Our Story

Charlotte LGBTQ Elders formed in 2018 to serve as a resource for LGBTQ elders in our community aged 55+. In 2020, we continue to follow two tracks: (1) Host a monthly program or social event to bring elders together to connect and learn; and (2) Identify and promote programs with aging organizations in our region, and to become a resource for those organizations providing cultural competency training around LGBTQ elders.


Time Out Youth (EIN #56-1755564) has agreed to serve as our fiscal sponsor while we make application for our own 501(c)3 status. This allows us to collect tax-deductible contributions from the public and apply for grants. Once we have status, we plan to work towards becoming a national SAGE Chapter.

Our annual budget is less than $10,000. Expenses: state and federal filing and application fees, social media site fees, workshop presenter fees, space rental for larger events, etc. Income from: personal donations, small project grants and ticketed events.

Our Folx

2020 Steering Committee

Cindy Hostetler
, Co-Owner, Care Weavers

Dan Kirsch, Interim Executive Director, The Choir School

Lisa Wallace, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

Leigh  Dixon, Parish Administrator, St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Elisa Gregorich, Aging Specialist, Centralina Area Agency on Aging

Cynthia Hogue, Broker/Realtor

Judith A. Jeffries, Community LGBTQ Activist

Shelly Nudell, Community Member

Chris Rudisill, Scholar/Journalist

Stan Schneider, Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, UNC Charlotte

Elena Sepulveda, Public School Teacher, Retired

Brooks Shelley, Director of Marketing, Brand Strategy, and Community Engagement, Aldersgate

Connie Vetter, LGBT Attorney at Law, PLLC

Rhonda Watlington, Retail Support Specialist, Food Lion


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