The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte seeks to promote diversity, acceptance and visibility of the LGBT community through original and collaborative programming and events, and by providing an inclusive, welcoming, and affordable environment for all.
Our Values and Goals
- To inspire a sense of pride, wellness, and responsibility among individuals in the LGBT community
- To increase public awareness and understanding of the LGBT community
- To present opportunities for learning, topical dialogues, and forums for discussion
- To enhance access to resources by serving as a central point of information and referrals to local organizations
Our Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 5PM-8PM Friday: 10AM-1PM
Scott Coleman, a native of Greenville, S.C., began volunteering at the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte in 2009. He joined the board of trustees in 2010, and served as the Development Committee Chair. He served as the Community Center board’s Vice Chair in 2011, and succeeded to Board Chair in 2012. Scott served two years as a counselor at Camp Running Brave for children with Hemophilia. He has also been a frequent volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and March of Dimes. He also served as the Tickets/Registration co-chair for the Human Rights Campaign Carolinas Dinner Gala in Charlotte in 2009, and is a member of the Charlotte Business Guild
Roberta Dunn, Vice Chair
Considered one of the transgender leaders of the Carolinas, Roberta Dunn directs the Carolina Transgender Society (the oldest Crossdresser/Transgender Support group in the Carolinas), and is also a liaison to UNC Charlotte Trans Inclusion Program. Roberta, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., came out as transgender after 40 successful years in the computer/telecommunications industry. She has been married to her wife for 28 years and has four children. Roberta is very active in the Charlotte LGBT community, serving on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Charlotte Steering Committee (Co-Chair of Diversity and Co-Chair of Political sub-committees) and Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) Steering Committee. Among the awards that Dunn has received for her community work are: Equality North Carolina Champion’s Award for Charlotte (2010); Creative Loafing “Best of Charlotte” Award for Political Activist of the year (2011); Q-Notes newspaper Person of the Year (2011); and HRC Leadership Award (2012).
Rob Marcy, Treasurer
Rob and his husband Michael (together since 1988) moved to Charlotte from Boston in 2004. Rob graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Northeastern University in Boston and worked as a finance and accounting professional at Bank of America (and predecessor banks) for almost 20 years. He is currently the Board Treasurer for the LGBT Community Center as well as Treasurer of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte and finance team member at The Light Factory (local museum of film and photography). When time allows he also volunteers at Urban Ministry Center, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont and The Humane Society.
Ashley Young moved to Charlotte from Roanoke, VA in 2005. She received a BS in Biology and a Masters of Science in Public Health from UNC Charlotte. She has worked on various federally funded research projects on topics including women’s health and HIV testing. Through her
research, she became interested in providing social support and access to care for community members diagnosed with HIV. She is currently the Director of Operations at Rosedale Infectious Diseases and is passionate about introducing free HIV testing. She strives to develop an open
dialogue between health care providers and the LGBT community in the Greater Charlotte Area. In addition to her work at Rosedale, Ashley has volunteered locally with Levine’s Children’s Hospital, The Allegro Foundation, & Habitat for Humanity.
Board of Trustees
Chris Gray, Director
Chris Gray, who has lived in the Charlotte area since 2008, had helped lead several non-profit organizations. Chris, who grew up in Beckley, W.Va., served in several leadership roles with Southern Country Charlotte (SCC), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote country & western music and dance while supporting local LGBT events and charities in the greater Charlotte community. He served as SCC’s Vice President and President, as well as chairing Queen City STOMP, the organization’s successful annual fund-raiser. In 2012, Chris joined the LGBT Community Center board.
Crystal Long, Director
Crystal Long, joined Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department as a Recreation Specialist in 2005, after being a Director of Advancement Services/Development Officer for Livingstone College. She is currently responsible for planning programs, events and other leisure services at the Arbor Glen Outreach Center where she strives to meet the needs of preschoolers and seniors providing workshops on cooking, crafts, finances, medical and advocacy. Her programs are generally self-funding and consistently contribute to the county’s overall budget. Crystal, a native of Long Island, New York, earned a B.A. degree in Leisure Services and Tourism Management from UNC-Greensboro, further studied at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., and has completed graduate work in Philanthropy and Development. Crystal is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, serves as the Logistics Coordinator for Charlotte Black Gay Pride, and serves as Chair of the LGBT Community Center Fund-Raising Committee. In addition, two of her private ventures include the LGBT Lyfestyles Expo and Rainbow Riders, a travel Club.
Bert Woodard, Director
Bert Woodard, who moved to Charlotte in 1990, served five years on the Charlotte Business Guild board, including two as president. He also served on the statewide steering committee for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Carolinas Gala, and volunteered with both the Mecklenburg County LGBT Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) and now-defunct LGBT Community Leadership Alliance of Charlotte. A native of Garner, N.C., Bert is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Sports Administration. He co-owns a public relations/marketing firm, Next Level Communications, which has offices in Winston-Salem and Charlotte. In addition to the LGBT Community Center board, he currently serves on the boards of the Charlotte Chamber Diversity Action Council, Joedance Film Festival, Wesley Mancini Foundation and Michael Scott Mater Foundation.
Jenny Richeson is a Regional Operations Director for Davita Dialysis. She has worked with Davita for 12 years managing over 125 teammates while providing dialysis services in 10 facilities for 508 patients with End Stage Renal Disease. She is a Registered Nurse with a MBA concentrated in Healthcare Management. She has worked on volunteer projects raising money and participating inside and outside the healthcare field including Kidney Walks, AIDS Walks, Charlotte Pride, Tour Davita (Kidney awareness bike ride), FTS Sponsor, and Relay For Life. In addition, she has volunteered for the LGBT Community Center. In 2013, she will be leading Partners In Peace for the 3rd year for Charlotte Pride. She works hard, is creative, and passionate about giving back to others within the community. On a fun note, she loves traveling, meeting new people, art, attending musicals/theater performances, and spending time with family and friends.
The Center could not function without the support of our volunteer team! Volunteers work with the Center Staff to maintain daily operations of the Center as well as help with special events. Volunteers can also participate with Committees which work to enhance the programming and servicing offered by The Center. If you are interested in volunteering with the Community Center or joining one of our operational committees please fill out this form.