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Ninth Circuit rules in favor of gay widower

Beyond the Carolinas

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision on May 16 in favor of David Reed, reversing a lower court decision finding that the KRON/IBEW Local 45 Pension Plan did not have to provide him with spousal survivor benefit.

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.

Flag making campaign launched

Beyond the Carolinas

Lynn Segerblom, who chose the material and hand dyed each stripe of white cotton muslin for the original rainbow flags, appeared at the Gay and Lesbian Center in Los Angeles on March 17.

AGs file amicus brief

Beyond the Carolinas

New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in support of a transgender student named Drew Adams, who is suing the St. Johns County School Board for discrimination.

Supreme Court takes action on trans military ban

Around the Country: Ruling will likely be temporarily stymied by lower courts in Maryland, Washington and California

The US Supreme Court announced today it would offer a temporary uphold of current U.S. president Donald Trump’s requested policy of a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military while lower courts continue to debate the case.

HB2 continues to Haunt North Carolina

Charlotte and the Carolinas: Facebook shuts down Franklin Graham’s page, Netflix plans to stop Wilmington production shoot

The cloud of HB2 has continued to hang over Charlotte and North Carolina, not unlike the gray overcast skies and rain that plagued the city for much of December and early January.

Musician Quisol — kicking down doors

The singer-songwriter is out with a new EP and will perform at Charlotte Pride

When Joseph Quisol picked up a guitar at 17 and began teaching himself to play with the aide of YouTube videos, he didn’t have a grander vision of where it might take him.