Three years ago, Larry Ferri and his partner Barry Pettinato set out from Washington, D.C., to settle in Charlotte. They went through all the usual motions any moving couple might. They found a real estate agent, toured the city and ranked the pros and cons of the neighborhoods they encountered.
When Democrats from across the country come to Charlotte this September, they will experience a city that is increasingly moving in the right direction on matters of LGBT equality. After years of stalled progress, the city now protects employees on the basis of sexual orientation. In June, the council included domestic partner benefits in their 2012-2013 budget.
The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte is proud to serve the local LGBT community and to increase our visibility to the greater Charlotte community.
As the days draw ever closer to the DNC, law enforcement agencies from the local to the national levels are taking steps to prepare for the security the city will need to keep convention-goers, demonstrators, businesses and citizens safe.
The white Hebrew letters march around the rim of the elegant brown bowl in a declaration never to be refuted: â€śI Will Be What I Will Be.â€ť The ceramicist didnâ€™t mean that as a personal manifesto: Itâ€™s a slight alteration of the words Moses heard God speak from the burning bush.
Which Charlotte gay neighborhood do you live in? Which neighborhood is your favorite? Why is it special and what makes it unique?
In this special issue, qnotes takes an in-depth look at our hometown as we roll out our â€śInFocus: Charlotteâ€ť edition taking a indepth look at the local diversity and flavor that makes our city special and beautiful.
Iâ€™m appalled that Iâ€™d never heard of Gad Beck. Not only was he an important figure in LGBT history, he was a hoot. Until his recent death just shy of his 89th birthday, Beck was the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust.
The first time I stood outside of an abortion clinic was in the summer of 2010. Activists like me were spending the week defending a clinic in Charlotte that had been targeted for a national event by a rowdy anti-choice group called Operation Save America (OSA).
The boards of directors of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and OutServe have announced plans to merge the two organizations by October 2012 with a new name and a newly configured board of directors led by a representative from each existing organization.
General Electricâ€™s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Alliance (GE GLBTA) chapter in the Upstate town has been recruited to sponsor the community stage for the Upstate Pride march and festival to be held on Sept. 22 in Spartanburg.
The Equality NC Foundation 2012 Equality Conference & Gala will be held on Nov. 17 in the Triad. The day begins with the conference at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Elliott University Center and continues with the gala at the Empire Room, 203 S. Elm St.