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Transgender rights take front seat

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

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.

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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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Carolina Connection: Fiction writers net Lammy nominations

April 11, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by Lainey Millen

Every year the Lambda Literary Foundation receives nominations from across the country for exceptional writers in a variety of categories. These hopefuls bring their own perspective and experience to their works and do so for the love of the art.

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Fear, Silence & Loneliness

April 11, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by Matt Comer

When Cameron Joyce was a senior in high school, a school administrator came to his classroom to read a newly adopted policy. Any student at the private, Christian school near the Triad who was lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender would no longer be allowed at the school.

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Chorus hosts ‘Forté!’, awards Gurss

April 11, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by Matt Comer

Nearly 200 gathered for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte’s annual black-tie fundraiser gala, “Forté!”, on March 29, feting another year of harmony and growth.

A Drag Queen Before Brunch: Lady Bunny

March 28, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Cover Stories, Featured Stories by Joanne Spataro

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.

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Boy George returns to reclaim his crown

March 28, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by Gregg Shapiro

After an almost 20 year absence from recording original material, and a history of substance abuse played out in the public arena, you might think that This Is What I Do (Kobalt), gay singer/songwriter Boy George’s return to recorded music might sound like, say, Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English. But, you’d be wrong

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Voices for Progress

March 14, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Cover Stories, Featured Stories by Matt Comer

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.

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Spring/Summer Travel: LGBT travelers have a world of options as warm weather nears

March 14, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by Matt Comer

In 1983, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) began with just a handful of LGBT travel agents and hotel owners. Their goal then was to provide community members with information about friendly and affirming travel destinations and options. A testament to their work is the dramatic increase they’ve seen in LGBT-friendly travel across the globe.

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Spring/Summer Travel: Explore history, nature and the beach at The Outer Banks any time of year

March 14, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by Zenda Douglas

Hot weather is not required to soak up all the rich goodness of the Outer Banks. You’ll find timely activities to match any season, plus all the fun, fine food and festivities visitors want to complement an off-season getaway.

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Spring/Summer Travel: US Airways has direct flights to European LGBT destinations

March 14, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by QNotes Staff

US Airways is launching several direct flights between Charlotte and several international cities ranking high on a list of destinations popular with LGBT travelers. The cities include Manchester in England, Brussels, Barcelona in Spain and Lisbon in Portugal.

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Spring A&E Guide 2014

February 28, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Cover Stories, Featured Stories by Lainey Millen

As temperatures begin to warm, we’re rolling out our annual Spring A&E Guide that’s loaded with fun, fabulous and fierce entrees to wet any appetite!

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Spring A&E Guide: ‘Angels’ returns to Charlotte

February 28, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by Matt Comer

Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST) is planning on bringing the Pulitzer Prize- and two-time Tony Award-winning play “Angels in America” back to Charlotte. The performances are scheduled for May, including both parts of the epic saga documenting the HIV/AIDS Crisis of the 1980s.

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Spring A&E Guide: Author’s life informs her novel writing

February 28, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by Matt Comer

LaToya Hankins is Carolina through and through. Born in Southport, in Brunswick County, she grew up in Raleigh, attended East Carolina University and moved to Gastonia in 1993 and Charlotte in 1998.

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Spring A&E Guide: Community theatre comes alive this spring

February 28, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by QNotes Staff

Theatre companies from across the Carolinas are gearing up with a diverse selection of plays and performances.

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Out and proud in Charlotte … sometimes

February 28, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by Matt Comer

Sitting in an east Charlotte barber shop, I realized I’d come at the completely wrong time. Six gentleman — all at least 60, white hair and all — were patiently waiting their turn before me. I sat back and perused Facebook and the news on my iPhone. They, of course, were reading newspapers. A sign of the times, perhaps.

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HRC to award local leader, non-profit

February 14, 2014 in Cover Stories, Featured Stories, News by QNotes Staff

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.

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N.C. furniture company celebrates 25 years

February 14, 2014 in Featured Stories, News by Matt Comer

For 25 years, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has been churning out U.S.-made home furnishings products. The company’s growth, the founders say, has been surprising and the journey rewarding.

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Love & Lust 2014

January 31, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Cover Stories, Featured Stories by QNotes Staff

We’ve assembled a host of informative articles and features that focus on the positive aspects of sexuality. Check out the stories below to learn more.

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Love & Lust 2014: Love of Body, Pride of Self

January 31, 2014 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories by QNotes Staff

As LGBT people, our journeys toward self-acceptance of our sexuality and gender make us unique. But, we often lose sight of how else we are unique. Our personhood is not limited to our heart and mind; our body, too, is an integral part of who we are.