2016 Awards & Fellowship

Congratulations to the 2017 HRC North Carolina Gala Equality Award Winners!

2016 Person of the Year - Rodney Tucker

Rodney Tucker is a native of North Carolina with over 25 years of nonprofit management experience, currently serving as the Executive Director of Time Out Youth since 2012. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and a Masters of Arts in Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He then furthered his education by earning a Masters of Arts in Christian Education from Southern Theological Seminary with a focus in child and family development.

Mr. Tucker started his career as a minister to homeless and at-risk youth in New York City before serving as the development director for the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network. Rodney has gained experience working with underserved populations, counseling and mentoring youth, and building relationships within his community.

2016 Organization of the Year – Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce

The Charlotte LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce (CLGBTCC), formerly known as the Charlotte Business Guild, was organized in 1992 to establish and nurture a network of business contacts and friendships, encourage fellowship and support among business, professional and charitable pursuits, and provide and promote positive role models in Charlotte’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.
CLGBTCC’s  mission is to integrate business development, social action and leadership to facilitate economic proliferation for the LGBTQ community and those who support equality for all. Together, CLGBTCC will achieve this mission by increasing visibility through professional networking and marketing, maintaining operational sustainability, and strategic training.

About The HRC North Carolina Gala Equality Awards

Awards to be presented at the HRC NC Gala will honor an individual and an organization that have furthered the progress of civil rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer community.  Nominations are now being accepted for the following honors:

The Person of the Year Award is given to an individual who has contributed efforts to improve the lives and visibility of LGBTQ people in North Carolina. The recipient should have a consistent and significant list of contributions to the LGBTQ community and be seen as a role model to others. Examples could include initiating, leading, and/or enhancing LGBTQ organizations, policy, programs and/or events.

The Organization of the Year Award is given to an organization that has furthered the progress for civil rights for LGBTQ people in North Carolina. The organization can be for-profit or not-for-profit. The organization should have created and sustained policies and practices that work to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and exemplifies the mission and vision of HRC.

The HRC North Carolina Gala Fellowships

The annual HRC NC Gala aims to be inclusive, regardless of level of income and other differences. A limited number of fellowships to those who demonstrate need and would otherwise not be able to attend the dinner without financial assistance. Those receiving the fellowship can attend the Gala at a reduced dinner ticket price.

Criteria for Dinner Fellowship:

  • Completed Gala Fellowship Application
  • Commitment to the HRC mission to build an America where LGBTQ families and individuals can be open, honest and safe at work, at home and in the community.
  • Current resident of North Carolina
  • Willingness to volunteer for local HRC organizing and further outreach efforts
  • Demonstration of limited income status