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Pride: Will You Show Up?

Political Voices

It’s been over two months since we all became sequestered in our homes, both locally here in North Carolina and around the world. As we inch ever closer to the start of June, many LGBTQ people are beginning to wonder: what will Pride look like this year? And does it even matter?

CSE announced COVID-19 rapid response grants

Carolinas News Notes

As the nation confronts the significant and unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) created a rapid response grant round to quickly route funds to individuals, families and community organizations across the LGBTQ South.

LGBTQ Cohousing in Durham

An Intentional Plan for Living Together Opens This Spring

Somewhat surprisingly, the first and only LGBTQ cohousing community in the country, Village Hearth Cohousing (VHC) is located at the back of the Eno Trace neighborhood of Durham, N.C. just 15 minutes from Duke University and Downtown.

Finding Family and Community

Spiritual Reflections

With the holiday season upon us, family is more often on our minds. Our family is the first web of relationships, the first community we encounter through the tangled experience of growing up.

Diaries reveal hidden worlds for museums

LGBT History Month: Recant Times of the Past, Open Windows into Life Experiences

“Damn I’m going to be a gorgeous man,” Lou Sullivan wrote 40 years ago in one of his personal diaries. Sullivan, who died in 1991 at the age of 39 due to complications from AIDS, was a pioneering transgender activist in the 1970s and 1980s.

Family, struggle and solidarity in Charlotte’s gay bar scene

Looking Back with Gregg Brafford

In 1984, when Greg Brafford became part-owner of O’leens, one of Charlotte, N.C.’s most storied gay bars, the city was not far removed from the time when “suspected homosexuals” would be arrested in Freedom Park and have their names featured on the front page of The Charlotte Observer.

‘Status quo is not working.’ Can Charlotte Find Solutions for Affordable Housing Crisis?

The new Charlotte Journalism Collaborative will be covering this critical issue with a solutions journalism approach. Keep an eye out for these stories over the next few months.

Like most major American cities, Charlotte is suffering from a severe shortage of affordable housing. More than a third of households in Charlotte are “cost-burdened,” which means they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to a city report.