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 butterflies@fcsj.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

Local and regional news spotlight

Upcoming Events

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.

Click here to learn more and to register.

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.

Click here to learn more.