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Kansas shooter’s ties to 1987 gay slayings: Did feds protect a killer?

April 18, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Two defense attorneys Frazier Glenn Miller should have been considered the prime suspect in a 1987 Shelby, N.C., crime that, to this day, remains unsolved.

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Couples plan Tax Day protests

April 14, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Same-sex couples in state capitals in North Carolina and South Carolina plan to hold Tax Day protests tomorrow, calling upon their state governments to recognize their legal marriages.

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‘Shakespeare’s R&J’ a perfect mix of classic and coming of age

April 11, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style by Matt Comer

This casual theatre observer thinks “Shakespeare’s R&J” was a real treat, and Three Bone Theatre has certainly won over a new fan.

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Transgender rights take front seat

April 11, 2014 in Cover Stories, Featured Stories, News by Matt Comer

Charlotte has seen a flurry of attention, advocacy and activism on behalf of transgender rights as community members, activists and organizations have rallied around transgender young people seeking safety and inclusion at local schools.

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May primary will decide fate of gay Senate candidate

April 11, 2014 in Featured Stories, News by Matt Comer

North Carolina’s May 6 Democratic primaries will decide the fate of an openly gay candidate vying to represent a portion of the Queen City and Mecklenburg County in Raleigh.

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Silent no more, LGBT community is creating a new “Charlotte Way”

April 11, 2014 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Last June, I took to this column to praise the death of “The Charlotte Way.” At the time, a recent forum with former Charlotte mayors had exposed some leaders’ — in particular, former mayors Richard Vinroot’s and now-Gov. Pat McCrory’s — sadness at what they perceived as the end of this iconic, local “way of doing things.”

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Fear, Silence & Loneliness

April 11, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by Matt Comer

When Cameron Joyce was a senior in high school, a school administrator came to his classroom to read a newly adopted policy. Any student at the private, Christian school near the Triad who was lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender would no longer be allowed at the school.

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Chorus hosts ‘Forté!’, awards Gurss

April 11, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by Matt Comer

Nearly 200 gathered for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte’s annual black-tie fundraiser gala, “Forté!”, on March 29, feting another year of harmony and growth.

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GayCharlotte Film Fest returns this month

April 11, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style by Matt Comer

The GayCharlotte Film Festival will return to the Queen City this month, with 10 films scheduled for screening April 24-27. This year, the festival will partner with the Charlotte Film Society and Charlotte Jewish Film Festival to present three of the films.

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Our People: Q&A with Lainey Millen

April 11, 2014 in Our People by Matt Comer

For 13 years, Lainey Millen has worked with qnotes, directing its production and graphic design. In the time since, she’s seen the newspaper, the general news industry, Charlotte and the local LGBT community change and grow. She’s also a writer, and this issue we’re publishing an in-depth feature from Lainey on three women nominated for LGBT literary awards.

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Charlotte: Youth doll up for prom

April 11, 2014 in Carolinas News Notes by QNotes Staff

Time Out Youth Center will host its annual Alternative Prom for LGBT youth and allies, ages 13-20, on April 12, 7:30 p.m., at Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave.

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Campus Scene: Resource book available

April 11, 2014 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

Campus Pride has announced that pre-ordering for its 2014 edition of “The Lil’ Backpack Resource Guide” for the collegiate set if off and running.

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Clodfelter sworn in as mayor, stresses stability and diversity

April 10, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Former state Sen. Dan Clodfelter took his post as the city’s newest mayor on Wednesday, following the arrest and resignation of former Mayor Patrick Cannon.

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ACLU files second federal gay marriage case in N.C.

April 9, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina has filed a second gay marriage lawsuit in federal court today. The group is seeking immediate relief on behalf of three married same-sex couples, each of whom has a spouse in serious medical condition.

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Transgender students request more inclusive CMS polices

April 9, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Several transgender students attending Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools asked the local school board Tuesday evening to adopt more inclusive policies and practices to keep them safer during school days.

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CPCC says it will provide trainings, meet with LGBT groups

April 8, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), which came under scrutiny and protest last week for allegations of discrimination and harassment on their campus, says they have begun reaching out to LGBT groups and will hold trainings for campus security staff.

CMS, CPCC students lobby for transgender rights

April 8, 2014 in News by The Charlotte Observer

A group of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students intends to make a public appeal to the school board Tuesday for changes in policy that would include allowing transgender students to use the restroom of their gender choice.

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LGBT ally Dan Clodfelter named new Charlotte mayor

April 8, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

City Council voted 10-1 Monday evening to install state Sen. Dan Clodfelter as the city’s next mayor, following the resignation of former Mayor Patrick Cannon last week after his arrest on federal corruption and bribery charges.

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Two LGBT leaders named to local community relations committee

April 8, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

LGBT community leaders Scott Bishop and Sarah Demarest were appointed last week serve on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee.

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Mecklenburg LGBT Dems push Mitchell for new Charlotte mayor

April 7, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

The LGBT Democrats of Mecklenburg County, a recently formed caucus representing local LGBT Democrats, has jumped into the fray over Charlotte’s new mayor, giving their nod to former City Councilmember James Mitchell.