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.
Last March, U.S. Secretary for Education Arne Duncan addressed a conference on civic education and hit on some of the many ways America’s public institutions and education system are failing the next generation of our citizens.
The next couple of weeks in Charlotte will be buzzing. There’s almost too much going on. Between Pride Charlotte, the upcoming 2012 Democratic National Convention and so many new and progressive changes here at qnotes, I can barely contain my excitement.
In this special issue, qnotes takes an in-depth look at our hometown as we roll out our “InFocus: Charlotte” edition taking a indepth look at the local diversity and flavor that makes our city special and beautiful.
It’s great to be back. The two weeks that led up to putting this print issue to bed and getting it printed and delivered to you were amazing. Sure, there was the obligatory and boring administrative organizing that goes on in any job change, but the transition was largely smooth. After a few months’ absence, I’m grateful to be back in the editor’s chair and serving you.
Well folks, this has been quite an experience getting to serve as editor for QNotes. Even though it has only been five months, I have really enjoyed my time here and want to thank all of you for putting up with me during my run.
It was just five months ago that I wrote my last “Editor’s Note” for this newspaper. At the time, I found myself at a crossroads. I had served as editor of North Carolina’s LGBT community newspaper for nearly four-and-a-half years.
I love to smoke. The whole ritual of smoking a cigarette has always been incredible to me. From packing a fresh pack of cigarettes and peeling away the cellophane to sparking the lighter and taking that first glorious inhale; for years there really has been nothing better to me. Smoking has been a part of my daily routine for over a decade and one I literally thought I would take to the grave.