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 A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF charlotte pride When many Charlotteans think of CharlottePride, it’s understandable that the first thing to pop in their minds might be our annual festival and parade. After all, the CharlottePride Festival & Parade is the region’s largest and most visible LGBTQ event. Each year’s festival and parade offers the single-greatest opportunity for LGBTQ people in Charlotte and the Carolinas to connect with their friends, their family, community resources, and LGBTQ-owned or -affirming business. In 2018, more than 165,000 visitors attended the event. But CharlottePride isn’t only active in August. Like most other community nonprofits, we have programs and projects throughout the year. We take our mission seriously — to empower, strengthen, and make visible the unique lives and experiences of LGBTQ people — not just once a year, but on each and every day throughout the year. CharlottePride’s board, staff and volunteers have been hard at work ensuring that our programs intentionally reach as many people as possible across the wide and beautiful spectrum that comprises the local and regional LGBTQ community. With the intersectionality of our collective, lived experiences in mind, we’ve reshaped existing programs or crafted entirely new outreach projects to better connect with our city. Last spring, we worked with PFLAG Charlotte and Transcend Charlotte to present a special film screening for Trans Day of Visibility. The film, “Becoming More Visible,” focused on the unique experiences of several transgender people. Following the film, a panel discussion of local trans community members discussed the film and their own personal experiences. 2018’s Trans Day of Visibility event marked a new beginning for Charlotte Trans Pride, a trans outreach and visibility program of CharlottePride. Charlotte Trans Pride has gone on to present several other projects and activities. In October 2018, Charlotte Trans Pride supported the inaugural International Pronouns Day by creating a series of online educational and awareness resources designed to be shared on social media networks. Also in the fall, CharlottePride was honored to support a community-wide event for November’s Trans Day of Remembrance. And, this spring, Charlotte Trans Pride reprised its Trans Day of Visibility event by presenting a larger, more community focused event with partner PFLAG Charlotte. The March 2019 event included more than two dozen organizations in a community resource fair and the talents of trans artists and entertainers. Over the past two years, our annual LGBTQ film festival, Reel Out Charlotte, held its 10th annual event. In 2018 and again this spring, our focus was to dramatically increase the number of LGBTQ-centered films highlighting the new and diverse viewpoints and experiences, including those of people of color, trans and gender-nonconfirming, people, youth, elders, immigrants, and more. Charlotte Latinx Pride continued its programming throughout 2018 and into the new year. In the summer of 2018, Latinx Pride, a program of CharlottePride, gathered community members together to remember the lives lost in 2016’s tragic Pulse Orlando shooting. In December, Latinx Pride partnered with the Arts & Science Council to host photographer Nelson Morales and his photo exhibit of local LGBTQ Latinx community members during the program’s annual Latinx Pride Expo. Later, this May, Latinx Pride again showcased Morales’ work alongside visual and other artistic talents from performers at the Latinx Pride Arts Showcase. (Read more about Morales and his photography work on page 48.) CharlottePride’s commitment to LGBTQ visibility in the arts was also felt in our support this year of local artist-activist Andrea Downs’ women’s-focused “Airing Out The Dirty Laundry” project, expanded community auditions for each year’s festival stages, and increased resources for Flourish: A Celebration of LGBTQ Arts and Culture, CharlottePride’s mini- arts festival within the larger CharlottePride Festival. As we headed into Pride season this year, CharlottePride was honored to work with a variety of community organizations and community leaders to present the June 15, 2019, Stonewall 50th Anniversary Rally in Romare Bearden Park. With two dozen speakers, the event was a true call to action — in keeping with the spirit of Stonewall and our shared Queer Liberation Movement. Throughout the year, CharlottePride has also striven to increase its volunteer outreach and community involvement efforts by offering new and imaginitive events with structured social activities. Our Interfaith Programs have expanded beyond each year’s Interfaith Service to support a wide range of intersectional faith programs. Outside of Queen City, CharlottePride has continued to support the efforts of InterPride, the International Association of Pride Organizers, through donations to support smaller Pride organizations who seek to attend InterPride conferences and other events. In March 2020, CharlottePride will host a joint regional conference bringing together Pride organizers from both the Northeastern and Southeastern regions of InterPride. Be it in August, October, February or March — the CharlottePride team is always hard at work fulfilling our mission to make our community more empowered and more visibile. Want to join us in our important work? We are always welcoming new volunteer leaders and will soon open applications for team coordinators for the 2019-2020 year. Learn more at charlottepride.org/apply/. 6