The Charlotte City Council desperately needs a good olâ€™ fashion come-to-Jesus moment. Itâ€™s time to look deep into the mirror and ask themselves, â€śIs my service being performed for the whole of my constituency or, rather, for the already-advantaged few?
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.
Statements from groups like the Human Rights Campaign and others aren’t necessarily incorrect or inappropriate, but they do seem off message, especially considering the current stances of former and current Scouts actually affected by the policy. Critics should take a step back and let current and former Scouters take the wheel on this drive.
This issue, QNotes publishes its fifth annual â€śLove and Lustâ€ť Sex Issue. Our cover story explores gay love and sex, focusing mostly on gay male culture, in the 1960s and 1970s â€” 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.
For over 17 years I have had the privilege of being an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Having been an LGBTQ leader as a young adult in college, I recall how difficult it was to find meaningful involvement in the local community beyond my campus group.
All the important needs that affect real people in real families making real wages at middle-income or low-income jobs seem to all come last in the list of priorities Charlotte City Council has for its budget needs, as members of the Council seem utterly fixated on providing exorbitant amounts of public cash on privately-owned, already-successful and already-wealthy businesses.
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 Yearâ€™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.
Whether one is celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas in the United States, there is one image that is front and center: the family. On Facebook, friends who celebrate Hanukkah downloaded several images of their children with their respective grandparents around a lighted menorah.
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.
Iâ€™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 yearâ€™s Naughty and Nice list, recounting the heroes, villains and foes of 2012.
North Carolina: The last state that amended its constitution with the purpose of outlawing marriage equality and institutionalized hate
I woke up on Wednesday morning, Nov. 7, 2012, almost leaping out of bed with a big smile on my face, because I knew who was going to be president for the next four years. It is President Barak Obama, the nominee I volunteered for during the last two months.
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.
Running an LGBT community newspaper, or any minority community newspaper for that matter, is no easy task. qnotes, like other minority press, operates in a sometimes uncomfortable middle ground between objective media and an instrument to build and empower community.