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Community honors Pulse victims

Initiatives Support LGBTQ and Latinx Community Lives

In the three years since the [Pulse] attack, Americans in general and the LGBTQ community in particular have responded in various ways, attempting to make the community safer, more accepted and more prepared in the event of other, similar attacks.

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From Brooklyn to Ballantyne: The story behind Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis

Charlotte’s history of affordable housing includes broken promises and empty gestures. Now that the city’s chronic shortage has become a crisis, leaders are responding with unprecedented resources. Will this time be different?

Anyone who’s lived in Charlotte for a minute knows that the Ballantyne area, wealthier than Mecklenburg County as a whole, isn’t the place to find an affordable apartment if you’re a hotel housekeeper, a fry cook, a landscaper — anyone making less than $15 or so an hour.

Say it loud, I am black and I am proud

A Look at Black Gay Prides in the Tar Heel State

Black Prides offers a safe place where people who identify as black and LGBTQ people could have safe spaces to celebrate their unique identities. In North Carolina, Fayetteville, Raleigh and Charlotte have all had Prides focused on the black community.

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Ladyslipper’s rich history helped shape women’s music

North Carolina-Based Curator Was on Forefront of Showcasing Lesbian, Feminist Artists

Fuchs’ own decision to launch Ladyslipper in its original iteration as a lesbian/feminist women’s music catalogue was informed by her own first-hand knowledge of how difficult it could be for women all over the country, especially those not located in major cities, to get their hands on the exciting music that she was able to enjoy at the National Women’s Music Festival.

It’s time to celebrate Pride season

Festivals and Events Across the Carolinas

Strike up the band! It’s that time of year when the Carolinas are abloom with festivities for Pride Month and beyond. Listed below are a comprehensive list of what’s happening in cities and towns alike.

Stonewall at 50

Jesse’s Journal

Fifty years ago, I was a 16-year old high school student in Miami; and I did not learn about Stonewall until I read my first gay newspaper two years later. Today, almost every high school student in America knows about Stonewall. What was once unmentionable is now part of our country’s political and social history.

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An astrological analysis of the Stonewall Riots

Surveying the Sun, Moon and Planets for Answers

Astrologers are often consulted to give proper perspective and intelligent illumination to certain major events. For those of us who enjoy a little 20/20 hindsight, I modestly offer an astrological analysis of the events at Stonewall 50 years ago. I, for one, believe that the planets set the whole thing in motion.

An Interview with Nick Adams

‘Falsettos’ Star Always Had Eye on Broadway

The iconic gay musical “Falsettos” is finishing its 2019 revival tour in Charlotte at the end of this month … qnotes got a chance to reach out and talk to actor Nick Adams, one of the male leads of “Falsettos” who plays the role of Whizzer, and to discuss what “Falsettos” (which originally appeared on Broadway in 1992) has to offer audiences today.

Our People: Ames Simmons

Policy Director, Equality North Carolina

Ames Simmons is a queer, transgender white man who serves as the first-ever director of Trans Policy at Equality North Carolina, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization.