Introducing: The Charlotte Pride Scribe!

Photo Copyright Jennifer Hogan.

Community members gather to help carry the rainbow flag at the end of the 2014 Bank of America Charlotte Pride Prade. Photo Copyright Jennifer Hogan.

It’s with great excitement that Charlotte Pride today announces the launch of its new blog — The Charlotte Pride Scribe.

The Charlotte Pride Media & Marketing Committee has spent weeks brainstorming, planning and goal setting on how we can create a new community-focused program that helps to more broadly expose Charlotte Pride’s mission — Celebrating and Empowering the Queen City’s LGBTQ Community — to more and more members of our community.

The result is The Charlotte Pride Scribe, where members of the Charlotte Pride team will provide you a unique, inside look into what it takes to present our programs and projects.

In addition to regular updates on our ongoing programs and events, the Scribe will also provide you:

  • unique commentaries and features celebrating and empowering our community
  • profiles highlighting community events and change-makers
  • discussion and highlights of community milestones, history and achievements
  • opportunities for you to learn more about volunteer engagement and information about our organization and its mission, and so much more!

Some of our planned blog features for the immediate future include:

  • a special Valentine’s Day photo gallery of couples and friends who made Pride special
  • a commemorative post for African-American History Month
  • a behind-the-scenes look at planning for the upcoming Prides of the Southeast conference being hosted by Charlotte Pride this April
  • profiles of local LGBTQ youth and other leaders in recognition of various commemorations throughout the year!

And, we’ll be matching up all the great content here with new, more robust social media and email list engagement that keeps you in the loop.

We hope you’ll join us as we bring you new, refreshing, inspiring, helpful and insightful features and content each week. We’re excited to have you on our new journey here — a Charlotte Pride project delivered to you all year long and being undertaken by the Charlotte Pride Media & Marketing Committee.

Want to stay up to date on the latest Charlotte Pride Scribe posts and features? Subscribe to our email list today for the best in features from the Charlotte Pride Scribe, as well as regular updates and news on Charlotte Pride programs and events!

To get things started out right here on the blog, we’re going to give you an inside look at some of our accomplishments in 2014, discuss some of Charlotte Pride’s goals and projects for 2015 and give you an opportunity to weigh in with your own ideas, suggestions, questions and more! Read on!

2014: A Look Back


Last year was one of phenomenal and amazing growth for Charlotte Pride.

We hosted our annual Pride festival and parade again in Uptown and, for the first time in city history, celebrated with over 100,000 visitors over the course of the two-day weekend event. Just consider where we were just a few short years ago — with less than 30,000 visitors to the event in 2011, our first year in the heart of Uptown. This kind of growth makes us proud, and we hope it makes you proud, too — in your power and influence as a local LGBTQ community, in your native or adopted hometown of Charlotte and in all the wonderful volunteers, vendors, sponsors and others who pull together to make this annual event a success year in and year out.

Together through this growth, we’ve broadened awareness of our community — the organizations, businesses and people that make up the very building blocks of this vibrant, diverse city.

2014 was also the second year we hosted the Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade, growing it to more than 100 marching entries and more than doubling the number of colorful floats making their way down Tryon St. We’re betting Charlotte’s 18th century founders never imagined such a spectrum of diversity marching right down their main street!

In 2014, we also grew our partnerships with a variety of community organizations and business small and large. We attracted more vendors in the PNC Bank Festival Zone and more sponsors. It takes a team to pull off the annual parade and festival, and we’re really proud of our team of supporters — and their wonderful generosity — we’ve been able to pull together each year.

And what about that entertainment?! The Wells Fargo Stage was a blast in 2014! We were beyond excited to host Grammy Award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes, our first Country headliner. We were also proud to host Hip Hop artist Sevyn Streeter and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” entertainers, thanks to The Scorpio.

Our expanded VIP area, sponsored by Time Warner Cable, was also a hit! We received rave reviews on the food, the furniture and the new, more roomy set up.

Want more 2014 photos? Click here to see our photo galleries!

2015: On the Horizon

It’s going to be an exciting new year for Charlotte Pride, as we continue to build upon relationships, collaborate with new partners and present new programs that will continue to empower and celebrate our community throughout the year.

Here’s a snapshot of exciting things to come:

  • the opening of our new office space in Plaza Midwood, featuring artist Edwin Gil’s large-scale “Face of Pride” mural, comprised of thousands of thumbprints collected at last year’s Pride festival and made possible by the Arts & Science Council
  • our new partnership with the GayCharlotte Film Festival
  • our first-ever educational conference, Prides of the Southeast, hosted right here in the Queen City in April
  • a more robust community outreach team with more community events in the lead up to the big event in August

And, in August, will be back on the streets of Uptown with the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, bringing back all the things you love and new attractions built from your suggestions, ideas and feedback.

Get involved! Tell us what you’d like to see!

There’s never a better time to get involved with Charlotte Pride. Our growing committees have volunteer staff openings for any skill. Our committees include: Parade, Operations, Technology, Community Development, Media & Marketing, Entertainment and Volunteers. Interested in any one of them? Email or head over to our leadership page and find the personal contact for the committee that interests you.

WE LOVE FEEDBACK: As we continue to plan for an exciting year, we’d love to hear your ideas and feedback. What kinds of attractions would you like to see at the festival or parade? Do you have ideas for community events or collaborations? What did you like or what didn’t you like about past events? Comment below and let us know what you’re thinking!