Scholarship fund apps open

toy_logo_notextCHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Neil and Tim Griffin Scholarship Fund application season is now open.

The fund, established in 2007 and offered by Time Out Youth Center, will present two $1,250 awards this year. The funds provide financial assistance to LGBT-identified youth who are seniors and are seeking to earn a two- or four-year college degree in a field of their choice.

It is open to any LGBT senior or graduate under 21 as of May 31. Applicants are required to be a legal resident of Mecklenburg County or a county that Time Out serves in North or South Carolina. And, they must be planning to enroll as a full-time, degree-seeking student at an accredited academic or vocational institution with headquarters in either North or South Carolina in the summer or fall of the application year.

Deadline is May 31. Awards will be announced on June 15.

Send completed applications to O’Neale Atkinson, director of youth programs, at

info: 704-344-8335.

— Lainey Millen

LGBT/allies summit scheduled

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Diversity Council Carolinas will hold its LGBT & Allies Diversity Summit on June 19, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Cone University Center.

Co-presenter is The Multicultural Resource Center at the school.

Two tracks of concurrent sessions will fill the day’s schedule.

What Works in the Workplace focuses on best practices for creating and sustaining workplace LGBT initiatives which create an impact on both bottom-lines and human beings. Registration is $49 and includes lunch. Email to register.

Community sessions will also be available.

Understanding Our Communities provides targeted discussions on alternative sexualities and gender expressions. Cost is $24. Students can attend free by RSVP through student email accounts to Lunch is not provided.

Speakers include Stan Kimer, CEO and consultant, Total Engagement Consulting; Deena Fidas, deputy director of The Workplace Project, Human Rights Campaign Foundation; and Liz Cooper, manager of The Workplace Project, Human Rights Campaign.


— Lainey Millen

Skaters rise in ranks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Roller Girls have recently leaped five spots on the national rankings, according to Liz McLaughlin, the team’s public relations representative.

They are now 90 in the world and are in Division II of the Women’s Flat Derby Association.

At their May 17 heat, as part of their ongoing community service, they offered a special discount on tickets to all emergency personnel in recognition of Emergency Service Appreciation Week.

One Voice Chorus sang the national anthem and performed during halftime. And, DJ Tech Support kept things lively during the game. Additionally, a Disney representative was on hand handing out free advanced screening passes, as well as giving attendees the opportunity to try on Maleficent’s horns with a photo opportunity.


— Lainey Millen

Parade apps now available

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride has announced that it has opened its application process for the 2014 Charlotte Pride Parade to be held in Uptown Charlotte on Aug. 17 from 1-3 p.m.

Information, parade rules and more can be found online. Entry fees range from $25-$100. Deadline to enter is Aug. 1.

The Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade are the culmination of a week-long slate of events highlighting the social, cultural, ethnic, artistic and civic diversity of the Charlotte-Metro area’s LGBTQ communities.

Last year’s event sported 80 entries, spanning the LGBTQ, straight-ally, organizational, sponsor, faith and other communities.

Then-Mayor Patsy Kinsey, who participated in the parade, was the first sitting mayor to proclaim the two-day festivities as Charlotte Pride Weekend. Others who participated were City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield and former City Councilmember Billy Maddalon.


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