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Pageant raises questions

Pride says rules, judging was fair

[Ed. Note — This writer was the host of the Charlotte Eagle’s Miss Pride Charlotte preliminary.] This year’s Pride Charlotte festival was a success — with as many as 12,000 attendees or more, no one can doubt it. But two weeks before the festival, the Miss Pride Charlotte Pageantry System didn’t manage to escape controversy …

Syphilis on the rise

Officials urge more testing

CHARLOTTE — The Mecklenburg County Health Department is urging more testing as a dramatic rise in syphilis cases puts the sexually transmitted disease back on the department’s high priority list. Other areas across the state are also dealing with a surprising increase in cases this year. In Mecklenburg County, new cases of the STD have …

Stanback to keynote Salisbury soirée

3rd annual event sponsored by Food Lion

A lesbian Connecticut activist originally from Salisbury, N.C., has been announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s Salisbury/Rowan PFLAG Autumn Soirée. Anne Stanback, founder and former executive director of the marriage equality group Love Makes a Family, will speak at the Sept. 19 event to be held at Catawba College’s Peeler Crystal Lounge, 2300 …

Kiss-in planned for Charlotte

Event is part of larger national movement

On Aug. 15, LGBT and straight ally community members will join with a legion of gay-supportive Americans and stage a kiss-in at Charlotte’s Freedom Park for the Great Nationwide Kiss-In. Organized by bloggers David Badash and David Mailloux, the Great Nationwide Kiss-In is a national response to the arrest and detainment of two gay men …

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 …