An exploratory meeting on bringing a SAGE chapter to Charlotte, N.C. is planned for Oct. 23.

SAGE chapter explored

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Community Conversation for LGBT Older Adults will be held on Oct. 23, 7 p.m., at Time Out Youth Center, Tonda Taylor Community Room, 3800 Monroe Rd.

This meeting will serve to explore resource needs for senior LGBTQ community members. Shelle Hamill, Ph.D., will facilitate the first conversation.

One particular question being brought to the forefront is the need or want for a SAGE chapter in Charlotte.

“There are many resources available in our community for older adults,” said Dan Kirsch, organizer of the Community Conversation, “but there is rarely a focus on LGBT people.” Kirsch has spent the past year fundraising for the local LGBTQ youth organization. “While older adults were happy to contribute to youth programs, they also asked what programs and services were available for LGBT elders.”

The event is free.

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Primary runoff in motion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A runoff between Matt Newton and Darrell Bonapart will be held on Oct. 10 due to neither getting 40 percent of the votes needed to win the Democratic District 5 race in the September primary.

Newton is endorsed by MeckPAC, Equality North Carolina and the Human Rights Campaign.

Bonapart ranked civil rights fifth in a query on issues by Ballotpedia.

Early voting is available through Oct. 7 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Independence Regional Library, 6000 Conference Dr., in Charlotte, N.C. and in District 5 precincts on election primary runoff day on Oct. 10.


Band gets ‘ghoulish’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Pride Band will hold its “Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun” concert on Oct. 28, 5 p.m., at Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall, 1900 Queens Rd.

Attendees are encouraged to wear your Halloween costume to the concert.

Tickets are $15 and are available online or at the door.


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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.