Festival Archives - Out! Raleigh 2017
Alex has lived in Raleigh since 1995, when his family moved from New York State to the City of Oaks. In 2008, he briefly left Raleigh for four years to attend UNC-G where he earned his Bachelor of Art in Psychology. After he graduated in 2012 he moved back and started working at Marbles Kids Museum. Soon after he was promoted and worked on a leadership team responsible for leading over 60 Team Members in a fast paced, ever changing museum environment. Currently, Alex works at Workplace Options as a Work-Life consultant, where he assists client locate services that affect their daily life. He is most proud of his employer's commitment to improving the lives of their clients and also those in their community, as Workplace Options was named Organization of the Year for 2015 by the LGBT Center of Raleigh. He has also been volunteering with the LGBT Center since 2013 and plans to continue to volunteer for a while. (He is signed up to volunteer until 2099.) As leadership for the KidsZone for Out! Raleigh, Alex plans what activities you will see for the kids this year. He hopes to help expand the types of activities and keep the KidsZone interesting. Please email him if there is an activity you would like to see in the KidsZone.
Amy Cox is a Partner / Manager at Deep South Entertainment. She graduated in 1999 from North Carolina State University with a BA in Communications with a minor in Social Work. Deep South Entertainment has assisted with the planning, production, and implementation of Out! Raleigh since the inaugural festival in 2011. Having been with Deep South for 17.5 years, Amy has taken on multiple roles within the company. In 2005, she started taking the lead on running events and festivals for the company. When a collective of volunteers/leaders from The LGBT Center of Raleigh approached Dave Rose & Amy Cox in 2010 about doing the Out! Raleigh festival, Deep South was 100% on board and ready to support the efforts. As an ally in the community, Amy has thoroughly enjoyed producing this very inclusive festival that is for everyone. In 2016, Deep South Entertainment was honored at The LGBT Center Gala as the Organization of the Year. Upon receiving the award Amy said, “This community brings so much more to me than I to it. Thank you!”
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Alyssa is working in the KidZone for Out! Raleigh 2016. This is her first year being involved with Out! Raleigh. She has served as an intern and volunteer at the Center. She is a campus outreach coordinator for Common Cause NC. She enjoys movies, concerts, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.
Briana Proctor, LGBT Center of Raleigh Program Director
Briana joined the LGBT Center of Raleigh in 2014 as an MSW intern with North Carolina State University. When she graduated, Briana accepted the position of Program Director. This will be her 3rd year working with Out! Raleigh. Briana is originally from Chesapeake, Virginia, and now resides in Wendell with her wife and two playful cats, Munkey and Chester. Briana loves to travel, and has fond memories of her wedding in Hawaii where she eloped and spent 16 days with her wife Barbara, on the beautiful island of Oahu. Briana is excited to be assisting Daniel with Vendors for Out! Raleigh 2017.
Carlton Bassett is a photographer and native Raleigh resident. Primarily working as a wedding, event, and portrait photographer, he also passionately enjoys photographing animals. Carlton was the LGBT Center’s artist of the month for March 2015. In his free time, Carlton lends his photography skills to several other organizations in the community including Crape Myrtle Festival, Stonewall Kickball, and the GLBT Center at NC State. 2017 marks the third year that Carlton will be involved with organizing Out! Raleigh. He first attended Out! Raleigh in 2013 and began volunteering at the LGBT Center of Raleigh in February 2015. If interested in helping photograph the event or to request his photography services, please email him. Email: CarltonBassettPhoto@gmail.com
Daniel Varela has lived in the Triangle for almost 3 years. When his schedule allows, he tries to volunteer with the Center as much as possible. He was excited and surprised at how active the LGBT community is in Raleigh. Having moved from the Tidewater area of Virginia, he wasn't used to seeing such an LGBT presence. He hopes to increase his presence in the community. In his free time he enjoys trying local food, music festivals, traveling. and champagne.
Jack is a senior at North Carolina State University, majoring in communications with a concentration in public relations. He is also working on a minor in nonprofit studies - which is what led him to the LGBT Center of Raleigh two years ago. He began working at the Center through a course at the university and is now back as our spring intern. He is excited for his first year on Out! Raleigh’s planning committee and first year as Social Media Coordinator. Jack lives in Raleigh with his boyfriend Tom and two cats, Kit and Shadow. Jack and Tom plan to explore California life after graduation, but don’t worry, he’ll be around from time to time.
James Miller, LGBT Center of Raleigh Executive Director
2017 will be James’ 6th year spearheading Out! Raleigh. James finds enjoyment and excels at the nitty gritty pieces no one else is able to do. Hired as Executive Director at the LGBT Center of Raleigh in November 2011, he quickly proved his ability as a natural leader within and outside of the LGBT community in the Triangle. Originally from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, James came to the Center with a public health background and non-profit management experience. James gets to live and work by the motto “Gay for pay,” while impacting the community he loves, often saying that Out! Raleigh is one of the best parts of his job because he gets to see the ENTIRE community out and proud!
Jim was one of those people who helped Carson Farley and a mob of others hold down the Center’s tent in 2011's Out! Raleigh during the violent wind storm that blew through that day. He had just met the Center’s first Executive Director and had been recruited to help out with the Center’s website the evening before Out! Raleigh 2011. Jim has lead the Center’s Web Team ever since. In 2012, the Center decided to ignore all the other extremely dedicated volunteers who do so much to keep the Center running every day (to whom Jim is eternally grateful) and awarded him the Volunteer of the Year 2012 recognition. Jim runs a website development business that serves dozens of community businesses and organizations. As expected, he makes sure the Out! Raleigh Website is up to date.
John started volunteering at the LGBT Center of Raleigh in November 2015 and loves finding new ways to help out. This is his second year with Out! Raleigh, and is helping with the website and communications. He is eager to be a part of the planning for this year and bring some new ideas. John moved to Raleigh in 2012, and has been a visitor to the LGBT Center of Raleigh since then. He is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensics. He enjoys web design, new technology, meeting new people and spending time with his fiancé David and cats.
Jonathon joins the Out! Raleigh team as a freshman this year. He recently moved from California where he was a long-standing volunteer and Board Member at The Center Orange County in Santa Ana, California which is one of the oldest LGBTQ nonprofit centers in the United States. There his primary objective was assisting the board with the planning of events, social media, and marketing. He was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, attended its High School where he was a six-time letterman, a Who’s Who of American Students, and a nationally-ranked swimmer. He then attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. On a scholarship for swimming, he studied English and Nutrition primarily. After his studies, he focused his efforts towards Hospitality Management, Private Events, and Social Media Relations thanks in large part to his parents who have owned restaurants his entire life.
Most of Jonathon’s passions relate directly within the industries he works. He is an avid social media fanatic both personally and professionally, and he is certainly OUT and about socially in the community as he is on the Stonewall Sports Dodgeball Team. He also volunteers at the LGBT Center of Raleigh. Swimming is a key component in Jon’s life as his father used to take him to Fort Lauderdale, FL to the Swimming Hall of Fame where his love for the oceans really began. He has always felt he has to do his part in preserving our ocean resources so the next generation can enjoy all the marine recreational activities that he has enjoyed through his thirty four years here on Earth. He was integral in assisting/creating the ECO-Warrior Foundation which is the nonprofit organization in Orange County, CA started by James Pribram, the retired pro-surfer who works directly with the Coastal Commission to clean the beaches of Southern California.
His last position prior to moving to Raleigh, NC was as the Principal Partner in the social media relations company American Gothic Social, LLP. The company focused on creating websites, graphic design, developing content strategies for social marketing campaigns, and public/private events for local restaurant and hotel venues. In Raleigh, Jonathon works for The Angus Barn assisting the team in any way possible, utilizing his event knowledge for potential public/private event sales, and the execution of currently contracted events. He is thrilled to be part of the Out! Raleigh team and is settling as a new member of our community.
This is Katie’s 2nd year helping with the Out! Raleigh festival, working with volunteer coordination. During her graduate studies, she found sanity by volunteering with her wife Emi. In her free time, she enjoys cats (any furry animal really), cooking, and playing the occasional social board game.
Kelly Taylor, LGBT Center of Raleigh Assistant Director
Kelly is the Assistant Director at the LGBT Center of Raleigh. 2017 will mark Kelly’s 5th year at the Center helping to bring lots of wonderful and energetic Volunteers for Out! Raleigh. During the last five years, she has been able to enrich communications through pounding out a grant or two, working with some great interns, developing volunteer incentives, and bringing her own flare to the Center. Kelly is originally from the western part of North Carolina. In her spare time, she can be found busting out a show tune, haunting local theaters to find a good play, and even perhaps behind the scenes banging out a great costume or ten. She loves to read, travel, and can occasionally be found in the kitchen making something yummy for an event at the Center.
Nora is a PhD student, interdisciplinary educator, open mic barkeep, and all-weather activist currently residing in beautiful Carrboro, NC. She started volunteering at the Center shortly after moving to the Triangle from Chicago in 2013, and she fooled them into awarding her Volunteer of the Month in April 2015. With special interest in advocating for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence, Nora’s proudest accomplishment thus far has been conceiving and organizing an event in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2016 in which four different IPV/LGBTQ organizations across the Triangle united for a film screening and panel discussion. Outside of the Center, Nora volunteers as a support group facilitator at the Compass Center for Women and Families, serves on the Safe Zone speakers’ bureau with UNC’s LGBTQ Center, and is a two-time “Lowest Bowling Score” prizewinner in the annual Carolina Abortion Fund bowl-a-thon. This is her fourth year of volunteering at Out! Raleigh and her third year on the planning committee — she is so pleased to return to her rightful post in 2017 and wrangle volunteers with her personal hero, Kelly Taylor! Nora wants you to know that if she ends up taking the Out! Raleigh stage with her band (High Bushy Tails), nepotism was definitely not involved.
Shane is a new resident of Raleigh and just recently started volunteering with the Center. A Texas native and educated in Oklahoma, he just moved to North Carolina from New York. He currently works in event marketing but has a background in theater arts. This is Shane's first year to help out with Out! Raleigh, and he's excited to be involved and learn more about the community.
Victoria Rain Coleman
Victoria is a Raleigh resident, LGBT Volunteer, and local photographer. She has been with the Center since November of 2016 and will be assisting with social media and photo coverage for Out! Raleigh. Her passions include design, psychology, and crafting. All of which come together in a unique mixture to create an eager-to-learn and open minded personality. She is excited to see members of our community from all over North Carolina out and about this year sharing their experiences and meeting new neighbors!