The LGBT Center of Raleigh is thrilled to honor the First Lady of North Carolina, Kristin Cooper, with our Ally of the Year award. The First Lady has shown an enormous amount of support for the LGBTQ Community.
When asked about her connection to the community, the First Lady answers, “My family and I love theatre and all the creative arts. Two of my three daughters have degrees in performing arts, while Roy and I had one of our first dates at a musical theatre performance. We live in a metropolitan area, enjoy great food, and I admit that I love fabulous clothes and design. Within all these communities and interests, I’ve found loving members of the LGBTQ+ Community. These community members have found a safe, supportive space with me — I love that! And I love them!”
The First Lady tells us she is excited about the future for the LGBTQ+ community as we continue to move forward and see even greater progress with LGBTQ+ social justice issues during and after 2020. She believes that we will build upon what Governor Cooper and she, along with the very people in this room of heroes, have valiantly started. The Coopers hosted the first ever Pride Event within the Executive Mansion this past June and she eagerly looks forward to future such events hosted in The People’s House.
To get to know the First Lady better, we asked her what was the most fun and interesting part about being First Lady of North Carolina, and to tell us some interesting things about her.
“Oh my! I love all the chandeliers. It’s fun not having to empty my own dishwasher, having done that for a husband and three daughters for YEARS! — and I love hearing mansion ghost stories told by my Chief of Staff (don’t get him started).
“I enjoy knitting, watching Derry Girls on Netflix, and creating craft cocktails made from ingredients that I grow in my own garden! Of course, everyone should follow NC First Pets on social media. I’m not bitter *at all* that they often get more likes than I do! 😊
“Oh, yeah! I got to meet Dolly Parton and actually hold a goldfinch in my hand; butterflies and birds get me every time.”
We were curious about the journey in the First Lady’s life that brought her to this point and wanted to get her input on that.
“I have gained a voice — have found my voice, while discovering my own passions and while discovering how to home in on what truly matters … and what doesn’t! I always work toward being more intentional in channeling my energies toward what I can do to make a difference, while also learning when to just let things go!”
She tells us that both she and Governor Cooper truly see us and appreciate all of us for who we are, and that the one thing we can do right now to make a difference in the lives of others is to listen, learn, and vote.
The Center is very happy to honor Kristin Cooper, the First Lady of North Carolina, with our Ally of the Year Award for 2019. Please join the First Lady and all her friends at the Fall Achievement Benefit (FAB) at CAM Raleigh on Saturday, October 5th. Tickets to the event are on sale now.