TOY welcomes new staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth Center, 2320 N. Davidson St., welcomed Parker Smith to its team as its Trans Youth Outreach worker.

Parker has taken over the leadership of the center’s Q-Tribe discussion group in its third cycle which begins on June 25 and every Thursday evening between 6:30-8:30 p.m.

TOY is also seeking summer interns to help with the center’s operations, like answering calls, greeting guests, providing new people with tours of the agency and assisting staff. Hours are 3-6:30 p.m. Internship applications are available online. They should be returned to O’Neale Atkinson, director of youth programs, in person or via email to

A graduation party will be held on June 19 for recent graduates. Email Atkinson to learn more.


Guild celebrates with dinner

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Business Guild will celebrate its 23rd anniversary with a dinner focused on “Workplace & Marketplace Equality: We Mean Business!” on June 23, 6:30 p.m., at the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza.

The event will also feature entertainment and networking opportunities.

Guest speakers will be Charlotte City Councilmember Al Austin (Dist. 2), Scott Bishop, Human Rights Campaign board of governors member, and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham (At large). Special guest Sam Maiden, Southeast regional director for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, will be in attendance.

Attendees will be able to learn about updates to work on Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance and a community education plan, and what to expect from the federal government concerning LGBT equity in supplier diversity, organizers shared.

“President Obama’s executive order implemented [on] April 8th [says] that federal contractors must not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This order applies to those who are employed by or apply for jobs with federal contractors and subcontractors. It is estimated this to be a quarter of the American workforce. Our goal is to engage workers and let them know their rights under the new Executive Order,” they added.

Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Tickets are available online and sell out fast.

In other news, the guild has announced that it has revamped it website to provide for new, user-friendly features and enhancements. It features an enhanced membership directory, members’ portal, updated way to highlight members, alternative ways to pay for memberships, volunteer opportunities, ticket booth for events and a robust way to access the LGBT-focused VisitGayCharlotte’s and qnotes’ LGBT community calendar.


Org slates open house

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Campus Pride will host an open house on June 25, 6 p.m., at its new offices at 6047 Tyvola Glen Cir.

The new offices will enable the organization to further its goals, as well as provide greater accessibility to those it serves.

On hand for the event will be new staff members Tyler Eilts and Allison Marie Turner, both members of Campus Pride’s summer fellowship program.

For those interested in volunteer opportunities, the open house will provide an easy conduit to sign up and to learn more about the organization.


Trans group formed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Transcend, a new support group for transgender individuals and others has been created.

Its mission is to improve the lives of transgender people, as well as other individuals and groups who may be struggling with basic needs, in addition to a failure to thrive in society because of identity concerns or traumatic experiences.

Purposely, Transcend seeks to link and connect those it serves across the spectrum of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national origin, religion, belief, ability and familial status, Trey Greene, one of the organizers, said.

Their goal is to promote unconditional positive regard for individual authenticity, he added.

Transcend also engages the community and agencies in educational opportunities so they can become more aware of how to achieve more successful outcomes. To that aim, it works to create networking between resources and groups to create solidarity and a stronger option for its diverse clientele.

Policy change advocacy is a current goal of Transcend both in the governmental and agency sector. That way service gaps and needs that create health disparities among minority groups can be effectively addressed.

Other goals include linking adult mentors to youth and adults who are in transition, organizing fundraising efforts, in addition to hosting clothing drives.

Greene and Michelle Busiek are the founders. Each are transgender men who are in their last year of their master’s programs. Once licensed, they hope to provide therapeutical services and another benefit of Transcend.

They will be collecting clothing, binders and other basic needs at the GenderFusion event on June 26, 7 p.m., at Petra’s Piano Bar, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. The show will begin at 9 p.m. Entertainment includes a lip sync battle, as well as a T-shirt giveaway, raffle and more. Tickets are available online at


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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.