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The year in retrospect

December 24, 2011 in Featured Stories, News by Matt Comer

Bells will ring, candles will be lighted and champagne will be toasted and plenty of folks will wish they could forget many of the days gone by this year. Yes, the economy still sucks. Yes, politicians still have no answers. Yes, Congress is still deadlocked. But, don’t be fooled: Lots of good things happened this year, too.

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Amendment made for rollercoaster year

December 24, 2011 in Featured Stories, News by Matt Comer

LGBT advocates and grassroots activists knew they were up for a challenge the moment election results started rolling in November 2010’s midterm elections. Control of the state legislature had been returned to Republican hands for the first time in over a century. It was time for the longtime minority to have its way on Jones St. and Republican leadership wasted no time getting to their decades-long pent-up agenda.

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2011 Person of the Year: Roberta Dunn

December 24, 2011 in Featured Stories, News by Matt Comer

For her persistent commitment, intelligence, zeal and passion for this city’s LGBT community, its equality and the welfare of the city at large, qnotes is proud to name LGBT activist and civic leader Roberta Dunn our 2011 Person of the Year.

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Stabbing at Hartigan’s shakes community

December 24, 2011 in News by Matt Comer

A brutal early morning fight and stabbing at Uptown’s Hartigan’s Irish Pub in early December left one woman dead, another jailed on murder charges and a community left scrambling for answers.

Centers serve as rock-solid resource

December 24, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by Lawrence Ferber

Across the Carolinas, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals constantly search for options for support and socializing. Some enjoy the bar scene, while others would prefer gathering together to do [...]

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A year in review: Top online searches from 2011

December 24, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by ARAcontent

Memories are monumental in shaping history. And, just as a journal holds your thoughts, memories and interests from years past, online searches can mark the people, places and events that mattered most in a given year. So, what mattered most in 2011?

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Highs and Lows

December 24, 2011 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Despite this year’s litany of successes, our community experienced loss. No year-end wrap up would be complete without pausing in remembrance of those friends, family and loved ones who passed this year.

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Choose the 2011 Cover of the Year!

December 24, 2011 in QPoll by QNotes Staff

Help us choose 2011’s Cover of the Year. We’ll run the poll online through Jan. 1 and feature our reader’s selection in our Jan. 7 print edition.

Iowa teen argues the good argument

December 24, 2011 in General Gayety by Leslie Robinson

I give Jane Schmidt a world of credit. The Iowa high school student held her own in an exchange with Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. At Schmidt’s age, shaking a candidate’s hand was enough to make me forget my name.

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Openly gay sailor reinstated

December 24, 2011 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

Petty Officer 2nd class Jase Daniels (pictured), discharged from the U.S. Navy in April 2005 and again in March 2007 under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” has been reinstated and returned to active duty. He was sworn in on Dec. 12.

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Film company fights amendment

December 24, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

Working Films has joined the battle against the North Carolina anti-gay amendment on the ballot on May 8, 2012, with its addition of Reel Equality.

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Funds sought for amendment campaign

December 24, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

The Coalition to Protect NC Families’ Campaign Manager Jeremy Kennedy is asking supporters to contribute monies toward its efforts to defeat the anti-gay marriage amendment which will appear on the ballot on May 8, 2012.

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Triad: Foundation acknowledges heroes

December 24, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

The Guilford Green Foundation has launched its first-ever Leadership Awards, designed to recognize the courage and generosity of selfless “unsung heroes” from the LGBT and straight ally communities.

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Holiday Cooking

December 24, 2011 in Cooking by Robert Penry

It’s that time of year — friends and family gather for reunions, dinners and parties. And, no get-together is complete without a great dish.

An Unexpected Homecoming

December 24, 2011 in On Being a Gay Parent by Brett Webb-Mitchell

College changes a person. I was an undergraduate and graduate student for 13 years and I’ve been a faculty member in colleges, universities and seminaries for over 17 years and I’m not sure what it is that brings about the change.

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Pageants and shows bring out the best, past, present and future!

December 24, 2011 in Drag Rag by Miss Della

Season’s greetings, boys and girls! Where has the time gone? Here we are at the end of another year of shows and pageants. What will 2012 hold? Who’s to say? I think it will be a fierce year of comebacks and maybe a good new queen or two. Let’s hope for the best!

Out in the Stars: Dec. 24-Jan. 6

December 24, 2011 in Out in the Stars by Charlene Lichtenstein

The Sun enters Capricorn and conjuncts Pluto. Ignite your engines and set off into outer space. Whoosh! Keep an eye out for any heavenly body. Anyone we know? Uh, Santa?

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You are one in a million

December 24, 2011 in Tell Trinity by Trinity

A reader needs some advice, asking, “I seem to be on an unlucky streak. I lost my job, my lover and now I’m being evicted. The only thing good in my life is my health and my cat. What do you do in times like these?”