Thursday, June 9, 2011

Time Out Youth celebrates 20 years

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:31 PM

At a time when social acceptance isn’t always so easy, Time Out Youth wants individuals of all sexual orientation to feel confident. That's why they're hosting Platinum, a series of fun, self-esteem building festivities in the Queen City in June.

Founded by Charlotte native Tonda Taylor in 1991, Time Out Youth is dedicated to serving and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the city and surrounding areas.

And after 20 years of dedicated service to the LGBTQ community, TOY figures it is time to celebrate.

“As we move into our next 20 years, we want to honor the past, celebrate the present and imagine the future through a series of events over one special weekend,” said Ivey Graham, TOY Board Chair, in a press release. “Platinum will bring together youth, staff, volunteers, supporters and board members from the past 20 years and the new friends who will be an integral part of Time Out Youth’s future.”

The celebratory activities for this year’s festival include the following:

Gala: A Celebration of 20 years: June 10

This event will feature delicious food from Armin’s Catering, cocktails and DJ/music, as well as wise words from Vanity Fair columnist Brett Berk, who will serve as keynote speaker. Under 21 not allowed. 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St.

Greatness: Living My Life Like It’s Platinum: June 11.

Open and free to the public, “Greatness” will feature a workshop with LGBTQ leaders who will share their personal stories and experiences, as well as ways to “Make It Better” for today’s youth. Brett Berk will continue to serve as keynote speaker. 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Time Out Youth Center, 1900 The Plaza.

Glam: A Time Out Youth Prom: June 11.

Who doesn’t love prom? This special alternative event of dancing and music is for the young folks, ages 13-23 who wish to celebrate with friends in a supportive, joyful environment. $5 in advance, $7 at the door. 8 p.m. Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave. Call 704-344-8335.

Grace: In Every Step: June 12

This event will take a more spiritual twist as Myers Park Baptist Church serves as host to several events, including a patio breakfast, worship service, and talk back and labyrinth walk with Dr. Steve Shoemaker. The free multi-part event is “open to all, and closed to none.” 9:15 a.m. Myers Park Baptist, 1900 Queens Rd.

Questions about any of the above events, as well as information about tickets, can be sent to, or call at 704-344-8335.

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