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Island Paradise

Queer Travelogue: Honolulu is a Perfect Escape from Winter Mainland Blues

Sick of winter yet? Then Honolulu is a perfect escape. The temperatures are in the low 80s year-round. I only packed shorts.

From Bayard Rustin to Blossom C. Brown

15 Black LGBTQ Activists and Advocates

In honor of both King and Rustin’s legacies, qnotes is highlighting the contributions of 15 black LGBTQ leaders who have made, or are still making, an indelible mark on our history.

Pride in Rugby

QNotes’ 2019 Organization of the Year Brings the Community Together

Each year, qnotes selects a person or organization that is benefitting the LGBTQ community through service or by breaking down barriers in the region. This year, we chose The Charlotte Royals which was founded on the idea to foster a supportive environment where gay and bisexual men and their straight allies can learn and play the sport of rugby.

2019: The Year In Review

News and Stories from Across the Nation

Unlike last year, LGBTQ issues did not figure as prominently in the news media. But don’t be fooled. Donald Trump and his administration have been hard at work, gutting nearly every protection put in place by former President Barack Obama.

The Perfect Trumper

Jesse's Journal

“Baby Trump” is a joke, but Hoyt Hutchinson was not laughing. Instead, he “was shaking with anger” when he saw Baby Trump near Bryant-Denny Stadium and vowed to “pop this balloon,” according to his Facebook post.

A (Long) History of Physique Magazines

Jesse's Journal

I saw my first physique magazine when I was 13 years old (1966), in a newsstand in downtown Miami. Though I did not yet know what I was, I knew that I found other men attractive, and I was instinctively drawn to the magazines’ models, who were completely naked from the back or tastefully covered with a posing strap upfront.

Diaries reveal hidden worlds for museums

LGBT History Month: Recant Times of the Past, Open Windows into Life Experiences

“Damn I’m going to be a gorgeous man,” Lou Sullivan wrote 40 years ago in one of his personal diaries. Sullivan, who died in 1991 at the age of 39 due to complications from AIDS, was a pioneering transgender activist in the 1970s and 1980s.

Telling it like it is

An Interview with Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara’s ninth studio album, “Hey I’m Just Like You” (Warner Records) came to be in a fascinating way. While doing research for their just-released memoir “High School” (MCD/FSG), they discovered previously lost cassette tapes of early songs that they re-recorded for the new album.