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First GOP Senate debate passes over LGBT issues

April 23, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Questions on LGBT equality were omitted by moderators and journalists during the first televised debate between Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina.

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Female student wearing pants kicked out of local prom

April 22, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

A female student says she was kicked out of her prom for wearing pants and says she wants an apology from the school, which allegedly had not previously communicated a dress code for the event.

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Kansas shooter’s ties to 1987 gay slayings: Did feds protect a killer?

April 18, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Two defense attorneys Frazier Glenn Miller should have been considered the prime suspect in a 1987 Shelby, N.C., crime that, to this day, remains unsolved.

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Couples plan Tax Day protests

April 14, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Same-sex couples in state capitals in North Carolina and South Carolina plan to hold Tax Day protests tomorrow, calling upon their state governments to recognize their legal marriages.

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Homeless LGBT youth advocate publishes ‘Plea to Pope Francis’

April 13, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

The executive director of a homeless LGBT youth shelter in New York City writes in a full-page New York Times ad and open letter to Pope Francis today that the church must stop teaching homosexuality is sin. The letter also invites the pope to visit with homeless youth affected by the church’s teachings.

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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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Triangle: Agent fights for policy inclusiveness

April 11, 2014 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

State Farm Insurance agent Pam Herndon has achieved a first for policy writing in North Carolina.

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Charlotte: Youth doll up for prom

April 11, 2014 in Carolinas News Notes by QNotes Staff

Time Out Youth Center will host its annual Alternative Prom for LGBT youth and allies, ages 13-20, on April 12, 7:30 p.m., at Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave.

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Triangle: Out! Raleigh approaches

April 11, 2014 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

The OUT! Raleigh festival, “All Families Matter,” will be held on May 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., on City Plaza and Fayetteville St., between City Plaza and Martin St.

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Western: Eldercare facility still on wish list

April 11, 2014 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

Lula Moon, who facilitates the Stella’s Place listserv, has been studying the feasibility and future of developing an eldercare and residential community for women in the mountain area.

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Regional: Network offers online support

April 11, 2014 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

The National LGBT Cancer Network has launched two new online support groups for LGBT breast cancer survivors.

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Campus Scene: Resource book available

April 11, 2014 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

Campus Pride has announced that pre-ordering for its 2014 edition of “The Lil’ Backpack Resource Guide” for the collegiate set if off and running.

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U.S./World: Mississippi passes ‘religious freedom’ law

April 11, 2014 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

A so-called religious freedom law critics say could be used to discriminate against LGBT people was passed by Mississippi lawmakers on April 1 and signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant on April 3. The new law will take effect on July 1.

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Clodfelter sworn in as mayor, stresses stability and diversity

April 10, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Former state Sen. Dan Clodfelter took his post as the city’s newest mayor on Wednesday, following the arrest and resignation of former Mayor Patrick Cannon.

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ACLU files second federal gay marriage case in N.C.

April 9, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina has filed a second gay marriage lawsuit in federal court today. The group is seeking immediate relief on behalf of three married same-sex couples, each of whom has a spouse in serious medical condition.

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Transgender students request more inclusive CMS polices

April 9, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Several transgender students attending Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools asked the local school board Tuesday evening to adopt more inclusive policies and practices to keep them safer during school days.

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CPCC says it will provide trainings, meet with LGBT groups

April 8, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), which came under scrutiny and protest last week for allegations of discrimination and harassment on their campus, says they have begun reaching out to LGBT groups and will hold trainings for campus security staff.

CMS, CPCC students lobby for transgender rights

April 8, 2014 in News by The Charlotte Observer

A group of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students intends to make a public appeal to the school board Tuesday for changes in policy that would include allowing transgender students to use the restroom of their gender choice.

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LGBT ally Dan Clodfelter named new Charlotte mayor

April 8, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

City Council voted 10-1 Monday evening to install state Sen. Dan Clodfelter as the city’s next mayor, following the resignation of former Mayor Patrick Cannon last week after his arrest on federal corruption and bribery charges.