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Print Edition 2016-08-26 – QNotes

LGBT North Carolinians struggle in a post-HB2 world

Discriminatory law may lead to depression and anxiety

Many sources, including qnotes, have documented the economic and political impacts of House Bill 2 (HB2), also known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. But setting aside the games of money and power, the mental and emotional impact of such controversial legislation is also considerable.

Positive Thoughts: Changes

Creating a plan for better health and wellness

This past January I awoke to the news that David Bowie had just died. My partner Stephen told me as I walked into the kitchen. I thought it had to be a mistake, some kind of horrible, twisted hoax. When you are 57 years old, as I am, 69 seems way too young to die.

Social Security set for a new era

Agency now able to handle name changes, same-sex couple demands and more

The Social Security Administration has all of the latest guidelines for those who need them, especially same-sex couples and transgender individuals.

The man behind ‘Little Men’

An interview with gay filmmaker Ira Sachs

When all is said and done, 2016 may be remembered as a year of some of the best independent films in recent memory. Movies such as “Indignation,” “Captain Fantastic,” “The Lobster” and “Love & Friendship” are garnering rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. The same holds true for “Little Men” (Magnolia), the latest from gay filmmaker Ira Sachs (“Love Is Strange,” “Keep the Lights On”).

Our People: Q&A with Mel Hartsell

Community organizer shares their decade of activism

The LGBT community of the Carolinas has many passionate advocates, but one stands out for both education and eloquence. Mel Hartsell, at age 28, has a Master’s degree in social work and has been involved in activism for over a decade.