Youth scholarship deadline nears

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth Center, 2320 N. Davidson St., has announced that its annual Tonda Taylor Scholarship Fund application process is open and approaching its deadline of May 8.

Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to LGBT-identified youth who are residents of Union, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg counties in North Carolina and York county in South Carolina. Applicants must be a high school senior or graduate under the age of 21 as of May 8. Applicants who are seeking a two- or four-year undergraduate degree of their choice must be planning to enroll as a full-time, degree-seeking student at an accredited non-profit academic or vocational institution in the fall of 2015, TOY said.

“Providing youth leadership and ensuring the success of LGBTQ youth is a core value for our organization,” stated Malone Lockaby, board member and scholarship committee chair for the center. “Past awardees have been successful in completing their education and leaders in the LGBTQ college movement.”

Awards will announced in June.

The application is available online. For more information, email O’Neale Atkinson, director of youth programs, at


—Lainey Millen

Hero’s life to be celebrated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A community celebration honoring the memory and life of Donaldson (Don) Wells King will be held on May 2, 3 p.m., at the Metropolitan Community Church, 1825 Eastway Dr.

King’s countless contributions to the LGBT community during his lifetime spoke to his passion for inclusiveness. One of his departing wishes was to sponsor a gathering for all to celebrate one’s life.

During the event, community members will share stories about King.

info: 704-563-5810.

—Lainey Millen

Arts groups hold concert

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Pride Band will present their season-end concert, “Life Out Loud,” on May 16, 5 p.m., at Heaton Hall, Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd.

They will be joined by The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte and One Voice Chorus in recanting self-discovery through the show’s musical narrative.

Tickets are $13/individual and $22.50/family pass (two adults, all children under 12).


—Lainey Millen

PAC hosts fundraiser

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) will have a “Mingle with a Purpose” fundraiser on May 19, 6:30 p.m., at Cathode Azure, 1820 South Blvd.

This event’s purpose is to build local LGBT equality and non-discrimination in Charlotte and is sponsored by Paul Kelly, director of technical account management, Tanium; Nate Turner, Your Custom Catering and Events; and Doug Lemmone, Cathode Azure owner. For those who wish to also become sponsors, email

Admission is a $25-50 contribution at the door or online prior to the event.


—Lainey Millen

Picnic slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A community family picnic will be held on June 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Veterans Park, 2136 Central Ave.

Organizations hosting the event are Charlotte Black Gay Pride, Charlotte Pride, Human Rights Campaign and PFLAG Charlotte, among others.

Admission is free.


—Lainey Millen

Smith tour hits the Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — British Grammy Award-winning artist Sam Smith will head to the Carolinas on his upcoming tour.

First stop on his journey will be at Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., on July 18 at 8 p.m.

On July 23, 7:30 p.m., he will visit Raleigh where he will perform at the PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd.

Smith won Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (“Stay With Me”) and Best Pop Vocal Album (“In the Lonely Hour”) at the 57th Grammy Awards this year.

Tickets are $49-125 and are available online.


—Lainey Millen

Openly gay leader elected

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jamie Hildreth, an openly gay leader with the LGBT Democrats of Mecklenburg County, was elected secretary of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party at their county convention on April 18.

Hildreth, 25, began the race with several opponents but took the position uncontested at the convention. He currently serves as secretary of the LGBT Democrats of Mecklenburg County and is vice chair of MeckPAC. He also volunteers with a number of community groups, including Charlotte Pride. Last year, Hildreth worked as a field organizer with the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign for Kay Hagan’s 2014 U.S. Senate bid.

Hildreth is thought to be among the first openly LGBT people elected to the county Democratic Party board in at least a decade. In 1999, local Democrats elected their first, and so far only, openly gay county party chair.


— Matt Comer

Seniors’ ‘buddy system’ launched

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LGBT Aging Solutions Network has announced that its buddy system component has begun to take shape.

Lynne Helms, who serves as a volunteer for the organization’s communications group, hopes that bringing its members together to supporting one another will help during times of need. It is targeted toward those who are physically challenged, may be alone or a host of other situations.

Tasks include picking up groceries, stopping off at the pharmacy, as well as others that do not require heaving lifting.

Abating isolation for seniors is an important component of the buddy system program. Volunteers can lessen loneliness by making calls or sending text messages. “Feeling a sense of belonging and the security that someone is aware we are there,” Helms added, provides solace to those who would otherwise experience angst, among other emotions.

The group is working on setting up a calling tree by geographical location. Members are being asked to complete a volunteer form in order to make the program more successful. Simply provide first and last name, email address, phone number, address and whether one would be willing to serve as a lead in one’s area.

To learn more, email


—Lainey Millen

Derby team hosts home opener

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Roller Girls got their season underway on April 18 at the Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Dr., with a bout against the Gate City Roller Girls.

The All-Stars of Charlotte took on the All-Stars of Greensboro in the first match. They walked away with the win and a 197-119 score.

However, Charlotte’s B-Dazzlers trailed the Counterstrike in the following bout with seven minutes left at 85-32.

The team is engaged in play throughout the spring and summer and ends their season in October.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with pre-game tailgating in the parking lot. Tickets are: $12/adult, $16/at the door and $7/children, $9/at the door. They can be purchased online or at Common Market, 2007 Commonwealth Ave., Sleepy Poet Antique Mall, 4450 South Blvd., or 9Round Fitness and Kickboxing Charlotte, 1412 East Blvd. Season tickets are $55.95 and entitle purchaser to VIP status, including reserved seating, lanyard and other team merchandise.

The team will give a portion of their proceeds to Unchain Dogs as part of their 2015 community partnership.


— Lainey Millen

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