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.org FROM THE PRESIDENT welcome Welcome to our first edition of our CharlottePrideMagazine. I cannot think of a better time to debut this inaugural issue than during the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. This magazine, much like all our CharlottePride programs, is a labor of love, passion, and intentionality. We are beyond excited to share it with you. It has been said before, in numerous ways, our Movement for Queer Liberation has come a really long way since Stonewall, yet there’s so much more that we must continue to fight for. I couldn’t agree more. I moved to North Carolina in 1998 and have seen our queer community change drastically in the past twenty years. We are multi-racial, multi-generational, and nonbinary. We are black, immigrant, and Muslim. We’re entrepreneurs, teachers, construction workers, lawyers, and low-income workers. We want affordable housing, living wages, economic opportunity, a brighter future for our kids and our environment. In many ways these identities and experiences may seem new, yet we’ve always been all of these things. The difference now is that these voices and these experiences are becoming more visible, are being valued, and brought forth. We must continue to challenge our community about what it means to be queer and create spaces for those voices and stories to be shared. It is this diversity of lived experiences, perspectives, and identities that make our community and our organization stronger! I’m extremely thankful to our CharlottePride staff, Matt Comer and Jerry Yelton, for all they have done to guide our work, including for leading our amazing volunteers and Board of Directors into a more equitable, diverse, and intentional organization. Much like our broader movement, we have a long way to go but we are headed in the right direction. I look forward to seeing our community celebrate and increase the visibility of the unique lives and experiences of our LGBTQ+ community, not just during the annual CharlottePride Festival and Parade, but throughout the year. My hope for CharlottePride and for all of you is to feel comfortable sitting at the intersection of celebrating our accomplishments and not losing sight of the continued struggle for the liberation of all of our communities. Enjoy this magazine, celebrate our community, and think about how you can contribute to a more equitable and brighter future for all! With Love, Daniel Valdez President, CharlottePride Board of Directors he/him/his Photo Credit Top: Gina Esquivel Photo Credit Bottom: Jack Stuts