Starting this week and carrying through through Pride Charlotte Week, we’ve been taking just a moment to introduce you to some of the volunteer committee members who work to plan, coordinate and present the The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte’s Pride Charlotte.
We began with Dave Webb, co-chair of the Pride Charlotte organizing committee, on Monday. Today, we feature John Stotler, chair of The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte Board of Directors.
Position: Community Center liaison; Chair, LGBT Community Center of Charlotte
Years on organizing committee: 2011 (Founding board member, Charlotte Pride 2001)
Hometown: Winchester, Va.
How many years have you lived in Charlotte? Have you lived in other cities?
14 years in Charlotte. 2 years in Richmond prior. Work brought me to Charlotte in 1997
What is your favorite neighborhood in Charlotte? What makes it so special?
Plaza Midwood. I love the diversity there and the cute houses!
What is your favorite type of music? Your favorite singer/band?
Most any type of music. My favorite artist is Sting.
Who is your favorite actor/actress? Your favorite movie?
Diane Lane, “Star Wars”
What is your favorite food? Your favorite restaurant in Charlotte?
What is your favorite color?
What is the most cherished piece of your wardrobe?
What makes you special?
How do you define “Pride”?
Having enough self confidence to be yourself no matter who is around.
Why is Pride important for Charlotte?
To show the larger community that LGBT people are like everyone else
What motivated you to get involved with Pride Charlotte?
To see it grow
Why do you think it is important to support Pride Charlotte and the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte?
Because Pride is the largest LGBT event in the Carolinas and thus has the loudest voice in the community. The Center strives to be everything to everyone in the community. We need volunteers to help with that. I can’t ask others to volunteer if I won’t!
How do you hope to grow personally from your experience working with Pride Charlotte?
Continuing my personal journey of acceptance and inclusion of people who are different than me.
What are your hopes for Pride Charlotte this year?
How would you like to see Pride Charlotte grow in one year? Two years? A decade from now?
I would like to see Pride up attendance by 10% every year. I think in 10 years, Charlotte should be able to sustain a Pride event that draws top talent, big sponsors and 50,000+ attendees.