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LGBT Community Center of Charlotte names new chair

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte has selected Roberta Dunn as its new Board of Trustees chair.

Dunn is the first transgender person to serve as chair at the center, which was founded in 2001 to provide the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community with programming and events.

“It is a great honor to be elected Chair,” Dunn said in a statement. “I hope to continue to take our Community Center in new directions to meet our Community’s needs.

Considered one of the transgender leaders of the Carolinas, Dunn directs the Carolina Transgender Society and is also a liaison to UNC Charlotte’s Trans Inclusion Program.

The Buffalo native came out as transgender after 40 years in the computer and telecommunications industry.

Today, Dunn is an active member of Charlotte’s LGBT community and currently serves on the Human Rights Campaign Charlotte Steering Committee and Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee Steering Committee.

She also has received numerous awards for her work in Charlotte, including Equality North Carolina Champion’s Award for Charlotte (2010), Creative Loafing “Best of Charlotte” Award for Political Activist of the year (2011), Q-Notes Person of the Year (2011) and HRC Leadership Award (2012).

The Community Center, located in NoDa at 2508 N. Davidson St., is open Monday through Saturday.

Among the Center’s signature projects are the annual GayCharlotte Film Series, the annual Stonewall Celebration, community roundtable events, health screenings and art exhibits.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; On Twitter: @earriero
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