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DNC city expenses: At least $1.1 million to companies without LGBT employee protections

June 12, 2013 in Editorial by Matt Comer

How many of the companies who benefited from the $50 million in city DNC expenses have employment non-discrimination policies that match the city’s? How much money landed in the hands of companies who practice — or, at the very least, refuse to prohibit — the types of discrimination the city itself says is wrong?

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2012 in Review: Politics & Advocacy, Part I

December 22, 2012 in Featured Stories, News by Matt Comer

For many, 2012 was a landmark year. It was full of activism and advocacy. Community organizations grew and changed. North Carolinians banded together in the face of an anti-LGBT amendment. The community grew closer and stronger. The amendment, by far, will rank atop any imaginable list of the major stories of the year, as it does here. But, there were certainly other noteworthy happenings over the past 12 months. Good or bad or otherwise, these moments are the hallmarks of this year’s LGBT history.

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DNC: On the Record

September 15, 2012 in News by QNotes Staff

“We don’t think government can solve all our problems. But we don’t think that government is the source of all our problems — any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles.”

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QPoll: Were you impressed with Charlotte’s hosting of the DNC? Did everything go over smoothly? Did Charlotte really shine?

September 15, 2012 in QPoll by QNotes Staff

Were you impressed with Charlotte’s hosting of the DNC? Did everything go over smoothly? Did Charlotte really shine?

The streets of Charlotte during the DNC: Sept. 6, 2012

September 9, 2012 in News by Jennifer Hogan

Organizers for the Democratic National Convention last week said they wanted to have the most open and accessible convention in history. From the looks of things, all went as planned, as thousands of convention delegates and guests packed into Uptown Charlotte with thousands more protesters, lookers-on and native Charlotteans looking to get into a bit of the DNC action.

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PHOTOS: Barney Frank honored, special guests speak at Thursday LGBT caucus

September 7, 2012 in News by QNotes Staff

A who’s who of LGBT and LGBT-friendly politicians, party leaders and other special guests gathered at the last LGBT caucus of the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Thursday.

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Obama accepts nomination, defends rights of minorities

September 7, 2012 in Featured Stories, News by Matt Comer

With flags, banners and signs flying as chants and applause filled Time Warner Cable Arena, President Barack Obama on Thursday accepted his nomination to run again for president.

Transgender delegation makes DNC ‘especially historic’

September 7, 2012 in Featured Stories, News by David Aaron Moore

The 2012 Democratic Convention proved to be reflective of the country’s “melting pot” moniker in multiple ways. The number of LGBT delegates is historical and record-breaking: 486 in total from every state in the country and a dramatic upswing from the 288 on board for the DNC in ’08.

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Historic DNC a continued call for full inclusion

September 7, 2012 in News by James Nichols

Historic number of LGBT delegates reminds us of shared history of marginalization and serves as a call for continued work toward full inclusion.

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Obama’s planned remarks: Gays are not scapegoats

September 6, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Full prepared remarks for President Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech include comments standing up for gay citizens and other minorities often scapegoated for America’s problems.

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Dick Durbin on DADT

September 6, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

US Sen. Dick Durbin: “I cannot remember a more touching ceremony than when [Obama] gathered us together to finally see the end of the discrimination of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

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Crist appears at DNC

September 6, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican, addressed the Democratic National Convention tonight.

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Dr. Jill Biden stands up for teachers, women

September 6, 2012 in News by James Nichols

Dr. Jill Biden, America’s Second Lady, addressed the delegates and attendees of the Democratic National Convention tonight.

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Time Warner Cable Arena is locked down

September 6, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Police have locked down the exterior doors of Time Warner Cable. For about an hour, delegates and guests have been prohibited from entering the venue. Inside, the convention floor has [...]

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Zach Wahls speech lights up Charlotte

September 6, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Delegates and guests to the 2012 Democratic National Convention rose to their feet to welcome Zach Wahls to the stage early Thursday evening.

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Obama speech packs out Charlotte arena

September 6, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

President Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech has packed out the Time Warner Cable Arena in downtown Charlotte. Anticipating a stirring speech, thousands of delegates and guests began pouring into the venue as early as noon today.

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Actresses urge Americans to vote

September 6, 2012 in News by James Nichols

FROM INSIDE THE ARENA: Actresses Kerry Washington and Scarlett Johansson fired up attendees of tonight’s Democratic National Convention.

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Democrats offer contrast on marriage, says delegate

September 6, 2012 in News by Bil Browning

As delegates and party activists arrived in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, several LGBT delegates from Colorado were mixing it up with the other party faithful. While the convention is always a flood of energy and excitement, Elizabeth Harris and Brayden Portillo are riding the high with unbridled enthusiasm.

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Where were the anti-LGBT protesters at Dem Convention?

September 6, 2012 in News by Bil Browning

It hit me as I was standing outside of the convention hall Tuesday looking at all of the various protestors, vendors, and security officers. For the first time, I hadn’t seen any stand-alone religious bigots standing outside and chanting about “perverts” and holding signs about sexual deviants and “the sin of homosexuality.”

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Barney Frank stirs controversy at last LGBT caucus

September 6, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

The last caucus of LGBT delegates and guests at the Democratic National Convention was held early Thursday afternoon and comments about gay Republicans from outgoing Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank stirred controversy.