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Print Edition 2014-07-04 – QNotes

Jake Hillyer: Charlotte’s Favorite LGBT Bartender

Cathode Azure bartender is the voter’s choice for their favorite local bartender in the inaugural Charlotte’s Favorite LGBT Bartender Contest

Originally from Tulsa, Okla., Jake Hillyer moved to Charlotte eight years ago at the age of 24. He’s worked at several local gay bars and in the service industry for more than a decade.

Jimmy Smith: Petra’s a microcosm of community

Runner-up, Charlotte’s Favorite LGBT Bartender

Jimmy Smith, 47, has been working at Petra’s Piano Bar for going on six years. In that time, he’s seen a big transition from the bar. When it opened, it served an overwhelmingly LGBT clientele.

Our other Fave Bartender contestants

QList 2014

qnotes wants to thank our other contestants in this year’s inaugural Charlotte’s Favorite LGBT Bartender Contest. The winning title could only go to one person, but each of these folks are winners in our book and got plenty of votes from their most loyal patrons! Keep up the great work!

An American Revolution: Stonewall and the riots that changed the world, even this sleepy Southern town

After the riots, gay bars would turn into defacto community centers for LGBT people

Charlotte’s gay bar scene has been decades in the making — and has it been a ride. From hole-in-the-wall hangouts home to prostitutes and hustlers to modern-day dance clubs hosting hundreds of patrons and viewed as entertainment destinations, local establishments have made their own unique history.

Summer Sipping: Beer

Local or unique brews keep the party going

A cold beer is the perfect match for any summer activity: grilling, lounging by the pool or on beach, or outdoor concerts.

Our People: Q&A with the Rev. Malu Fairley

A native of New York, the Rev. Malu Fairley has spent the bulk of her life thus far in the South, split between Charlotte and Atlanta. In 1993, she and her family moved to the Charlotte area.

A native of New York, the Rev. Malu Fairley has spent the bulk of her life thus far in the South, split between Charlotte and Atlanta. In 1993, she and her family moved to the Charlotte area.

Black Pride fosters awareness, celebrates diversity

Annual Charlotte Black Gay Pride board members look toward events July 17-19

In two weeks, Charlotte Black Gay Pride will light up the Queen City with a bevy of events meant to inspire, connect, empower and motivate. The group’s annual events — including a town hall, annual social mixers and its community expo — will get a large boost in attendance, too.

For Today I Am a Boy

Out in Print

You’ve planned for it, dreamed of it, wished it would happen. You imagined yourself with it and envied those who had it: family, vacation, money, success, a sibling, a pony. Whatever it was, it’s been your most fervent desire since forever.

A conversation on Black Pride

Commentary

Editor Matt Comer and local writer, media artist and educator Charles Easley recently discussed the place and purpose of Charlotte Black Gay Pride. Often, people ask why there is a need for a “Black Pride.”