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Best LGBT Arts And Culture Spots In Charlotte

August 13, 2012 6:00 AM

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Ready to taste the rainbow in Charlotte?

During the month of August, the Queen City will be celebrating Gay Pride 2012 with music, festivities and art exhibits culminating in the LGBT Pride Charlotte Festival during August 25-26 in the Uptown area. Pride Charlotte is sponsored by the LGBT Community of Charlotte and has been promoted as a family-centered, positive, harassment-free, empowering environment whereby all members of the community are welcome and appreciated.

The LGBT Community Center states on its website that the mission statement of the event is “Empowering all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied peoples to stand as unique individuals and together as a community, with the purpose of uniting as a creative, social, economic and influential force.” Pride Charlotte is the largest fundraiser of the year for the community center.

Need to know some of the cultural highlights going on in the LGBT community? There is so much going on. Be sure to check such websites as QNotesvisitgaycharlotte, and pridecharlotte for frequent updates and breaking news on newly-confirmed local, regional and national performers and LGBT activities throughout the Queen City. However, if you’re looking for a comprehensive list of Pride arts and culture in Charlotte, refer to the list below.

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White Rabbit Books and Things
Landmark LGBT Mural “Our Lives, Our Culture, Our Time”
1401 Central Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 377-4067

Beginning June 30, local LGBT artist Gil Croy will lead a team of other LGBT artists and volunteers to create a huge landmark mural on the front of the White Rabbit Books and Things store. The mural, titled “Our Lives, Our Culture, Our City” is being funded by a Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund Community Connections Grant and is in honor of the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.

The White Rabbit store was selected due to its historic status as the only LBGT-specific bookstore in the whole state and because of its ideal location in the epicenter of Charlotte’s gay-friendly neighborhoods and small business district. Croy will continue working on the mural throughout the month of July and August; it is intended that the work of art will be completed by September (just in time for the 2012 Democratic National Convention being held in downtown Charlotte).

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Transfaith in Color 2012 Conference
Hilton Hotel, University Place
8629 JM Keynes Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 547-7444

This three-day summit, held August 17-19, is supported by the Freedom Center for Social Justice, a North Carolina not-for-profit, and provides strategies for increasing social, emotional, spiritual, political and legal support for transgender men and women throughout the United States. Held at the Hilton Hotel, everyone who attends this conference will leave with a greater understanding of opportunities within the transgender community.

 Best LGBT Arts And Culture Spots In Charlotte

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The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte
820 Hamilton St, Suite B11
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 333-0144

The LGBT Center of Charlotte is a large, welcoming building located in the Fourth Ward of the city. The Center maintains a proactive, involved presence in Charlotte and serves as a central point of information, communication and service provision for the LGBT community. There is an active events calendar including such weekly social gatherings as knitting and men’s yoga, as well as a space provided for community service events like the meetings for the Carolina Transgender Society, Time Out Youth, and free HIV and syphilis testing. The Center organizes and sponsors the annual Gay Charlotte Film Festival and the PRIDE Festival Charlotte.

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Metropolitan Community Church of Charlotte
1825 Eastway Drive
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 563-5810

The MCC is a full-service church community that welcomes all people from all ways of life and sexual orientations. There is a Children’s Ministry, Music Ministry, HIV/AIDS Food Pantry and Prayer/Care/Share, as well as a busy social calendar which involves counseling, choir practice and Sunday school. The MCC partners with the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte to support faith service and counseling needs, and occasionally holds clothing drives at the Center.

 Best LGBT Arts And Culture Spots In Charlotte

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StillOut LGBT Photography Club
820 Hamilton St, Suite B11
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 333-0144

The mission of the StillOut LGBT Photography Club is to “enrich our lives and the LGBT community through photographic arts.” Club members enjoy field trips around the Carolinas to such locations as the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Saturday social meetings and monthly tutorials on photography techniques and equipment. There is an annual judged gallery event where member-selected photographs are on display for the public. This club meets on every other Tuesday to discuss photography and its role in the community.

Related: Best Local Charlotte Arts Programs To Support

S.L. Schmitz is a published author, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Dark Continents Publishing Company, an international soft cover, e-book, and audio publishing company that specialize in the horror and dark fiction genre. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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