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Print Edition 2017-02-10 – QNotes

Kinky and queer: BDSM in the LGBTQ community

Love & Lust 2017: Realities, risks and rewards of kink

In the age of sexual liberation, LGBTQ people still fight for acceptance. But even within the community, there is a repressed subculture: queer kinksters. Practitioners of bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism (BDSM) are criticized from all sides.

5 Things to Know about HPV

Love & Lust 2017: Ways to stay sexually healthy as a gay man

If you’re gay and sexually active, there are some unique health issues that should be on your radar. Some health issues, such as STIs, can be universal, and none more so than HPV.

Finding love in all the right places

Love & Lust 2017: Matchmaker lends tips on finding that special someone

Tammy Shaklee wants everyone to find their match in time for Valentine’s Day, but if that’s too fast, then she has some tips for connecting singles with someone with whom to share dating, romance and possibly a long-term relationship or marriage.

Learning to love ourselves

Love & Lust 2017: Gender and conformity

As a transgender individual, I used to think that I needed to be the “ideal” man in order to be accepted within society. You know — big broad shoulders, scruffy face, charismatic smile.

Black History Month: LGBTQ black civil rights icons

Remembering those who fought and fight

This Black History Month reminds us that there has been no end to the fight for equality. The United States has undoubtedly taken strides forward since the Civil Rights Movement, but there is further work to be done.

Our People: Q&A with Devin ‘Rebel’ Adams

Boylesque diva talks passion, dedication and inspiration

Burlesque has been around for centuries, and it’s more than just racy performances; to Devin “Rebel” Adams, it’s an art. He spends hours and even days preparing his costumes, hand-crafting complex outfits that glitter in the lights of the stage, only to be torn off at the opportune moment.

Watch out for the Shady Ladies

Dishing with Buff Faye

Yes, it happened to me. I was scammed. Scam artists, or as I like to call them “Shady Ladies,” are everywhere. Some are just bad liars and others are outright thieves.

Charlotte: Film fest, art exhibit, Valentine’s party, trans education, band celebration, ‘BootyCandy,’ wedding expo, org headquarters

Carolinas News Notes

The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival features a gay-themed film, an art exhibit for Time Out Youth Center has been opened, Snug Harbor is hosting a Valentine’s party, a trans education series is beginning, the Charlotte Pride Band is celebrating women it an upcoming concert, BootyCandy is coming to the Queen City, two wedding expos are upcoming and Campus Pride had completed its move into new headquarters.