Charlotte to commemorate 50th anniversary of Stonewall with Uptown rally, evening celebration
Community members join together to mark five decades of the LGBTQ Liberation Movement
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LGBTQ community members in Charlotte will join worldwide celebrations and commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots & Uprising with a community rally on Saturday, June 15, in Uptown Charlotte and an evening celebration that same day.
A community-wide rally, free and open to the public, is slated for Saturday, June 15, 2-4 p.m., in Uptown Charlotte’s Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202. More than a dozen community leaders and performers are slated to appear on the rally stage. Among the speakers are: Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, the city’s first LGBTQ elected official; Candis Cox, a Raleigh-based transgender advocate and board member for statewide advocacy group Equality North Carolina; Kelli Baron, a Charlotte transgender advocate; and Calla Hales, director of A Preferred Women’s Health Center. A variety of other speakers will be present from Charlotte Pride, Charlotte Black Pride, and several other community organizations.
In the evening, community members are invited to a nightlife fundraising party in celebration of the anniversary commemoration. The Retro Pride Party will be held at Bar Argon, 4544 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28209. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 for club members and $10 for guests. A portion of door charges will benefit Charlotte Pride programming.
June is marked annually as LGBTQ Pride Month, in recognition of the Stonewall Riots & Uprising, largely considered the moment which sparked the modern-day movement for LGBTQ Liberation. Beginning in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, LGBTQ patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village took to the streets in protest of and retaliation against police oppression, brutality, and harassment. The riots — led primarily by young people, trans people and people of color — continued for several days and were marked by what would later become known as our modern Pride marches and parades one year later on June 28, 1970, in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Charlotte’s annual commemoration of Pride will occur during the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade, scheduled for Aug. 17-18, in Uptown Charlotte.
More information on the Stonewall 50th Anniversary events, as well as the August festival and parade, is available online at https://charlottepride.org.
Individuals interested in volunteering for Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade events can learn more and sign up at https://charlottepride.org/volunteers/.
Stonewall50 Community Rally
Saturday, June 15, 2-4 p.m.
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Free and open to the public
Retro Pride Party
Saturday, June 15, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
4544 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28209
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Matt Comer, Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org