CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Transgender leader and Democratic Party activist Janice Covington Allison was awarded the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party’s Rosa Parks Award at their annual county convention on April 18.

The award is given annually to an individual who has been a trailblazer for equality.

Allison has been an outspoken proponent of LGBT equality in Democratic circles and the broader community in Charlotte and across the region. In 2012, she became the first openly transgender person elected as a North Carolina delegate to a Democratic National Convention, held that year in Charlotte. Recently, Allison made news when she was confronted by anti-LGBT street preacher Flip Benham and others at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center’s restrooms; she had been at the government center in support of proposed LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances ultimately rejected by Charlotte City Council at the March 2 meeting.


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Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.