Campus exec SEED20 class finalist

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Shane Windmeyer, founder and executive director of Campus Pride, has been selected as one of the top 10 finalists for Social Venture Partners’ SEED20 Class of 2016.

The class participants, who are comprised of area non-profit entrepreneurs, are competing for cash and grant awards that total up to $55,000. They are chosen for their innovation in tackling pressing social challenges.

Windmeyer will present his three-minute pitch to a panel of judges and an audience of business and non-profit leaders, foundation executives and other members of the area’s entrepreneurial community at the SEED20 OnStage! event on April 11, 6:30 p.m., at the Bechtler Museum and Knight Theatre, 420 S. Tryon St.

“We are honored at Campus Pride to take part in such a monumental event in our hometown Charlotte,” Windmeyer shared. “Taking part in SEED20 has allowed our organization to shine among local talents and non-profits. Recognition of entrepreneurs is key in supporting local work and creating the strongest, most innovative solutions for tomorrow.” It is the first time that an LGBT-specific non-profit has been chosen for the program.

The event includes a reception prior to and then one following the presentations where finalists and the audience can interact and network with the entire SEED20 class of 20 participants.

Tickets are $70 and are available online at


ASO set to ‘feud’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Different Roads Home (DRH) is rolling out its We Are Family Feud charity game show event on April 9, 7 p.m., at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd.

The evening’s benefit supports DRH and Carolinas Care Partnership. It will be filled with entertaining moments and prizes.

Hostesses’ Lana Cane and Mink Shoals bring their campy drag style to the stage, along with musical numbers.

Included in the event are two traditional rounds and two fast money rounds. The families will be chosen from participating members of the audience that night, so everyone that comes gets a chance to be a part of the action.

Tickets are $12.50/general admission and $25/regular and are available online.


Annual film fest around corner

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 8th Annual GayCharlotte Film Festival will be held from April 21-24 at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queen Rd.

Enjoy the cinema along with wine, beer, sodas, popcorn and snacks.

Films and times are: April 22 — “4th Man Out,” 7 p.m., and “Those People,” 9 p.m.; April 23 — “Jenny’s Wedding,” 4:30 p.m., “While You Weren’t Looking,” 7 p.m. and “The Same Difference,” 9 p.m.; April 25 — “In the Grayscale,” 4 p.m., and “Carol,” 6 p.m. More screenings will be announced, but were not available at press time.

Tickets are $8/advance online and $10/at the door each, $5/students, senior, Charlotte Film Society members or $50 for a VIP all-festival pass (see website for perks).


TOY creates activism guide

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth Center (TOY), 2320 N. Davidson St., has announced that it, along with the North Carolina GSA Network, have created an activism guide for gay-straight alliances for the state’s middle and high schools regarding the passage of HB2.

The guide includes background information on HB2, a statement of rights guaranteed to LGBT students in K-12 schools, activities GSAs can do to raise awareness of the harmful effects of HB2 in their schools, five national/statewide campaigns or events that GSAs can participate in to advocate for change and additional resources available from other state and national partners of TOY, said Dr. Todd Rosendahl, director of school outreach.

The guide is available for download at

In other news, TOY will hold its Platinum Gala on June 3, 6:30 p.m., at Center Stage, 2315 N. Davidson St.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Gastonia, N.C.-native Fortune Feimster, an actor, standup comedian, writer and LGBT spokesperson. Feimster’s credits include full-time performances and writer for “Chelsea Lately,” as well as Nurse Collette on “The Mindy Project.”

Ben Thompson, WCNC anchor, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The event includes a silent auction, cocktails, cash bar, music and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are $100 and are available online at They entitle holder to two complimentary beverages.


Sports pros share anti-bullying message

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers Linebacker Thomas Davis and Harlem Globetrotters star Buckets Blakes presented the Globetrotters’ “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention” school initiative on March 21 at the Harris YMCA Cato Education Center, 5900 Quail Hollow Rd.

The two sports pros demonstrated “Action, Bravery and Compassion” to students in attendance as a way to show ways to reduce bullying.

Blakes also recognized Davis as an honorary Ambassador of Goodwill for his work with the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation. The Globetrotters also contributed 90 tickets in Davis’ name for underprivileged youth to see the team live on March 26 during their 90th Anniversary World Tour.

The prevention campaign was developed with the National Campaign to Stop Violence.


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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.