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Was Charlotte’s openly gay council member snubbed in committee assignments?

December 11, 2013 in Editorial by Matt Comer

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon announced committee assignments for members of Charlotte City Council on Tuesday, with one glaring exclusion. Charlotte’s first openly gay or elected official, Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, now in her second term representing District 3, was the only Council member not chosen to chair one of nine Council committees.

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Organization transparency wins again

December 6, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

For the fourth year in a row, qnotes is publishing our annual Community Assessment Survey of local and regional non-profit organizations serving the LGBT community.

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Careful with holiday giving, never afraid of conversation

November 22, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Each year about this time, the Salvation Army begins rolling out its trademark red kettle giving campaign. Bell ringers joyfully greet shoppers and passers-by who, in return, drop anywhere from a few cents to much, much more in the buckets.

Open and Affirming, 20 Years Later

November 22, 2013 in Spiritual Reflections by Brett Webb-Mitchell

Amid stories of churches spewing forth hate-filled homophobic rhetoric, or turning the corner and experiencing a radical epiphany of engaging lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people as human beings after years of spurning our existence, there are faith communities who have long been voices in the barren wilderness, welcoming and loving all who wish to worship.

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Mission accepted: Newspaper expands to social justice focus

November 8, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Change and progress. It’s always a good thing. Even here at qnotes. Since 1986, this newspaper has worked to chronicle the story of LGBT life in Charlotte and across the Carolinas.

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TalkBack 11.08.13

November 8, 2013 in talkback by QNotes Staff

Readers respond to Mecklenburg County commissioners’ vote on transgender worker protections.

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A treatise on progressive change for Charlotte’s LGBT community

October 25, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Mecklenburg County moved forward with LGBT-inclusion on Oct. 15, finally adding employee protections on the basis of gender identity and expression eight years after it added similar protections for sexual orientation.

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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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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Mayoral candidates friendly, but lacking in some areas

October 11, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

This issue, QNotes prints the sit-down interviews we recently held with both the Republican and Democratic candidates for Charlotte mayor.

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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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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.

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TalkBack: 10.11.13

October 11, 2013 in talkback by QNotes Staff

Readers respond to qnotes stories on NASCAR driver Nelson Piquet Jr. and op-eds on bigotry and Dr. Michael Brown.

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Small changes, new content

September 27, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

We’re making small changes here at qnotes, in our print edition and online. As we’ve done from time to time, these changes — some cosmetic, some editorial — are meant to serve you better.

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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Choose your words wisely, the world is watching

September 27, 2013 in Editorial by Lainey Millen

On Sept. 18, the U.S. saw its first gay “Big Brother” winner after 15 seasons. I would otherwise be elated, but this year, I just wasn’t.

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TalkBack 09.27.13

September 27, 2013 in talkback by QNotes Staff

Our readers respond to articles on LGBT-themed book and the opening of the Winston-Salem LGBT center.

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Anti-gay Pride outreach was spectacular failure

September 13, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Last month, I had the wonderful pleasure of working with a great group of friends, colleagues and volunteers to make Charlotte Pride a resounding success this year.

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Charlotte Pride: Bigger than ever because of you

August 30, 2013 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Because of you, this year’s Charlotte Pride rocked! Charlotte’s LGBT community, along with straight allies and folks from across the region — and even the nation — turned out in droves for a two-day festival Aug. 24-25 that was bigger and better than ever.

Lessons from a sit-in

August 30, 2013 in On Being a Gay Parent by Brett Webb-Mitchell

Almost hidden from the public behind a main stair case in the large James E. Shepard Library at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., is what remains from Durham’s F. W. Woolworth lunch counter.