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Charlotte – QNotes

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.

Capital Idea

An Interview with Kim Roberts, Editor of ‘By Broad Potomac’s Shore’

As compared to New York, San Francisco or Chicago, Washington, D.C. might not be among the first places the average person thinks of when it comes to poetry. But thanks to queer poet/historian/educator Kim Roberts, that is changing.

There’s Still Hope

Local Organization Helps Charlotte’s Homeless Population During Pandemic

After a Charlotte, N.C. hotel shut down in May, some members of the LGBTQ community were left with limited options. The hotel has been in a legal battle with residents over the evictions since April. Deshon Medley, who identifies as gay, was one of those people facing homelessness.

Charlotte LGBTQ Elders Curates Art Events

ASC Funds LGBTQ History Projects

According to its site, Charlotte LGBTQ Elders is an organization “formed in 2018 to serve as a resource for LGBTQ elders in the Charlotte, NC area who are aged 55+.” It is an organization that provides ongoing networking and socializing opportunities for community members.

Archives Aim to Preserve Southern Queer History

LGBTQ History Month Retrospectives from the LGBT History Project

When Spectrum, the undergraduate LGBTQ student group at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, launched in 1983, it became a resource not just for those on campus but for queer people living in that part of the South.

Our People: Min. Veronica Daughety

Founder of Shackless Ministry

Newark, N.J. native, Min. Veronica Daughety worked in radio for most of her life, but in 2018 she began pursuing something she had started 10 years prior. Fulfilling what Daughety describes as a vision from God, she founded Shack

Reality TV Goes Drag

‘Queens of the Queen City’ Goes Behind the Scenes of Charlotte’s Drag Scene

Released July 17 on Instagram Original TV (IGTV), the fresh new reality show “Queens of the Queen City” portrays the lives of five Charlotte drag queens uncovering what life is like as a drag queen in Charlotte, N.C. both on and off the stage. Season 1 was scheduled to air 13 episodes, but production halted in March due to setbacks related to COVID-19. The show has resumed production and is nearly halfway through filming for Season 2.

Our People: Dee Murray

Career Nurse, Wife, Mom, and Grandmother

Dee Murray was born and raised in Kings Mountain, N.C. She relocated to Charlotte at a young age and has worked as a healthcare provider since her mid teens.
Murray worked as a nurse’s aide while raising children until obtaining her nursing degree around the age of 40. She is currently an RN for Novant Health in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) where she has worked for the last 10 years.

Interim Board Tries to Move MeckPAC Forward

Three Community Leaders Take the Reigns Temporarily to Salvage the 22-Year Organization

MeckPAC has had a difficult time maintaining board members over the past few years. The organization was founded in 1998 in a unified effort to fight anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policies in the Queen City, but our investigation into its recent mismanagement and suspicious spending by the organization’s leadership left many wondering if its demise was inevitable.