Cameron Joyce, Mecklenburg, and Micah Beasley, Wake County, selected as LGBT Democrats of the Year at the organization’s annual meeting and gala.

Dems name annual superstars

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Democrats of North Carolina have announced the recipients of its annual awards.

Receiving the LGBT Democrat of the Year designation are chapter members Cameron Joyce, president, Mecklenburg County, N.C., and Micah Beasley, president, Wake County, N.C.

The awardees will receive their honors at the fifth annual state convention on Nov. 21, 12:30 p.m., at North Carolina State University, Talley Center, Room 4280, 2610 Cates Ave.

Joyce’s leadership has helped the Charlotte area receive nods for a well-attended debate among local municipal candidates in the recent election season. Coverage of the debates led to media coverage, brining LGBT issues to the forefront. The chapter also completed a successful fundraiser.

He is an administrative graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He served as a campaign coordinator for Councilmember LaWana Mayfield in 2013 and in 2012 was a U.S. field team intern with One Campaign and a Democratic National Convention intern. qnotes also profiled Joyce in its Our People column in 2014. Read more about him at

Beasley has led his chapter toward growth in its launch over the past year. It has quickly become a fixture in the county political arena. A holiday party will round out the year’s activities.

He currently serves an an internal communications specialist at the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer and previously was U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s press secretary from 2013-14. Additionally, he served as communications director for Lt. Gov. Linda Coleman in 2012 and was an intern for Sen. Hagan in 2010.


Holiday gathering comes early

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh will hold an early holiday potluck and game night on Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave.

Enjoy an evening of food, fellowship and board/card games.

The center will provide turkey and ham. Attendees are asked to bring a main dish, side dish, dessert, etc., to share. Email to RSVP. Food items should come prepared as kitchen facilities will not be available during the evening. Utensils should also be brought to accompany dishes.


Lucas Wellness awards gala set

DURHAM, N.C. — CAARE will celebrate 20 years serving the community with HIV/AIDS care with its Jeanne Lucas Wellness Center Leadership Awards Gala on Dec. 4, 7 p.m., at Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 214 Broadway St. It is hosted by Healing with CAARE, Inc.

Awardees were selected based upon their foundational support of the center. Through this effort, CAARE is able to provide free wellness services to over 1,100 individuals per month.

Proceeds of the event will go to support the work and expansion of services at the center and CAARE, which stands for “case management of AIDS and addiction through resources and education” CAARE also provides services for those who have cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, all of which, including HIV/AIDS, have the highest mortality rates in the Durham County area.

Tickets are $75/single; $40/student, early bird; $75/honoree; $60/senior and $600/table of 8 and are available online.


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Lainey Millen

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.