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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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Voices for Progress

March 14, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Cover Stories, Featured Stories by Matt Comer

For the second year in a row, qnotes is profiling a handful of LGBT and ally young professionals who are making a difference in their community. Our featured profiles this year include entrepreneurs, financial career professionals, local non-profit staffers and more — each are working at their businesses and in volunteer community involvement to make life better for LGBT people.

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Our People: Young Professionals — In their own words

March 14, 2014 in Our People by QNotes Staff

In this issue, qnotes features 10 young professionals in the LGBT/ally community. In each of their questionnaires, we asked them: “What do you believe is the most pressing issue needing to be addressed by the local LGBT community?

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Swedish soccer player Anton Hysén joins Myrtle Beach Mutiny

March 10, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style by Matt Comer

Openly gay Swedish footballer Anton Hysén has signed to play with the Myrtle Beach Mutiny, according to a press release from the team, a member of the National Premier Soccer League.

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Weekend conference to highlight LGBT southern organizing

February 27, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

As the movement for LGBT equality advances into the U.S. South, organizers of a weekend conference say they want to bring leaders and community members together to harness resources, brainstorm strategy and focus momentum.

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HRC Carolina accepting youth leader applications

February 4, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Time is running out for young leaders to apply to the Human Rights Campaign’s North Carolina Emerging Leaders Program, a revamped program meant to build leadership in LGBT young adults ages 18-25 across the Carolinas.

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Snow delays travel for some heading to LGBT conference

January 29, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Tuesday’s snow and ice storm which blanketed most of the southeast has resulted in delays or other travel complications for some local LGBT leaders heading to Houston, Texas, for Creating Change, the annual conference of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.

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No surprise? Charlotte ranks 6th in ‘most Bible-minded’ cities

January 23, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

According to the American Bible Society, Charlote ranks sixth in a list of the 100 most and least “Bible-minded” cities.

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South Carolina: It’s potluck time

January 17, 2014 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

The Harriett Hancock LGBT Center, 1108 Woodrow St., will hold an LGBT potluck on Feb. 2, 2 p.m.

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Charleston gay rights leader Tom Chorlton passes away

January 6, 2014 in In Memoriam by Matt Comer

Thomas Patrick Chorlton, an LGBT rights leader, author and professor at the College of Charleston, died on Jan. 5 at the age of 67 from complications associated with leukemia.

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2013 Year in Review: Memory making stories cross the Carolinas’ landscape

December 20, 2013 in Featured Stories, News by Lainey Millen

Our recap from our Carolinas News Notes column netted a host of great reads from the year.

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Survey shows fundraising diversity, strength among local LGBT non-profits

December 6, 2013 in Cover Stories, Featured Stories, Non-Profit Surveys by Matt Comer

Local and regional LGBT non-profit organizations are showing strength in their fundraising efforts and diversity in the sources of their revenue, even as low numbers of community members are actively donating, according to data reported in QNotes’ fourth annual Community Assessment Survey.

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#TBT: Fred Phelps targets the Carolinas, Nov. 28, 1998

November 28, 2013 in Throwback Thursdays by Matt Comer

From the QNotes staff to you, your friends and family, Happy Thanksgiving! Given that it’s our collective day for thanks, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity for QNotes to kick start its very own Throwback Thursdays series! We’re starting it off right: With a glimpse back 15 years ago when the Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist clan visited the Carolinas.

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Writer: Decoupling gays from HIV hurt prevention efforts

November 25, 2013 in Health and Wellness by Matt Comer

More than 30 years into the AIDS Crisis, gay and bisexual men, along with other men who have sex with men (MSM), remain the population most at-risk for HIV infection. One expert thinks it’s time for the gay community to step up and take issues of sex, sexuality and HIV head-on.

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National group rates Carolinas cities in LGBT friendliness

November 21, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

A national LGBT advocacy organization has released the second edition of their rating tool for cities and municipalities across the country. Cities in the Carolinas, including Charlotte, were among the rankings, with scores jumping this year from initial scores in 2012.

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Carolinas rally for Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 19, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

Local LGBT communities across the Carolinas will rally to support increased awareness on anti-transgender violence during local observances of the national Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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Carolinas LGBT progress noted in national report

October 30, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

A national report from an association of state-based LGBT advocacy organizations notes that significant progress on LGBT equality at city and county levels often precedes progress at the state level.

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Columbia police officers protest gay Pride participation

October 4, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

Complaints and controversy have arisen in the Columbia Police Department following the Sept. 28 SC Pride parade. According to The State, two veteran police officers protested interim Chief Rueben Santiago’s order to march in the gay Pride parade.

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S.C. National Guard won’t process gay couples’ benefits at state facilities

October 1, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

The South Carolina National Guard announced Tuesday that it would not process benefits for legally-married same-sex couples at state-owned facilities. Instead, the state guard will direct all family benefits applications to federal installations.

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Newspaper launches annual local non-profit review

October 1, 2013 in News by QNotes Staff

The Queen City’s local LGBT community newspaper announced today that they have begun their annual review of LGBT community non-profit organizations.