Why Trans Pride and Latin Pride should be at the top of your Charlotte Pride itinerary [Partner]

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Trans people of color have often been whitewashed in the modern gay rights movement in America. The 2015 movie Stonewall showed a white cisgender gay man throwing the first brick at the windows of The Stonewall Inn when that was a myth. Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender woman, and her close friend Sylvia Rivera, a Latina transgender woman, were the ones that started the Stonewall Riots of 1969.

If it wasn’t for these transgender women of color, Pride as we know it wouldn’t exist.

In recognition of this history, Charlotte Pride established two new programs in 2015: Charlotte Trans Pride and Charlotte Latin Pride. The two programs offer resources, outreach, leadership development and more for these crucial members of the LGBTQ community.

Charlotte Trans Pride Events

HB2 primarily targeted transgender people in North Carolina, hence a spotlight on them during this year’s Charlotte Pride celebration — everything from art projects to Pride Week events and even a partnership with the Freedom Center for Social Justice to ensure safe restroom access in businesses, restaurants and bars in Uptown Charlotte. Here are two must-see events.

Aug. 15 – HB2: A Transgender Perspective, presented by Charlotte Trans Pride will feature a keynote address from Raleigh-based transgender activist and educator Candis Cox, who met with Governor Pat McCrory and asked him to repeal House Bill 2. She’ll be part of a panel discussing how transgender people are impacted by this discriminatory legislation. A social hour will include hors d’oeuvres and refreshments before the following panelists and moderator speak: The Rev. Debra Hopkins, The Rev. Dawn Flynn, Gloria Merriweather, and Ilya Parker.

Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, 6:30-9 p.m.
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

($10 Suggested Donation at the Door)

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Aug. 21 – Join Charlotte Trans Pride in the Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade and wave to your family — chosen and/or blood — in the crowd. Hold the light, blue, pink and white of the trans flag high along with other transgender and gender non-conforming community members, showing your unity, resiliency and diversity. Join the parade here.

Charlotte Latin Pride

Charlotte Latin Pride will also host two events. Chair Jaime Crespo (pictured below on the left at a recent Trans Mixer) says he’s excited about the slate of activities and is looking towards future growth.

“Essentially what we want to be able to do is to make it all inclusive to everyone and anyone regardless of what you consider your sexual orientation or whether you are non-binary, just be able to make a space for everyone to feel welcome regardless if you’re an ally,” he said.

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Aug. 13 – Charlotte Latin Pride Expo. Featuring community vendors, music, speakers and more and providing opportunities for networking and education.

Saturday, Aug. 13, Noon – 6 p.m.
Midwood International & Cultural Center – International House
1817 Central Ave #215
Charlotte, NC 28205
Free

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Aug. 17 – Latin Night. Bachata the night away at this social mixer featuring food, music, and a dance competition. Last year, the organization expected 80 people and 216 showed up. They are expecting 300-350 people this year.

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Midwood International & Cultural Center – International House
1817 Central Ave #215
Charlotte, NC 28205

Cover: $10 (for 18-20 year olds), $5 (21 and over)

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Open Occupancy: Artists Respond to HB2

In addition to Charlotte Latin Pride and Charlotte Trans Pride events, Charlotte Pride is also sponsoring a unique art exhibit at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. “Open Occupancy: Artists Respond to HB2” is in direct response to HB2’s attacks on trans people. Charlotte area artists and advocates began a conversation about reclaiming the narrative of  sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; from one of fear, bigotry and public exclusion to one of respect, tolerance and public inclusion. This conversation has grown into a series of provocative temporary art installations in several of the public restrooms at The McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Seven artists will participate with Charlotte Latin Pride, Charlotte Trans Pride and other local LGBTQ community organizations.

Special Exhibit Hours During Charlotte Pride Weekend:

Friday, August 19, 12-5 p.m.
Saturday, August 20, 12-8 p.m.
Sunday, August 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Open Occupancy: Artists Respond to HB2

Exhibit Aug. 19-Sept. 10

The McColl Center for Art + Innovation
721 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

For more information on this year’s Charlotte Pride activities, visit charlottepride.org.