Itās 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 monthsā absence, Iām grateful to be back in the editorās 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 āEditorās Noteā for this newspaper. At the time, I found myself at a crossroads. I had served as editor of North Carolinaās 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.
Opinions are like, well, you know…Reactions against marriage equality more intense as vote draws near
I find myself in a frustrating situation when putting together my thoughts for this issue. While you wonāt pick up this copy until May 12 at the earliest, the reality is that the paper will go to print on May 7. I want to write about the results of the vote on May 8, I just canāt foresee the future no matter how hard I try.
This is it! Our last issue of qnotesā 25th anniversary and what a year it has been. It has been a pleasure to come into the paper at the end of this feat and I look forward to moving into the paperās 26th year of publication.
By the time you read this, I sincerely hope that you are registered to vote in North Carolina if you are a citizen of the state. If you have not registered to vote, then you have lost your opportunity to formally speak out against Amendment One on May 8.
The 2012 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) North Carolina Gala was a night filled with speeches from advocates working for the rights of LGBT people across the country and fighting against discriminatory legislation in North Carolina. For me, one of the most stirring speeches of the evening came from CNN anchor Don Lemon who was presented with the HRCās Visibility Award.
In February both JC Penney and Macyās came under fire from the organization One Million Moms, a project of the American Family Association, (judging from their Facebook profile they appear to more accurately be 10,000 maniacs) for their public support of the LGBT community.
Threeā¦ twoā¦ oneā¦ Happy New Year! Yes, itās time for well wishes, resolutions and new beginnings. I do it. You do it. We all partake in the annual wish-making and dreaming that is New Year. With a new calendar comes hopes for change, progress and success. And, as much as we each wish better for ourselves, hereās to new hopes that our community and world experiences better days as well.
Santa Claus is coming to town! And, heās bringing switches and lumps of coal for some of the stateās meanest and most heartless anti-gay villains. At the same time, thereās plenty of folks in need of rewarding. No doubt, sugarplums and other delicious treats will await them in their stockings Christmas morn.
N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis has, for the most part, been a statesman and spoken, at least publicly, with respect, care and diligence, especially on LGBT issues. Yet he is wrong on one important issue: Despite his claims to the contrary, marriage is a constitutional right.
Tar Heels across the state reacted in myriad ways to state Sen. James Forresterās death in October. For LGBT families and their children, news of Forresterās passing came as a relief. Many said as much, as did I. āGood riddance, bigot,ā I noted on Twitter, and for good reason.
In the 1980s, one would have been hard-pressed to find objective or positive news coverage of LGBT people in mainstream media. Newspapers, TV stations, magazines and other outlets primarily remained agents of oppression, often painting LGBT people as sick or depraved ā especially so during the early years of the AIDS Crisis. The 21st Century offers new and exciting changes, including QNotes’ new partnership with The Charlotte Observer’s Charlotte News Alliance.