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A look at the history of the B in our LGBT community

As we continue our celebration of LGBT Pride month, let’s take a closer look at one of the sub-groups within our community that is often ignored, misunderstood or rejected. Despite their seemingly less visible presence, the bisexual community has been a part of the gay rights movement in the United States since its early history in the 1960s and 1970s.

Kuhl-er-fuhl • Lang-gwij: a primer to LGBT slang

A look at words and phrases used to identify groups and subgroups of our diverse community

“I don’t like to be labeled” is a phrase many of us have said at one point or another. While we may not like labels to be applied to us, for the most part, we all use labels to make associations or assumptions frequently in our lives, whether intentionally or just informally. Labels can absolutely be used to stigmatize or generalize an individual or a population, but it is all in the intention and usage of the word or phrase.

Trust me, I will see you around!

Editor's Note

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.

Why we celebrate

Remembering Stonewall and looking at where we’ve come from

With June in full effect, cities across the country are soon to be bombarded with rainbows as Pride returns to celebrate the spirit of the LGBT community and the movement for equality. Day, and even week-long, celebrations are scheduled filled with marches, parades, a variety of entertainment, street fairs, film festivals and more.

Pride, now more than ever

Editor's Note

Happy Pride month everyone! I love that Pride is in June. Not only is it my birth month, but this June will mark one year since my move to North Carolina and I could not be more proud.

Charlotte City Council to vote on Domestic Partner Benefits

Today, Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) announced a call to action for Mecklenburg County residents.

City Council will be voting on the 2012 budget on Monday, June 11 and MeckPAC is encouraging community members to write their City Council member and the At-Large members to tell them that they need to vote to include Domestic Partner Benefits in the 2013 budget.

Drag, not just for queens anymore

A look at the drag king community and Hunter Down

The drag queen community seems to have reached a new high with its mainstream media breakthrough, thanks largely to drag long-time celebrity figures such as RuPaul and the attention her Logo shows have brought to the art form. Their drag king counterparts are still in the early stages of breaking into the forefront of the community.

Ready, set, DRAG!

3rd Annual Queen City Drag Race works it out for charities

If you’re a NASCAR fan, this may not be the drag race you were looking for, but, oh what fun it was! Teams of four gathered at Hartigan’s Irish Pub to take part in the 3rd Annual Queen City Drag Race on May 12. The event is an annual fundraiser that benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as well as other charities selected by the contestants.