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The hip-hop scene gains acceptance in CLT

Three Local Artists Share Their Experience

When local hip-hop artist Eli posted a Facebook status this past Pride month coming out as bisexual, his first public declaration of his queer identity, he wasn’t sure what to expect.

Documentary series highlights familial struggles

‘A Love Supreme’ Documentary Explores Rupture, Isolation and Reconciliation Between Queer Black Southern Christians and Their Families

The online trailer for “A Love Supreme: Black, Queer, and Christian in the South,” is an upcoming documentary series following black Christian southern families striving to reconcile religiously instilled anti-LGBTQ beliefs with the immense love they have for their queer family members.

Stonewall in the Arts

Films, Music Highlight the Gay Rights Movement

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. … Here are some films and collections of music that highlight the voices and experiences of those actually involved with the riot and the defiant, embattered queer culture that birthed it.

From Brooklyn to Ballantyne: The story behind Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis

Charlotte’s history of affordable housing includes broken promises and empty gestures. Now that the city’s chronic shortage has become a crisis, leaders are responding with unprecedented resources. Will this time be different?

Anyone who’s lived in Charlotte for a minute knows that the Ballantyne area, wealthier than Mecklenburg County as a whole, isn’t the place to find an affordable apartment if you’re a hotel housekeeper, a fry cook, a landscaper — anyone making less than $15 or so an hour.

Say it loud, I am black and I am proud

A Look at Black Gay Prides in the Tar Heel State

Black Prides offers a safe place where people who identify as black and LGBTQ people could have safe spaces to celebrate their unique identities. In North Carolina, Fayetteville, Raleigh and Charlotte have all had Prides focused on the black community.

Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls

Talking About Liberating LGB/T People Through Theology

In Charlotte, Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls created the Freedom Center for Social Justice (FCSJ) 10 years ago to be a “culture-shifting organization committed to the growth, safety, and empowerment of marginalized populations.”

10 Questions with Vic: Featuring Ashlee Marie Preston

Award-winning Media Personality, Producer, Editor and Civil Rights Activist

Ashlee Marie Preston is an award-winning media personality, producer and civil rights activist. She is historically the first transgender woman to become editor-in-chief of a national publication and the first openly transgender person to run for state office in California.