Youth org gala set

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth Center, will hold its Platinum Gala, “Art of Expression,” on June 5, 6:30 p.m., at The Mint Museum-Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.

The evening will be hosted by Ben Thompson, anchor and reporter for WCNC-TV. Keynote speaker is Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run.

Enjoy food, cocktails, art auction and more will help to fill out the program. Two complimentary bevera ges are provided for each guest.

Only those who are 21-years-old and above will be permitted to attend. Chaperoned youth speakers will also be in attendance.

A private showing of fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick and pop artist Andy Warhol exhibits will help to fill out the evening’s program.

The Gala will also feature a silent auction where artwork from LGBT artists will be up for bidding. Attendees will be able to relax with cocktails and hors d’ouevres.

Tickets are $75 before May 15 and $100 afterward. They are available at

In other news, TOY, 2320 N. Davidson St., shared that its ’90s-themed prom welcomed over 220 youth to its April 25 soiree. Organizers said it was the largest youth event that they had produced.


Affinity group plans soiree

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Out on the Town LGBT affinity group will host a pre-show party for “Pippin” on May 21, 6 p.m., at Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College.

“Pippin” tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. It will be held in the Belk Theatre, 130 N. Tryon St.

OOTT members receive 40 percent discount on tickets in price zone 20. Call 704-372-1000 and request the “save 40” offer. Tickets need to purchased by May 13 for the May 21 performance to receive this opportunity.

RSVP to to secure a spot for the party.

The OOTT group has no dues or officers and offers its members a place to enjoy camaraderie at free pre- and post-performance mixers and connection with other theatre goers. Email with name, email address and address to receive information and get on the email alerts.


Theatre group mounts comedy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Queen City Theatre Company will bring the comedic “Buyer and Cellar” to the stage from May 14-16 and 19-23, 8 p.m., at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.

“Buyer and Cellar” is a fictional account of one man’s experience working in the basement shops of Barbra Streisand’s  home. Alex More, a struggling actor, takes a job in the cellar of Streisand’s Malibu home. One day she ventures downstairs and the two bond for a short time.

Oddly, Streisand actually does have a shopping mall in her basement residence.

Tickets are $22 and are available online.


Fundraiser a success

CONCORD, N.C. — PFLAG Concord/Kannapolis held its Social Connection fundraiser on April 24 at Carms’s Café, 42 South Union St.

Forty six people attended the event at which $1,890 was raised after expenses.

In other news, the organization’s president, Joan Gale, signed a four-year commitment for its group to be on the Teen Advisory Council with Cabarrus Health Alliance. It’s mission is to improve health outcomes for Cabarrus County adolescents. PFLAG’s objective is to assure that LGBT youth are represented in the planning and implementation of programs.

Gale has been closely tied to the county’s school system.

“Gale has counseled students in Cabarrus County schools for more than 20 years and taught for more than a decade before that. Her experience working with youth has given her perspective on the coming out process in young people. Several students have come out to her in her role as school counselor,” a Charlotte Observer article reported. It added that all but two high schools in the district have Gay-Straight Alliance groups and some middle schools offer similar programs.


Seniors group celebrates first year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LGBT Aging Solutions Network celebrated its first anniversary on April 20 with 17 people attending the party. Cake and coffee were provided by AARP.


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