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1. HRC denies wrongdoing in alleged transgender flag incident at Supreme Court
March 28, 2013
The top-read story on the qnotes website this year documented an alleged incident of anti-transgender discrimination by the Human Rights Campaign in March. The national organization denied wrongdoing.
2. Progressive strategist dies after stabbing at Raleigh home
April 27, 2013
The death of progressive strategist Jamie Kirk Hahn shocked North Carolina’s progressive and LGBT communities. Hahn was well-known and well-loved across the state and respected for her compassion, integrity and leadership.
3. Concerns raised as anti-gay elevation church makes inroads at local schools
Dec. 21, 2012
While not technically from 2013, this story, published near the end of 2012, generated quite a bit of attention at the beginning of the year and later, when Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick was found to be building a $1.7 million, 16,000-square-foot home.
4. Charlotte LGBT center staff halts anti-gay holiday donation drive
Nov. 7, 2013
As the holiday season approached, staffers at the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte sought to give back. Unfortunately, they chose to give back to an organization, the Charlotte Rescue Mission, with an anti-LGBT history. The campaign was halted.
5. The Southern Gospel Closet
Nov. 1, 2012
Like the Elevation Church story at number three, this story was also published near the end of 2012, but proved to be popular all year long. The article explored the place of gay people and the closet in the Southern Gospel music industry.
6. Documentary seeks to explore impact of 2012 amendment
Jan. 11, 2013
Two Charlotte natives made news early in the year as they began their quest to highlight the history of North Carolina’s 2012 Amendment One Campaign.
7. Annual Charlotte Black Gay Pride gets underway today
July 18, 2013
Charlotte Black Gay Pride had a successful year, bringing in a new board and new events for its annual festivities.
8. Internet’s gays fawn over the pride of North Carolina
Nov. 5, 2013
In late October, the gay internet went crazy over North Carolina State University baseball player John Mangum’s Vine videos, showing him twerking it out in the team’s locker room. Teammate Brett Austin, who originally posted the videos, was later forced to delete the videos when his coach found it, but, the internet never forgets. A video was saved on Vimeo.
9. Duke to offer health insurance coverage for transgender students
April 23, 2013
Duke University moved ahead in its transgender inclusion when it announced a new healthcare plan that would include up to $50,000 to cover gender confirmation surgery for students.
10. SC groups criticize LGBT-themed freshman reading assignment at Upstate college
Sept. 18, 2013
Anti-gay activists in South Carolina were none too pleased with the University of South Carolina-Upstate’s decision to require incoming freshman to read the LGBT-themed book, “Outload: The Best of Rainbow Radio.”
11. Largest ex-gay group shuts down, but NC advocate says work not over
June 21, 2013
It shocked many, but observers of the anti-gay and “ex-gay” right weren’t necessarily surprised when Alan Chambers of Exodus International announced their ministry was shutting down. Chambers also apologized and Raleigh, N.C.-based Justin Lee, founder of the Gay Christian Network, said he thought the apology was sincere. He cautioned, however, to keep an eye out on former Exodus-affiliated ministries and other ex-gay groups.
12. Boy Scout memo: Legal challenges, pressure from churches cited in policy change
Feb. 5, 2013
As debate swirled on the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay membership and leadership policies, a leaked memo from a North Carolina Scout council indicated potential policy changes were being pushed primarily by worries “looming legal challenges” amid pressure from both inside and outside of of the Scouting program. The Boy Scouts of America National Council later voted in May to rescind the anti-gay ban for youth members. Gay adults are still not allowed to be leaders in the organization.
13. NC GOP staffer: LGBT equality not a civil rights issue
May 2, 2013
A staffer for North Carolina Republican state Sen. Buck Newton upset some constituents when she told them that LGBT equality was “not civil rights because you’re not black.”
14. Latina leader says gays are an abomination
April 3, 2013
Local Latina leader Maudia Meléndez offended members of the local LGBT Latino community and others when she said homosexuality was an abomination in a quote in the local Qué Pasa Mi Gente newspaper.
15. Archivists working to preserve local LGBT history
June 17, 2013
A new community history project launched this year at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte Atkins Library. UNCC staffers Joshua Burford, of the campus’ Multicultural Resource Center, and chief archivist Meredith Evans are still collecting a large amount of materials from local LGBT community members and organizations. An exhibit may be possible within the next year.
16. The Charlotte Way is an Old South relic; it’s time to bid it adieu
June 21, 2013
In an Editor’s Note column published during the summer, editor Matt Comer called Charlotteans to abandon “The Charlotte Way,” calling it an “Old South relic” akin to a “Good Ol’ Boy System.”
17. Charlotte area schools to receive safe space kits
Jan. 31, 2013
Time Out Youth and the national Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) partnered to get special Safe Space Kits and educational materials in every local middle and high school across Time Out Youth’s service area. The campaign, part of GLSEN’s larger three-year national campaign, was successful. On Dec. 11, GLSEN’s executive director, Eliza Byard, came to Charlotte to celebrate local successes and the end of their national safe space campaign (read that recent story at goqnotes.com/26528/)
18. Longtime gay actor, director Alan Poindexter passes away
July 11, 2013
Charlotte’s LGBT community and local arts world lost a visionary when Alan Poindexter passed away. Poindexter, 47, had been professionally engaged with the theatre community for over three decades, including a stint playing main character Prior Walter in the 1996 Charlotte production of “Angels in America.” His role as Prior included a short, seven-seconds long nude performance, which caused an eruption of controversy in the city.
19. LGBT Dems leader: Trans woman should join men’s auxiliary
June 28, 2013
Local transgender activist Janice Covington alleged discrimination by a leader in the local and state Democratic Women’s caucuses. The leader, Concetta Caliendo, was also the vice president of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina. Caliendo and others initially declined requests for comment, but later denied any wrongdoing.
20. Rainbow flag stolen from LGBT youth center in Charlotte
Dec. 3, 2013
Staffers at Time Out Youth Center came to work on Dec. 3 surprised to find their rainbow flag on a flag pole on the property was missing. Donations of flags soon came in and the flag has been restored.
Powerful story has staying power
First published on May 31, 2008, and June 14, 2008, our two-part story, “Male rape victim shares his story,” continues, even five years later, to rank among the most-read stories on the qnotes website. The first part of the story was written in narrative form, retelling the experience of a young gay man in rural North Carolina who became the victim of an attempted rape. The second part, in traditional news form, reported the young man’s experience with police, hospital staff and community advocates.
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