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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Founded in 2005 by Damon Blackmon, Jermaine Nakia Lee, Monica

Simpson and Korey Handy, Charlotte Black Pride is a local nonprofit

organization consisting of volunteers interested in promoting

a positive image of LGBTQ people of color. The vision of Charlotte

Black Pride is to empower the hearts, minds and spirits of all

LGBTQ people, while embracing diversity, uplifting the community,

and working to bring social change.

From its first event 15 years — attracting 7,000 patrons from all

over the Carolinas and the Southeast — Charlotte Black Pride

has continued to reach more members of the African-American

LGBTQIA community and its allies. Average attendance at Charlotte

Black Pride events has grown to 25,000 people each year.

The LGBTQ Community continues to grow in prominence & visibility

throughout Mecklenburg County and the state of North Carolina,

especially in the African-American community. In 2017, the Black

LGBTQ-focused, Center for Black Equity recognized The Queen City

as one of the top five cities for Black LGBTQ growth & prosperity.

Charlotte Black Pride’s mission is to promote LGBTQ Pride

primarily for, but not limited to, members of the Black community.

It does so while building social awareness, embracing spirituality

and celebrating the diversity that exists within the community.


Judge John S. Arrowood (he/him/his) was the first openly LGBTQ

person to win a statewide race in the South when he won his race to

remain on the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2018.

Judge Arrowood is a North Carolina native. After obtaining his law

degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he clerked,

and served as a staff attorney and head of the Court of Appeals

Central Staff. He then relocated to Charlotte, where for a total of

26 years he practiced with the firm of James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.

doing complex civil litigation, employment and administrative law.

Judge Arrowood was initially appointed as a Special Superior Court

Judge in 2007 by Gov. Michael Easley. Later that year Gov. Easley

appointed him to the Court of Appeals. When Judge Arrowood lost

his election to retain the seat, he returned to his old firm.

In 2017, Gov. Roy Cooper reappointed Judge Arrowood to the Court

of Appeals. In 2018, he was elected to a full eight year term and was

the leading vote-getter in the state.

Judge Arrowood has served as the Chair of the Equality NC PAC,

served for many years on the board of the Gay and Lesbian (now

LGBTQ) Victory Institute, and serves on the board of One Victory.