Charlotte Latin Pride looks toward continued, new programs in 2018
Moving into its fourth year, Charlotte Latin Pride is looking toward a bright 2018 as it plans continued activities like its Latin Pride Expo and the addition of new programs.
Begun in 2015 with a single Latin Pride Night, Charlotte Pride’s Latinx outreach program has since grown to include a variety of year-long activities. The annual Latin Pride Night continues during each week leading up to the annual Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade, and the annual Latin Pride Expo is being planned again this year for September, with new additions that will create opportunities for learning more about the full diversity of the local LGBTQ Latinx community.
Latin Pride Expo
This year’s expanded Latin Pride Expo is planned for September, coinciding with National Hispanic Heritage Month. The expanded two-day event will feature a special art installation, gallery and reception on a Friday evening with artist Nelson Morales, a recent artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Morales, who hails from Mexico, focuses his art and photography on the sexual diversity in different cultures—mainly the community of muxe, a third gender—on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, part of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. As part of Charlotte Latin Pride’s Expo, Morales will be displaying photography taken in Charlotte’s local LGBTQ communities. On the following Saturday, Latin Pride’s Expo will be held, a day-long event with music, food, dancing, community vendors and more. Stay tuned for more event details and finalized dates and locations as they’re announced!
New support nights
This year’s Expo will also incorporate new community resources, drawing on Charlotte Latin Pride’s new program of Spanish-language support nights. Beginning this spring (more details to come soon), Charlotte Latin Pride will host monthly support nights with Spanish-speaking experts, community advocates and others. Latin Pride Committee members hope the new support nights provide education, awareness, information and new resources on a diverse array of topics, including immigration-related issues, mental health awareness, sexual health, HIV/AIDS prevention and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), homophobia/transphobia in the workplace and more.
Latinx Nights at Bar Argon
At the beginning of each month, join Charlotte Latin Pride for a night out at Bar Argon. A fun evening of music and dance, all for a good cause. Proceeds benefit Latin Pride’s programs throughout the year. Each night out happens on the first Friday of each month.
You can join Charlotte Latin Pride as a volunteer on the committee or at any of the program’s upcoming activities. Click here to fill out our volunteer interest form. Latin Pride is also searching for sponsors and vendors for this year’s Charlotte Latin Pride Expo. To learn how you can support the annual event and other programming throughout the year, email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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