For the past two years, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has held its annual North Carolina Gala in Raleigh. I’m excited to come down to Charlotte for the gala, and it turns out I’m not the only one looking forward to the event.
The mayor and several other prominent political leaders are also sending an unprecedented message of welcome, from Charlotte to the HRC. Check out this video:
I couldn’t resist a chuckle at the subtle jabs at the previous city leadership, as the mayor and others emphasized how much this administration welcomes the HRC and looks forward to having us in town.
I enjoyed myself in Raleigh last year, and the year before that… but this year will be especially meaningful to me. My company, which is headquartered in Charlotte, is one of the presenting sponsors this year — so I will be very proud indeed to attend as one of the global LGBT employee network co-chairs.
I’ll also be thrilled to see my friend and mentor Scott Bishop recognized as the North Carolina Volunteer of the Year by the HRC. Scott was the Charlotte chapter chair of my company’s LGBT employee network when I joined, and inspired me to get involved and make an impact. Years later, I still think about how much I learned from his experience, his passion, and his friendship, and I am very proud to see Scott earn this much-deserved award.
Look out, Charlotte — I’m comin’ down there with my tuxedo in my suitcase and a smile on my face. Let’s do this!