57903_526060470753705_605242387_nRALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Association of Teen Democrats will host their 50th annual convention this weekend with several openly gay and gay-friendly leaders.

The event begins on Friday and runs through Saturday. Speakers at various receptions and dinners include openly gay N.C. House Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), ally Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) and openly gay, former U.S. Senate candidate Jim Neal.

“We are the official teenage outreach auxiliary of the North Carolina Democratic Party,” Teen Dems President Dylan Frick said in a release, “and we welcome all middle school and high school students who are interested in learning more about the political process.”

A reception on Saturday is open to the public. The entire Political Summit is free to all teenagers.

For more information visit the group’s page on Facebook or visit ncdp.org.

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