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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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May primary will decide fate of gay Senate candidate

April 11, 2014 in Featured Stories, News by Matt Comer

North Carolina’s May 6 Democratic primaries will decide the fate of an openly gay candidate vying to represent a portion of the Queen City and Mecklenburg County in Raleigh.

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Silent no more, LGBT community is creating a new “Charlotte Way”

April 11, 2014 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Last June, I took to this column to praise the death of “The Charlotte Way.” At the time, a recent forum with former Charlotte mayors had exposed some leaders’ — in particular, former mayors Richard Vinroot’s and now-Gov. Pat McCrory’s — sadness at what they perceived as the end of this iconic, local “way of doing things.”

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Clodfelter sworn in as mayor, stresses stability and diversity

April 10, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Former state Sen. Dan Clodfelter took his post as the city’s newest mayor on Wednesday, following the arrest and resignation of former Mayor Patrick Cannon.

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Transgender students request more inclusive CMS polices

April 9, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Several transgender students attending Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools asked the local school board Tuesday evening to adopt more inclusive policies and practices to keep them safer during school days.

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LGBT ally Dan Clodfelter named new Charlotte mayor

April 8, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

City Council voted 10-1 Monday evening to install state Sen. Dan Clodfelter as the city’s next mayor, following the resignation of former Mayor Patrick Cannon last week after his arrest on federal corruption and bribery charges.

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Two LGBT leaders named to local community relations committee

April 8, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

LGBT community leaders Scott Bishop and Sarah Demarest were appointed last week serve on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee.

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Mecklenburg LGBT Dems push Mitchell for new Charlotte mayor

April 7, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

The LGBT Democrats of Mecklenburg County, a recently formed caucus representing local LGBT Democrats, has jumped into the fray over Charlotte’s new mayor, giving their nod to former City Councilmember James Mitchell.

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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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Kinsey redux? Charlotte Council will pick new mayor on Monday

March 27, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Following now-former Mayor Patrick Cannon’s federal corruptions arrest and resignation Wednesday, it will be up to City Council to once again choose a new mayor.

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Hindsight is 20/20? Five Cannon quotes that seem eerie today

March 27, 2014 in Blog by Matt Comer

As now-former Mayor Patrick Cannon was running for his mayoral office last fall, qnotes sat down with both him and his Republican opponent Edwin Peacock. Our Q&As and full suite [...]

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VIDEO: Local spoofs Cannon’s ‘feminine hygiene product’

March 27, 2014 in Blog by Matt Comer

It didn’t take long for the spoofs on now-former Mayor Patrick Cannon’s corruptions arrest and resignation to come out of the woodworks.

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Patrick Cannon resigns as mayor after corruption arrest; Council says Charlotte will operate with ‘honesty, integrity’

March 27, 2014 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

City Council stood united this afternoon in the face of public corruption allegations now facing Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.

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LGBT Democrats choose first officers for Mecklenburg caucus

March 20, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

About two dozen supporters and members of the newly-formed LGBT Democrats of Mecklenburg County gathered Wednesday evening to elect their first slate of officers.

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Anti-gay former Mecklenburg commissioner Ramirez dies

March 17, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dan Ramirez, the first and only Latino elected to office in Mecklenburg County, passed away Sunday after his two-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 67.

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Brandon on Congress run: ‘I will not hide or be ashamed’

March 6, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

State Rep. Marcus BRandon, running for a chance to take the 12th Congressional District seat this spring, was recently featured on Fusion TV. In the interview, Brandon said he “will not hide” and describes his toughest day of work at the North Carolina General Assembly.

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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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‘Turn away gays’ bills dead after Arizona veto?

February 27, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed her state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Wednesday, as legislators in Mississippi moved to soften their own version of the bill. Several other states with similar legislation have also backed down from their plans to consider them.

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Kleinschmidt among leaders in new southern marriage campaign

February 24, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

North Carolina’s highest-ranking openly gay mayor, Mark Kleinschmidt of Chapel Hill, is among several leaders across the South joining together for the new Southerners for the Freedom to Marry.

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HRC Gala attracts local and national leaders, celebrities

February 24, 2014 in News by QNotes Staff

More than 1,000 supporters and donors of the Human Rights Campaign gathered in Charlotte on Saturday evening for the national group’s North Carolina fundraising dinner.