Charlotte has seen a flurry of attention, advocacy and activism on behalf of transgender rights as community members, activists and organizations have rallied around transgender young people seeking safety and inclusion at local schools.
It’s well before Sunday brunch when I call legendary drag queen Lady Bunny. Although I’m still in my pajamas and she hasn’t brushed her teeth yet, she sounds ready for bottomless mimosas when she greets me on the phone with an exaggerated “Hellooooo!” and infectious giggle.
For the second year in a row, qnotes is profiling a handful of LGBT and ally young professionals who are making a difference in their community. Our featured profiles this year include entrepreneurs, financial career professionals, local non-profit staffers and more — each are working at their businesses and in volunteer community involvement to make life better for LGBT people.
The Human Rights Campaign Carolina Gala is set for Saturday, Feb. 22. As the Carolinas’ movers and shakers file into the Charlotte Convention Center, they’ll be treated to a night full of entertainment. For two award winners, though, it will be a night to honor their work in the LGBT community.
The Charlotte metro area is inundated with LGBT nightlife offerings. With 14 different bars and clubs, nearly any person can find a fun, relaxing place to let their hair down, grab a drink and chat it up with friends. But, among those more than dozen clubs and bars, only one is owned and operated by a local black businessman.
In what will likely go down as a landmark year for LGBT equality across the nation, the LGBT community in Charlotte was making its own remarkable progress on inclusion and visibility.
Local and regional LGBT non-profit organizations are showing strength in their fundraising efforts and diversity in the sources of their revenue, even as low numbers of community members are actively donating, according to data reported in QNotes’ fourth annual Community Assessment Survey.
qnotes is pleased to partner with Different Roads Home, Rosedale Infectious Diseases and PowerHouse Project in presenting this special section, “Life, Positively”, in recognition of World AIDS Day.
Election 2013: Charlotte’s Democratic and Republican mayoral candidates take on LGBT, other local issues
Come November, voters in Charlotte will head to the polls and choose their next mayor. For the first time since 2009, no incumbent mayor is on the ballot.
Each October, you hear the stories — sometimes of sadness and uncertainty, others of triumph and new-found appreciation. Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings a range of emotions for people remembering loved ones or those who remember battling the illness and who, now, work as survivors to raise funds and awareness.
Comedian Sandra Bernhard has a career miles and miles long, including stand-up comedy, TV and music. She’s even written books. Of it all, she tells qnotes that performing live is her favorite.
Odds are you didn’t receive messages of hate and violence when you were planning your outing to this year’s Charlotte Pride,. Yet, in Charlotte’s Russian sister city Voronezh, that’s exactly what LGBT activists face in their daily lives.