The story of QNotes’ history is about more than its own achievements; it’s about the community — the people, places and pride of the past 25 years of Carolinas history. People like community leader and QNotes’ first editor Don King, whose Closet Buster Productions helped to herald new eras of LGBT awareness and public engagement in Charlotte. Places like Charlotte’s Lesbian & Gay Community Center or Raleigh’s LGBT Center and the decades long push for community organizing for spaces to call all our own. Pride, like the series of statewide and local Pride festivals and parades that have grown and spread like wild kudzu across the state since 1981.
If I were in church I would say I want to testify, but since this will be read by a broad audience, I would like to share a bit about the role QNotes has played in our work within community and encourage everyone who can to take another look at why it is so critical to support QNotes.
For 25 years now, QNotes has reported to and about the LGBT community — the good news and the bad news and sad news. There have been many joys and many tears. We have reported the passing of our own staff, our friends and colleagues — many from HIV/AIDS — and we have reported many celebrations. Things like Lawrence v. Texas, Pride events, buildings bought, community centers organized, people who received awards for jobs well done, for dollars raised and social and educational events.
Humbling. That’s how I feel every time I begin to thumb through old issues and archives from QNotes. It’s a feeling I once again had the opportunity to enjoy as the QNotes staff worked to put this 25th anniversary issue together.
QNotes, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community newspaper based in Charlotte, celebrates its landmark 25th anniversary with its May 14, 2011, print edition due out on newsstands this Friday and Saturday in Charlotte and across North Carolina.