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Anti-gay Catholic nun takes ‘sabbatical’

April 4, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Charlotte’s Catholic News Herald, the local diocesan newspaper, reports that the nun at the center of anti-gay controversy at Charlotte Catholic High School is taking a “sabbatical.”

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Protest targets CPCC policies, treatment of transgender student

April 4, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Several dozen students and community members gathered early Friday afternoon to protest alleged discrimination at Central Piedmont Community College. Students, many of whom attend CPCC and other local schools, are calling on the college to apologize to a transgender student who says she was mistreated and harassed at the school.

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Theatre company presents twist on classic Shakespeare

April 4, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style by Matt Comer

A local, start-up theatre company will open its production of “Shakespeare’s R&J,” a unique twist on the classic love story, this weekend in NoDa.

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CPCC is following law, college says in updated statement

April 3, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Following their first formal, written statement today responding to claims of discrimination and harassment on their campus, Central Piedmont Community College has clarified and updated its statement. The college says its policies and procedures are in full compliance with the law.

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Actress Laverne Cox releases statement supporting transgender student Andraya Williams

April 3, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Actress Laverne Cox, who plays a transgender character on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” released a statement supporting a local student who claims she experienced harassment and discrimination by a Charlotte college.

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Statement: CPCC is investigating, wants ‘amicable resolution’ with transgender student

April 3, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Officials with Central Piedmont Community College released a statement today saying they are investigating an alleged incident of discrimination against a transgender student. The college, the statement reads, wants an “amicable resolution” with the student and is also examining its policies and procedures.

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Meetings, events planned in Raleigh, Charlotte

April 3, 2014 in News by Lainey Millen

Upcoming meetings and events across the region will support a variety of community organizations and causes. In Raleigh, two organizations will meet for a fundraiser and dinner.

More than 1,000 attend Charlotte Catholic meeting on nun’s speech

April 3, 2014 in News by The Charlotte Observer

Parents filled the gym at Charlotte Catholic High School on Wednesday night to air complaints and comments about a recent speech by a nun who reportedly made inflammatory comments about gays and lesbians, divorce and single parenthood.

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CPCC incident report reveals transgender student did show ID

April 2, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

An incident report filed by Central Piedmont Community College security officers reveals that a transgender student confronted on campus did, in fact, present her ID to school officials, contradicting CPCC’s earlier statements that the student had refused to show security officers her ID.

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CPCC: No LGBT-inclusive policies for students, faculty

April 2, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

As activists and community organizations rally around a transgender student who claimed she was harassed by campus security, officials at Central Piedmont Community College say their policies are “evolving,” though they currently do not include any protections for LGBT students or faculty.

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Anti-gay nun cancels planned May speech in Charlotte diocese

April 2, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

A Catholic nun whose speech created controversy among Charlotte Catholic High School students, alumni and parents will not be giving a previously-scheduled speech in May.

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Charlotte City Council will choose new mayor next week

March 31, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

City Council voted unanimously to postpone making a decision on filling former Mayor Patrick Cannon’s now-vacant seat until next Monday, April 7.

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Attorney: Civil rights complaint possible after harassment of transgender student

March 31, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

The attorney for a transgender student who claims she was harassed and detained by a local college’s security officers said today that she and the student are considering filing a civil rights complaint as school officials responded publicly to the claims of discrimination.

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Transgender student says she was harassed, detained by Central Piedmont campus security

March 31, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

A transgender student attending Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) says she now feels unsafe and uncomfortable on the campus after a run-in with campus security on March 18.

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Anti-gay Charlotte Catholic High lecturer sparks controversy

March 28, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Students and parents at Charlotte Catholic High School are speaking out after they say a campus lecturer forcefully condemned homosexuality with outdated statistics, prejudiced stereotypes and other extremist claims.

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Our People: Q&A with Kode Brown

March 28, 2014 in Our People by Matt Comer

Kode Brown, 28, works as the assistant manager of White Rabbit, where he’s worked since 2010. Believe it or not, he’s a Charlotte native (you don’t always see ‘em around!). He graduated from Providence High School in 2004. At White Rabbit, he’s in charge of a slew of tasks, including decorating the store’s front window and a new YouTube video series exploring the store’s offerings.

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Personal advocacy show relationships’ power to change hearts and minds

March 28, 2014 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Late in 2012, local LGBT community leader and advocate Shane Windmeyer, executive director of the Charlotte-based national non-profit Campus Pride, made waves when he announced that he and his organization was suspending its boycott of Chick-fil-A.

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Playing the Field: Teams dig deep to secure wins

March 28, 2014 in Playing the Field by Jon Hoppel

Well it is March and the “Madness” is everywhere! But with any “disease,” there is a cure. And that cure is more Charlotte Sports!

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Charlotte: College students volunteer time, talent

March 28, 2014 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

Eleven students from Central Michigan University were in the Queen City from March 10-14 at Campus Pride to volunteer their time as part of Alternative Breaks, a national program that gives school students an option for vacation and break time during the academic year. It is under the umbrella of Break Away, a national non-profit organization.

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Regional: HRC seeks co-chairs

March 28, 2014 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

The Human Rights Campaign North Carolina board of directors and board of governors have announced that they are seeking co-chairs for its 2015 gala to be held on Feb. 21, 2015 in the Queen City.