Welcome to a new MeckPAC! Well, sort of. The MeckPAC you know and love — the group of volunteers working hard to advocate for our local LGBTQ equality — continues diligently undertaking education, advocacy, lobbying and endorsement efforts, as we always have. But, now, we’re doing it with a fresh new look and a new online outreach strategy to better reach community members and supporters. We are so excited to finally, officially announce our new website redesign and new online outreach efforts, especially with this year’s local municipal and school board elections coming up this fall.
Back in the fall, MeckPAC completely redesigned our website. With a fresh new look and a focus on community education and engagement, the new website also comes with a new online outreach and engagement strategy. Starting today, we’re excited to roll out a new, regular engagement feature, the MeckPAC Memo, in addition to other initiatives like a revamped email newsletter you’ll see roll out over the next few weeks and months. The MeckPAC Memo will bring you regular updates on MeckPAC’s activities and events with information on how you can get involved, as well as recent and current news headlines, commentaries and other tidbits relevant to local, state and national LGBT education and advocacy issues.
A Moment with MeckPAC
MeckPAC’s Annual Spring Reception
Over 75 volunteers, elected officials and candidates joined us May 4th for our spring fundraiser. Your gifts propelled us over our fundraising expectations as we socialized into the evening. These donations will continue our advocacy, civic education and candidate endorsement efforts.
Our annual spring reception serves as the kick-off for each year’s election season. This year, MeckPAC will be issuing endorsements in local municipal and school board races. We were grateful to have candidates or representatives of campaigns from each of these three bodies present at our spring fundraiser and reception.
Want to view more photos from our spring reception? See more than 150 awesome photos from photographer Arron Malachi at our Facebook page.
Fall Endorsements and Candidate Questionnaires
MeckPAC will soon roll out our endorsement process for this year’s local municipal and school board races. As a part of our endorsements, we require candidates to complete a standardized questionnaire we review before deciding our endorsements.
MeckPAC invites members of our community to provide their feedback and suggestions on topics we should ask candidates. You can click here to provide your feedback.
Your suggestions and feedback will be used to help us form our candidate questionnaire for this year’s elections!
Charlotte Equality March
This June, the LGBTQ community across the globe celebrates Pride Month and marks the commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of June 1969. This year, in response to increased anti-LGBTQ violence, legislation and government policies from the local to national levels, cities across the country joined with the national Equality March for Unity and Pride on June 11. While thousands marched in Washington, D.C., locals in Charlotte also took to the streets and to a rally in Marshall Park. MeckPAC board members and volunteers were pleased to join with hundreds of LGBTQ and ally Charlotteans in marking the history of Stonewall and our continued fight toward equality and liberation today.
Want to get involved and volunteer with us during exciting activities like our recent reception or the Equality March? Let us know by filling out our volunteer interest form.
News You Can Use
- What level of LGBT discrimination will we accept in North Carolina? (Raleigh News & Observer)
- Can Charlotte Pride parade exclude Gays for Trump float? (Washington Post)
- Why Philly decided to redesign the iconic Pride flag (Curbed Philadelphia)
- Hundreds rally for LGBT rights in Charlotte – and also mock the president (Charlotte Observer)
- Advocates rally against American Health Care Act (Durham Herald Sun)
- Embattled Mecklenburg health director resigns (Charlotte Observer)
- Six Experts Resign From President’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel in Protest (NBC News)
- For first time, secret money set to flow into Charlotte mayor’s race (Charlotte Observer)
- Trump admin issues new Title IX memo for transgender kids (Washington Blade)