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Setting the Bar for Generosity

Local Groups Raise Funds to Keep Bars Open

As the closures have lengthened to nearly eight months already, many community social spots began receiving financial aid from both government and community resources. As previously reported by qnotes, several local bars have been struggling to pay rent and keep staff employed.

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Bears, Bears… Everywhere — NOT

Bears Sitges Week Called Off

One of the largest events in Sitges is the September Bears Week, the largest and most diverse Bear event in the world. The Bears Sitges Association (BSA) called off this year’s event.

Public Health Workers Stand Behind Contact Tracing

Community Care of North Carolina Launched an Army to Help Fight COVID-19 Spread

In April, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative. The partnership between Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) and NCDHHS was part of Gov. Roy Cooper’s initiative to slowly lift restrictions by focusing on testing, tracing and trends.

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Our People: Justin ‘J.’ Clapp

Drag Performer, Activist, Educator

Justin Clapp, more commonly known as J. Clapp, is the interim executive director at the LGBTQ Center of Durham in North Carolina. Clapp also holds two other positions: one as a director at Duke University in the university’s Office of Access and Outreach, and the other as founder and chair of Pride: Durham.

Still Chirping

An Interview with Natalie Maine, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire of The Chicks

Way back when, during the early reign of George W. Bush (kind of miss him now, don’t we), musical country trio The Chicks (FKA Dixie Chicks) did the unthinkable. Not only did they speak their minds about Bush as POTUS, but also expressed their displeasure that, like them, he was also a Texan.

Put It Down, Get Out of the House and Start Meeting People

Tell Trinity

A reader asks: “Lately, since COVID-19, I’ve been experiencing an immense amount of self-sexual fulfillment, if you know what I mean. My neighbors are starting to complain about the noise and my friends are concerned. Is “it” dangerous to my health?”

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When Contact Tracing Works, Families, Friends, Co-Workers Avoid Infection

Statistics, Research Help Determine Route of Infection's Path

Despite roughly 50,000 positive COVID-19 cases in the Charlotte region, area health departments have only successfully tracked the origins of widespread COVID-19 infections a handful of times since March. Those examples, while rare, are proof it is possible to pinpoint exactly where and how people are getting infected, but it takes the public’s cooperation.

COVID-19: Its Journey Since December 2019

A Look at Reported Specs and a Firsthand Account from an N.C. Gay Couple

North Carolina residents and married couple Brian McCann and Tom Costales know first-hand how devastating the impact of COVID-19 can truly be. Both men became infected and extremely ill, were hospitalized, fought the illness and have lived to tell their stories.

In Memoriam: 09.04.20

COVID-19 Community Losses Continue

In March, we started documenting the lives of LGBTQ people who have died from COVID-19. With over 5 Million positive cases and over 180,000 deaths in the U.S., the pandemic continues to impact the country. A lack of LGBTQ-inclusive data makes it difficult to know the full impact of the coronavirus on our community.

Sex During COVID

Tips for Gay and Bisexual Men

Sex can be affirming, pleasurable and positive for a range of health-related reasons including stress reduction. It is also an opportunity to (re)discover our bodies. Like many gay and bisexual men, you might be wondering about sex during the COVID-19 pandemic.