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Pride Charlotte 2009 Events

Pride Aikido Night
Monday July 20, 2009 - 7PM-9PM
The Lesbian & Gay Community Center
820 Hamilton Street, Suite B-11 (in the NC Music Factory Complex)
Charlotte, NC  28202
If you are interested in learning more about the art of aikido, or are considering taking a class, this event is for you. Michael Denton, fifth degree black belt, will present an aikido demonstration and an introductory class. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. If you have any questions, please contact Michael at

Transgender Living Experience and Library
Tuesday July 21, 2009 - 7PM-9PM
The Lesbian & Gay Community Center
Members from the local transgender community will present topics related to their expertise and past experiences, include transition issues, community outreach, religion, and history.  Presented by Charlotte Gender Alliance,

“Sitting Pretty” Pride Art Night
Wednesday July 22, 2009 – 6PM-9PM
The Lesbian & Gay Community Center
Artists will be showing and selling their work and silent auction of custom decorated chairs will take place.  Donations of chairs are still being accepted. Refreshments will be served.  For information or to find out how to participate as an artist, contact

Community Roundtable Discussion:  Out is In…at the Workplace
Thursday July 23, 2009 – 7PM-9PM
The Lesbian & Gay Community Center
What are the risks, challenges, and benefits of being Out (or not) at work?  The focus of this month's Community Roundtable will be LGBT experiences in the workplace.   All are welcome to participate, ask questions, listen, or share their own stories.  This will be a supportive and confidential environment.

Front Runners' Pride Run
Saturday July 25, 2009 - 10AM
Gateway Village
800 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC  28202
Start Pride day off with a 4-mile social run/walk through Uptown Charlotte, hosted by Front Runners, Charlotte's LGBT running & walking club.  For more information about Front Runners, see

Pride Charlotte Festival
Saturday July 25, 2009 - 11AM-6PM
Gateway Village
Our annual celebration with two stages of entertainment, vendors, kids' area and fun!  Performers will include: Crys Matthews, Joshua Klipp, Brendan Velasquez, Amy Steinberg, Jill Austin Band, Rodie Ray, Community Chorus, Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte, One Voice Chorus, The Bombshell & Mr. Red, Beledi Beat Dancers, Drag Kings & Queens, Daniel Gray, Sotto Voce, and Petra's singers.  Come celebrate with the LGBT community.   “Out Is In!”

Detour To Pure Music, Pure Dance, Pure Fun        
Saturday July 25, 2009 - 8PM- Midnight   
The Lesbian & Gay Community Center
Admission: $5, Ages 21+ admitted
Music by DJ Chris Taylor
Detour is a sober event with a fun dance club atmosphere! Snacks, water and soft drinks will be available.  For more information, contact Chris Taylor, (704) 975-6633.

Pride Day at the Whitewater Center
Sunday July 26, 2009    11AM- 5PM
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
Charlotte, NC 28214
Join all your friends and family from Pride Charlotte for a special day of fun, sun, hiking, rafting and more. The Whitewater Center will be offering a special discount on ticket prices just for Pride Charlotte!   Click here to find a coupon for $5 off a 1-day AllSport pass.
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Pride Charlotte 2009: Get Involved!

Pride Charlotte will be held July 25, 2009, once again at Gateway Village in Uptown Charlotte. Of course, we couldn't do it without the support of sponsors, vendors, and volunteers. Now is the time to get involved with Pride!

This is a great way to show your support of the LGBT community and increase your visibility to a huge demographic of consumers from across the Charlotte region. To download a sponsorship packet, go to:

Whether you're representing a business or a non-profit organization, Pride Charlotte is the place to be seen. Last year we had about 10,000 people in attendance, so you don't want to miss this opportunity.

Ads are available in the Pride Guide, which will be distributed in advance of the festival, and at the festival itself. For specifications and rates, e-mail

Pride Charlotte will need volunteers for a variety of tasks, both on the day of Pride Charlotte, and at smaller events leading up to Pride. If you are interested, please e-mail Sherry Riley, Volunteer Coordinator, at

Pride Charlotte
July 25, 2009
Pride Charlotte on Facebook
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Pride Charlotte Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities Available Now!

Pride Charlotte will be here in less than two months! Now is the time to get those sponsorship forms and vendor applications to us in order to participate in this year's event. We have a great festival planned with lots of entertainment and fun, and we want you to be a part of it! Make sure your business, group, or organization is represented at Pride Charlotte.

All the details, including sponsorship forms and vendor forms, can be found at our website:

Out is IN!

Pride Charlotte
Saturday July 25, 2009
Gateway Village
Charlotte, NC


HRC Carolinas Gala Volunteer Opportunities

The HRC Carolinas Gala is coming up on February 21, 2009. We are currently seeking volunteers for various tasks throughout the weekend, including the evening of the Gala. We especially need people who can help with set-up during the day on Friday, February 20th, from 9AM to Noon, or 1PM to 5PM at the Charlotte Convention Center. This will be a fun way to help make the HRC Carolinas Gala a success. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail, and let us know when you are available to help! We look forward to hearing from you.

Toryn, Jerry & Peyam
HRC Carolinas Gala Volunteer Coordinators

**Tickets to the Gala are available also! Special guest speakers will be Senator Kay Hagan and comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer. Click here for more info!**

HRC Carolinas Gala Volunteer Open House- January 10, 2009

The HRC Carolinas Gala will hold a Volunteer Reception and Sign-Up Party on Saturday, January 10, 2009 from 1 PM to 3 PM at The Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 820 Hamilton Street, Suite B-11 (the NC Music Factory Complex) Charlotte, NC 28206. For more specific directions to the Center, see

This will be a chance to meet HRC Carolinas Gala committee members, learn about volunteer opportunities, and sign up to help out at this year’s event, which takes place Saturday, February 21 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Volunteers are needed Friday, Saturday and Sunday of that weekend, with a variety of shifts and tasks available.

Refreshments will be served.

If you are unable to attend the reception, but would like to volunteer, please send an e-mail to For more information about HRC Carolinas and the 2009 Gala, please see
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Pre-Halloween Weekend Events from the Community Center and Pride Charlotte

A Haunted Evening At A Historic Charlotte Mill
Friday October 24th, 2008 from 7:00PM to 11:00PM
A fund raiser for the Lesbian & Gay Community Center
Located in the NC Music Factory in Uptown Charlotte
Limited Tickets Sales: $20.00 for a single ticket, $35 for a couples' ticket

A max of 50 tickets will be sold for a very intimate night with Psychic Clairvoyant Mary Beth Wrenn, Electronic Voice Phenomena Specialist (EVP) Expert Rheta Connelly, and Ghost Hunter/Paranormal Investigator Rhonda Smith. The evening will include a panel discussion on the paranormal, spirit medium connection, and a ghost hunt! Light snacks and donation bar will be available. Call (704)-333-0144, visit the Center at, or email Chad at for info, ticket purchases, and directions!

Halloween Party for Kids and Families
Saturday October 25th, 2008 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM
At the Lesbian & Gay Community Center
Admission is FREE!

There will be no tricks, just treats when the Community Center hosts a Halloween party for little ghouls and goblins to celebrate the spookiest day of the year. There will be goody bags, snacks, games, prizes, and a costume contest. Volunteers are also needed for the day to help with set-up, the party itself, and clean-up. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Toryn at

Pride Night at Scarowinds
Sunday October 26th, 2008 from 7:00PM to Midnight
(meet Jonathan and Michael from Pride at the Front Gate)
Carowinds Theme Park
For discount tickets, go to and use code SCAR08

Join Pride Charlotte for a scary night of Halloween fun, rides, and adventure!
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Pride Charlotte 2009 Theme Contest

Pride Charlotte is holding a Theme Contest. Send us your idea for the next Pride Charlotte theme! In 2006 it was a "Celebration of Diversity." In 2007 we were "United for Equality." In 2008 we wanted to "Live Love Be." And for 2009? That's where you come in!

The 2009 Pride Charlotte theme contest is open to the entire community. The winner of the contest will receive $50, two 2009 event t-shirts, and recognition on the website and in the Pride Guide.

Contest Rules:
-The theme should support Pride Charlotte’s mission statement: Empowering all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied peoples to stand as unique individuals and together as a community, with the purpose of uniting as a creative, social, economic, and influential force.
-Must be appropriate for any uses, including but not limited to: advertising, website, t-shirts,and other promotional items.
-All submissions become the property of Pride Charlotte and the Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Charlotte.
-The Pride Charlotte Task Force will review submissions and select 3 to 4 finalists. The finalists will be posted anonymously on the Pride Charlotte website, and voting will be open to the community. In the event of a tie, the Pride Charlotte Task Force will select the winner.

Submissions must be received by October 25, 2008. Finalists will be selected and posted on the website for voting on October 29, and voting will close on November 14. The winner will be notified by email or phone, and announced on the website and other media, as well as introduced at the Pride Charlotte Theme Reveal Party.

Send your submissions via email to, along with your name, e-mail address, and telephone number.

Please email if you have any questions.