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Twitter and Facebook were buzzing last night after the Duke Energy Building in Uptown Charlotte turned all its lights to rainbow.

Was it intentional? Was it for National Coming Out Day? Lots of people had speculation, and some confirmed it on social networks. But Zuni Johnson, a Wells Fargo employee, confirmed the intentional lighting with qnotes today.

The rainbow theme on Duke Energy’s lights were intentional, Johnson says, and were the result of requests from Wells Fargo’s employee LGBT group and conversations with local LGBT leaders and Pride Charlotte organizers. Wachovia/Wells Fargo was a sponsor of this year’s Pride festivities (as they have been in the past), and hosted a “RENT” sing-along at the Knight Theater last night.

So, there you have it. Confirmed. In a nicely wrapped, sky-scraping box, a gift to Charlotte’s gays from Wells Fargo. I knew good things would happen once the Queen City got a taste of San Fran.

Matt Comer

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

7 replies on “Yes, the Duke Energy Building went gay for National Coming Out Day”

  1. I could see the building from my job last night and it was quite beautiful. Awesome display of corporate citizenship, Wells Fargo. Well done!

  2. Awesome. I honestly became a little emotional upon seeing that in the sky last night. It’s just great.

  3. That’s pretty impressive. Wachovia will become Wells Fargo later this month in Georgia. Wells Fargo participated in the Atlanta Pride parade yesterday and literally rolled into town in a red horse-drawn carriage. A horse and buggy and rainbow buildings?? Sounds like “The Wizard of Oz” to me. They’re doing a lot to be seen as a friend of Dorothy, huh? :)

  4. I am not surprised that Zuni was behind this. He is behind a lot of progressive actions in the LGBTQ community in Charlotte and the southeast. Kudos to you and to Duke Energy for being so inclusive.

  5. This was an amazing feeling, riding home from the Candle Light Vigil and looking to my left seeing this building in a display of Rainbow colors. “Alone we will have failure, but together we have strength and we will persevere.”

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