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Charlotte St. Patrick’s Parade organizers have yet to learn: ‘Exclusion is not an Irish thing’

March 12, 2014 in Editorial, News by Matt Comer

Come Saturday, Uptown Charlotte will be filled with a sea of green, as Charlotteans of all stripes come together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Though LGBT people will be present, they will also be invisible. And, that’s the way organizers want it.

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Give and you will prosper

January 3, 2014 in Editorial by Jim Yarbrough

According to a public radio report I heard recently, the annual World Giving Index says the people of the U.S. give more to charity than any other nation in the world. That is wonderful. I don’t remember the numbers.

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Was Charlotte’s openly gay council member snubbed in committee assignments?

December 11, 2013 in Editorial by Matt Comer

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon announced committee assignments for members of Charlotte City Council on Tuesday, with one glaring exclusion. Charlotte’s first openly gay or elected official, Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, now in her second term representing District 3, was the only Council member not chosen to chair one of nine Council committees.

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Choose your words wisely, the world is watching

September 27, 2013 in Editorial by Lainey Millen

On Sept. 18, the U.S. saw its first gay “Big Brother” winner after 15 seasons. I would otherwise be elated, but this year, I just wasn’t.

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Spaulding was a mentor and unique Carolina voice

July 5, 2013 in Editorial by Matt Comer

With Pam Spaulding as a mentor, I got a jump start on my blogging and journalism career. We’ll all greatly miss her daily wit and wisdom.

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On this day, recommit yourself to the cause of liberty

July 4, 2013 in Editorial by Matt Comer

Today, take a moment from the celebration to remember our history and to recommit yourself to those eternal words which propelled our forefathers’ seemingly impossible dream into a reality.

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DNC city expenses: At least $1.1 million to companies without LGBT employee protections

June 12, 2013 in Editorial by Matt Comer

How many of the companies who benefited from the $50 million in city DNC expenses have employment non-discrimination policies that match the city’s? How much money landed in the hands of companies who practice — or, at the very least, refuse to prohibit — the types of discrimination the city itself says is wrong?

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Government for all or the few? Charlotte Council can decide now.

April 15, 2013 in Editorial by Matt Comer

As City Council moves forward with continued consideration of a capital plan, they have a chance, once and for all, to prove their leadership. Will they lead for all or continue to lead for the privileged few? The public awaits their decision.

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You speak, we listen: 2013 Reader Survey

March 29, 2013 in Editorial by QNotes Staff

It’s been nearly 10 years since qnotes last performed a large-scale, in-depth reader survey. Starting with this March 29 issue and continuing through April 30, we’re launching our 2013 QNotes Reader Survey.

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Local leaders’ silence speaks volumes on historic day

March 28, 2013 in Editorial by QNotes Staff

A pattern of silence has emerged time and time again when this newspaper tries to reach out to those officials this community has so loyally supported year in and year out, election after election.

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A time of transitions and thanksgiving

March 15, 2013 in Editorial by QNotes Staff

This issue marks a special moment of transition for qnotes, our staff and our community as we say goodbye to the years-long service of two dedicated members of our qnotes family.

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Critics of Boy Scout policy should follow Scouters’ lead

February 4, 2013 in Editorial by Matt Comer

Statements from groups like the Human Rights Campaign and others aren’t necessarily incorrect or inappropriate, but they do seem off message, especially considering the current stances of former and current Scouts actually affected by the policy. Critics should take a step back and let current and former Scouters take the wheel on this drive.

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In Charlotte, the rich get richer behind closed doors

January 15, 2013 in Editorial by Matt Comer

All the important needs that affect real people in real families making real wages at middle-income or low-income jobs seem to all come last in the list of priorities Charlotte City Council has for its budget needs, as members of the Council seem utterly fixated on providing exorbitant amounts of public cash on privately-owned, already-successful and already-wealthy businesses.

Staff Editorial: Our job is to report

November 10, 2012 in Editorial by Matt Comer and David Stout

Running an LGBT community newspaper, or any minority community newspaper for that matter, is no easy task. qnotes, like other minority press, operates in a sometimes uncomfortable middle ground between objective media and an instrument to build and empower community.

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With McCrory, say goodbye to a progressive North Carolina

November 6, 2012 in Editorial by Matt Comer

Many North Carolinians, particularly those Charlotteans who remember a kindler, gentler Pat McCrory, are expected to cast their vote for him today. It will come with a cost.

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Non-profit IRS filings: Can organizations be more transparent?

October 30, 2012 in Editorial by Matt Comer

In the third year of Community Assessment Survey, QNotes asks local non-profits for more transparency in their IRS filings.

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Mayfield should say no to hate

October 21, 2012 in Editorial by Lainey Millen

Writer says local elected official should stand up against hate and in support of those at the receiving end of it.

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Patient no longer: Charlotte officials must act

October 15, 2012 in Editorial by Matt Comer

Charlotte’s LGBT community has been patient for far too long on simple matters of inclusion. Why must Charlotte continue to languish when other cities and towns, some of them hundreds of times smaller than us, are seeing progress at much faster rates?

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Scouts’ anti-gay policy makes no sense

July 23, 2012 in Editorial by Lainey Millen

In a country that is now living in a post-“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” reality, how can boys be developed to “do my duty to God and my country” if they are not given the opportunity? The U.S. was created out of the need for freedom on many scores.

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On this special day, recommit yourself to our Great Experiment

July 4, 2012 in Editorial by Matt Comer

Today, take a moment from the celebration to remember our history and to recommit yourself to those eternal words which propelled our forefathers’ seemingly impossible dream into a reality.