In a statement released to media today, Mayor Patsy Kinsey said the city would not be severing its ties with their sister city, Voronezh, Russia. LGBT activists in Charlotte had been asking Kinsey and City Council to cut ties with the city, following harsh new anti-LGBT legislation in that nation and anti-LGBT violence in Voronezh, though activists softened their stance today.
Members of City Council are in disagreement over their sister-city relationship with Voronezh, Russia, as the global debate over that nation’s harsh new anti-gay laws and violence directed toward LGBT people continues to make news. Local LGBT advocates say the city must take action on global human rights abuses.
The Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee is asking Mayor Patsy Kinsey and City Council to severe the city’s sister-city relationship with Voronezh, Russia. The advocates say the nation’s so-called gay propaganda legislation has put LGBT there in danger. They also cite recent attacks on LGBT people, including a January attack on 14 activists in Charlotte’s sister city.
Asheville — that quaint little town full of lesbians (and gays, too!) — seems to fall on just about every LGBT-friendly travel guide ever created. Most focus on the art and the LGBT-friendly nightlife and dining.
Where North Carolina’s Piedmont begins to gently roll upward toward the Blue Ridge, you’ll find Winston-Salem and, to the immediate west and south, the Yadkin River Valley, home to a rich and long-established local winery scene.
In the mood for some good craft beer? Don’t have the time or budget to make it up to Asheville or elsewhere? The Queen City, too, is home to a blossoming craft-beer movement.