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Patrick Cannon resigns as mayor after corruption arrest; Council says Charlotte will operate with ‘honesty, integrity’

March 27, 2014 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

City Council stood united this afternoon in the face of public corruption allegations now facing Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.

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Hartigan’s Irish Pub to shutter doors this weekend

March 18, 2014 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

One of only two local nightlife establishments catering to lesbian and bisexual women, and Charlotte’s only LGBT restaurant and bar, has announced it will close its doors after this weekend.

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North Carolina senators split during 64-32 ENDA vote

November 7, 2013 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

North Carolina’s two U.S. senators split on their support of the LGBT-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) during a successful floor vote passing the measure this afternoon.

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UNC system bans gender-inclusive housing on all 17 campuses

August 9, 2013 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

The University of North Carolina system Board of Governors will consider a proposal to ban gender-inclusive housing on all 17 campuses of the university system at a meeting next week.

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Kinsey: Charlotte will not sever ties with Russian sister-city

August 8, 2013 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

In a statement released to media today, Mayor Patsy Kinsey said the city would not be severing its ties with their sister city, Voronezh, Russia. LGBT activists in Charlotte had been asking Kinsey and City Council to cut ties with the city, following harsh new anti-LGBT legislation in that nation and anti-LGBT violence in Voronezh, though activists softened their stance today.

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Longtime gay actor, director Alan Poindexter passes away

July 11, 2013 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

Alan Poindexter, 47, star of ’96 “Angels in America,” longtime Children’s Theatre artistic director passed away on Tuesday.

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Senate committee advances LGBT worker protections

July 10, 2013 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

A U.S. Senate committee gave approval Wednesday to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill now heads to the full Senate.

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N.C. Senate passes slate of abortion restrictions

July 3, 2013 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

The North Carolina Senate voted 29-12 to pass expanded restrictions on abortions in a bill hastily amended and considered during a committee hearing on Tuesday evening.

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Supreme Court strikes down anti-gay federal marriage ban, California’s Prop. 8 overturned

June 26, 2013 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and, on a procedural matter, has effectively overturned California’s Proposition 8.

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After scrutiny, EMIRE House apparently suspends operations

February 8, 2013 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

The founder of a new non-profit organization formed to work with young adults confirmed reports on Friday afternoon that the group is ceasing operations after scrutiny from this newspaper and others.

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Gaps revealed in sex offender info, youth safety policies

February 6, 2013 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

Recent interactions between a registered sex offender and a local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth services agency have revealed gaps in both law enforcement knowledge about some sex offenders’ past crimes and the strength of youth safety and protection policies among Charlotte’s and the region’s most recognizable and active LGBT community organizations.

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Organization founded by sex offender raises concerns among Charlotte youth advocates

February 5, 2013 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

A new organization and its leader, a registered sex offender and felon convicted on three fraud charges, are raising notes of concern for one local organization serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.