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Print Edition 2020-09-18 – QNotes

Setting the Bar for Generosity

Local Groups Raise Funds to Keep Bars Open

As the closures have lengthened to nearly eight months already, many community social spots began receiving financial aid from both government and community resources. As previously reported by qnotes, several local bars have been struggling to pay rent and keep staff employed.

Bears, Bears… Everywhere — NOT

Bears Sitges Week Called Off

One of the largest events in Sitges is the September Bears Week, the largest and most diverse Bear event in the world. The Bears Sitges Association (BSA) called off this year’s event.

Public Health Workers Stand Behind Contact Tracing

Community Care of North Carolina Launched an Army to Help Fight COVID-19 Spread

In April, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative. The partnership between Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) and NCDHHS was part of Gov. Roy Cooper’s initiative to slowly lift restrictions by focusing on testing, tracing and trends.

Interim Board Tries to Move MeckPAC Forward

Three Community Leaders Take the Reigns Temporarily to Salvage the 22-Year Organization

MeckPAC has had a difficult time maintaining board members over the past few years. The organization was founded in 1998 in a unified effort to fight anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policies in the Queen City, but our investigation into its recent mismanagement and suspicious spending by the organization’s leadership left many wondering if its demise was inevitable.

Our People: Justin ‘J.’ Clapp

Drag Performer, Activist, Educator

Justin Clapp, more commonly known as J. Clapp, is the interim executive director at the LGBTQ Center of Durham in North Carolina. Clapp also holds two other positions: one as a director at Duke University in the university’s Office of Access and Outreach, and the other as founder and chair of Pride: Durham.

Still Chirping

An Interview with Natalie Maine, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire of The Chicks

Way back when, during the early reign of George W. Bush (kind of miss him now, don’t we), musical country trio The Chicks (FKA Dixie Chicks) did the unthinkable. Not only did they speak their minds about Bush as POTUS, but also expressed their displeasure that, like them, he was also a Texan.

NAACP Election Important to LGBTQ+ Community

Op-Ed

From day one, Rev. Corine Mack has led the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP with a progressive lens. Her election as president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP in January 2015 marked the start of an intersectional and inclusive path forward for the entrenched civil rights organization.