MeckPAC to host annual LGBTQ Community Candidate Forum

MeckPAC, the Mecklenburg LGBTQ Political Action Committee, has partnered with Charlotte Pride to present the third annual LGBTQ Community Candidate Forum.

The event will be held on Monday, Aug. 21, 6-10 p.m., at the Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 W. Trade St., during Charlotte Pride Week, in the days leading up to this year’s Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade.

The forum begins with a pre-event reception, followed by moderated conversation with at-large candidates for Charlotte City Council and candidates for mayor. Following the forum, attendees are invited to again mix and mingle with candidates for office at a post-event reception.

The moderator for the event is longtime social justice activist Mandy Carter, the former executive director and a co-founder of Southerners on New Ground. Carter will be joined by co-moderator Matt Comer, a former editor of Charlotte LGBTQ newspaper QNotes and currently a MeckPAC board member.

Topics and questions for candidates will include the recently debated LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections in Charlotte, HB2 and its aftermath including repeal efforts, extended protections for transgender citizens and other intersectional issues, including topics addressing housing, economic opportunity, police-community relations and more.

The forum is being presented in partnership with Democracy North Carolina, Equality North Carolina and the Human Rights Campaign.

To RSVP to the event and stay up to date with the latest news and event announcements, click here to RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.