Get ‘spooky’ for HRC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Human Rights Campaign will host its Fright Night at Scarowinds on Oct. 9, 5:45 p.m., at Carowinds Theme Park, 14523 Carowinds Blvd.

The special VIP experience is “spooktacular” and participants get early access into the park, thus allowing for head-of-line placement for attractions.

A photographer will be on hand to take individual and group photos. A section of Harmony Hall will be cordoned off for the HRC event throughout the evening. A full cash bar will be available and food will be available for purchase.

All HRC perks for the evening are included in the general admission ticket, as well as a one-year membership or renewal. No need to purchase both. One free speed pass is part of the package price. Tickets are transferable, but not refundable. Cost is $38/VIP. For those with park season passes, the HRC perk pass is $10 and entitles holders to the skip pass, DJ and early entry.


Movie screening upcoming

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolinas Pride Theatre Ensemble will present “The Year We Thought About Love” on Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., at Studio Movie Grill EpiCenter, 210 E. Trade St. D290.

Photo Credit: from movie still.
Photo Credit: from movie still.

The documentary tells the story about a group of diverse LGBT youth who “dare to be ‘out’ on stage talking truthfully about their lives,” promoters said.

Tickets are $10 and are available online.

Contributions are also being sought to support the theatre ensemble’s ongoing work. It is a project of the Freedom Center for Social Justice.


Carolina youth conference slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Third Annual Conference on Queer Youth will be held on Oct. 23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Student Union, 9201 University City Blvd.

School K-12 staff, helping professionals and community members will convene for this one-day event.

It is a unique opportunity for area representatives to network, dialogue and organize around issues important to the healthy development of LGBTQ youth in K-12 education. The conference is presented through a partnership of Time Out Youth Center (TOY) and UNCC’s Multicultural Resource Center.

Four day-long institutes will be presented aimed toward youth, educators, helping professionals and community organizers. Workshop topics include: Know Your Rights in K12 Schools (for staff and students), Connecting Social Science Research with Activism, Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ Populations, Transgender 101 and 201, and others.

The institutes will feature leaders in their respective fields, including Ann Clark, Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Dr. Ellen Essick, NC Healthy Schools section chief of the North Carolina Department of Instruction; Dr. Holly Savoy, licensed psychologist in Charlotte; and Chris Brook, legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina.

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference will be Holden Cession, a local activist who is currently a North Carolina NAACP Moral Freedom Summer Organizer for Guilford County. Cession has been involved with the Queer People of Color Collective (QPOCC) and interned with the Bayard Rustin Center, where they co-organized the third annual Bayard Rustin Symposium at Guilford College.

“We are excited to again host this unique event which will highlight issues faced by LGBTQ youth in the South,” said Rodney Tucker, executive director of TOY. “The new institute model for this year’s gathering will allow participants with similar backgrounds to network with each other and create action plans to take back to their schools or businesses.”

Registration is free for youth and $25 for adults and is available online.


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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.