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Kinsey: Charlotte will not sever ties with Russian sister-city

Chair of LGBT advocacy group softens stance on dropping Voronezh, site of anti-LGBT violence in January

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.

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Fallon: No interest in remaining sister cities with Voronezh

Council's Mayfield, Mayor Kinsey opposed to dropping sister-city status; Local LGBT advocates push back and say Charlotte must take action on global human rights abuses

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.

Panel: Workplaces becoming more LGBT-friendly

Women leaders discuss their experiences being out on the job, increases in LGBT-inclusion in the corporate community

When Renee Brown and her wife decided to start a family, the decision came with an added layer of stress. Informing her colleagues of her child’s impending birth included unique coming out experiences at work.

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Win FREE day passes to see Indigo Girls at Wild Goose Festival

Four-day music, art and spirituality festival will feature NAACP's William Barber and Indigo Girls on Saturday, Aug. 10

North Carolina’s Wild Goose Festival returns Aug. 8-11 in Hot Springs, N.C., just 45 minutes northwest of Asheville. The festival is a celebration of justice, spirituality, music and art.

LGBT group asks Charlotte to cut ties with Russian sister city

Group sends letter to mayor and City Council, launches petition; says recent attacks and legislation has made Russia unsafe for LGBT people

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.

Fall into the Foothills

Autumn traveling to Carolina's local wineries and breweries

As autumn and winter approach, plan your excursion to North Carolina’s foothills and Blue Ridge. QNotes explores local wineries and breweries in Asheville, the Piedmont and the Yadkin River Valley.

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Fall: In the Highlands

Autumn traveling to Carolina's local wineries and breweries

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.

Fall: In the Foothills

Autumn traveling to Carolina's local wineries and breweries

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.

Fall: In the Charlotte Breweries

Autumn traveling to Carolina's local wineries and breweries

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.