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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the third year of Community Assessment Survey, QNotes asks local non-profits for more transparency in their IRS filings.
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?
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.
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.
Harold Cogdell wants the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners’ chairmanship, but his apparent willingness to partner with board Republicans, especially Bill James, is stunning, shameful and embarrassing.
We are excited to release our slate of 2011 general election endorsements for Charlotte City Council. The election will be held on Nov. 8, 2011.
At its current pace, Charlotte’s LGBT community is slated to make zero progress on issues of local equality and inclusion. The lack of clear and visionary leadership has resulted in a local community that has as many legal rights and recognition from city government as it did when local LGBT organizing first began nearly half a century ago. At the crux of the problem is Charlotte gay leadership’s repeated tendency to lie down with dogs. Everyone knows how that goes — someone eventually gets fleas.
For 25 years now, QNotes has reported to and about the LGBT community — the good news and the bad news and sad news. There have been many joys and many tears. We have reported the passing of our own staff, our friends and colleagues — many from HIV/AIDS — and we have reported many celebrations. Things like Lawrence v. Texas, Pride events, buildings bought, community centers organized, people who received awards for jobs well done, for dollars raised and social and educational events.
I should probably start out with a confession — throughout my youth, my attitude towards the LGBT community was little more than a formulaic result of a traditional Southern Baptist upbringing in small town Hendersonville, N.C., and a unanimously-dedicated Republican family.