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December 24, 2011 – QNotes

The year in retrospect

The top stories of 2011

Bells will ring, candles will be lighted and champagne will be toasted and plenty of folks will wish they could forget many of the days gone by this year. Yes, the economy still sucks. Yes, politicians still have no answers. Yes, Congress is still deadlocked. But, don’t be fooled: Lots of good things happened this year, too.

Amendment made for rollercoaster year

The sausage-making that is legislating kept activists busy from day one

LGBT advocates and grassroots activists knew they were up for a challenge the moment election results started rolling in November 2010’s midterm elections. Control of the state legislature had been returned to Republican hands for the first time in over a century. It was time for the longtime minority to have its way on Jones St. and Republican leadership wasted no time getting to their decades-long pent-up agenda.

2011 Person of the Year: Roberta Dunn

Passionate advocate has love for community and equality

For her persistent commitment, intelligence, zeal and passion for this city’s LGBT community, its equality and the welfare of the city at large, qnotes is proud to name LGBT activist and civic leader Roberta Dunn our 2011 Person of the Year.

Stabbing at Hartigan’s shakes community

Accused woman stabbed victim in neck, abdomen; Bar owners say allegations of wrongdoing are false

A brutal early morning fight and stabbing at Uptown’s Hartigan’s Irish Pub in early December left one woman dead, another jailed on murder charges and a community left scrambling for answers.

Centers serve as rock-solid resource

Although diverse, each brings stability to communities they serve

Across the Carolinas, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals constantly search for options for support and socializing. Some enjoy the bar scene, while others would prefer gathering together to do social action projects. But, the one consistent theme that they all share is a need for connecting with like-minded people. Many of the smaller towns …

A year in review: Top online searches from 2011

Bing.com shares its 2011 web search trends

Memories are monumental in shaping history. And, just as a journal holds your thoughts, memories and interests from years past, online searches can mark the people, places and events that mattered most in a given year. So, what mattered most in 2011?

Highs and Lows

Editor's Note

Despite this year’s litany of successes, our community experienced loss. No year-end wrap up would be complete without pausing in remembrance of those friends, family and loved ones who passed this year.

Iowa teen argues the good argument

General Gayety

I give Jane Schmidt a world of credit. The Iowa high school student held her own in an exchange with Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. At Schmidt’s age, shaking a candidate’s hand was enough to make me forget my name.

Openly gay sailor reinstated

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

Petty Officer 2nd class Jase Daniels (pictured), discharged from the U.S. Navy in April 2005 and again in March 2007 under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” has been reinstated and returned to active duty. He was sworn in on Dec. 12.