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A Rainbow Tsunami

New Year Starts with Record-Breaking LGBTQ Political Representation

As the new Congress convened this week, a historic number of LGBTQ people will make up the U.S. House. Nine openly LGBTQ candidates were elected this past November, seven of whom were incumbents.

A Commitment to the Queen City

Connie Vetter, QNotes 2020 Person of the Year

Since coming to Charlotte in 1993, Connie Vetter has served in nearly 20 community organizations in a board or committee member role, not to mention the countless times she has volunteered her skills as one of the city’s most recognizable LGBTQ attorneys.

Housing in Uncertain Times

Time Out Youth Continues to Serve Those in Need During COVID-19

Time Out Youth Center (TOY) has been serving the LGBTQ youth population of the Charlotte region for decades and their housing support programs have never been more important than in 2020, as a pandemic rages on across the region.

Holiday Gift Guide, 2020

Local Buying Options Provide Unique Alternatives

As COVID-19 cases surge across the state, the holidays are sure to look different this year. Resisting the urge to host parties or see family (in person) could just save a life, and with potential lockdowns looming, this year’s gift guide was created with the pandemic in mind.

Charlotte Gaymers Network

Group Brings Fun, Connection to a Locked-Down World During COVID-19

For Zach Smith, gaming has been a safe space for much of his life. “Some of my first memories are of playing video games,” he says. Smith, who is the executive director of the Charlotte Gaymers Network, remembers playing on a Sega Genesis with his sister when he was young.

Don’t Forget Us

The AIDS Epidemic in Charlotte

A headline in the July 3, 1981 issue of The New York Times read “Rare cancer seen in 41 homosexuals.” An advertisement for Independence Savings Bank featured a cut-out with the lyrics of “The Star Spangled Banner” to the story’s right.

There’s Still Hope

Local Organization Helps Charlotte’s Homeless Population During Pandemic

After a Charlotte, N.C. hotel shut down in May, some members of the LGBTQ community were left with limited options. The hotel has been in a legal battle with residents over the evictions since April. Deshon Medley, who identifies as gay, was one of those people facing homelessness.

Support for Doyenne

Charlotte Barbershop is Recipient of Human Rights Campaign and SHOWTIME’s Queer to Stay

The buzzing sound of clippers fills a small barbershop tucked away at Salon Plaza off Galleria Blvd. in Charlotte. Owners Alicia Phillips, who goes by Brown, and Sakinah Dunlap are all smiles and laughter behind their masks. These two women know how to make you feel at home.

Surviving the Silence

The Unexpected Story of Col. Pat Thompson

In 1989, U.S. Army Col. Margarethe (Grethe) Cammermeyer was undergoing a routine security clearance interview when she said four simple words, “I am a lesbian.” At the time, she was a highly decorated nurse and war hero on track to becoming a general. The admission started an intense investigation and highly publicized discharge proceedings …
At the center of those proceedings was Col. Patsy Thompson who in 1992 was a decorated Army nurse, only two years away from retirement.

Rosedale Health and Wellness Launches COVID-19 Trial

The novel coronavirus has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. As of Sept. 23, there were over 31 million global cases and nearly 7 million in the United States. During the week of Sept. 20, we also saw the number of deaths in the United States surpass the grim benchmark of 200,000.