Gwen Pearson (left) and Parker Smith have been hired full time at Time Out Youth Center.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth Center, 2320 N. Davidson St., has announced the hiring of two new staff members.

Parker Smith has assumed the duties of youth outreach worker. Smith has been with the center since June 2015 as the organization’s first transgender outreach worker and has been active in Q-Tribe leadership, provided Trans 101 sessions and and served on the planning committee for the “Souls of Our Students: A Transgender Focus” documentary project, among other projects. As an undergraduate at Appalachian State University, Smith led a transgender rights and support group and worked closely with the local LGBT center to better serve the trans community in the area.

Smith can be reached by calling 704-344-8335, ext. 604 or via email at

Gwen Pearson has stepped into the role of full-time office manager. She has been a volunteer with the center since 2013 and joined the staff in February 2015 as a part-time office administrator. Pearson has 17 years of human resource experience. She also is publisher of Visit Gay Charlotte, a qnotes partner, as well as been involved in the community through her involvement with Charlotte Pride, Charlotte Black Gay Pride, Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Playing For Others.

Pearson can be reached  by calling 704-344-8335, ext. 602, or by email at


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.