1300+ attend 2006 HRC Carolinas Gala in Charlotte

HRC 2006 Carolinas Gala


Over 1300 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight allied individuals attended the 2006 HRC Carolinas Gala in Charlotte, NC, last night. I was honored to be there also, as one of 17 LGBT and allied youth who received youth “scholarships” to attend the dinner.

The theme for this year’s dinner was “Fire & Ice”. Overall, the event was an overwhelming success and a BLAST!!!

Speakers at the event included HRC Executive Director Joe Solmonese, Actress Jane Lynch and performer Kristin W. One of the presenting sponsors, Wachovia (shout out for Winston-Salem!!!), sent their executive vice president to the dinner in order to speak on behalf of the company. Dinner co-chairs, Jay Biles and Jennifer Garner, led the crowd through the night’s program.

HRC Carolinas also gave three awards last night. The Equality Award was presented to Parks Helms, Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners for his work and advocacy for LGBT citizens. Chairman Helms was instrumental in adopting the County’s sexual orientation-inclusive non-discrimination policy.

The Community Service Award was given to Charlotte NC Black Gay Pride, the organization formed just last year which organized a Black Gay Pride event which attracted approximately 7000 attendees from all different backgrounds, sexual orientations and identities.

The Legacy Award was presented to Dr. Ed Madden, Professor of the English Language and Literature at The University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) for his advocacy. According to the Gala’s program, Dr. Madden “has been a tremendous public advocate for the gay and lesbian community in the state of South Carolina”.

The Gala was absolutely wonderful and I loved every minute of it. I met so many great people and was able to talk with LGBT and allied leaders from across the state. I also got a chance to meet up and talk with people with whom I haven’t seen in a while, including all my close friends and fellow LGBT advocates from Winston-Salem, NC. I even danced with them on the stage at the end of the dinner when Kristin W. sang “We Are Family”, lol.

So… for all of you who missed this year’s Gala… you’d better be at next year’s!!!

2 Responses to “1300+ attend 2006 HRC Carolinas Gala in Charlotte”
  1. Samantha says:

    Lucky lucky Man. Glad you had a good time 🙂

  2. tay hota says:

    interesting things, those school systems all-inclusive non-discrimination blurbs… I signed a petition for a “sexual orientation” statement to be added here in guilford county last year and, as an educator in the system, it ended up getting to someone I work with, which was fine, he was very cool and it seemed to get no further. “They” ended up passing the proposal and added the statemnt. Problem is, after seeing it around for a few motnhs (it did get distributed) I challenge anyone to find it…. We seem to be right back to the old statement, less than a year later. hmmm…

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