Affirming the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirited people, and their supporters in the Catawba Valley region of North Carolina

CVP Logo CelebrateWe had a great year this year! Pride 2015 and other events were a great success. Will you help us prepare for 2016 with a donation?

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The year is almost over and we had some great successes with our annual Pride Event, Transgender Symposium at LR college, Annual Scholarship awarded to a gifted LGBT youth, “Everyone is Welcome” business sticker campaign, and various takeovers (to support marriage equality and LGBT awareness.)

It doesn’t take a lot of money to do what we do each year but these events do drain the bank account. Will you help us start preparing for an eventful and supportive 2016 with a donation this holiday season?

Please give a small contribution so we can provide the same services and events (or even more!) in 2016!

Happy Holidays from Everyone at Catawba Valley Pride!

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Catawba Valley Pride 2015 Scholarship Recipient

Catawba Valley Pride is pleased to announce the scholarship winner for 2015. Dakota Duncan of Burke County has been awarded a $500.00 scholarship from Catawba Valley Pride. Dakota plans to attend Lenoir Rhyne University in his pursuit of attaining masters/doctorates in Western History, English, and teaching and become a high school teacher or professor.


President Michael Bookout presents the 2015 Scholarship to Dakota Duncan of Morganton, NC.

President Michael Bookout presents the 2015 Scholarship to Dakota Duncan of Morganton, NC.

This scholarship is awarded to a Catawba, Burke, Caldwell, Alexander, Iredell or Lincoln County resident and must be either a student who is LGBT or a straight ally. The applicant must demonstrate service to the LGBT community or a desire to serve the LGBT community. The applicant must also be a high school senior.

It is Catawba Valley Pride’s hope that Dakota will use this scholarship to continue his education while putting a spotlight on “equality!” Catawba Valley Pride is proud to give students the ability to follow their career path of choice as well as supporting them in their freedom to be who they truly are.

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Catawba Valley Pride is excited to announce the launch of the LGBT* Welcoming Spaces campaign. This campaign is in response to the recent tragic deaths of two transgender teens in the Charlotte area, and efforts to pass laws enabling discrimination against LGBT* customers. Catawba Valley Pride seeks to create a more supportive environment in the Catawba Valley by asking LGBT* affirming businesses and organizations to display the message “We Welcome Everyone” in their storefront window.

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Want to find out how you can help with 2015 Catawba Valley Pride events? Come sit in on a meeting.


Catawba Valley Pride is currently looking for Board Members. Fill out an application below if you would like to be contacted.

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Printed applications may be mailed to PO Box 351, Hickory, NC 28603
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Thanks to Hickory Daily Record for a wonderful article:

Catawba Pride Picnic: Celebration of acceptance, support, fellowship

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LRU’s Institute for Faith & Learning welcomes Matthew Vines

MattVinesAs part of its 2015-16 Speaker Series, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) will welcome Matthew Vines on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Grace Chapel. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

The New York Times has called Vines “an unlikely advocate (and lightning rod) for those straddling one of the most volatile fault lines in America’s culture war: homosexual Christians.” In 2012, Vines paused his studies at Harvard to research and deliver a speech at a church in his hometown about the Bible and homosexuality, calling for acceptance of gay Christians and loving gay relationships. The video of that speech has been featured in The New York Times and has been viewed over 700,000 times on YouTube. Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, has become a champion for the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people within Christian communities and society at large.

In 2013, Vines launched The Reformation Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to training LGBT Christians and their allies to reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity. He is now expanding his efforts with conferences and regular speaking engagements across the country.

In its 6th season, the IFL Speaker Series will continue with guests Richard Lischer on Thursday, February 18 and Willie James Jennings on Thursday, March 10. For more information, visit or contact Dr. David Ratke, LR Professor and Director of the IFL at or (828) 328-7183.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Institute for Faith and Learning endeavors to provide programming that will contribute to and enrich “a culture of the intellect” that is theologically based. Its programs are directed at Christians of all traditions.

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