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Print Edition 2016-12-02 – QNotes

The call to serve

LGBTQ religious leaders’ challenges, rewards

Most LGBTQ citizens know what it is to feel alienated and to lose faith. Religion hasn’t always been a friend to people whose sexualities or identities don’t follow the traditional norm.

Tis the Season!

Ways separated or divorced parents can handle stress during the holidays

The holiday season is upon us. What should be a time of year full of celebration, tradition, and spending quality time with family and friends, full of joy and happiness, can often also create stress and conjure feelings of anxiety.

2017 brings progress on LGBTQ health

Affordable Care Act helps to cover more LGBTQ individuals

More than one year after marriage equality became the law of the land nationwide, President Barack Obama, Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and my colleagues and I at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continue to seize opportunities to improve the health and well-being of LBGTQ Americans.

South remains hotspot for HIV

Risks continue

From the vindication of “Patient Zero” to the discovery of an antibody that neutralizes 98 percent of HIV strains, 2016 ushered in significant breakthroughs in HIV research. HIV has reached every corner of the country and continues to affect 1.2 million Americans.

Dancing in the dark


There are dark days ahead with the Trump/Pence team taking office. As they begin to erode our inalienable rights, let’s hope that dancing is not high on the list.

Amid a contested election, anti-LGBTQ violence on the rise

HB2 remains a controversial and costly issue

Ralayzia Taylor, a 24-year-old transgender woman, was smoking a cigarette in a Charlotte park when a group of teens attacked her with a hatchet, calling her “faggot.” Charges have been filed against the two 18-year-old attackers, and two minors are being held in connection as well.

Seven fabulous, out gay men of figure skating

A new skating season is upon us

Last spring, Out Magazine came out with their list of “100 Hot Out Gay Men” which included people in entertainment, sports, politics, business, etc. What?! Not a single figure skater was on the list! Therefore, since the new ice-skating season is now upon us, here is my own list of seven hot out gay men of Figure Skating.

HB2 defense tops $1.2 million

Court date delayed until SCOTUS decides similar case

The North Carolina legislature, dominated by Republicans since 2011, has spent a considerable sum legally defending its own laws. The Charlotte Observer reported recently that of $10.5 million, $1.2 million has been spent defending HB2 in court.