“This is really going to be our opportunity to show that Charlotte really is an LGBT friendly city, he said. “We can have events like this. We can welcome our straight allies to these types of events.”
Celebrating the community is important to Bishop Rawls who is also part of the Unity Through Community, but she also wanted to use the convention as chance to discuss labels. Rawls’ Freedom Center for Social Justice teamed with the Wadsworth Estate to host Saturday’s forum.
“Labels just impact so much stuff and they’re used so manipulatively. The public has be aware of the impact of it,” Rawls said. “This is not just gay. We’re not shying from it. Gay is just a label of many labels – even the whole northern-southern thing. “