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Print Edition 2015-12-18 – QNotes

Person of the Year 2015: Chad Sevearance-Turner

Champions LGBT business community

When Chad Sevearance-Turner first became a member of the Charlotte Business Guide, he admits that he had only just heard of the organization. He was asked to speak at a presentation on the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, at the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte as an HR expert, and was given a free membership to the Guild, which hosted the event, for his time.

Year in Review 2015: The Carolinas — Looking back

News spans diverse landscape

Five members of an anti-LGBT church in Springdale, N.C., The Word of Faith Fellowship, were indicted on felony charges stemming from a young gay man being kidnapped and abused by them because of his sexual orientation. The grand jury released the indictments on Dec. 9, 2014.

Year in Review 2015: To Love, honor and cherish

Year marked by advances, challenges around the globe

It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves.

The Night Frank and I Saved Christmas

A holiday tale

I will tell you the story about how Frank and I save Christmas, but first a bit about me. I am a transgender woman, though I lived as a man for more than 60 years. I have had two marriages and fathered 3 daughters (with my first wife)

Look behind you

Spiritual Reflections

When I was a young girl, there would be countless school programs that I wanted to be in. In my primary grades, I couldn’t muster up the courage. However, when I reached sixth grade, there was a very bubbly music teacher named Mrs. Muhammad who encouraged me to join my school chorus.

Charlotte: Council assignments, youth group sets goal

Carolinas News Notes

The Charlotte City Council has new committee assignments. Mayor Jennifer Roberts announced these on Dec. 9, saying “After consulting with council and community partners I have selected committee members to provide a balance of perspectives across the committees and to create new leadership opportunities.