One of the largest healthcare systems in North Carolina is taking criticism for its decision to hire a state lawmaker known as the “architect” of North Carolina’s 2012 anti-LGBT constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Democrat Patrick Cannon was sworn-in as Charlotte’s new mayor on Monday night, promising an emphasis on jobs, the economy and community safety, while five new members of City Council joined returning members to jump start a new session in local government.
New members of the Charlotte City Council, along with new Mayor Patrick Cannon, took their oaths of office on Monday night, also electing a new mayor pro tempore in a split vote that could create a power shift from more progressive leaders who have been recently outspoken on their support for LGBT residents.
A statewide LGBT rights group in North Carolina says schools with anti-gay policies will be eligible for taxpayer subsidies next school year. The group gathered in Wilmington on Tuesday to speak out against such funding, in response to a local school there that has announced it will expel gay students and students with LGBT parents.
Mayor Patsy Kinsey delivered her 2013 State of the City address at City Council’s meeting on Monday and said the inclusion of the city’s LGBT community is among her legacy accomplishments.
A new poll finds that Republicans are more tolerant of high school students wearing a Confederate battle flag to school than they are of students wearing a gay pride (rainbow) flag to school.
City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, the city’s first openly LGBT elected official, was elected to an officer position with the National League of Cities’ Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO).
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.
The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) will honor a local lesbian attorney for her dedication to advancing equality for LGBT North Carolinians.
LGBT advocates in North Carolina today questioned the appointment of a Winston-Salem, N.C. school board member they say is anti-gay to the state’s Task Force on Safer Schools.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, largely expected to challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in the 2016 gubernatorial election, spoke to the state’s leading LGBT advocacy group at a fundraising dinner on Saturday evening.
Change and progress. It’s always a good thing. Even here at qnotes. Since 1986, this newspaper has worked to chronicle the story of LGBT life in Charlotte and across the Carolinas.
North Carolina’s two U.S. senators split on their support of the LGBT-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) during a successful floor vote passing the measure this afternoon.
A local LGBT political group is congratulating the winning candidates in Tuesday’s general election for local offices.
Voters in North Carolina’s largest city sent a strong and loud message for Democratic support on Tuesday, again electing a 9-2 Democratic super-majority on City Council. The results bode well for local LGBT advocates who plan on seeking expanded non-discrimination protections for citizens and residents.
Democrat Patrick Cannon was elected the Queen City’s next mayor tonight, besting Republican opponent Edwin Peacock III. In City Council races, Democrats swept at-large seats, with several others easily winning in district races including openly lesbian incumbent LaWana Mayfield.
Gay and LGBT-friendly candidates in local races across the state will face voters in elections today.