LGBT Center Struggling To Stay Open - myfoxcarolinas.com

LGBT Center Struggling To Stay Open

Posted: Updated:
  • David SentendreyMore>>

  • David Sentendrey

    David Sentendrey

    Monday, March 17 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-03-17 22:08:00 GMT
    I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. I moved to North Carolina with my family in 2001 and attended Weddington High School before studying journalism at Appalachian State University.
    I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. I moved to North Carolina with my family in 2001 and attended Weddington High School before studying journalism at Appalachian State University.
  • Old Monroe Road closer to multi-million dollar expansion

    Old Monroe Road closer to multi-million dollar expansion

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:19:02 GMT
    The Department of Transportation spent Tuesday afternoon meeting with officials from Indian Trail, Matthews and Stallings -- all towns that will be affected with the widening of Old Monroe Road into four lanes with a median.
    The Department of Transportation spent Tuesday afternoon meeting with officials from Indian Trail, Matthews and Stallings -- all towns that will be affected with the widening of Old Monroe Road into four lanes with a median.
  • Monroe may approve $100K in apartment grant

    Monroe may approve $100K in apartment grant

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:18:38 GMT
    Monroe City Council will host a public forum at its Sept. 16 meeting to speak on a proposed $100,000 incentive grant for Urban Investments of Monroe, LLC.Owner
    Monroe City Council will host a public forum at its Sept. 16 meeting to speak on a proposed $100,000 incentive grant for Urban Investments of Monroe, LLC.Owner

The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte hosted a town hall meeting on Thursday.

The objective – to keep the doors open for those out of the closet.

The Center is low on funds. They need $7,000-per month to pay for their rent on North Davidson Street and all of the that come along with running the center – including paying one full-time employee.

Businesses and members of the community are willing to pay to keep the center running, but in that, they want more transparency and they want a vote.

Chad Sevearance is President of the Charlotte Business Guild – which acts as commerce for The Center. He says that he has 50 businesses lined up willing to donate to keep the center going strong – but they all want to have a vote in how the organization is operated.

“All 50 of my business said they would (donate) as long as the by-laws change,” Sevearance said. “That they’re given a voice to vote for board members and they’re given a voice to vote on changes of the center as members of the center.”

Roberta Dunn, Chair of The Center, said she will suggest an annual vote for members to vote on board members.

Whether or not she and other board members are willing to give voting rights on all of The Center’s happenings is still in doubt – but it’s what many want.

Dunn says she wants by-laws formed and for The Center to stick to them. The reason she is opposed to members voting on every detail, is because she doesn’t want a lot of change to continuously take place. She wants set guidelines and to move forward without looking back.

Time is running out, though. The Center does not have enough money to stay open next month and if they don’t get enough funding, will have to close their doors for good. They will be hosting a fundraiser this Saturday evening with live entertainment, but some say that is only a band-aid – that the funding may provide immediately relief, but the long-term financial problems won’t be solved until all members have more say.

It’s clear that everyone at the town hall meeting tonight was present to keep The Center alive – they all showed their passionate during the public comment portion. But The Center is on life support – scrapping for funding and hoping to stay alive.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Trending in Hollywood

    Trending in Hollywood

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:28:54 GMT
    They're Hollywood's hottest couple and they have big news!  Plus, Kayne West is at AGAIN! Also, Kings of Leon rocks out in Charlotte and one of the biggest music groups on the pop scene is coming to Charlotte in a week and a half!  Get your dose of entertainment news here!
    They're Hollywood's hottest couple and they have big news!  Plus, Kayne West is at AGAIN! Also, Kings of Leon rocks out in Charlotte and one of the biggest music groups on the pop scene is coming to Charlotte in a week and a half!  Get your dose of entertainment news here!
  • Veterans Affairs Hospital in Salisbury Holds Town Hall Meeting

    Veterans Affairs Hospital in Salisbury Holds Town Hall Meeting

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:25:52 GMT
    The VA Hospital in Salisbury held a town hall for veterans Tuesday night.
    The VA Hospital in Salisbury held a town hall for veterans Tuesday night.
  • Charlotte NAACP Hosts Prayer Vigil for Jonathan Ferrell

    Charlotte NAACP Hosts Prayer Vigil for Jonathan Ferrell

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:21:06 GMT
    The Charlotte NAACP will host a prayer vigil Tuesday night at 8 p.m. for Jonathan Ferrell.
    The Charlotte NAACP will host a prayer vigil Tuesday night at 8 p.m. for Jonathan Ferrell.
Powered by WorldNow

WJZY FOX 46
3501 Performance Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28214
Main Number: (704) 398-0046

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices