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

Lisa Wallace, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

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


Cynthia Hogue, Broker/Realtor

Judith A. Jeffries, Community LGBTQ Activist

Shelly Nudell, Community Member

Chris Rudisill, Director, Charlotte Journalism Collaborative/Freelance Journalist

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

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

Rhonda Watlington, Retail Support Specialist, Food Lion