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A Commitment to the Queen City

Connie Vetter, QNotes 2020 Person of the Year

Since coming to Charlotte in 1993, Connie Vetter has served in nearly 20 community organizations in a board or committee member role, not to mention the countless times she has volunteered her skills as one of the city’s most recognizable LGBTQ attorneys.

Transgender Woman Sues Georgia Department of Corrections

Beyond the Carolinas

On Nov. 23 Ashley Diamond, a Black transgender woman represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), sued the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) for the second time for its failure to protect her from sexual assault and provide her with adequate healthcare while incarcerated.

Don’t Forget Us

The AIDS Epidemic in Charlotte

A headline in the July 3, 1981 issue of The New York Times read “Rare cancer seen in 41 homosexuals.” An advertisement for Independence Savings Bank featured a cut-out with the lyrics of “The Star Spangled Banner” to the story’s right.

The U.S. Supreme Court v. LGBTQ Americans

LGBTQ History Month Retrospectives from the LGBT History Project

June 30, 1986 was a broiling hot day in Washington, D.C. when the U.S. Supreme Court released the decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, a landmark sodomy decision. The press was huddled under the small bank of trees near the side entrance, waiting for the copies to be handed out. The fate of millions of lesbian and gay Americans lay in the hands of the high court.

Charlotte’s Energetic Growth

The Queen City is Now Larger than San Francisco

According to new official U.S. Census information, Charlotte, N.C. is now the 15th largest city in the country. This information looks at residents inside city limits only. In this way Charlotte far outranks Atlanta, which is only the 39th largest city.

From Ana, with Love

As Victor’s mother Isabel, Ana Ortiz is given an opportunity to stretch as an actress and play a wide range of emotions. In Ortiz’s more-than-capable hands, Isabel is a complex and multi-faceted character and it’s a pleasure to see such a talented actress give her all to her performance.

Stand Up! Show Up! Wherever You Travel

Spiritual Reflections

What does travel look like this summer? The year 2020 presents unusual circumstances in the midst of global civil rights protests and the COVID-19 pandemic. In late May and early June, the murders of African-Americans at the hands of whites played out on televisions, cell phones, tablets, computers and other devices around the world.