Last June, I took to this column to praise the death of “The Charlotte Way.” At the time, a recent forum with former Charlotte mayors had exposed some leaders’ — in particular, former mayors Richard Vinroot’s and now-Gov. Pat McCrory’s — sadness at what they perceived as the end of this iconic, local “way of doing things.”
Late in 2012, local LGBT community leader and advocate Shane Windmeyer, executive director of the Charlotte-based national non-profit Campus Pride, made waves when he announced that he and his organization was suspending its boycott of Chick-fil-A.
What is the proper place of faith in civic life and politics? At what point does an individual’s faith begin to cloud their judgment or affect their ability to govern or represent the people they serve? These are questions I’ve been mulling over the past several weeks, particularly in response to two local leaders who seem to weave personal faith into significant portions of their public life.
A dozen states across the country, including our own North Carolina, are in the process (or recently were in the process) of considering draconian laws allowing carte blanche discrimination against LGBT people and other minorities.
This month, the Human Rights Campaign swings into Charlotte for its annual North Carolina fundraising gala. The national group — the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the country — has been at the forefront of the LGBT equality movement for decades.
In qnotes’ past nearly 30 years in print, we’ve covered a variety of controversial and provocative topics. Such coverage has been necessary to accurately and fully represent the history and lives of LGBT people in Charlotte and across the Carolinas.
On New Year’s Day, I had the opportunity to appear on Charlotte’s new local Fox affiliate’s inaugural primetime newscast in a debate with Dr. Michael Brown, a Concord-based anti-LGBT theologian and activist. The topic was the Boy Scouts of America’s new membership policy prohibiting discrimination against gay youth members.
It’s a new year. You know what that means — time to break out the resolutions. Many of us do it. We make a list of things we want to do or change in our personal lives, for our career and in our volunteer work. This year, I’ve got a list of new year resolutions for myself, for the newspaper and for the community at large. Here’s to a fabulous 2014 and exciting times ahead!
Each year about this time, the Salvation Army begins rolling out its trademark red kettle giving campaign. Bell ringers joyfully greet shoppers and passers-by who, in return, drop anywhere from a few cents to much, much more in the buckets.
Change and progress. It’s always a good thing. Even here at qnotes. Since 1986, this newspaper has worked to chronicle the story of LGBT life in Charlotte and across the Carolinas.
Mecklenburg County moved forward with LGBT-inclusion on Oct. 15, finally adding employee protections on the basis of gender identity and expression eight years after it added similar protections for sexual orientation.
This issue, QNotes prints the sit-down interviews we recently held with both the Republican and Democratic candidates for Charlotte mayor.
Because of you, this year’s Charlotte Pride rocked! Charlotte’s LGBT community, along with straight allies and folks from across the region — and even the nation — turned out in droves for a two-day festival Aug. 24-25 that was bigger and better than ever.
Charlotte is not a friendly place for LGBT people.
I, for one, have just about had it up to here with all the stereotypes about the South, y’all. And, it’s high time us southern queer folk start tellin’ it just like it is: Our wonderful accents don’t knock dozens of points off our IQs.