In a move that almost certainly will inspire controversy, the Charlotte Business Guild has moved to dramatically revitalize its ranks by nearly doubling the size of its board of directors specifically to include additional LGBT members. This move will reverberate throughout the city as the Guild will bring political weight to the voice of the LGBT community.
Teresa Davis sipped her beer in the orange-lit bar of the Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel. The second-term president of the Charlotte Business Guild, an organization for LGBT business owners and professionals that meets once a month, was winding down after the guild's 20th Anniversary Gala on Saturday.
But Davis, 50, was not too tired to say goodnight to one guest. She stood up to hug Vince, a young African-American man, before he left.
"I hope you're going to continue to be involved," she told him. "We want to see you around."