A year-and-a-half ago, LGBT Democrats in North Carolina banded together to form an official state caucus organization.
At the end of May, The Charlotte Observer and PNC Bank hosted an historic gathering of several former Charlotte mayors. There, former mayors Richard Vinroot and Gov. Pat McCrory bemoaned what seemed to them to be the death of “The Charlotte Way.”
It is hard to adequately describe my reaction to the new Boy Scouts of America membership proposal, released on April 19 by the group’s national executive committee.
Though Foxx laid the groundwork for inclusive change, henever could quite bring himself to be a true leader on behalf of his LGBT constituents.
Local LGBT history must be preserved. It is essential for our community’s past, our present and our future. Documenting our history in publicly-viewable and publicly-accessible ways also acts to ensure that our community, its past struggles and its past victories, are not forgotten.
On Feb. 24, the Rev. Steve Shoemaker, who has spent nearly 14 years as pastor of Myers Park Baptist Church, announced his resignation. Shoemaker’s presence at Myers Park Baptist and in the larger progressive Christian community in Charlotte will be missed.
The Charlotte City Council desperately needs a good ol’ fashion come-to-Jesus moment. It’s time to look deep into the mirror and ask themselves, “Is my service being performed for the whole of my constituency or, rather, for the already-advantaged few?
This issue, QNotes publishes its fifth annual “Love and Lust” Sex Issue. Our cover story explores gay love and sex, focusing mostly on gay male culture, in the 1960s and 1970s — before the beginning of the AIDS Crisis. Online, we also have reprinted an archived November 1991 story on young male hustlers, originally written by associate editor David Stout.
The staff here at QNotes wishes you and yours the happiest in this New Year. As old 2012 calendars come off the wall and are replaced with the new, we, too, are making changes and our own New Year’s resolutions as we continue our commitment to serving you better.
Great power comes with great responsibility. And, so it is with the American people, who have been since the time of our founding entrusted with the rarest form of responsibility in all of human history: Self-governance.
I’ve got my fine parchment paper, my inkwell filled with the finest purple ink and my fancy feather quill pen all ready to go. Yes, it is time for this year’s Naughty and Nice list, recounting the heroes, villains and foes of 2012.
This year marks platinum anniversaries for not one, but two different community organizations here in Charlotte. For two decades, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) and the Charlotte Business Guild have served community members in untold and myriad ways.
Each October, everyone and everything goes pink. So, too, has qnotes. And, that’s just the way it should be. Our cover this issue serves as a loving tribute to those affected by breast cancer as our publication pauses to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In this issue, qnotes profiles our readers’ picks in our 2012 QList, Best of LGBT Carolina. Hundreds in our communities across the state cast their ballots to choose their favorite and best coffee houses, restaurants, nightclubs and bars, community leaders, elected officials, non-profit organizations and more. The results all speak for themselves.
Charlotte’s moment to shine in the national and international spotlight went off with nary a hitch earlier this month, as thousands of out-of-town visitors poured in to attend the 2012 Democratic National Convention.