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Print Edition 2014-03-14 – QNotes

Voices for Progress

LGBT Young Professionals Making Change for Equality

For the second year in a row, qnotes is profiling a handful of LGBT and ally young professionals who are making a difference in their community. Our featured profiles this year include entrepreneurs, financial career professionals, local non-profit staffers and more — each are working at their businesses and in volunteer community involvement to make life better for LGBT people.

Our People: Young Professionals — In their own words

Thoughts from this year’s featured Young Professionals

In this issue, qnotes features 10 young professionals in the LGBT/ally community. In each of their questionnaires, we asked them: “What do you believe is the most pressing issue needing to be addressed by the local LGBT community?

Spring/Summer Travel: LGBT travelers have a world of options as warm weather nears

International group, local tourism boards promote safe, inclusive travel

In 1983, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) began with just a handful of LGBT travel agents and hotel owners. Their goal then was to provide community members with information about friendly and affirming travel destinations and options. A testament to their work is the dramatic increase they’ve seen in LGBT-friendly travel across the globe.

Bishop Tonyia Rawls founds new church

Sacred Souls will expand on Rawls’ social-justice-oriented ministry

When Tonyia Rawls came to Charlotte 14 years ago, she looked out upon the city’s faith community and saw closed doors, closed hearts and closed minds.

Local filmmaker producing project

Blends New York actors with local talent

Approximately 30 women gathered on Jan. 11 at The Bar Durham, 711 Rigsbee Ave., to be extras in a new film produced and written by local filmmaker Marilyn Hays. It is directed by Hays and collaborating director Becky Lane.

Charlotte mayor should heed pastor’s dangerous example

Editor's Note

What is the proper place of faith in civic life and politics? At what point does an individual’s faith begin to cloud their judgment or affect their ability to govern or represent the people they serve? These are questions I’ve been mulling over the past several weeks, particularly in response to two local leaders who seem to weave personal faith into significant portions of their public life.

A peculiar idea of freedom: Fundamentalist fever turns morality upside down

Guest Commentary

Some people have a strange view of freedom. We saw that during the Arizona clash over a proposed law that would let businesses discriminate against LGBT citizens. That battle ended in late February when Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that gave Arizonans the OK to refuse service to gays if serving them went against their, or their business’ owner’s religious beliefs.