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The 2020 Democratic Primaries

Primary Watch: Recapping the Primary Season of Biblical Proportions

The 2020 Democratic primaries for the U.S. presidency have been a series of contests that resulted in an unprecedented primary season of biblical proportions. The majority of the competitions this year were carried out while the United States was also fighting against the threat of a virus that has already claimed the lives of thousands of Americans, as well as creating a surge of adverse situations across the country.

Charlotte’s Energetic Growth

The Queen City is Now Larger than San Francisco

According to new official U.S. Census information, Charlotte, N.C. is now the 15th largest city in the country. This information looks at residents inside city limits only. In this way Charlotte far outranks Atlanta, which is only the 39th largest city.

Our People: Shann Fulton

Chair for Charlotte Black Pride

Chair of Charlotte Black Pride (CBP), Shann Fulton, was born in Savannah, Ga. and grew up in different areas of South Carolina’s Low Country. In 2013, Fulton relocated to Charlotte from Columbia, S.C., and has been an active member of the community ever since.

Biden Secures Nomination

Primary Watch: Candidate Reaches Required Delegate Count for Democratic Presidential Nomination and Develops Plan to Capture Significant LGBTQ Vote

While there are still more primaries scheduled to take place, Former Vice President Joe Biden has officially earned the number of pledged delegates in order to secure the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.

Arts Activist Focuses on Community Needs

Uses 'Gift' to Challenge Societal Norms

Google Jermaine Nakia Lee, and the summation below: “I’ve always believed CREATIVES & LGBTQIA folk have been given a special assignment by God — to challenge societal norms that seek to divide us with our gifts and with our very presence. God seems to like to use ‘the least of us’ to.”

COVID, Closure and Clubs

The State of Local LGBTQ Bars

For months, in response to Gov. Roy Cooper’s decree for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, all the bars and private clubs in the state have been closed. In the last decade, there had already been a noticeable decline in the number of LGBTQ establishments nationwide, and this public health crisis only adds to the pressure these businesses face.

Our People: Ivy Hill

Southerner, Activist, Gender-Bender

Greenville, S.C. native Ivy Hill is the community health program director for Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) and has been on the frontlines in the fight for LGBTQ equality in the South since joining the CSE team as LGBTQ rights toolkit coordinator in 2015.

Live and More

An Interview with Ruthie Foster

Out singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster has the kind of voice that can give you chills and warm your heart at the same time. Soulful, sassy and as powerful as a transformer, it doesn’t matter if she’s singing one of her marvelous original compositions or putting her distinctive touch on a standard, the result is always a delight.

To Vote is Power…If You Can Do It

How LGBTQ Organizations Have Mobilized the Community

Human rights activist and lecturer Loung Ung once said “Voting is not only our right, it is our power. When we vote, we take back our power to choose, to speak up, and to stand with those who support us and each other.”

Our People: Dr. Jay Hreiz

Veterinarian, Confidant, Adventurer

Pennsylvania native Dr. Jay Hreiz is a practicing veterinarian and owner of Queen City Animal Hospital (QCAH) in Charlotte, N.C. and says he is grateful for the opportunity to provide a warm and welcoming environment with excellent veterinary care to members of the community.