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After failed HB2 repeal, LGBTQ advocates return to the courts

Legal battles to continue the fight for transgender rights

The repeal of House Bill 2 (HB2), North Carolina’s notorious anti-LGBTQ “bathroom bill,” failed. After Charlotte City Council fully repealed its “triggering” non-discrimination ordinance, the state’s legislators tried to pull one over on LGBTQ advocates by proposing a repeal that included a six-month ban on non-discrimination protections. The move was so controversial that the session ended without so much as a vote on HB2 repeal.

Our People: Q&A with Jack Kirven

Our People

The readers of qnotes are quite familiar with Jack Kirven’s expertise on health and wellness. Though Kirven writes for the paper, his primary focus is one-on-one training, having worked for several years as an independent wellness coach

LGBTQ ally John Autry begins term with House of Representatives

Former Charlotte City Councilmember moves to make a difference

Charlotte City Councilmember John Autry, a longtime ally to the LGBTQ community, has moved on up in the world. Having won his bid for the 100th district seat in the North Carolina House, Rep. Autry has big dreams for his growing political career.

Texas twin to HB2: ‘bathroom bill’ introduced down south

Will Texas face similar backlash to North Carolina?

As North Carolina faces ongoing protests and ever-growing financial repercussions of their anti-LGBTQ House Bill 2 (HB2), Texas may be next in line. The Lone Star State’s lawmakers introduced their own “bathroom bill” on Jan. 5, a potential law that is a near twin to North Carolina’s HB2.

Person of the Year: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts

2016 Year in Review — Retrospective: Amidst controversy and criticism, mayor advocates with character

With 2016 drawing to a close, many people reflect that it has been a trying year, especially for those North Carolinians passionate about LGBTQ issues. The city of Charlotte has been home to many decisive events over the last 12 months, and its mayor has taken part in them all. As qnotes’ Person of the Year, Mayor Roberts wants to be known as “someone who’s a fighter, who’s not afraid to face criticism, who’s not afraid to go against the grain when change was needed.”

The call to serve

LGBTQ religious leaders’ challenges, rewards

Most LGBTQ citizens know what it is to feel alienated and to lose faith. Religion hasn’t always been a friend to people whose sexualities or identities don’t follow the traditional norm.

Amid a contested election, anti-LGBTQ violence on the rise

HB2 remains a controversial and costly issue

Ralayzia Taylor, a 24-year-old transgender woman, was smoking a cigarette in a Charlotte park when a group of teens attacked her with a hatchet, calling her “faggot.” Charges have been filed against the two 18-year-old attackers, and two minors are being held in connection as well.

HB2 defense tops $1.2 million

Court date delayed until SCOTUS decides similar case

The North Carolina legislature, dominated by Republicans since 2011, has spent a considerable sum legally defending its own laws. The Charlotte Observer reported recently that of $10.5 million, $1.2 million has been spent defending HB2 in court.

‘Patient Zero’ found innocent

New study exonerates Gaetan Dugas, a martyred hero, who was blamed for triggering pandemic

A new study by scientists at the University of Arizona has made a significant find regarding the advent of the United States HIV/AIDS epidemic.