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.
CharlottePride MAGAZINE Champions OF PRIDE 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. JAMES RICE III Harvey Milk Award he/him/his 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. ASHLEY NURKIN Outstanding Ally Award she/her/hers 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). AUDREY ANSEL Young Catalyst Award she/her/hers 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. 10
charlottepride.org Grand Marshals 2019 BANK OF AMERICA CHARLOTTE PRIDE PARADE CHARLOTTE BLACK PRIDE 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. THE HONORABLE JOHN S. ARROWOOD 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. 11