The story of QNotes’ history is about more than its own achievements; it’s about the community — the people, places and pride of the past 25 years of Carolinas history. People like community leader and QNotes’ first editor Don King, whose Closet Buster Productions helped to herald new eras of LGBT awareness and public engagement in Charlotte. Places like Charlotte’s Lesbian & Gay Community Center or Raleigh’s LGBT Center and the decades long push for community organizing for spaces to call all our own. Pride, like the series of statewide and local Pride festivals and parades that have grown and spread like wild kudzu across the state since 1981.
If I were in church I would say I want to testify, but since this will be read by a broad audience, I would like to share a bit about the role QNotes has played in our work within community and encourage everyone who can to take another look at why it is so critical to support QNotes.
For 25 years now, QNotes has reported to and about the LGBT community — the good news and the bad news and sad news. There have been many joys and many tears. We have reported the passing of our own staff, our friends and colleagues — many from HIV/AIDS — and we have reported many celebrations. Things like Lawrence v. Texas, Pride events, buildings bought, community centers organized, people who received awards for jobs well done, for dollars raised and social and educational events.
Humbling. That’s how I feel every time I begin to thumb through old issues and archives from QNotes. It’s a feeling I once again had the opportunity to enjoy as the QNotes staff worked to put this 25th anniversary issue together.
On the occasion of our 25th Anniversary, qnotes wants to open dialogue with our readers and community. Instead of our traditional multiple-choice QPoll, we invite you to share your open-ended thoughts, suggestions, comments, concerns, criticisms and critiques.
Since her very first day of post-graduation freedom, with a major in visual arts and a minor in chamber music in her pocket, Moksha Sommer has dedicated her life to performing. Sommer’s amazingly supportive parents had known she was destined for the stage since their little girl informed them at the young age of six that she wanted to take piano lessons. Performing as a child, touring as a teen and launching directly from college into a full-time career, Sommer has always maintained a life saturated with a love for music and performance.
If you haven’t heard of Fred Karger, you have an awful lot of company. Karger is a retired political consultant from California. He’s also a gay activist and he’s running for the presidency. As a Republican. Clearly this is a fellow who fancies adventure.
To end discrimination-based sexual orientation and gender identity in the American workforce, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community must work together for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would provide job protection based on employees’ sexual orientation or gender identity in both the public and private sector workforce.
North Carolina State University’s Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service offers its students opportunities to expand their experience in the area of volunteerism and help make a difference. And, this year it teamed up with the GLBT Center.
On the heels of a whirlwind, one-day visit from the U.S. Department of Justice’s assistant attorney general for civil rights, the local LGBT community will once again host a federal government official.