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Our People: Ames Simmons

Director of Trans Policy, Equality North Carolina

Ames Simmons is a queer, transgender white man who serves as the first-ever director of Trans Policy at Equality North Carolina, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization.

‘Status quo is not working.’ Can Charlotte Find Solutions for Affordable Housing Crisis?

The new Charlotte Journalism Collaborative will be covering this critical issue with a solutions journalism approach. Keep an eye out for these stories over the next few months.

Like most major American cities, Charlotte is suffering from a severe shortage of affordable housing. More than a third of households in Charlotte are “cost-burdened,” which means they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to a city report.

Pride travel is heating up

Orbitz Survey Reveals Top LGBTQ Travel Considerations and Trending Destinations for 2019 Pride Events

With April acting as the unofficial kick off to Pride season, recognized annually and internationally throughout June, travelers can start planning a trip around the upcoming 2019 Pride festivities.

Maintaining a Tradition

An Interview with gay poet Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is a gay poet. Poets are known for their economy of language. That said, as a storyteller (and one telling his own story with a blend of humor and honesty), Brown has a lot to say.

ECU center hosts ribbon cutting, open house

Carolinas News Notes

East Carolina University (ECU) held a ribbon cutting and open house for the newly named Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center. It became the largest center of its kind in the University of North Carolina system.

Headline acts blanket the nation

A sampling of major Pride festivals’ entertainment line-up

Across the U.S. during the month of June, big cities stage their annual Pride festivals to honor the history and celebrate what it is to have Pride.

Regional: SONG Cohort, Wedding Contest

Carolinas News Notes

Southerners on New Ground has announced the expansion of its North Carolina Black Leadership Development Cohort with The Lorde’s Werq and Kimpton Hotels is holding a wedding contest.