Presented by MeckPAC & Charlotte Pride
in partnership with:
Democracy North Carolina
Equality North Carolina
Human Rights Campaign
Members of the LGBTQ community are invited to attend a pre-event and post-event reception/mixer as well as the annual LGBTQ Community Candidates Forum. This year, you’ll have the chance to hear from candidate for mayor and at-large candidates for Charlotte City Council.
Pre-Forum Reception: 6-7pm
Post-Forum Reception: 9-10pm
Moderated by Mandy Carter & Matt Comer.
The Charlotte LGBTQ Community Candidate Forum is the largest opportunity for local members of the LGBTQ community to learn more about where their candidates and elected officials stand on issues of importance. This year’s forum takes on a more important role for this year’s elections, especially in the aftermath of HB2 and increased scrutiny on a variety of local issues, including affordable housing and criminal justice reform.
The event will be co-moderated by longtime, Durham-based activist Mandy Carter, who began her advocacy career at the 1968 Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Poor People’s Campaign. Carter is a co-founder of Southerners on New Ground, founded in North Carolina as an intersectional social justice and capacity building organization focusing on LGBTQ people living in the South. In addition to her work in LGBTQ and social justice spaces in the South, Carter also served as a co-founder of the National Black Justice Coalition and was one of five national co-chairs for LGBT Pride, the LGBT grassroots infrastructure for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Carter will be joined as co-moderator by Matt Comer, a MeckPAC board member and a former editor of QNotes, Charlotte’s LGBTQ community newspaper.