Senior org on recruitment trail

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — AARP has announced that it is hosting volunteer recruiting events and is encouraging the LGBT community to attend.

In one year, AARP has been a sponsor of Charlotte Pride, walked in this year’s parade, supported the formation of and ongoing activities of the LGBT Aging Solutions Group and will sponsor a film screening in early October, local AARP volunteer team member Bets McCurley shared.

Three dates are available for consideration, Associate State Director Michael Olender added. They are : Sept. 18, 1 p.m., Beatties Ford Library Community Room, 2412 Beatties Ford Rd., with lunch provided; Sept. 24, 6 p.m., Morrison Library Community Room, 7015 Morrison Blvd., with dinner provided; and Sept. 29, 6 p.m., Mahlon Adams Pavilion, Freedom Park, Lilac Rd. at Cumberland Ave., with outdoor bar-be-que.

Olender also said that there would be a screening and discussion on “GenSilent” on Oct. 4, 6 p.m., at The Stage Door, 345 N. College St. Registration is required due to limited seating.


Counseling services offered

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth Center (TOY), 2320 N. Davidson St., in partnership with the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, is now providing free therapeutic counseling services targeting youth ages 11-26 and to their parents and support systems, Executive Director Rodney Tucker announced.

Therapeutic services are short-term (6-10 sessions) for individuals, couples, families and group counseling sessions.

Services are provided by a masters level counseling intern and supervised by a Ph.D. intern and Tucker.

“We are excited to continue with therapeutic services at Time Out Youth. It was a top need identified by staff and youth to meet the needs of our community,” Tucker said. “Many times youth who are dealing with gender or sexual identity feel more comfortable in therapy knowing the therapist is accepting and open and the space is safe with no judgment.”

TOY offers 20 hours of therapeutic sessions per week in the afternoons and evenings, in addition to nightly discussion groups and emergency drop-in services.

Youth under 18 years old are required to have parental permission to attend therapeutic sessions.

Call or email to schedule an appointment.

info: 704-334-8335.

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Style show features Carolina designer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Fashion Guild will present its Style Week Spring/Summer 2015 Showcase from Sept. 24-27 at Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Fashion designers from across the world will be in attendance. Events include special guests like “Project Runway” designers Viktor Luna, Justin Leblanc and Sandro Masmanidi, as well as Stevie Boi, eyewear designer to Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Rihanna who was born in Augusta, Ga.

Leblanc hails from Raleigh and was a Tim Gunn save on Season 12 of “Project Runway.” He was a finalist who was able to show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York, N.Y. During his season, the hearing-impaired contestant quickly became a fan and competition favorite. His design aesthetic is edgy and showcase strong details and textures using his training in architecture, fashion and art. Each garment provides a novel sensory experience.

Tickets are: Wednesday, $15/$20/$40; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, $20/$40 each; and four-day pass, $70/$140.


Candidates’ reception slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 2014 Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) Candidates’ Reception will be held on Oct. 1, 6 p.m., at the Law Offices of Tin, Fulton, Walker and Owen, 301 E Park Ave.

MeckPAC created this event so that candidates who are running for office can meet members of the LGBT and ally community in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Endorsement announcements for Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and Clerk of Superior Court will be made.

Sponsorships are available and can be arranged via email.


Center receives rental relief

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, 2508 N. Davidson St., announced that they have partnered with CrossFit Studio to operate its business on the center’s first floor.

The studio will pay rent for to the center for the space through Dec. 31 and will ultimately take over the lease on Jan. 1, 2015. The board felt it was a responsible fiscal decision that will afford it the opportunity to regroup, rebrand and refocus its efforts to serve the community.

Operational hours are 5-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Unity Fellowship Church’s schedule, which meets at the center on Sunday mornings, will not be affected.

The board is already on the lookout for new quarters that will serve its needs, as well as the community at large, while maintaining a strong fiscal handle on spending. Suggestions are welcome and can be sent via email.

The center is also searching for a treasurer. The Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund and the center’s advisory committee are providing guidance on securing the right person for the position. Interested parties should contact the center via email. Candidates should have prior treasury experience and have working knowledge of QuickBooks.

As committees are being formed, the need for volunteers will become an important aspect to advance and sustain the work of the center.

For more details on this story and a full archive of past center updates, visit


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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.