Charlotte Pride Magazine - August 2019 - Inaugural Edition


The new Charlotte Pride Magazine makes its inaugural edition debut! An annual publication profiling Charlotte Pride programs, the annual festival and parade, interviews, features, community resource directory, and more! Your year-round guide to LGBTQ Charlotte.

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Our Seventh Annual Champions of Pride Awards seek to recognize those whose work and dedication

exemplify the spirit of Pride. Our Champions endeavor to empower and unite LGBTQ and allied

people through their leadership, service and support. Champions understand the importance of

celebrating our past, present and future while advancing LGBTQ rights and visibility.


Harvey Milk Award


James Rice III has served Charlotte’s LGBTQ community in various roles over the

past seven years, including as a board member and director of communications

for the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Charlotte Black Pride. James

currently serves as assistant director of programs and service for Time Out Youth

— a position he calls his “dream job,” having worked his way from intern in 2013

to full-time employee in the fall of 2017. James is only the second black gay male

to hold a full-time position with the agency. When not working with LGBTQ youth,

you will find James ministering at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church or hosting

events as Semaj The Real M.C., his drag alter-ego. James is engaged to his “African

Prince” Warren Radebe and together they have adopted one son Mduduzi.


Outstanding Ally Award


For the past two years, Ashley has served as the president of PFLAG Charlotte.

Under her leadership, the chapter was recognized among 400 chapters nationwide

as the 2017 “We Are The Change” Outstanding Chapter Award. Ashley also cofounded

Transparents of PFLAG Charlotte, helping local parents navigate the

unique healthcare, social, educational and safety issues associated with raising

their transgender children. Since its inception four years ago, this group has

grown to support more than 70 Charlotte families. Ashley has worked with the

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, Atrium Health, Novant Health and others

to educate and advocate for transgender youth. Ashley, a native Charlottean, and

her husband Matt are the proud parents of daughters Taylor (10) and Harris (12).


Young Catalyst Award


Audrey Ansel is 15 years old and identifies as a lesbian. Originally from Ohio, she

has lived in Charlotte for three years. Over the past year, she has strived to create

change within the LGBTQ community. She is a part of Time Out Youth’s speaker’s

bureau and has appeared on their podcast, “Out With It.” She is active within her

school’s GSA and will serve as an officer this coming school year. Audrey has also

created and facilitated an event in her church where members of the congregation

can learn more about the LGBTQ community and how to be better allies. Audrey

will continue to endeavor to create a better world for everyone. She wants all

LGBTQ youth to be heard and loved for who they are. Audrey’s goal is to see a

world where LGBTQ youth are not afraid to be themselves.