Well folks, this has been quite an experience getting to serve as editor for qnotes. Even though it has only been five months, I have really enjoyed my time here and want to thank all of you for putting up with me during my run. I am thrilled to be a part of the North Carolina LGBT community and am so excited to continue my efforts with the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte on a full-time basis.

Trying to serve as both the part-time editor for qnotes and administrator for the Center has been a rewarding, albeit exhausting, experience. In this short time, I have been able to make many connections with people and groups that I know will strengthen my ability to better serve the LGBT community in Charlotte as I move forward. Having moved from South Carolina only a year ago with the intention of focusing my career toward advocating for the LGBT community, this experience has been an incredible opportunity for me.

I want to thank the staff of qnotes and White Rabbit for making me immediately feel right at home and for supporting me as I learned (and still am learning) the ropes here at the paper. I also want to thank my board members at the Center for also supporting me and working with me. Over the past year they have put a lot of faith in me and I am grateful that they want me to be the person to run the Center on a full-time basis. I know with their support and with the support of the community, we can continue to increase the presence of the LGBT community in Charlotte and across the Carolinas.

I would especially like to thank Matt Comer for being such an advocate for the North Carolina LGBT community. Prior to my working at qnotes, Matt was a regular at the Center and worked with our Pride committee, as well as MeckPAC and other Center events. Throughout my time here at the paper, Matt has continued to provide support and insight when I needed it. I appreciate all he has done and know that he will continue to serve the community well with his return to qnotes.

And so, I return the position of editor to the more-than-capable hands of Matt Comer. I look forward to seeing qnotes, the Center and the LGBT community as a whole continue to grow as we move forward.

I encourage you to send me your thoughts and ideas on how the Center can expand its impact in the Charlotte community and be a well-rounded resource for programming, activities or events. Please feel free to reach out to me via email at centeradministrator@gaycharlotte.com. : :

O'Neale Atkinson

O'Neale Atkinson is a former editor of QNotes, serving in the position from Jan. 23, 2012 to June 15, 2012. His first issue as editor was published on Feb. 4, 2012. His last issue was published June 23,...