Observer: Pride Festival, out in the open

The Charlotte Observer published a phenomenal write-up on our wonderfully successful, record-setting Pride Charlotte yesterday. The news report, by writer Meghan Cooke, appears online and in the paper’s print edition today. Read a bit below and then hop over to to read the rest.

The Duke Energy Building in Uptown Charlotte lit up in commemoration of Pride Charlotte on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Pride Festival, out in the open
Fest celebrates LGBT progress, acceptance.

By Meghan Cooke,
Posted: Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011

Rainbow colors beaming from the Duke Energy Center in Charlotte’s uptown lit up the sky Saturday night, marking the end of a festival celebrating the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The event shut down several blocks of South Tryon Street as thousands flocked to the Pride Festival, put on by Pride Charlotte, a group that works to empower the area’s LGBT community.

The festival is the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte’s largest fundraiser. It’s the culmination of Pride Week, which included an interfaith worship service, an art exhibit and film screening.

Thousands of people – a record number – attended Saturday’s festival, organizers said.

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