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Lack of transparency casts doubt on LGBT Democrats’ ability to lead

July 5, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

A year-and-a-half ago, LGBT Democrats in North Carolina banded together to form an official state caucus organization.

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‘The Charlotte Way’ is an Old South relic; It’s time to bid it adieu

June 21, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.”

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Pride: Still so much more than a party

June 7, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Each June, the LGBT community commemorates one of its most defining historical moments. National LGBT Pride Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate our history and what we’ve accomplished.

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Marriage momentum can carry ENDA

May 24, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

In just a few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision in two landmark cases on marriage equality.

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Mourning a media loss, celebrating an anniversary

May 10, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

After 21 years of publishing, Greensboro’s The Rhinoceros Times announced on April 30 that it was producing its last print edition.

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‘Every American boy shall have the opportunity of becoming a good scout’

April 26, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Foxx’s lack of visionary LGBT-inclusive leadership set top-down example

April 12, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Though Foxx laid the groundwork for inclusive change, henever could quite bring himself to be a true leader on behalf of his LGBT constituents.

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Protecting our local LGBT history

March 29, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Spring renewal, rebirth and support

March 15, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Spring is upon us. Or, at the very least, we’re hoping it is. Daylight Savings Time has come. The days seem longer, as the sun shines later into the evenings.

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Take cues from Shoemaker’s inspirational leadership

March 1, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Misplaced Council priorities in Panthers plan

February 15, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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?

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Gay sex and crime, history and the future

February 1, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Facing an uncomfortable and ugly truth

January 18, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

What do you do when you discover that your forefathers did in fact own slaves? Personally, I never wanted to face such a question, but in early January I found myself doing just that.

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A new year brings new changes

January 4, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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On gun control, will we continue to abdicate our moral responsibility?

December 22, 2012 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Naughty and Nice 2012

December 8, 2012 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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Charlotte’s community is growing up

November 24, 2012 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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United for the cause

October 13, 2012 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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The best of the best

September 29, 2012 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.

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With DNC over, Charlotte must live up to progressive hype

September 15, 2012 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

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.