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Non-Profits Seek Support

Local LGBTQ Organizations Struggle to Make Budgets during COVID-19

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer non-profits throughout Charlotte are constantly fundraising, but with COVID-19 these vital organizations are struggling to meet their budgets with canceled events, a plethora of grant opportunities and reduced individual support.

A Virtual Walk

The 2020 AIDS WALK CLT Goes Online During COVID-19

In its 24th year, AIDS WALK Charlotte is one of the largest HIV awareness and fundraising events in the Carolinas. Due to shelter-in-place orders, this year’s event has gone virtual.

Zuni Johnson’s plasma could help COVID-19 victims…

But He Can’t Donate It — Yet

Melvin “Zuni” Johnson spent 48 hours in a Charlotte hospital battling pneumonia related to COVID-19 last month. His husband Jason McCraw had a milder case that only sidelined him for a few days. Both have valuable antibodies in their plasma, but the couple cannot donate because of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules on blood and plasma collection.

Remembering Dan Kirsch

Former QNotes Editor and Community Leader Dies at Age 66

At a recent meeting of the LGBTQ Elders Steering Committee, co-chair Cindy Hostetler said, “Every LGBTQ organization today (in Charlotte, N.C.) ties back to Dan Kirsch.” Kirsch died suddenly on Friday, Feb. 21. He was 66.

Our People: Judith Jeffries

Volunteer, Charlotte LGBTQ Elder, Wife

Upon retiring from her 20+ year career from Carolinas HealthCare System, Judith A Jeffries began devoting much of her time to volunteering in the LGBTQ community.

Orgs share their holiday wish lists

Items Cover Broad Range of Needs

This year, qnotes compiled a list of several organizations’ holiday wish lists. Readers are encouraged to contribute when appropriate to these groups whose work would be enhanced by contributions received.

Life, Positively 2019

Life, Positively!

qnotes is pleased to partner with Affinity Health Center, Rosedale Medical, Amity Medical Group and RAIN in presenting this special section, “Life, Positively,” in recognition of World AIDS Day.

Living on the Front Line

Being HIV Positive in Charlotte

Working for HIV service organizations can often be difficult with long hours and days filled with emotions ranging from deep sadness to relief and hope. For those working in the field who are also HIV positive, the days can be filled with even more struggles.

Exploring the world of drag

The History, Types and Tips for the Curious

The evolution of drag some say dates back to Shakespeare when men dressing as girls would perform plays on stage. Others say drag goes even further back in time.