Dreams come to Pride

RALEIGH, N.C. — Shades of Pride will host a “Linen & Lace Mid-Summer Night Dream of Pride” on June 26, 8 p.m., at Above and Beyond, 2526 Hillsborough St., as a prelude to its upcoming Pride celebration from July 23-26 in Durham, N.C.

DJ Chaz will provide the beats.

Cost is $10.

The Pride celebration, “Be U!!!! Celebrating Six Years of Triangle Pride,” will roll out toward the end of July with a town hall, meet and greet reception, Pride expo and a movie night. Contributions are being accepted now. Email toya@shadesofpride.lgbtcenterofdurham.org to find out how to make submissions.

The expo will take place on July 26, 3 p.m., at Forest Hill Park, 1639 University Dr. Vendor space is available for $50 per table. An application is available online.

Email info@shadesofpride.lgbtcenterofdurham.org to learn more.

Additional information about the four-day festival will be shared as it is made available.

info: shadesofpride.lgbtqcenterofdurham.org.

Org holds grad dinner

DURHAM, N.C. — Triangle Empowerment Center, 1415 Holloway St., held a Durham County Safe Spaces Graduation dinner on June 11.

The Safe Spaces initiative is part of Care And Prevention in the United States, an eight-week program designed for HIV positive African-American and Latino MSM to help them learn about HIV/AIDS issues and become more engaged in their care. The center is currently enrolling participants for its next session. Time and date will be announced at a later time.

To learn more about the dinner and the program, email Miguel Hunter at mhunter@dconc.gov.

Other services provided by TEC are HIV/AIDS and STD education and prevention, HIV counseling and testing, referral placement, Hepatitis C education, prevention and screening, as well as internet and Latino outreach. It is always looking for volunteers who want to lend a hand. It also has groups tailored to the LGBT community, as well as one that also has straight women and lesbians melded together.

info: triempowerment.org.

Gala date set for fall

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Equality North Carolina Foundation has announced the date for its annual gala. It will be held on Nov. 21 in the capital city at the Marriott City Center, 500 Fayetteville St.

Equality North Carolina will celebrate the one year anniversary of marriage, “recognizing fellow champions of equality, and looking ahead to the tremendous amount of work still left to be done in our movement,” said Matt Hirschy, one of the event’s coordinator.

Registration is now open and early bird rates are available online.

Organizers will provide more information as it becomes available.

info: equalitync.org.

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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.