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United for the cause

October 13, 2012 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Each October, everyone and everything goes pink. So, too, has qnotes. And, that’s just the way it should be. Our cover this issue serves as a loving tribute to those affected by breast cancer as our publication pauses to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Charlotte Checklist, Oct. 13: Where the Queen City stands on LGBT equality

October 13, 2012 in News by QNotes Staff

As of the Oct. 13 print issue’s street date, it’s been 1,041 days since Anthony Foxx became Charlotte’s first Democratic mayor in 22 years, taking the reins of a city council with a decidedly Democratic and pro-LGBT super-majority. Yet, in the time since, important concerns of the local LGBT community continue to languish.

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Oh, no, it’s the smash monster!

October 13, 2012 in Cover Stories, Featured Stories, Health and Wellness by Lainey Millen

I remember my first mammogram about 20 years ago. And, the reason was more chilling. It came when I discovered a lump in my breast when I was taking my morning shower that was not there even the day before. I went numb. I began to shake. I could not breathe.

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Stirrups aren’t just for cowpokes

October 13, 2012 in Featured Stories, Health and Wellness by Lainey Millen

One of the most important practices a woman can engage in is a trip to the gynecologist. Oh, this isn’t because you love it so much. Nor, is it because you enjoy the visit. You may like your doctor.

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Women’s cancer resources

October 13, 2012 in Health and Wellness by QNotes Staff

QNotes has compiled a list of statewide and national resources to enable women to find groups and healthcare agencies and organizations for support.

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How does ‘Obamacare’ affect me?

October 13, 2012 in Health and Wellness by QNotes Staff

Even months after the passage of President Barack Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA), many Americans are still confused about how the law will affect them and how new regulations will improve healthcare.

A question on gays that’s difficult to ask

October 13, 2012 in News by The Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg commissioner Bill James wants to know if the county is violating North Carolina law by offering domestic partner benefits to employees in same-sex relationships. The answer to that question might result in those benefits being lost, which might explain why James seems to be one of few county officials who wants to know.

Why I am abandoning the GOP

October 13, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Jessica Dunlap

I am an out and proud Christian. I am a fiscal conservative. I am also a lesbian, so let me just say how psychologically damaging it is to be told by complete strangers that what you do in the privacy of your own home is unnatural, you’re sick in the head, that the right man hasn’t given it to you the right way, that you’re going to hell, that you need to be fixed, that you’re probably a pedophile, that you are destroying the institution of marriage or that you are bringing the wrath of God upon your country. This is what the Republican Party does and these are the ideas it supports.

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QPoll: Do you believe center-right moderates will ever be able to regain control of the Republican Party?

October 13, 2012 in QPoll by QNotes Staff

Do you believe center-right moderates will ever be able to regain control of the Republican Party or has the power amassed by right-wing extremists already caused too much damage?

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Beyond the Carolinas: ‘Ex-gay’ quackery outlawed

October 13, 2012 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A groundbreaking new state law will protect LGBT youth from psychological abuse by deceitful mental health professionals who falsely claim to be able to change their sexual orientation or gender expression.

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Triad: ENC gala planned

October 13, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Equality NC Foundation has announced that it’s sixth annual Equality Conference & Gala will be held on Nov. 17.

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High Country Pride slates bike trip

October 13, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

BOONE, N.C. — High Country Pride is taking to the road on Oct. 21 for a biking sojourn along the Virginia Creeper Trail in Southwest Virginia.

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Charlotte: HRC recruitment party slated

October 13, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Human Rights Campaign North Carolina Gala Table Captain Committee has announced that it will hold a recruitment party on Oct. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Cathode Azure, 1820 South Blvd., Suite 106.

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Triangle: Stossel visits Carolina

October 13, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by QNotes Staff

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — John Stossel, a news correspondent and personality from FOX Business News, was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Great Hall of the Student Union, on Sept. 21 where he taped his “Stossel” show segment, “Stossel Goes to College.” It aired on Sept. 27.

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Palmetto State sets festival

October 13, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Pride will be held on Oct. 20 with a parade at noon and the festival beginning at 1 p.m.

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20 Questions: Jacob Whipple, Charlotte

October 13, 2012 in 20 Questions by David Stout

Two years ago Jacob Whipple moved to the Queen City from Salt Lake City. The home automation manufacturer he works for needed a corporate trainer in Charlotte and Jacob grew up in the area and has family here.

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Playing the field: Ruggers enjoy clinic, softball season begins

October 13, 2012 in Playing the Field by Jon Hoppel

Fall is here! With it brings the start of several sports seasons. So, if you’re looking for something to fulfill your sports needs with something other than the NFL, NCAA football or the MLB playoffs, you’ve come to the right place!

Out in the Stars: October 13 – 26

October 13, 2012 in Out in the Stars by Charlene Lichtenstein

When is too much, too too much? Possibly when dreamy Venus squares energetic Mars. Minor tremors become earthquakes, quiet interludes become basheroos and carefully concealed secrets go viral. So, prepare to be jousted, rousted and thrown for a cosmic loop. Enjoy the ride.

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Shaking off depression takes action

October 13, 2012 in Tell Trinity by Trinity

A readers asks: Life just doesn’t have the kick it once had. I don’t even want to get out of bed to walk the dog. Any ideas for shaking off depression?