Twenty-six issues. Twenty-six covers. From local leaders to beautiful shots from local photographers, itās our readersā chance to pick their favorite Cover of the Year.
So comes the end of the year. Families and friends will gather around dinner tables, Christmas trees. Friends will grab drinks and chat about old times. It’s a warm season full of memory. As we each look back on the past year, qnotes’ features in our last print issue of 2012 recaps of the year’s top politics and community stories. Additionally, we give thanks and recognition to our 2012 People of the Year.
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 yearās LGBT history.
There was so much activity in 2012, it would be hard to adequately compile it all in one sitting. Weāve hit upon the major happenings, but there were plenty of other milestones, accomplishments and, even, setbacks.
Republican Gov.-elect Pat McCrory made several appointments to his administration on Thursday, including a controversial decision to name a conservative financial backer as his chief budget writer.
A state lawmaker isn’t alone in his opinion that teachers and school administrators should have access to guns on school campuses. In an opinion piece published by The Charlotte Observer today, the president of a statewide gun-rights group suggested the same.
A member of the North Carolina House of Representatives suggested on Tuesday that school administrators and teachers should have access to guns in an effort to ensure schools are safe from any threats on their campuses.
Two North Carolina couples await a fate to be determined as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear two separate marriage-related cases in the spring.
Former Charlotte Mayor and Gov.-elect Pat McCrory hasn’t taken up residence in the Governor’s Mansion yet. He hasn’t even had the opportunity to rearrange the furniture in the governor’s state Capitol offices. But that didn’t stop one gay leader from doing a bit of personal lobbying, so to speak.
Amendment One passed with the blessing of about 1.3 million North Carolina voters on the day of the Republican primary. Those numbers constitute about 19.5 percent of our registered voters and 13 percent when you adjust for the entire population registered or unregistered. At every level of the ratification process Amendment One was a poor example of how representative democracy should operate.
Iāve got my fine parchment paper, my inkwell filled with the finest purple ink and my fancy feather quill pen all ready to go. Yes, it is time for this yearās Naughty and Nice list, recounting the heroes, villains and foes of 2012.
LGBT activists across the country now have their first comprehensive tool to track and measure non-discrimination and other equality initiatives at the local level. In November, the Human Rights Campaign released their first-ever Municipal Equality Index, tracking local anti-discrimination ordinances and other achievements in 137 cities and towns across the U.S.
With standing ovations and shouts of “amen” coming from the audience, a passer-by could have easily confused Saturday night’s Equality North Carolina Gala as a rousing church service. The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, delivered his keynote speech at the event, calling those present to action and unity on matters of social justice for all people.
Leaders with a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy and education organization said on on Saturday that they will begin shifting their focus to increase their support of equality initiatives on the local level in North Carolina.
North Carolina’s statewide LGBT advocacy and education organization will hold its sixth annual Equality North Carolina Conference and Gala on Saturday.
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.
National exit polling data estimates that five percent of the nation’s voters on Tuesday self-identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual. The numbers, if taken at face value in North Carolina, reveal a potentially-powerful constituency for those seeking elected office.
After hard-fought campaigns, two openly lesbian candidates for the North Carolina legislature lost their races on Tuesday night.
Republicans maintained their control of the North Carolina General Assembly, adding to their majorities in both the Senate and the House. LGBT advocates in Raleigh say they are ready for new partnerships among a strengthened GOP legislature.