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Social Connectiveness at a Distance

Time Out Youth Goes Virtual to Support Area Youth

In its 39-year history, Time Out Youth Center (TOY) has, in one way or another, provided face-to-face support for area youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning. That all changed during the week of March 22, as Charlotte and Mecklenburg County joined the growing list of areas around the country under a “stay at home” order.

Remembering Dan Kirsch

Former QNotes Editor and Community Leader Dies at Age 66

At a recent meeting of the LGBTQ Elders Steering Committee, co-chair Cindy Hostetler said, “Every LGBTQ organization today (in Charlotte, N.C.) ties back to Dan Kirsch.” Kirsch died suddenly on Friday, Feb. 21. He was 66.

Big Impact with a Small Footprint

Part 2: Veterans Project Is Building Community While Fighting Homelessness

Our trip out west also took us to Longmont, Colo. to visit the future home of the Veterans Community Project. Founded in Kansas City, the Veterans Community Project’s (VCP) mission is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country.

HRC marks 25 years in the Carolinas

A Quarter of a Century Championing LGBTQ Rights

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) celebrates 25 years of holding a fundraiser in the Carolinas on Feb. 22. The event, now called the North Carolina Dinner & Silent Auction, was started during a pivotal year for the organization.

Our People: Linton Walker, Jr.

HIV/AIDS Advocate, Awareness-Apparel Line Creator, Husband

Linton Walker, Jr. is taking a stance against the negative stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. Upon being diagnosed with HIV in 2011, Walker said he began experiencing a great deal of judgment and discrimination stemming from his status.

Big Impact with a Small Footprint

Tiny Home Village Addresses Homelessness in Denver. Does it Create a Transformational Path to Stable Housing for People in Other Cities Like Charlotte?

Freddie Martin, a student of history and anthropology, talks to me outside his home in Denver on a cloudy day in December. He’s a formidable character who grew up in Beaumont, Texas with strong viewpoints on the state of politics in our country.

Thor: Dragnarok

An Interview with Thorgy Thor

Season eight contestant Thorgy Thor (aka Shane Galligan) is a classically-trained musician — a violinist and violist who also taught themselves to play cello.

Pride in Rugby

QNotes’ 2019 Organization of the Year Brings the Community Together

Each year, qnotes selects a person or organization that is benefitting the LGBTQ community through service or by breaking down barriers in the region. This year, we chose The Charlotte Royals which was founded on the idea to foster a supportive environment where gay and bisexual men and their straight allies can learn and play the sport of rugby.