Catch Charlotte’s gay rugby team in action both on the field and in the community. Founded in 2004, the Charlotte Royals support an inclusive environment to learn and play rugby and work with local charities. Also encouraging self-expression and diversity, the Charlotte Roller Girls compete in intense flat track roller derby match ups that make for an exciting spectator sport.
Experience a spectacular show by one of Charlotte’s many LGBT-focused performance groups including the Queen City Theatre Company, The Charlotte Pride Band, One Voice Chorus and Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte.
Whatever your zodiac sign, the stars are sure to align as you sit and sip on the patio at The Scorpio, Charlotte’s longest running LGBT nightclub. Or dance the night away at Petra’s Piano Bar & Cabaret or Bar 316, both named best gay/lesbian bar in Charlotte in recent years.
300 East, an LGBT-friendly neighborhood eatery located in a historic home in Dilworth, features American eclectic cuisine with a southern flair. Be sure to check out their popular Sunday brunch and mimosa specials.
Enjoy innovative sushi, global tapas and handcrafted cocktails at Soul Gastrolounge, a casual yet sophisticated lounge. Afterward, head downstairs to TwentyTwo, a contemporary art gallery and bar specializing in art, booze, music and schmooze.
Amélie’s French Bakery
Experience the award-winning sweets at Amélie’s French Bakery in NoDa. This 24-hour eclectic coffee shop and bakery offers an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. Their sweets were even featured in the first installment of “The Hunger Games.”
Make a stop at White Rabbit, known as “North Carolina’s gay and lesbian everything store.” Located in the trendy Plaza Midwood neighborhood, this LGBT novelty and book store features art, clothing, books and more.
Located in Dilworth, Paper Skyscraper is the go-to shop for unique gifts, books and funky home accessories. Named “Charlotte’s Best Gift Store,” “Best Place to Buy a Present” and “Best Place for Stylish Gifts,” this LGBT-friendly establishment is a must-see.
Explore Historic South End’s fabulous furniture district at shops like High Cotton Home Co., The Furniture Connector and Southend Trading Company all owned by LGBT-entrepreneur Rodney Hines. South End has transformed from a textile and manufacturing district in the early 1900s into Charlotte’s prime home design destination.