PFLAG seeks ad supporters

RALEIGH, N.C. — Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is seeking supporters for its annual signature ad in the Independent Weekly due to be published in September 2013.

This fundraiser’s goal is to show that people across the Triangle support the LGBT community. PFLAG’s advocacy work, support and education goes a long way in bridging the to end discrimination. It is also there to shore up family members who are just coming to terms with a a loved one’s coming out process through education.

Signers support the ad’s statement: “We, the undersigned, affirm the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. We condemn acts of bigotry and hatred. We join PFLAG in celebrating the lives of those we love and admire; acceptance and love…family values for a lifetime.”

In prior years over 200 individuals and families, as well as faith communities and organizations have signed on.

Contributions of $15.00 per individual/family or non-profit organization and $30.00 per business is requested. Send remuneration via mail to PGLAG Triangle, P.O. Box 51776, Durham, NC 27717 or through Pay Pal to Instructions for participating are online. Deadline is Sept. 13.

The ad will run in the Sept. 25 issue.


Center awards gala announced

Updated: Oct. 1, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St., will hold its annual awards banquet on Oct. 11, 6 p.m., at the Cobblestone Hall, 215 Wolfe St., Suite 100.

In its fifth year, the center said that the event and what it represents has seen a great deal of growth. During the evening, attendees will be able to bid on silent auction items, enjoy a tasty seated dinner and kick back during the entertainment section. The center will bestow is Distinguished Service Award to a Triangle “citizen who has broadly and energetically served this region’s LGBT community over the last few decades. It will also present its Community Impact Award. Names will be available at a later date.

Tickets for the gala are limited and has sold out every year. Cost is $100. On Sept. 30, the center announced that it had sold out the event, but was collecting a stand-by list to fill the seats due to last-minute cancellations. Email Executive Director James Miller at to be placed on the roster.


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