About The HRC North Carolina Gala Equality Awards

HRC Charlotte will announce our 2018 Equality Award winners on February 23, 2019 at the 24th Annual HRC North Carolina Gala, held at the Le Meridien Charlotte.

The HRC Equality Awards are meant to honor individuals and organizations that have furthered the progress of civil rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.


Awards Overview & Nomination Form 


Nominate a Leader

Our awards are intended to recognize leadership in North Carolina related to service to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and the vision of HRC: An America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home at work and in the community.

PERSON OF THE YEAR: This award will be 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.

ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR: This award will be given to a not-for-profit organization that has furthered the progress for civil rights for LGBTQ people in North Carolina.  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.

PLEASE NOTE: Specific awards may or may not be given based on the nominations received. We reserve the right to elect more than one winner in one or both categories based on the nominations received.

The HRC North Carolina Gala Fellowships

Apply for a Fellowship!
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 LGBT 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

Please complete this application and submit to fellowships@hrccarolina.org as soon as possible for consideration. Fellowships will be granted on an on-going basis until exceeding the designated allotment or until January 1st, 2019, whichever is sooner.