David Aaron Moore is the author of â€śCharlotte: Murder, Mystery and Mayhem.â€ť From 2003-2007, he was the editor of qnotes. Since that time, his writings have appeared in multiple publications throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The percentage of adults in the U.S. who identify as LGBT ranges from 1.7 percent in North Dakota to 5.1 percent in Hawaii and 10 percent in the District of Columbia, according to findings from a new study released by Williams Institute Distinguished Scholar Gary J. Gates and Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport.
To the dismay of many within the LGBT community, President Barack Obama joined numerous House and Senate members at the annual National Prayer Breakfast.
We’re profiling gay life, love and sex as they existed in the Carolinas in the 1970s and, with this piece from our archives, in the early 1990s in the days before the internet. This piece’s original author, current associate editor David Stout, shares some short retrospective thoughts on the piece below.
Gregg Beard is originally from Lenoir, N.C. As a teen and young adult he was a champion ice skater who held several titles during his career. A subsequent marriage produced a girl, Ashley, and a boy, Brad. For many years he owned and operated Park 51 Salon in Charlotte.
On Jan 7, the government agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 181 former service members who had their separation pay cut in half due to a Defense Department policy targeting service members honorably discharged for â€śhomosexuality.â€ť Under the terms of the settlement, plaintiffs will receive their full pay, which amounts to approximately $2.4 million. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Mexico filed the lawsuit.
Charlotte attorney Connie Vetter is well known in the LGBT community, both for her professional and civic endeavors. Through her advocacy in a number of state and local organizations, she has worked to make North Carolina â€” and the Queen City in particular â€” a better place for us all.
On Dec. 21, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily delayed the start date of a new California law that protects LGBT youth from therapists who try to change their sexual orientation using discredited practices that medical experts warn can cause serious harm.
WASHINGTON, D.C. â€” For the first time, crimes directed against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation are the second most frequent hate crime committed after crimes based on race, according to the 2011 hate crimes statistics released Dec. 10 by the FBI as part of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Surpassing crimes committed on the basis on religion, the number of reported hate crimes committed against gay men and lesbians increased from 1,277 in 2010 to 1,293 in 2011.
It wonâ€™t be long before itâ€™s completely routine for Kennith Chrismon, a recent Charlotte transplant, to be told by complete strangers: â€śI know you from somewhere, but I donâ€™t know where from.â€ť No worries, it happens to all White Rabbit employees.
NEW YORK, N.Y. â€” The Southern Poverty Law Center, joined by the law firms of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC, filed a lawsuit Nov. 27 against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), its founder, Arthur Goldberg (pictured) and a counselor, Alan Downing, for peddling conversion therapy services, a dangerous and discredited practice that fraudulently claims to convert people from gay to straight.
Bruce Claus doesnâ€™t live in the Tar Heel state, but the â€śconfirmed bachelorâ€ť says his work with the family business â€” an international manufacturing and distribution non-profit â€” brings him to the area at least once a year.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. â€” On Election Day, the residents of Maine, Maryland and Washington affirmed that their states will recognize marriages for lesbian and gay couples. An analyses of Census 2010 data conducted by the Williams Institute suggests that approximately 35,000 same-sex couples live in these states and that over 17,000 will marry in the next three years. Many of these couples are raising children, ranging from 14 percent of same-sex couples living in Maine to 20 percent in Maryland.
In a typical day LeMond Hart wears several different hatsâ€¦and sometimes several different shirts, pants and shoes, too. You see, in addition to being a student, a partner in a long-term relationship, a father figure and a veteran, heâ€™s also a model.
WASHINGTON, D.C. â€” OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) have tapped Army veteran Allyson Robinson to lead the newly combined organization, which will be known as OutServe-SLDN. The two organizations finalized their merger at the beginning of the month. The plan to join was announced in July.
Chris Hood loves living and working in Charlotte. â€śI donâ€™t plan on leaving anytime soon,â€ť he declares. We believe him â€” the guy puts down roots. Hood grew up in Rock Hill, where he was â€śvery active in sports and the community.â€ť He left the city to attend Clemson University and after graduating in 2010, he went back home, got a job with a financial firm and came out.
NEW YORK, N.Y. â€” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York ruled Oct. 18 that Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it discriminates against married same-sex couples. N.Y. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman had filed a friend-of-the-court brief together with Vermont and Connecticut arguing that DOMA violates same-sex couplesâ€™ right to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution and should be more closely scrutinized because it constitutes a sweeping intrusion into the Statesâ€™ regulation of marriage.