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Mayor Pete speaks on LGBTQ history, historic campaign

2020 Politics

Pete Buttigieg, who has served as mayor of South Bend, Ind. since 2012, came out as a gay man in a self-penned essay published by the South Bend Tribune. This past April he declared his candidacy for president of the United States. Mayor Buttigieg and I spoke on the phone about his campaign, his values, and who he looks up to in the LGBTQ community.

From Brooklyn to Ballantyne: The story behind Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis

Charlotte’s history of affordable housing includes broken promises and empty gestures. Now that the city’s chronic shortage has become a crisis, leaders are responding with unprecedented resources. Will this time be different?

Anyone who’s lived in Charlotte for a minute knows that the Ballantyne area, wealthier than Mecklenburg County as a whole, isn’t the place to find an affordable apartment if you’re a hotel housekeeper, a fry cook, a landscaper — anyone making less than $15 or so an hour.

LGBTQ homeownership below national average

Majority of NAGLREP Members Believe Current White House Policies are Having Negative Impact on LGBTQs Confidence to Buy or Sell Homes

The third annual “LGBT Real Estate Report” … found that housing discrimination — and the fear of it — continues to have a profound impact on LGBTQ homeownership levels that are currently at 49 percent, far below the national average of 65 percent.

Trump allows S.C. child welfare agencies to refuse gay adoptions

Regional News: HHS policy waiver could impact other communities not approved by organizations operating under ‘Christian policy’

The Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gave an okay on Jan. 23 to allow federally-funded child welfare agencies in South Carolina to refuse services on the basis of religion. The decision came in response to a request made by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster last year.