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Print Edition 2017-06-02 – QNotes

LGBTQ disability and support animals

Fur-babies make life easier for those struggling

For many people, animal companionship is more than having a pet. Those with disabilities, whether physical or mental, often benefit from service and assistance animals. In the LGBTQ community, mental illness and psychiatric disability are common due to the pressures of stigma, discrimination and outright violence.

Adopt, Don’t Shop! Saving the lives of shelter pets

National campaign battles inhumane commercial breeding

Though the motto “Adopt, Don’t Shop!” can oversimplify a complex issue, at the root it is meant to encourage potential pet owners to do their research. True, not all breeders are evil or inhumane. Yet, choosing to buy a pet has a cost, both financially and morally.

NBA returns All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019

Advocates and journalists nationwide condemn the league’s decision

Although the notorious House Bill 2 (HB2) is repealed, legal discrimination against LGBTQ North Carolinians continues. Under the “compromise” legislation, House Bill 142, signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper on March 30, much of HB2 still remains.

Jesse’s Journal: Equality March

For Unity and Pride

On Oct. 14, 1979, over 100,000 people (including this author) took part in the first March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Since then, LGBT people and our allies marched on Washington in 1987, 1993, 2000 and 2009.

Equality March comes to the Carolinas

Sister marches help to support national effort

The Equality March for Unity and Pride will be held in the nation’s capitol on June 11 and sister marchs will be held on the same day in the Carolinas.

‘The devil doesn’t come dressed in a red cape and pointy ears. …

He comes as everything you have ever wished for.'

In the summer of 2015, I was in a stalled 18- year relationship and approached each day with a “will today be the day?”…the day I might meet the new and exciting person for whom I had been looking. Intimacy was not happening at home and hadn’t for many years. I was primed and ready. I was bored, frustrated and, in many ways, lonelier than I had ever been — a bit ironic since I shared a home with my partner and our pets. To the outside world, my life was the perfect picture.

Our People: Q&A with Chelsea Gulden

RAIN VP advocates for positive youth like she was

Overcoming hardship is a challenge that many of us have faced, but fewer, perhaps, have triumphed to the degree that Chelsea Gulden has. At age 21, just before her senior year in college, Gulden received the shocking news: she was pregnant and HIV-positive.

A drag mother’s advice: 12 rules for being a drag queen

Dishing with Buff Faye

Mothers are special. It shouldn’t take Mother’s Day, which we celebrated in mid-May, for us to remember that. And for drag queens, it is always important to remember your drag mothers too. These are the drag queens who helped you be who you are today.

Eastern: MTV Teens, Felton Luncheon

Carolinas News Notes

Pinecrest High School couple Noah Ambrose and Brandon Caddell will be featured in an upcoming episode the new MTV series “Promposal,” and the 2017 Gayle Felton Love Thy Neighbor Lunch is upcoming.