Prism (n.): used for dispersing light into a spectrum or for reflecting rays of light. A safe inclusive space for LGBTQ folks ages 18-26!

Prism is the first program of the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte. We are a group for LGBTQ adults ages 18-26, and we meet every Monday at 5:30 to talk about anything and everything! We do activism and have guest speakers! Join us!

Come out (wink), and bring your friends. :) General Information Every Monday night at The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte you can join Prism, our discussion group for our LGBTQ and straight allies ages 18-26!

The Center opens at 5p.m. and members are encouraged to come early and hang out before the discussion group. We generally gather around 5:30, and discussion runs from 6 until 7:30. Topics include activism, current events, practical life stuff, and we sometimes bring in guest speakers! Join us and bring your friends!

 

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Today is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day we set aside to honor those who have suffered as a result of anti-trans* hate crimes and prejudice. Today, we remind ourselves to recognize the unique challenges faced by the trans* members of our communities, and pledge to do more to help all year round. For information about TDOR or events that may be happening near you, check out the official website. This is a really important day, and a chance to educate lots of people about some really crucial issues. Let’s take the opportunity. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013

The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte would like to invite everyone to please come to The Center on November 20th from 6:30 until 8:00 pm.

This is a time when we all need to come together as a community and as a family, and remember those who have fallen due to hatred and intolerance.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”
- Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Please come and participate at the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte to honor all those who have fallen due to to anti-transgender violence.

Federal court upholds NJ ban on ex-gay therapy

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A federal court last week upheld New Jersey’s newly-passed ban on ex-gay “reparative” therapy for minors.

Judge Freda Wolfson of the U.S. District Court ruled Friday that the law "restricts neither speech nor religious expression," dismissing a challenge against it from a right-wing Christian organization.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed the law in August, after California passed similar legislation banning the use of harmful, unscientific “therapy” on minors by licensed therapists and mental health professionals in September 2012.

"Ex-gay therapy," sometimes called reparative therapy by its proponents, has been condemned by every major medical and psychological organization in the country as harmful and dangerous. "There has been no scientifically adequate research that therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation (sometimes called reparative or conversion therapy) is safe or effective," notes the American Psychological Association.  

Good, good. 

Prism: Gender Days Nov. 12

November 12th marks the first meeting of Prism Gender Days.

Prism Gender Days is an extension of the LGBT Center’s Prism that exists to stimulate open forum conversation for transgender, genderqueer, and questioning individuals as well as allies. It will work to create and inclusive space for discussion about issues related to gender, gender identity, and gender expression. Upcoming topics include: Gender in the media, Trans*gender specific laws, and Being trans* within the greater LGBTQ community.

Prism Gender Days will meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 at the LGBT Center.

“This group exists to provide a safe, supportive environment and to stimulate open forum conversation for transgender, genderqueer, questioning individuals and allies. Our goal is to create an inclusive space for discussion focused on trans* issues and gender identity.”

Prism: An LGBT group for ages 18-26 in Charlotte

Hey folks!

As a reminder, group will be a field trip to UNCC for their showing of “American Transgender”.

If you are in need of transportation, myself plus a few others will be at the LGBT Center to offer rides between 5-5:30pm.

Hope to see you all there!

arscharis:

College Final Major Project

These are posters I created for my final major project at the end of my 2-year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Graphic Design.

I decided to create an information pack for schools and colleges providing resources for them to share with students about LGBT+ issues.

Created in Illustrator.

You are welcome to print these for your own personal use or to put up in LGBT+ safe spaces/societies/clubs/etc.

"Inside Out" is a fictional campaign.

Philadelphia mayor signs sweeping trans-inclusive law

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Last week, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation that will make the city one of the most trans-friendly places in the country and even in the world.

The law passed the City Council last month and extends a host of rights to trans and gender nonconforming individuals. The most prominent aspect of the law mandates that city-owned buildings have all-gender bathrooms in addition to gendered ones, but there are other changes, too. For example:

There is more to the bill than just a neutral place to relieve oneself. Nutter, city and state lawmakers and gay rights advocates said the legislation makes Philadelphia the first city in the U.S. to offer tax credits to companies that extend the same health care coverage to LGBT employees’ domestic partners and their children as they provide to heterosexual spouses and their children.

Officials said the legislation also makes Philadelphia the first city to offer businesses tax credits as a way to encourage providing transgender-specific health benefits. …

In addition to the business tax incentives, which were backed by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as well as LGBT advocacy groups, and the gender-neutral restrooms, the legislation revises Philadelphia’s anti-discrimination law to include transgender people, extends decision-making rights to life partners on medical and other issues, and changes city forms and websites to offer options for same-sex couples and transgender people.

This is really just incredible. Let’s make this the standard.