The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte is proud to serve the local LGBT community and to increase our visibility to the greater Charlotte community. The center strives to promote diversity, acceptance and visibility of the LGBT community through original and collaborative programming and events and by providing an inclusive, welcoming and affordable environment for all. In the past year, The center has been able to expand its hours and availability to the community to six days a week and is constantly seeking feedback on how we can better serve the Charlotte community.

Currently, there are a number of ways that you can get involved with the center. Each month, the center hosts ongoing groups, including support and social groups for the LGBT community, recreational activities, community forums and special events. The center encourages new groups and ally organizations to reach out and utilize our facility to ensure that events are able to be conducted in an environment that is inclusive and supportive of the LGBT community in Charlotte.

If you are new to the Charlotte community or a longtime resident looking to get more involved, the center can help connect you with events, organizations and causes that need volunteer support and leadership. The center can also help you connect with local resources to ensure that your experience in Charlotte is one in which you are treated with respect and dignity.

As the center continues to grow, we want to know how we can better serve the local community and need your feedback in order to accurately reflect your needs. If you have an idea for a group, program or event that you think would be of benefit to the local LGBT community, we want to hear about it! If you are a local LGBT organization or business and have not worked with us in the past, we hope that you will work with us in the future as we move to solidify and empower the Charlotte LGBT community.

The center is open Monday through Thursday from 5-8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. During these hours anyone is welcome to stop by and we encourage you to do so. Staff is also available to be reached outside of hours of operation. For more information about the center, visit our website at, call us at 704-333-0144 or email : :

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O'Neale Atkinson is a former editor of QNotes, serving in the position from Jan. 23, 2012 to June 15, 2012. His first issue as editor was published on Feb. 4, 2012. His last issue was published June 23,...