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John Grooms

A peculiar idea of freedom: Fundamentalist fever turns morality upside down

March 14, 2014 in Guest Commentary by John Grooms

Some people have a strange view of freedom. We saw that during the Arizona clash over a proposed law that would let businesses discriminate against LGBT citizens. That battle ended in late February when Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that gave Arizonans the OK to refuse service to gays if serving them went against their, or their business’ owner’s religious beliefs.

Time to raise awareness on rights of LGBT prisoners

February 14, 2014 in Guest Commentary by Chase Strangio

Imagine you are taken from your community and family and sent to an institutional environment where everything is separated by sex. Once you get there the officers in charge of your every moment tell you that you are not the sex you have always known yourself to be but, instead, are the opposite sex and will be considered that sex for all purposes.

Watch the dominoes fall: The Utah case and marriage equality in North Carolina

January 17, 2014 in Guest Commentary by Dr. Charles Beem

It seems increasingly to be a world turned upside down these days in the nationwide quest for marriage equality. This is true even here in the Tar Heel state, where during a primary election in May 2012, a plurality of voters approved a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriages and civil unions in this state (even though they were already prohibited by state law).

Why I Got Arrested

October 25, 2013 in Guest Commentary by Juan Carlos Ramos

I got arrested on Oct. 8. And, my mom was proud of me. In fact, I did it for her.

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John Becker

Activist: Sign this petition to urge CDC to recommend bacterial meningitis vaccine

October 22, 2013 in Guest Commentary by John Becker

bacterial meningitis – the swelling of the lining around the brain and the spinal cord – is a lethal disease. What if there was a way to eradicate bacterial meningitis like we eradicated polio? There is, but so far the government has ignored it and I need your help to change that.

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Kathy Baldock

Brown misleads on his advocacy, relationships

October 11, 2013 in Guest Commentary by Kathy Baldock

Dr. Michael Brown insists he is reaching out with “love.” The water bottles he says his group passed out in 2011 did have the “Jesus Loves You” message on them, but also had a link to a site directing people to Exodus International for reparative therapy.

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Ryan Kingston

Brown should do more listening, less talking

October 11, 2013 in Guest Commentary by Ryan Kingston

I think a big part of Dr. Michael Brown’s problem is that he seems to think he understands this issue when he clearly does not. He has absolutely no idea what it means to grow up in this country being gay, especially in the evangelical community.

Sharing God’s goodness is never a failure

September 27, 2013 in Guest Commentary by Dr. Michael Brown

According to qnotes editor Matt Comer, the outreach I helped organize at the recent Charlotte Pride event was a “spectacular failure.” I beg to differ, and with good reason.

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Jess McDonald

Act now to prevent UNC System ban on gender-inclusive housing

August 2, 2013 in Guest Commentary by Jess McDonald

On Thursday, Aug. 8, the University of North Carolina (UNC) system Board of Governors Governance Committee will meet in Chapel Hill to decide the fate of gender-inclusive housing (also commonly referred to as gender non-specific or gender-neutral housing) in the statewide public university system.

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Victor Lopez

Writer supports Brandon candidacy

June 4, 2013 in Guest Commentary by Victor Lopez

As a gay male who resides in North Carolina, I am excited to hear that North Carolina House Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford) is stepping up to the plate and preparing to run for U.S. Congressman Mel Watt’s (D) seat in the 12th Congressional District.

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Jason Yonce

Bracing ourselves for a new Senate

April 25, 2013 in Guest Commentary by Jason Yonce

In the spirit of Internet memes, Democrats in the U.S. Senate should make their own: “Backs gay marriage…doesn’t run for re-election.”

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Jason Yonce

Kay Hagan must stand strong if she wants to be re-elected

April 9, 2013 in Guest Commentary by Jason Yonce

On March 27, North Carolina’s U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan became the first sitting senator from this state to endorse marriage equality. It was a historic move that broke years of mostly negative opposition on the issue from other North Carolina candidates.

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Jason Yonce

Should Billy Graham’s legacy be rescued?

February 13, 2013 in Guest Commentary by Jason Yonce

Many have instead turned a skeptical eye toward Graham and his schmoozing with those in power. Some see him as completely forsaking his apolitical past for a new-found outspokenness against the LGBT community.

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Jason Yonce

A year of change: North Carolina after Amendment One

December 10, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Jason Yonce

Amendment One passed with the blessing of about 1.3 million North Carolina voters on the day of the Republican primary. Those numbers constitute about 19.5 percent of our registered voters and 13 percent when you adjust for the entire population registered or unregistered. At every level of the ratification process Amendment One was a poor example of how representative democracy should operate.

N.C. GOP still catering to the extreme Right

December 8, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Chris Fitzsimon

Folks looking for signs that rational behavior and common sense might be slowly creeping back into the national political discussion must be at least a little encouraged these days.

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Jason Yonce

Gay rights and the attacks on representative democracy

November 6, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Jason Yonce

Last week former Democratic presidential candidate, George McGovern, passed away at age 90. If he was at all cognizant during the Democratic National Convention this year he would have seen a convention somewhat reminiscent of his own in 1972.

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Jason Yonce

Waiting for death

October 16, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Jason Yonce

Whether we’re honest with ourselves about it or not many of us have found ourselves waiting for an older, more anti-LGBT generation to die.

Why I am abandoning the GOP

October 13, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Jessica Dunlap

I am an out and proud Christian. I am a fiscal conservative. I am also a lesbian, so let me just say how psychologically damaging it is to be told by complete strangers that what you do in the privacy of your own home is unnatural, you’re sick in the head, that the right man hasn’t given it to you the right way, that you’re going to hell, that you need to be fixed, that you’re probably a pedophile, that you are destroying the institution of marriage or that you are bringing the wrath of God upon your country. This is what the Republican Party does and these are the ideas it supports.

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Jason Yonce

At Pride, you can’t fight hate with hate

October 9, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Jason Yonce

Guest commentator Jason Yonce had the chance to visit the NC Pride Fest and Parade in Durham and offers his thoughts after interacting with a variety of anti-gay protesters.

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Rob Schofield

Romney and Obama comments show need for intelligent discussion about government

September 29, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Rob Schofield

The two major presidential candidates have both set off political firestorms in recent weeks with controversial comments about the nature of the relationship between Americans and their government. First, President Barack Obama attracted a fusillade of attacks for his ill-advised use of the phrase “you didn’t build that.”