As Pride Charlotte Week begins, local faith leaders speak out for affirmation

The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte kicks off their Pride Charlotte Week today. The 10-day slate of events culminates on Aug. 27, with the annual Pride Charlotte Festival in Uptown. Tonight, the Center hosts the opening of their newest art exhibit, The Human Canvass. (See our full event calendar for more details.)

As Pride Week rolls out, faith leaders and institutions across the area are speaking up and taking action to affirm and welcome the local LGBT community.

Tonight, Temple Beth El’s Keshet Committee, the synagogue’s LGBT congregants group, hosts a special Pride dinner. Open to the public, the event costs $25 and includes dinner, beer and wine, entertainment. The event, which also features an affirming worship service, begins at 5:20 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Rd. For more information:

On Sunday, a host of LGBT affirming faith leaders from a variety of traditions will join together to host a special Interfaith Pride Service. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 4 p.m. at Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1609 East 5th St. For more information, see

The local faith community’s involvement with Pride Charlotte this year doesn’t end this weekend. Plenty of local affirming churches and other faith institutions will be on hand at this year’s festival on Saturday, Aug. 27, Noon-8 p.m. The festival grounds are located on S. Tryon St., between 3rd and Stonewall Sts.