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Why is a LGBTI scholarship in Charlotte allowing straight teens to apply?

There's a big twist with Charlotte Pride's groundbreaking college scholarship

Why is a LGBTI scholarship in Charlotte allowing straight teens to apply?
Charlotte will allow straight teens of gay parents to apply

A community-led scholarship for LGBTI people is being launched in a place where it is badly needed: Charlotte, North Carolina.

Funded by the annual Charlotte Pride festival, the corporate sponsorship will allow applicants to win up to $10,000 ($9,200) during the first year.

There is one catch: straight teens will also be allowed to apply for the scholarship.

Charlotte Pride spokesperson Matt Cormer tells the Charlotte Observer there’s a reason for this.

‘Part of the idea to include straight allies is that there are young people who are the children of LGBTQ partners,’ he says.

‘LGBTQ parents who have children are struggling with employment discrimination, housing discrimination and economic hardships.’

Janice Covington Allison, one of North Carolina’s top transgender advocates and a member of the executive committee of North Carolina’s Democratic Party, agrees with this sentiment.

‘I think it’s a great idea,’ she said.

‘We don’t feel we are any different than anyone else. People are people, and if we (LGBTQ people) want to be accepted, then we’ve got to accept other people, too.’

According to the Charlotte Pride’s website page devoted to the scholarship, it ‘aims to improve economic mobility for LGBTQ and Straight Ally college students from the Charlotte metro area by funding college scholarships.

‘Recipients will be awarded up to $2,000 ($1,800) over four years to attend an accredited two or four-year college.’


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