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District 9 GOP hopefuls tow anti-LGBTQ line

Rhetoric Often Negative, Degrading

The do-over election in North Carolina’s ninth District … now includes two front runners, one who was endorsed by former candidate Mark Harris, an anti-LGBTQ Baptist pastor, and one who for years has blatantly targeted the LGBTQ community.

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Trans activists defend ICE detainee in Georgia

Chin Tsui Held in Solitary Confinement, Medications Not Being Administered On Time, in Correct Dosages

There have been concerns about the treatment of transgender detainees in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities. Chin Tsui is one of those individuals and is currently being detained at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga.

Solutions Journalism Network to promote collaborative reporting and civic engagement in Charlotte

Network Focuses On Affordable Housing

To strengthen local journalism and encourage greater connection between reporters and Charlotte residents, Solutions Journalism Network is launching the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative, a partnership of six major media companies and other local institutions focusing on issues of major importance to the Charlotte region.

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Spartanburg students essay on transphobia sparks lawsuit

Mother, Daughter Are Both Advocates of LGBTQ Rights

A mother in Spartanburg County, South Carolina is suing the school district, school and principal after her daughter’s essay on LGBTQ rights was deemed “age-inappropriate” by the elementary school’s principal, Elizabeth Foster.

The world of vaping explored

Younger Individuals Using New Alternative to Smoking

The question of the health effects of vaping and its long-touted efficacy as a tool to quit smoking usually follow any non-vaper discussion of the lifestyle.

Breaking the Addiction

Wave Goodbye to Smoking

The harmful effects of smoking are well known. But knowing the risks of smoking and the benefits of stopping doesn’t make it any easier to quit.

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How to convince an addict to get help

Six Tips for Assisting a Substance Abuser

Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they need to get better.

Hell, yes: an interview Erin McKeown

Queer Singer/Songwriter to Play in Asheville

Since the late 1990s, queer singer/songwriter Erin McKeown has been making a name for herself as a distinguished performer with a rich and pure distinctive vocal style.