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November 27, 2010 – QNotes

Life, Positively

QNotes and the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina present a very special issue: Life, Positively. In recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, we give special coverage to important HIV/AIDS issues.

Magnetic attraction

Charlotte, Greensboro couples navigate life in love and serodiscordance

Although it’s an accepted convention that sometimes opposites attract, resulting in dichotomous pairings like liberals with conservatives, matinee idols with car park attendants and Carolina fans with Duke fans, for the most part this hasn’t been the case with HIV-positive and HIV-negative people.

‘White Christmas’ escape

'White Christmas' tapper Matthew Kirk dishes on his training, his musical and its holiday messages to audiences

The holidays are here. Thanksgiving is over and you’re still full of turkey (or tofu), but that doesn’t mean you can stop. The holidays are here! And, it’s time to get out and see all the beautiful, wintry sights. That includes holiday classics like Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” We got the chance to speak briefly with “White Christmas” ensemble member Matthew Kirk. In his 20s, Kirk has been performing musical theater since he was child, and was cast in the original Broadway production of the musical.

Carolina HIV/AIDS resources

North Carolina is blessed to have a plethora of community resources and programming for those living with HIV/AIDS. Several groups throughout the state work to keep the public educated, provide testing and counseling and support and case management to those who test positive. Below are resources for the Triad, Triangle and Charlotte. Find other resources …

Gospel concert attempts to bridge divide

Local HIV clinic plans concert with Southern Gospel's Hoppers, Ryan White mother

The shelves on Rosedale Infectious Diseases’ emergency food pantry were getting empty. With a weak economy and the holidays in sight, the HIV/AIDS clinic’s manager, Dale Pierce, and Rosedale physician Frederick A. Cruickshank decided it was time to ramp up their fundraising efforts.

Community passings

Media pioneers Robert Freese, Dean Gaskey and community leader Vickie Williford

October and November saw the passing of three Charlotte leaders. Each gave of their time, talent and energy in helping to make this community better. qnotes remembers them, their life and their service.

Cheat sheet: Preparing for the mayor’s forum

Editor's Note

When Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx comes to his forum at the Lesbian & Gay community Center, community leaders and citizens should ask Foxx hard questions and reserve their pats on the back until after pressing issues are taken care of and promises delivered.