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Silent no more, LGBT community is creating a new “Charlotte Way”

April 11, 2014 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.”

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Personal advocacy show relationships’ power to change hearts and minds

March 28, 2014 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Charlotte mayor should heed pastor’s dangerous example

March 14, 2014 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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The radical right’s last cries

February 28, 2014 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Go to the party, then get to work

February 14, 2014 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Sex and body positivity can empower, unite our community

January 31, 2014 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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The radical right’s self-marginalization

January 17, 2014 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Well wishes for a happy new year

January 3, 2014 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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!

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A Boy Scout remembers a powerful 2013

December 20, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

As each year comes to a close, each of us have the opportunity to pause and reflect on what the passing year has meant to us. For me, the year was especially powerful and memorable.

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Organization transparency wins again

December 6, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

For the fourth year in a row, qnotes is publishing our annual Community Assessment Survey of local and regional non-profit organizations serving the LGBT community.

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Careful with holiday giving, never afraid of conversation

November 22, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Mission accepted: Newspaper expands to social justice focus

November 8, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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A treatise on progressive change for Charlotte’s LGBT community

October 25, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Mayoral candidates friendly, but lacking in some areas

October 11, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

This issue, QNotes prints the sit-down interviews we recently held with both the Republican and Democratic candidates for Charlotte mayor.

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Small changes, new content

September 27, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

We’re making small changes here at qnotes, in our print edition and online. As we’ve done from time to time, these changes — some cosmetic, some editorial — are meant to serve you better.

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Anti-gay Pride outreach was spectacular failure

September 13, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Last month, I had the wonderful pleasure of working with a great group of friends, colleagues and volunteers to make Charlotte Pride a resounding success this year.

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Charlotte Pride: Bigger than ever because of you

August 30, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Proud to be…

August 16, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

In this special issue of qnotes, we’re profiling all the great events happening across the Queen City as Charlotte Pride gears up for another successful year of celebration.

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With one step forward, Charlotte must not stop journey to equality

August 2, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Charlotte is not a friendly place for LGBT people.

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Southern queers can’t get no love, y’all

July 19, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.