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Voices of Honor Tour comes to Charlotte

Tour explores anti-gay military policy

A tour exploring the need to repeal a discriminatory, anti-gay military policy comes to Charlotte next week. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Servicemembers United will present the Charlotte stop of the “Voices of Honor Tour” on August 5, 6 p.m., in the Francis Auditorium of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Main Library, 310 North Tryon St. The …

Over 10,000 attend Pride Charlotte

Despite vocal anti-gay protests, event is success

Thousands of LGBT and straight ally community members from across the Carolinas converged Saturday on Uptown’s Gateway Village for the annual Pride Charlotte festival. Despite vocal protests from a local anti-LGBT religious organization, the event was a success, organizers say. Vendors included sponsoring businesses like Food Lion, Bank of America and Scorpios, as well as …

Newcomer Guide and QGuide team up to serve you

Editor's Note

The Q-Notes staff is so excited about this special issue and our first ever LGBT Carolinas Newcomer Guide. We hope you’re excited, too. Last fall, when we were mulling over ideas for our 2009 editorial calendar, we were inspired to do some sort of special issue for newcomers and those newly out of the closet. …

Perdue signs two controversial, historic bills

Anti-bullying, sex ed bills praised by advocates

While LGBT community members celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots this June, political advocates, insiders and state legislators were working hard to hear and pass two historic, yet highly controversial, bills, the School Violence Prevention Act and Healthy Youth Act. Both have huge implications for LGBT students, both were fought bitterly by “traditional …

Queerly faithful

MCCs around the Carolinas growing, changing

Since St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) — the first MCC in the Carolinas — set up shop in 1976, the face of LGBT faith institutions has continually grown. Decades later, nine MCC congregations dot the Carolinas map. Each are making in-roads among their surrounding communities and offering places of spiritual refuge for folks looking …

Timeless Pride, Part Two

A two-part history timeline of the LGBT Carolinas

Below is part two of Q-Notes’ exclusive Timeless Pride, covering events from 1987 through 2005. To view part one of the exclusive, with years 1971 through 1986, click here. January 1987 — In an editorial published in Q-Notes, editor Don King makes one of the first public calls for a community center in Charlotte. His …

Conservative Perdue appointment cause for concern?

Editor\'s Note

On June 30, N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed Judge Eric Levinson to the seat of Resident Superior Court judge for Mecklenburg County. Levinson is replacing Judge David S. Cayer, who has accepted a position as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. Levinson isn’t a newcomer to the state’s judiciary and he …

Mr. Pride Charlotte crowned

This just in from the Pride Charlotte committee: The Pride Charlotte Pageantry System has crowned its first Mr. Pride Charlotte MI. The pageant, featuring male impersonators, was held on Sunday, June 28th at Hartigan’s Pub. Four contestants competed in the categories of interview, presentation, creative fashion, on-stage question and talent. The winner, who goes by …

Timeless Pride

A two-part history timeline of the LGBT Carolinas

The history of the LGBT community is a tough subject to study. The community has been oppressed and maligned for so long, that much of the history is forgotten. In most schools, LGBT youth never learn about the legendary events and people who helped to shape the queer community, the entire nation and its political …