The record breaking special interest election

September 15, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Chris Fitzsimon

Not too many years ago, Republicans in North Carolina railed against what they described as the “pay-to-play” culture in Raleigh where special interests who gave political leaders big bundles of campaign contributions were rewarded with privileged access and preferential treatment.

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Are you concerned about civil liberties?

September 1, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Don Rosenthal

Attention Charlotte residents concerned about civil liberties: We need your help!

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What the gubernatorial candidates are not talking about

August 18, 2012 in Guest Commentary by QNotes Staff

Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton are engaged in a cutthroat battle to be the next governor of North Carolina. Up to this point, both candidates have focused their messages primarily on job creation and jumpstarting the economy, along with a healthy dose of personal and political attacks (e.g. McCrory’s tax returns and Dalton’s ties to Gov. Perdue).

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Help defend abortion access in Charlotte

July 21, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Sarah Shanks

The first time I stood outside of an abortion clinic was in the summer of 2010. Activists like me were spending the week defending a clinic in Charlotte that had been targeted for a national event by a rowdy anti-choice group called Operation Save America (OSA).

The immediate winners in the ACA decision

July 7, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Chris Fitzsimon

Much of the media frenzy over the June 28 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional focused on the political ramifications of the decision, primarily how it will affect the presidential election in November.

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An amendment of many names

December 2, 2011 in Guest Commentary by Rob Schofield

One of the big challenges for caring and thoughtful North Carolinians in light of the General Assembly’s decision to place a constitutional amendment on next May’s primary ballot that purports to “define marriage” is: What in the heck should the proposal be called?

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Do not stoop to level of bigots

November 26, 2011 in Guest Commentary by QNotes Staff

I appreciate and can understand editor Matt Comer’s views as expressed in his Nov. 12 Editor’s Note. However, I wish he had called on me to clarify my comment or at least ask why I had called on people to be thankful for his service.

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‘Don’t Ask’ repeal furthers fairness and equality

October 1, 2011 in Guest Commentary by QNotes Staff

As of September 20, 2011, the discriminatory law known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ceased to exist. No longer will patriotic gay and lesbian Americans need to hide who they are in order to serve the country they love.

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Creating a safe place: Supporting LGBTQ youth in foster care

August 6, 2011 in Guest Commentary by Bryan Samuels

Darryn entered the foster care system as an abused and frightened child. By the time he was 16, he was struggling with new fears and painful misconceptions about his sexual orientation. Fortunately, his foster mother treated him with unconditional love, creating an environment in which he could heal and feel free to explore his identity. The sense of self that his foster mother nurtured in him through her warmth and respect helped him emerge a strong, confident adult. Darryn’s experience shows how a foster family can change a life.

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‘Your sword can be a sermon or the power of a pen’

May 14, 2011 in Guest Commentary by Tonyia Rawls

If I were in church I would say I want to testify, but since this will be read by a broad audience, I would like to share a bit about the role QNotes has played in our work within community and encourage everyone who can to take another look at why it is so critical to support QNotes.

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Working towards equality in the American workforce

May 14, 2011 in Guest Commentary by Daniel Myers

To end discrimination-based sexual orientation and gender identity in the American workforce, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community must work together for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would provide job protection based on employees’ sexual orientation or gender identity in both the public and private sector workforce.

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Mecklenburg Democratic Party needs more LGBT inclusion

March 5, 2011 in Guest Commentary by QNotes Staff

With the Democratic National Convention, with its significant inclusion of LGBT officials coming to Charlotte in 2012, it is time for the Charlotte LGBT community to be more visible in putting forward demands for LGBT inclusion and better treatment by both the party organization and the city government.

Take time to remember drag history

February 18, 2011 in Guest Commentary by Janice Covington

Janice Covington discusses drag history, importance of inclusion: “The art of drag is a very serious part of the LGBT community,” she writes. “Being a drag queen makes you a member of a unique family that many others, either straight or LGBT, don’t understand.”

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Bill James’ homophobia charade reveals more than individual ignorance.

February 5, 2011 in Guest Commentary by QNotes Staff

While we have come to expect pathetic behavior periodically from Bill James, what was perhaps equally disconcerting was the feeble response by the default party of conscience, the Democratic majority on the county commission.

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Generational change in the new GOP?

January 22, 2011 in Guest Commentary by Matthew Tsien

President Obama created a stir last month when he reiterated that while he doesn’t support gay marriage, he still struggles with the issue. He said his views are “constantly evolving.” [...]

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A call for reason, not blind faith

January 8, 2011 in Guest Commentary by Darryl Hall

After reading Dr. Michael Brown’s guest commentary, “Setting the record straight” (Dec. 25, 2010), it is not surprising he still clings to the notions of “lifestyles” when espousing his convictions and judgments against the LGBT. He does deny comparing homosexuality to pedophiles, but goes on to justify this comparison. Just as I wouldn’t compare someone who uses fire to cook or heat with an arsonist, we shouldn’t compare homosexuals to pedophiles. Using an extreme to enable criticism of a group is not only being unfairly judgmental, but denies fundamental facts of humanity that show Dr. Brown’s doctorate is definitely not in biology.

Setting the record straight

December 25, 2010 in Guest Commentary by Dr. Michael Brown

In a recent editorial, Matt Comer says I supposedly compare “homosexuality to child rape” and that I “paint gay people in the same light as child rapists.” Is this true? God forbid! Dr. Michael Brown responds to Comer’s “A Prayer for Michael Brown.”

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‘Gay disease’ or not, HIV is our responsibility

November 27, 2010 in Guest Commentary by Matt Comer

The statistics are scary. In places like Washington, D.C., and 19 of the largest U.S. cities, the facts and figures take on new meaning, as more and more people contract HIV and are left to live with the disease, the cultural and institutional stigma and health disparities.

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Does Charlotte’s DNC 2012 bid rely on sending the gays to Vegas?

August 21, 2010 in Guest Commentary by QNotes Staff

by Mark Wisniewski, Charlotte, N.C. [Ed. Note — An edited version of this commentary was printed in The Charlotte Observer on Aug. 15. The longer, unabridged version was also submitted [...]

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Solis: Interpreting families

July 24, 2010 in Guest Commentary by QNotes Staff

by Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor It’s been 17 years since Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — groundbreaking legislation that allows parents to take [...]