The Carolinas Diversity Council, a local, non-profit affiliate of the National Diversity Council, will host its LGBT & Allies Diversity Summit at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., on June 6, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Organizer Brian Richards says the event will bring together a wide diversity of community members, leaders, opinions and experiences.

“I think it will be a really good selection of really diverse speakers,” he said. “We’re not just getting one group’s or person’s perspective. We’ll get to learn what it is like to live and breath and be an LGBT person within our area.”

The summit will have three tracks covering different topics. Each track will have a series of workshops. Participants are welcome to follow one track all day or switch between them.

According to a release, the tracks are:

• “What Works in the Workplace” ($25, $10 student) builds in complexity throughout the day, covering a wide variety of topics with up-to-the-minute best practices. Speakers are corporate leaders, HRC employees, professors, and consultants who can help you know what policies to have as well as how to bring them to life!

• “Diversity within the Community” (FREE) is a series of panel discussions, where diversity individuals who self-identify under the same sexuality, speak openly about how various topics influence their lives in Charlotte. It is a unique opportunity to hear about issues from a variety of perspectives and is great for everyone, especially people who are LGBTQIA themselves or uncomfortable discussing LGBT issues.

• “Breakout Sessions” (FREE) feature soft skill training focusing on communication skills and alternative sexualities including poly, queer, and asexuality. Great for ‘single serving sessions’ or those who are already highly knowledgeable.

There is a lunch/keynote option available for all tracks at an additional cost of $25.

Richards said he is excited to host the event.

“I think what makes this summit especially important is because Charlotte has a great number of community-building events and fun events were we can celebrate just how far we’ve come, but I’m not sure how many educational events we have on a regular basis, especially ones that go to this level of depth,” he said. “We want to show a broader picture of all the different things equality can mean, much more than gay marriage and the couple other things most commonly talked about recently.” : :


Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.