Week of Pride events culminates with annual Pride Charlotte festival on Aug. 27
The Queen City’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride festival will be held this year on Aug. 27 in Uptown Charlotte, along S. Tryon St. between 3rd St. and the new Levine Center for the Arts. Pride Charlotte, which attracts thousands each year, is the culmination of a week-long slate of events highlighting the social, cultural, ethnic, artistic and political diversity of the metro Charlotte area’s LGBT community.
“We are very excited to move our festival Uptown and to the heart of Charlotte’s artistic and cultural center,” said Jonathan Hill, Co-Chair of the Pride Charlotte organizing committee. “The S. Tryon St. location provides a unique opportunity for our event to grow and to raise more visibility for this city’s diverse gay community.”
Pride Charlotte, a project of the Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Charlotte, is the largest event across the Carolinas celebrating the lives and culture of the LGBT community. Proceeds from the event benefit The Center.
“The Lesbian & Gay Community Center has long believed events like Pride Charlotte help to bring awareness of our community into the mainstream,” said John Stotler, chair of The Center Board of Directors. “Pride Charlotte also acts as way to build bridges within our own community and among natural allies across the metro Charlotte area.”
This year’s events will also include several fundraisers and other activities in the months leading up to Pride Week and the annual Pride Charlotte festival. The Center and Pride Charlotte organizing committee look forward to working with a variety of gay and non-gay community organizations in building a diverse slate of arts, entertainment and cultural events.
“This year’s committee is dedicated to fully including all communities in our planning and organizing,” said Pride Charlotte events chair Josh Willis. “We’re off to a great start and encourage community leaders and organizations to reach out to us as we continue to brainstorm ways in which to build community and diversity in our events offerings this year.”
For more information about Pride Charlotte, how to get involved as a volunteer or sponsor or about Pride events and news, visit PrideCharlotte.com.
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