Rainbow Rundown: Trans artists’ holiday cards, PFLAG hiring, Dan Mauney remembered
Welcome to a special edition of the Rainbow Rundown, your weekly recap of LGBTQ news, events, and more. Usually published every Friday, we’re pushing this edition out mid-week; we skipped last Friday’s edition in lieu of content for Trans Day of Remembrance, and this Friday is part of a holiday weekend.
We’ve also jam-packed this week’s edition with a slew of local news, in addition to your usual mix of top headlines from across the region, nation, and world.
Be sure to pay particular attention to the list of upcoming events at the end!
In this issue of the Rainbow Rundown:
- New holiday cards from trans artists
- PFLAG Charlotte hiring part-time coordinator
- Dan Mauney Legacy Fund launched by RAIN
- News from around the nation and world
- Local and regional news spotlight
- Upcoming events
New holiday cards help trans artists launch new businesses
The Freedom Center for Social Justice has launched the Butterfly Collection of holiday-themed cards from local trans and gender-nonconforming artists participating in the Charlotte-based nonprofit’s Artist Entrepreneurship Program.
The cards — available in variety packs of eight — are designed by Cory Rattrovo, Tobias Dean, and Lena Gray. Among the designs are queer-inclusive cards celebrating authenticity, gender awareness, Kwanzaa, and unique gender-inclusive take on the Holy Family and traditional Bethlehem manger scene.
The Freedom Center’s Artist Entrepreneurship Program began in September and runs through January. Participants attend live workshops and courses, have meetings with other participants and work toward creating new products to gain hands-on business experience, including production conception and production. Participants receive a $1,500 stipend and a portion of proceeds from the sales of their products.
A limited run of variety packs of eight are available for $16 each and can be purchased online. You can purchase bulk orders of individual cards by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
PFLAG Charlotte hiring part-time chapter coordinator
PFLAG Charlotte has announced they are hiring a part-time chapter coordinator. The new position will provide administrative support for the ongoing operations of Charlotte’s local chapter of the national organization. Reporting to the chapter president, thew new role will help coordinate peer support services, educational programming, marketing and communications, donor database management, event planning, and general chapter support.
More information can be found about the role and how to apply by visiting the PFLAG Charlotte website.
The new hire is a big step for PFLAG Charlotte, previously managed by an entirely volunteer board of directors and other volunteers. Board members and volunteers will still play an essential role in organization activities. The move by PFLAG Charlotte is also yet another step toward the continued sustainability and professionalization of Charlotte’s LGBTQ community-serving organizations. Several organizations have hired one or more full- or part-time staff over the past few years, including growing staff positions at Time Out Youth, Transcend Charlotte and, right here, at Charlotte Pride.
RAIN establishes new fund honoring late Dan Mauney
RAIN has announced the creation of the Dan Mauney Legacy Fund. The new fund will launch in 2021 and support essential client services, including rent, utilities, food, transportation, and healthcare.
The new fund is named in memory of longtime RAIN board member and community leader Dan Mauney, who passed in July at the age of 49. Mauney also served in a variety of other roles in the city, including the local Human Rights Campaign steering committee and the board of Time Out Youth.
In addition to his long-running Takeover Friday events, Mauney was also a longtime member of RAIN’s Gay Bingo planning committee. As a nod to his service to RAIN, the organization announced the new fund during this year’s virtual Gay Bingo event on Nov. 14.
More details about the fund will be announced soon.
News from around the nation and world
- When trans athletes come out, their teammates and coaches embrace them (Out Sports)
- New York to Offer ‘X’ Gender Marker on Driver’s Licenses (Advocate)
- ‘Dear Santa, do you support the LGBTQ community?’ Young boy leaves social media ‘in tears’ with a heartbreaking letter to Father Christmas asking if God still ‘loves him for being gay’ (Daily Mail)
- Black trans woman sues after being sexually assaulted over 14 times in men’s prison (LGBTQ Nation)
- Argentina’s army now has a 1% transgender quota while the US still bans transgender service members (LGBTQ Nation)
- Joe Biden Picks Gay Man as White House Social Secretary (New Now Next)
- Citing Maskless Scofflaws, WeHo Gay Bar The Abbey Closing Temporarily (Advocate)
- Trans Woman Asia Jynaé Foster Shot to Death in Houston (Advocate)
- India’s bid for marriage equality inches closer as Delhi High Court joins up three separate landmark cases (Pink News)
Local and regional news spotlight
- RAIN founder Debbie Warren announces retirement (Charlotte Pride Blog)
- Controversial North Carolina law HB142 ends December 1 (ABC 11)
- Black trans Southerners more likely to experience negative health interactions (Metro Weekly)
- Report details LGBTQ southerners’ voting behaviors and beliefs (Mountain Xpress)
- Charleston groups hold Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil (Live 5 News)
- The first Black drag queen in North Alabama and other untold stories of the Queer South (Scalawag)
- Protests. Anger. Even dancing. Emotions flare as city reopens streets over BLM mural. (Charlotte Observer)
Eat. Gay. Love. Thanksgiving Dinner + Movie
Thursday, Nov. 26
Join Charlotte Pride, Time Out Youth and Eat. Gay. Love, presented by Queen City Nerve and Single Barrel Room, for a very special Thanksgiving Day this year! Dine-in, get takeout food, or get meal delivery for a FREE Thanksgiving meal for those in need of community or food this holiday. That evening at 5:30pm, register to join a Zoom movie watch party and experience community virtually. Click here for more information and to register for either/both the free Thanksgiving meal and the movie party.
Building Credit for Trans & Enby Folx: Navigating Through Transition, Zeke Christopoulos
Tue, Dec 8, 2020 6:00 PM.
Transcend is thrilled to host trans advocate Zeke Christopoulos (he/him/his) for the second in a two-part series to discuss building and maintaining financial credit for members of the trans and nonbinary communities. Zeke is a Vice President at BB&T, now Truist, as well as co-founder and current Executive Director of Tranzmission in Asheville, NC.
Twirl to the World Virtual Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 11-Saturday, Dec. 12th
Twirl to the World returns with its annual holiday party and fundraiser, this time going virtual! A kickoff party will be held on Friday, Dec. 11 and the full “Haus Party” on Saturday, Dec. 12. Beneficiaries this year are LGBTQ Charlotteans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with funds from the Twirl Assistance Program distributed through Winter Awakening, Transcend Charlotte, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Smart Start, and RAIN.