2017 Convention Announcement

2017 Call to Convention

The 2017 Convention for LGBT Democrats of North Carolina will be held on Saturday, October 14th at the Wadsworth Estate, 400 S Summit Ave, in Charlotte. State Convention is being co-hosted by LGBT Democrats of Mecklenburg County whom we thank for their assistance.

There will be light food and beverage provided with a vegetarian option available. Please help us to plan for appropriate numbers by RSVP to this Event on Facebook.

Agenda in Brief
10:30am Registration
12:00pm Call to Order and Opening Business
12:30pm Film: Breaking Through — Out of the Closet, Into the Halls of Power
1:25pm Panel Discussion
1:50pm Break
2:00pm General Business Session (including elections)

All positions are up for election, both Statewide Officers as well as Congressional District representative positions.

Announced Candidates List

Proposed Changes for By-Laws (corrected link)

Convention Rules 

More details will be posted here, Facebook, and forthcoming update emails.

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In order to be a voting delegate to the State Convention, your dues must be paid.

If you are a member of an active county chapter, your dues are paid to the chapter, $10 of which goes to pay your state dues. Check with your chapter to make sure your dues are current and paid to the state.

All other members pay dues of $10 per year directly to the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina. These may be paid online with a credit or debit card below
 Pay Dues through our ActBlue Portal
or dues may be paid by check. Checks should be made out to “LGBT Democrats of NC”. Please do not mail checks at this time, dues may be paid at Registration check-in.

Due to the short notice, the requirement that dues be paid at least 30 days in advance of Convention (a date which has already passed) has been suspended this year by vote of the Executive Committee. Convention attendees may pay their dues at Convention Registration and be entitled to vote.

Program Detail (Film and Panel)

We will be showing Cindy L. Abel’s ground breaking and award-winning documentary film BREAKING THROUGH:  Out of the Closet, Into the Halls of Power followed by a short panel discussion with LGBT and Ally Elected Officials and Candidates including:

  • Al Austin, former Charlotte City Council member
  • Mark Kleinschmidt, former Mayor of Chapel Hill
  • Wendy Ella May, Candidate US Congress
  • Christian Cano, Candidate US Congress
  • LaWana Mayfield, current Charlotte City Council member

Film Poster Image

In this ground-breaking documentary, openly LGBT elected officials at all levels and from across the country – including the first gay US Senator, Tammy Baldwin – share their stories of self-doubt and triumph over multiple barriers ranging from race and poverty to gender and sexual orientation, revealing a deeply personal, rarely-seen side of politicians and LGBT people.

This Documentary aired on PBS, but was not carried by UNC-TV.
Film website and trailer



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