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Print Edition 2016-01-15 – QNotes

‘Witches Night Off’

Tour company members to perform a one-night only charity cabaret

Sure, it looks fun from out here, but life inside the national tour of “Wicked” can be grueling. The company performs eight shows a week, Tuesday through Friday, nearly 52 weeks a year. Typically, cast members receive only one night off a week to rest: Monday.

Homelessness and HIV/AIDS

Challenges abound in LGBT community

Homelessness and HIV/AIDS are two of the biggest issues facing the LGBT community. When the two exist in tandem, the challenges that each condition presents become exasperated.

Blood donation policy needs a serious revamp

Guest Commentary

Last month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “updated” their policy restricting men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood. Since the 1980s, men who have sex with men have had a lifetime deferral from donating.

Council revisits non-discrimination ordinance

Hopes increase with push of newly-elected mayor

After failing to pass a non-discrimination ordinance in March of last year, Charlotte remains one of the largest cities in the country not to have full LGBT protections in place for its citizens. That may soon change.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27: In the wake of annihilation, they were also persecuted

Holocaust replete with LGBT Europeans who were part of the 10 million lost

Attempts to wipe out entire peoples and civilizations has existed for the millennia. However, none had come so close or had done so much damage as the action that was perpetrated out of Germany and spread across the European continent and to the East into Russia in the last century. The architects were Adolph Hitler and his National Socialist German Workers Party (the Nazi Party).

‘The Danish Girl’ Review

Testing transitions in gender and love

Love wins. It’s the triumphant call that so many gays and lesbians have cried out since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Our People: Q&A with Rabbi Judy Schindler

Retiring senior rabbi at Temple Beth El

When Rabbi Judy Schindler first arrived at Charlotte, N.C.’s Temple Beth El in 1998, she was mostly known through her father, Alexander Schindler. He had fled the Nazis as a boy in 1937 and later grew up to be a prominent American rabbi who made a number of sweeping changes to Reform Judaism in the 1970s and 1980s.