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Seniors group disbands

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After a year-and-a-half tenure, the LGBT Aging Solutions Network has decided to disband, stating that its objective had been met.

“We started this group over a year ago targeting certain aspects of the problems that the LGBT community face in Charlotte: acceptance, equality and sensitivity to issues related to aging and support systems,” organizers Cheryl Roberge and Bets McCurley said in a notice to its members and supporters.

They added, “In the last 15 months, in addition to state and federal changes, we are pleased to report that our local goals for those who are LGBT and aging have been addressed.”

Initiatives for independent housing, or a “village” concept, and a buddy system were resulted in break-off groups who are championing those causes and have strength to stand on their own accord.

The Mecklenburg Village Network and the LGBT Aging Buddy Group System are now in full development mode. The village will launch in the fall and the buddy system is currently reaching out to interested parties.

Aging Solutions would have begun meeting at Different Roads Home’s new space on N. Davidson St. The group was appreciative of the group’s willingness to help, the organizers shared.

The network hosted meetings with a diverse group consisting of over 70 members. It was comprised of both LGBT individuals and allies ages 23-84. AARP even jumped on board to host an evening showing of “GenSilent,” followed by a panel discussion.

Organizations that supported Aging Solutions were AARP, PACE, Radio 4 the Ages and the Flying Biscuit.

The final meeting was held on June 15.


Trans justice event upcoming

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Campus Pride and hosts Sacred Souls Community Church and Freedom Center for Social Justice will hold a Community Potluck Meet & Greet & Eat! at 2127 Eastway Dr. on July 16 at 7 p.m.

The Day of Action for Trans Justice event provides an opportunity for the community to show support for transgender individuals.

Featured speaker will be Diego Sanchez, transgender national civil rights leader. Featured entertainers are J Mase III and Koko Jones, national trans artists and entertainers.

More information is available online.


Stonewall expands offerings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stonewall Kickball Charlotte has announced that it is expanding and renaming its league as Stonewall Sports Charlotte.

New to the sports family are Stonewall Bowling, Stonewall Dodgeball and Stonewall Volleyball.

Organizers will be releasing more information on becoming a team member, location for practices and games and other pertinent data about its sports palette in the near future.


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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.