LGBTQ Charlotte: What’s open, what’s closed, what’s online during COVID-19
LAST UPDATED: March 25, 2020, 2:01 PM
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Below, we’ve compiled a list of LGBTQ Charlotte’s primary nonprofit organizations and other entities which have announced changes to their normal operations. Check with each individual organization or company for more details.
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Need information on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and others? Click here for the latest guidelines, tips, and updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Stay At Home Order
The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have issued a county-wide Stay At Home Order, which goes into effect at 8 AM on Thursday, March 26 and will stay in effect until April 16.
If you have specific questions or need clarification, you can call the County’s hotline at 704-353-1926.
Essential Community Services
Equality NC has compiled an ongoing list of resources available across the state, including information on unemployment benefits, mental health and other support, housing, food assistance and more. Click here to view the resource list.
All community-based HIV/STD testing is currently halted. These include testing sites at remote locations like RAIN. Mecklenburg County Public Health is still offering HIV/STD testing at their walk-in clinic. Click here for more information.
Domestic Violence Support & Crisis Intervention
Mecklenburg County’s Domestic Violence Adult Services is currently suspended. However, Safe Alliance is still operating their 24/7 Greater Charlotte Hope Line at 980-771-4673. Operators are available to provide crisis intervention and safety planning; advocacy; referrals to the Domestic Violence Shelter for clients in imminent danger; the latest court and Domestic Violence Protective Order information; and more.
Urban Ministry & Men’s Shelter
Operations are active, but with limited capacity. Please see updates here.
Mecklenburg County Substance Use Services
Service is currently suspended. The county is directing those in need to contact Atrium’s Behavioral Health Help Line at 704-444-2400 or Mecklenburg County Mobile CriSyS at 704-566-3410 and select option 1 for support.
Meals for Children
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools is distributing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals at school sites across the county. For more information, see this update via Facebook.
AIDS Walk Charlotte
Originally scheduled to take place on May 2, 2020, in Uptown Charlotte, RAIN has announced that the 2020 AIDS Walk Charlotte will transition to a month-long virtual fundraising campaign. Executive Director Debbie Warren released this following video to explain the changes and provide other updates on RAIN’s services.
Charlotte Pride has cancelled its immediate, upcoming community events, as well as a conference we were planning to host March 19-22 for East Coast Pride organizations. We’re moving ahead as planned with organizing for this year’s Reel Out Charlotte film festival, May 9-17, and the 2020 Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade, August 1-2. Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or sign up for our email list, to get updates on virtual programs and activities we’ll be rolling out over the next two weeks.
Charlotte Black Pride
Charlotte Black Pride has postponed all of their March and April events, including a planned 2020 kickoff event on March 28th.
Time Out Youth
Time Out Youth Center has moved all its programs to virtual platforms. Click here to see their plans.
Time Out Youth provided this Facebook Live update on Wednesday, March 25, on their preparations and changes in advance of Mecklenburg County’s stay-at-home order.
Housed inside Time Out Youth Center, Transcend Charlotte similarly has postponed in-person events. The previously scheduled Trans Day of Visibility event for March 29th has been postponed, with a new date to be announced. And TransCloset appointments will be rescheduled. Transcend has attempted to contact those with appointments to reschedule, but you can also reach out via call or text 704-980-8509 or email email@example.com to be added to the reschedule list. For support and discussion, Transcend is utilizing their usual Discord server.
RAIN has closed its offices and is providing remote care to patients. See their update below for more information.
Carolinas Care Partnership
Like RAIN, Carolinas Care has modified their operations. They’ve suspended home visits but are encouraging clients to use their normal methods to contact case managers and other staffers with questions and needs.
Amity Medical Group
Amity Medical is operating on normal hours. However, the firm is asking all patients to call ahead if they are sick or think they are sick before coming to appointments or seeking care. (This is good advice before you go to any medical provider!)
RAO Community Health (Rosedale ID)
Office closed until April 6. Call 704-237-8793 for assistance.
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— RAO Community Health (@rao_health) March 20, 2020
Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund
The Fund has postponed a scheduled networking and mixer event on March 26th. A new date will be announced later.
Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The local LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce has postponed all March events.
The group has created an online resource center.
Several predominantly LGBTQ faith institutions have suspended in-person worship services, namely:
Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of Charlotte (7121 Orr Rd) — Services suspended through end of March; Thursday Food Pantry closed for two weeks
Unity Fellowship Church of Charlotte (7121 Orr Rd) — Services suspended through end of March
Restaurants & Bars
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered that all restaurants and bars in the State of North Carolina suspend in-person dining/service, though take-out and deliveries can continue.
A local community member has compiled a spreadsheet of resources for those in the service industry, including resources for free meals and other emergency assistance. Click here to view the resource document.
This order includes all restaurants and bars — including those which are LGBTQ-owned, which are in turn far more likely to regularly employ members of the LGBTQ community. We encourage you to see if your favorite LGBTQ-owned restaurant is still operating to-go or delivery service and patronize them as you are able.