CLT: At a Glance

Quick Facts
Population (2010): 731,424
Number of same-sex couples in Mecklenburg County (2010): 2,426
Couples per 1,000: 6.70

Civic Life
Mayor: Patsy Kinsey (D)
Mayor Pro Tem: Patrick Cannon (D)
Elections: Biennial, in odd-numbered years
Mecklenburg County
Commission Chair: Pat Cotham (D)
Commission Vice Chair: Kim Ratliff (D)
Elections: Biennial, in even-numbered years


Councilmember LaWana Mayfield (D-Dist. 3)
Elected in November 2011, Mayfield represents the city’s Third District and is Charlotte’s first and only openly LGBT elected official. Mayfield is a long-time community advocate and organizer, having worked with the American Red Cross, Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee, Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund, the Human Rights Campaign and more.

Click here to view our July 19 print edition and InFocus: Charlotte guide

Challenge in Change
Local LGBT groups, businesses move forward amid transformed culture over the past 10 years.

RAIN: Compassionate support
Dedication and perseverance by staff and volunteers champion the cause of HIV/AIDS support and care in Charlotte and the surrounding region.

Time Out Youth: Sheltering the next generation
Local emergency housing program fills resource gap for LGBT youth.

Charlotte nightlife: A scene for all
LGBT bar and club owners talk about their establishments’ history and their love for the nightlife business, community.

Charlotte LGBT Resource Guide (PDF)
Download our one-page guide of community resources.

LGBT-friendly businesses
Human Rights Campaign-ranked national corporations who make their home in the Queen City

Annual Events
A list of annual LGBT and other community events, July 2013-July 2014.


Explore Charlotte

Sports Teams
Carolina Panthers (National Football League)
Charlotte Bobcats (National Basketball Association)
Charlotte Hounds Lacrosse (Major League Lacrosse)
Charlotte Copperheads (N. American Lacrosse League)
Charlotte Checkers (American Hockey League)
Charlotte Knights Baseball (International League)

Charlotte Raptor Center
Discovery Place
NASCAR Hall of Fame
McColl Center for Visual Art
U.S. National Whitewater Center
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
Concord Mills Mall (Concord)
Great Wolf Lodge (Concord)
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Belmont)

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Carolinas Aviation Museum
Charlotte Nature Museum
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Levine Museum of the New South
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Uptown
Mint Museum of Art, Randolph
The Charlotte Museum of History