‘Hugger’ Thom Koch will be honored by SAGE Raleigh.

‘Hugger’ celebration slated

Update: Thom Koch has requested that the celebration be cancelled. However, the luncheon will continue as planned.

RALEIGH, N.C. — SAGE Raleigh will host a celebration for Thom Koch on June 11, 11 a.m., at the LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St.

Koch had served as the Thursday morning greeter at the center, but a number of months ago became ill and could no longer make there. Everyone who came through the doors were welcomed with an embrace.

The celebration is being held to honor him and to let him know who much he has been appreciated and loved.

A free lunch will be provided.

Email Les Geller at geller@lgbtcenterofraleigh.com to learn more or to RSVP for the event.

info: lgbtcenterofraleigh.org.

Youth org hosts banquet

DURHAM, N.C. — iNSIDEoUT and Upsidedown will hold their Banquet and Gaiety at Duke Park, 106 W. Knox St., on May 31 at 12 p.m.

Enjoy light refreshments, live music and more while acknowledging the “hard work youth have been doing to make their schools and communities a better place for all LGBTQ+ youth, as well as our adult allies who make everything we do possible,” organizers said.

Admission in the form of a contribution is $18-$180/adults, $3/youth and can be secured online.

info: insideout180.org.

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