On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Gibbie Harris, director of the Mecklenburg County Health Department, issued an order of abatement of imminent hazard for the North End Encampment at and around North Tryon and North 12th Sts. and for the area near Uptown Charlotte to be cleared by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, citing a rat infestation. Hearts Beat as One (HB1), known for its community work in and around the LGBTQ community immediately stepped into action.
South Bend, Ind.’s Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg became the United States’ first openly gay cabinet member. Appointed by President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., many Americans see Buttigieg’s appointment as a positive step on the road to a more progressive and inclusive America.
Before the social media platform Parler went offline following the deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a hacker downloaded tons of content. That content, including video and GPS metadata that showed the exact location of where posts were made, was used extensively in last week’s impeachment hearing against former-President Donald Trump.
As we rounded the corner into the new year, many of us were hopeful that 2021 would bring about some sort of relief from the chaos and hardship caused by the infamous 2020. Unfortunately for the LGBTQ community, however, the feeling of optimism was short-lived, as not even two weeks into the new year, LGBTQ protections were erased with a simple stroke of a pen.