3rd Annual Alamance (NC) Pride Festival – Oct 7, 2017

The 3rd Annual Alamance Pride Festival is scheduled for October 7, 2017 in
downtown Burlington, North Carolina.



We are excited to announce Alamance Pride for Saturday, October 7th – as part of National LGBT History Month and National Coming Out Month.

Alamance Pride is a non­profit organization serving the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) communities of Alamance County by organizing and presenting an annual Pride festival.


Alamance Pride Facebook Page



Asheville LGBTQ Bowling League to be formed…

The formation of an Asheville-based LGBTQ Bowling League was announced on Facebook yesterday.

WELCOME to the Asheville LGBTQ Bowling League. The first organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 18th at 7pm.
Sky Lanes, Asheville, NC – At this meeting dates and times will be established for the league.
Form a team or sign up to be on a team. Teams consist of 4 people (an alternate is always a good idea).
The initial season will last 10 weeks (start date tbd)
Further seasons will be developed depending on community involvement.
Let’s get together and bust some pins!

For more information visit the Asheville LGBTQ Bowling League Facebook Page.




Ninth Annual GayCharlotte Film Festival June 1-4

Tickets and passes will soon be on sale for the Ninth Annual GayCharlotte Film Festival, scheduled for June 1-4, 2017.

Festival news and updates are available on the Facebook Event Page and on the GayCharlotte Film Festival Facebook Page

The GayCharlotte Film Festival, first established in 2009, has become an annual event in the Queen City and since 2014 has been a program of Charlotte Pride. Our mission is to entertain, enlighten, and build valuable bridges of understanding, support, and acceptance within and between the LGBTQ and ally communities in the Charlotte region. Today, the GayCharlotte Film Festival is one of Charlotte’s premiere arts and cultural events, which has brought thousands of attendees together to celebrate the artistic, cultural, and historical contributions of LGBTQ and ally individuals, all through the power of film. Each year, we work to strengthen our program by expanding the diversity and subject matter of the films we show. In addition, to enhance the overall experience for film goers, we have introduced new features to engage our community, including our new audience awards and free admission events to educational film screenings and panel discussions.

Gay & Lesbian, LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQIA???? – What you’ll see here…

rainbowflagIn the old days, life was much simpler in so many ways.  I know that because I’m old(er).

In the 1980’s my friends and I referred to ourselves as gay or lesbian or queer, & members of the greater Gay Community. (We were also called other things, but that is a topic for another post.) At that time, labels were not nearly as important as the other challenges we faced in the real world.   Fast forward to 2016 and things are not so simple anymore.

Organizations like The Associated Press (AP), Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and others all have their own recommendations of descriptive terms for our gay and lesbian community.

Now we are identified by acronyms like LGBT, LGBTQ, and even LGBTQIA, just to name a few.  If history is any indication, we can expect more labels in the future.

Some gay and lesbian organizations were legally formed using the term LGBT in their names, before the other acronyms even came into existence.  These organizations will be listed in our pages by their legal or DBA names, which may include “LGBT”.

In most other general circumstances, we will use the acronym LGBTQ for our community, which seems to be the preferred label for the time being by all the experts in journalism and media.

REGARDLESS of how you self-identify, or how you are identified in the media, we welcome you to our website.  It is hoped that the information contained within will be of benefit to you during your travels and daily lives.

The Editor
Out! Carolina