Mandy Carter
Mandy Carter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Conference on Queen Youth, scheduled for Oct. 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Barnhart Student Union at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., has announced that its keynote speaker will be Mandy Carter.

Carter is an activist and grassroots organizer with 46 years of experience in social, racial and LGBT justice. She co-founded two ground breaking organizations — Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) — and serves as the national coordinator of the Bayard Rustin Commemoration Project of the NBJC.

She was also one of five national co-chairs of Obama LGBT Pride and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 initiative.

Time Out Youth Center is the organizer for the event.

The one-day conference is open to the public with conference sessions targeting counselors, social workers, educators, parents, activists and students. Continuing education credit is available for social workers through UNC-Charlotte and educators through Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

“After a successful inaugural conference in 2013, we are excited to again host this event which will highlight local and national organizations who work with LGBTQ youth,” said Rodney Tucker, executive director of Time Out Youth Center in a release. “Organizations like GSA Network, Campus Pride, GLSEN and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation will allow participants to get a feel of LGBTQ work nationally and see the practical applications for our region.”

Registration is free and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Parking is $10 per vehicle. Registration is available online.

info: 704-344-8335, ext. 603.

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