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World AIDS Day 2020 Events

In-Person Observances Impacted by COVID-19

Taking part in 2020 World AIDS Day observances world-wide have been severely effected by the global novel coronavirus pandemic. Unlike previous years, the number of live events have been brought to an almost complete halt.

Carolinas AIDS Service Organizations and Agencies

Providing a Vital Lifeline for Those Affected by HIV/AIDS

  Back to Life, Positively 2020 Index… The Carolinas has a variety of community organizations, resources and services for those living with HIV/AIDS or those seeking to get involved in HIV/AIDS prevention, education and advocacy. In addition to these services, this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the following also provide novel coronavirus testing, …

Tucker Undergoes Career Transition

Former Time Out Youth ED to Begin New Chapter

Over the last few weeks, the Charlotte, N.C. LGBTQ community has been abuzz with gossip, speculation and more in finding out what happened in the sudden departure by former Time Out Youth Center (TOY) Executive Director Rodney Tucker from his 10-year tenure.

In Memoriam: Dan Mauney

Charlotte Business Owner and LGBTQ Advocate Dies at 49

“Now I’m stronger than yesterday; now it’s nothing but my way.” Those lyrics from the 2000 hit song “Stronger” by Britney Spears closed out the touching graveside service for Dan Mauney on July 15.

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.