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Coastal: Couple gets dissed by restaurant owner

January 18, 2013 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

NEW BERN, N.C. — WCTI-TV, a FOX affiliate, reported on Jan. 10 and 11, that a restaurant owner Ed McGovern of The Stingray Café, 520 S. Front St., on Dec. 4, presented a married lesbian couple, Ariel and Shawnee McPhail, with a condemning letter in the parking area, after they had completed their meal and paid their bill.

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Mayfield responds to Farrakhan controversy

November 15, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield responded publicly on Wednesday to the controversy surrounding her refusals to condemn Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT comments.

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Lack of local LGBT response questioned after hate groups rally

November 13, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Local LGBT community groups and their leaders were absent on Saturday when as many as 250 counter-protesters were organized to drown out the messages of two hate groups at a rally in Uptown Charlotte.

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Media watch: Local coverage of Saturday’s neo-Nazi and KKK rally

November 11, 2012 in Blog by Matt Comer

Local media came out in droves to cover the Nov. 10 rally by neo-Nazi and KKK groups. A snapshot of local coverage.

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VIDEO: Neo-Nazi and KKK rally

November 10, 2012 in Blog by Matt Comer

Video report from the Nov. 10, 2012, National Socialist Movement and Ku Klux Klan rally in Uptown Charlotte.

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Neo-Nazis, KKK outnumbered by counter-protesters in Charlotte

November 10, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

As many as 250 counter-protesters flocked to Uptown Charlotte today to demonstrate against a neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan rally meant to protest undocumented immigration. Organizers of the counter-protest say they wanted to take a stand against hate.

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PHOTOS: Neo-Nazi, KKK groups rally in Charlotte

November 10, 2012 in Blog by Matt Comer

100-plus photos from the Nov. 10 neo-Nazi and KKK rally in Uptown Charlotte.

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Neo-Nazi, KKK groups to rally in Uptown today

November 10, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Community members are preparing to counter messages of hate as a national neo-Nazi group and a North Carolina Ku Klux Klan make plans to rally in Uptown on Saturday.

Staff Editorial: Our job is to report

November 10, 2012 in Editorial by Matt Comer and David Stout

Running an LGBT community newspaper, or any minority community newspaper for that matter, is no easy task. qnotes, like other minority press, operates in a sometimes uncomfortable middle ground between objective media and an instrument to build and empower community.

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Neo-Nazi group plans Charlotte rally next week

November 4, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

A national neo-Nazi hate group has announced its plans to hold a Nov. 10 rally against illegal immigration in downtown Charlotte. The event by the National Socialist Movement, a Southern Poverty Law Center-documented hate group led by Jeff Schoep, comes just a few weeks after another hate group leader addressed audiences in Charlotte.

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Mayfield to Facebook followers: I do not support discrimination

November 2, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

After two weeks of scrutiny, a message against discrimination from openly lesbian Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield has been revealed to this newspaper even as Mayfield continues to dodge requests for an on-the-record and public statement.

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Mayfield endorsers respond to Farrakhan hate; still no word from elected officials

October 24, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Pressure is building for local elected officials and candidates to denounce the anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT comments of hate group leader Louis Farrakhan as two organizations, one local and one national, speak out against hate.

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VIDEO: Local middle school student attacked due to Jewish heritage

October 23, 2012 in Blog by QNotes Staff

This news out of nearby Fort Mill, S.C., grabbed the attention of the public today, even as some local elected officials in Charlotte continue to dodge questions regarding their views on anti-Semitism and anti-LGBT hate.

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Open Letter: The president is on record against anti-Semitism. Are you?

October 23, 2012 in Blog by Matt Comer

On Monday night, President Barack Obama went on the record in front a national audience of tens of millions of voters against anti-Semitism and hate. He said that he had visited Israel and a Holocaust memorial there to “remind myself of the nature of evil.”

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Leake declines to condemn Farrakhan’s hate speech

October 22, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

After several days of non-response, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake, who attended two events with hate group leader Louis Farrakhan last week, has declined to condemn the leader’s comments about Jews and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

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Mayfield should say no to hate

October 21, 2012 in Editorial by Lainey Millen

Writer says local elected official should stand up against hate and in support of those at the receiving end of it.

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Pickering goes on record against hate; still no word from Mayfield

October 21, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Another local elected official has gone on record against hate speech following the ongoing controversy regarding hate leader Louis Farrakhan’s recent events in Charlotte and several LGBT-friendly elected officials’ appearances at them.

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Another elected official speaks out against hate but still no word from Mayfield

October 20, 2012 in Blog by Matt Comer

Another local elected official spoke out this morning, following a request by qnotes to condemn the anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT hate speech of hate group leader Louis Farrakhan. Yet, despite repeated requests, openly lesbian Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield continues to refuse to do the same.

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Timeline: Louis Farrakhan, Charlotte and LaWana Mayfield

October 20, 2012 in Blog by Matt Comer

A timeline gives a short overview of the events which have transpired since hate group leader Louis Farrakhan visited Charlotte for a series of speaking events Oct. 13-14.

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Mayfield allegedly blocks fellow gay leader on her official city council Facebook profile

October 20, 2012 in Blog by Matt Comer

More developing news in the on-going controversy regarding openly lesbian Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, who has dodged repeated questions asking her to condemn anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT hate speech by hate group leader Louis Farrakhan, who spoke at a leadership event Mayfield attended on Oct. 13 at which she tweeted Farrakhan was “doing God’s will.”