QNotes profiles the winner, runner-up and other contestants in our first-ever Charlotte's Favorite LGBT Bartender Contest, plus a look into the history of Stonewall and local gay bars. Including a preview of Charlotte Black Gay Pride events this month and local, regional and national news.
Triangle: Gays to give blood
On July 11, the National Gay Blood Drive (NGBD) will be held to bring attention to and to encourage the lifting of the ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood.
Charlotte: Band gearing up for Charlotte Pride
The Charlotte Pride Band (CPB) is in preparation mode to participate in the upcoming Charlotte Pride Parade, slated for Aug. 17 in Uptown Charlotte.
Jake Hillyer: Charlotte’s Favorite LGBT Bartender
Originally from Tulsa, Okla., Jake Hillyer moved to Charlotte eight years ago at the age of 24. He’s worked at several local gay bars and in the service industry for more than a decade.
Jimmy Smith: Petra’s a microcosm of community
Jimmy Smith, 47, has been working at Petra’s Piano Bar for going on six years. In that time, he’s seen a big transition from the bar. When it opened, it served an overwhelmingly LGBT clientele.
An American Revolution: Stonewall and the riots that changed the world, even this sleepy Southern town
Charlotte’s gay bar scene has been decades in the making — and has it been a ride. From hole-in-the-wall hangouts home to prostitutes and hustlers to modern-day dance clubs hosting hundreds of patrons and viewed as entertainment destinations, local establishments have made their own unique history.
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