As Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce (CLGBTCC) president, Chad Sevearance-Turner led the campaign for transgender bathroom usage in North Carolina enabling biological men to occupy private spaces once used exclusively by women and girls.
In 2016, when it was revealed that Turner had been been convicted of sexually abusing boys and sentenced to 10 years in prison, he stepped down from his role as president, but was quietly reinstated months later.
A report published by Women are Human states:
In 1998, 20-year-old Sevearance-Turner took advantage of his position as music minister at a church by sexually violating underage boys who were members of the congregation. Three boys accused the music minister of unwanted sexual contact.
According to his victims, Sevearance-Turner would invite adolescent boys to his house, show the boys pornographic videos of men and women engaged in sex acts, and ask the boys sexual questions. Sevearance-Turner’s pattern was to have visiting boys sleep in the bed beside him. If multiple boys were visiting, they would all sleep in the bed alongside Chad. Once the boys had fallen asleep, Sevearance-Turner would sexually assault each boy. The boys would awaken to Sevearance-Turner manually manipulating their private parts.