Ryan Butler

RALEIGH, N.C. — LGBT Democrats across the state are jumping on board with the formation of county chapters. This initiative is being spearheaded by LGBT Democrats of North Carolina, President Ryan Butler shared.

Right now, the first one to come on deck is from Orange County. Lee Storrow, a Chapel Hill Town Council member, has been elected president. He is the youngest elected member of the council and one of the only openly LGB members.

He said, “I’m both thrilled and honored that Orange County has founded the first county chapter. This is an important step forward for the Orange County Democratic Party. We look forward to helping Democrats get elected in Orange County and across the state.”

Other officers include Carrboro Board of Alderman Member Lydia Lavelle, vice president, and John Hammond, secretary and treasurer.

In the Triad, an organizational meeting was held on March 24 at the party headquarters. At press time, a slate of officers was not established, but plans are in the works to move forward on the formation of a chapter there. To learn more, email Ralph Rodland at ralphrodland@gmail.com.

In Gaston County, Robert Kellogg, who serves as county chair, is spearheading the effort to form a chapter. A meeting is slated for April 28, 3-4:30 p.m., at Southern Crescent Private Lounge, 324 W. Main Ave. On the agenda at an upcoming organizational meeting will be election of officers, discussion of political vision and fellowship. For more information, call Kellogg at 704-953-8529 or email rkellowgg001@carolina.rr.com.

For more information on forming a chapter outside these targeted counties, email Butler at ryan@ryanbutler.net.

info: lgbtdemocrats.org. facebook.com/LGBTDemsOfNC.

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.