinks in a private setting. Ticket purchases also entitle the holder to entry and VIP privileges to “The Sordid Affair” event with Shores, Leslie Jordan and Caroline Rhea on Sept. 26. Cost is $232.09.


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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.