LGBT Leader With Sex Offender Status Resigns From Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce

NC SBI Sevearance 2015 photoChad Sevearance, the leader of the Transgender bathroom ordinance push in Charlotte, NC whose sex offender status was exposed by Family Values Coalition, has apparently resigned as President of  Charlotte’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

The resignation came on or around the 22nd of February, according to the LGBT news portal, Qnotes.

The Charlotte Observer has not reported this tidbit, but we shouldn’t be surprised by that. Keep reading and you’ll see why.

Qnotes describes Sevearance’s crime:

Court records obtained by QNotes show Chad Sevearance-Turner, 38, was convicted of committing a lewd act on a minor in 1998. He was 19 and working as a music minister at a church in Gaffney, S.C. The minor was a 15-year-old boy who attended the church.

Severance-Turner was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and he served two years before being released on parole. He has had no further violations since.


During this week’s trial, all three of the boys described waking during the night to find Severance fondling them, either at their homes or at his home. They said that in July 1998 he started making excuses to spend the night under the same roof with them.

Sevearance was born in November 11, 1977, which would make him 20 or 21 depending on the date, not 19.  Sevearance apparently maintained he was innocent the whole time.

Also, it wasn’t just one boy. It was three boys all under the age of 16, and it took a jury less than two hours to convict him. Local news outlet, 07/22/2000:

A Cherokee County jury took less than two hours Friday to find former youth minister Chad Severance guilty of fondling a teen-age church member as the boy slept.

Circuit Judge John Few sentenced Severance, 22, of Bessemer City, N.C., to 10 years in prison on a single felony count of committing a lewd act on a minor. He faces two other counts of the same charge, each involving a different teen-age male church member. All three boys were members of the New Harvest Church of God at 120 Boiling Springs Highway. 

Qnotes has Sevearance on the record saying this about his conviction (emphasis added):

In an interview with qnotes, Sevearance-Turner said the decision to resign was fully his.

“What I didn’t want to do was allow the right to continue to detract and to continue throwing stones at an organization that has done absolutely nothing but help individuals and our community in our city,” he said.

Sevearance-Turner declined to comment on the details of his conviction, and dismissed them as irrelevant.

“If this had anything to do with the non-discrimination ordinance, and if it had any credence or validity with what we’re discussing as a city and as an LGBT community, then I would absolutely welcome the interrogation,” he said, “but I think that it detracts from the real conversations we’re having.”

Amazing. The leader of a community pushing for the “right” to let men pee in women’s bathrooms and vice versa and which literally opens the door for all kinds of sexual predators to take advantage,  thinks his sex offender status is irrelevant.

Don’t Do It Charlotte has all three of the charges from the South Carolina Court.
View Charge 1, Charge 2, Charge 3.

Sevearance’s petition to the South Carolina Supreme Court was denied in 2002.

On the media front, the Daily Caller has an article by Demi Dowdy of the Civitas Institute in Raleigh about the Charlotte Observer knowing about Sevearance’s status on February 8th, yet they failed to report about it.


The Charlotte Observer, a publication that has consistently championed the proposed ordinance, knew about Sevearance’s predatory past for several weeks. Not only were press releases sent containing this information, but follow up calls were made directly to multiple reporters on staff. (See images)

The violation of their readers’ trust is clear. And the journalistic integrity is absent. The reporters at the Charlotte Observer didn’t just turn a blind eye, they covered up the truth.

Yes, they did cover it up, they buried it. The Charlotte Observer used their own news outlet for personal activism.

Hey, remember with the Charlotte Observer memory-holed that story on Kay Hagan’s family sucking up stimulus money?  Well now Hagan is under investigation for that very thing by the US Department of Energy.  So far, the Charlotte Observer has not reported it.

Their sister outlet, News and Observer is no better.

Both of them seem to have an aversion to using Google and both of them elevate individuals in their stories while ignoring criminal records.

Don’t forget, the News and Observer edited footage of DREAMERS upstaging Kay Hagan at a campaign rally. The News and Observer chopped up the footage, inserted still frames with added text in them. This was done to portray the situation in the best possible light for Hagan.

The lesson here is that the average citizen has to assume the main stream news outlets they frequent are either lying to them, are lazy or both.  What I suggest is when reading a story, Google the quoted persons or groups, you’ll be amazed at what you find — heck, it’s half of what I blog about here at this site.


As Carolina Plotthound points out, Sevearance now plans to SUE the NC Family Values Coalition.  Tucked in the bottom section of the Qnotes article:

Sevearance-Turner will remain an advisory to the board, and says he is in the process of filing a lawsuit against Fitzgerald and the outspoken activist brothers Jason and David Benham for misusing information from the sex offender registry.

Exactly how did they ‘misuse’ this information?

It’s relevant that he was convicted for committing ‘lewd’ acts on several minors. Discovery will be fun in that case, should it go forward.

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  7. Reblogged this on and commented:
    If this article is correct (and I have no reason to doubt it) the LGBT community did a piss poor job of due diligence in their efforts to push along the CLT nondiscrimination ordinance.

    The NCGA, including the Democratic members of the NCGA are responsible to the voters that put them into office. Those elected officials need to be able to justify their votes. Having a LGBT leader with this kind of record who is a public profile figure makes it almost impossible for progressive Democrats in the NCGA to argue for the nondiscrimination ordinance.

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