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Our People: Ames Simmons

Policy Director, Equality North Carolina

Ames Simmons is a queer, transgender white man who serves as the first-ever director of Trans Policy at Equality North Carolina, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization.

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Our People: Tina Wright and Nikki Lynn Thomas

King-Henry-Brockington Archivists

Tina Wright and Nikki Lynn Thomas are both archivists at J. Murray Atkins Library at University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) involved with the King-Henry-Brockington Archive, a collection of materials relating to LGBTQ history in Charlotte.

Our People: Derrick Vidas

Pet Entrepreneur

Derrick Vidas is the owner of Midwood Barkery, an Oakhurst establishment offering doggie day care, boarding and grooming for Charlotteans and their fur families.

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Our People: Erin Barbee

Elder Advocate, Community Leader

Aldersgate Director of Mission Advancement Erin Barbee, whose commitment to education and equality, helped propel Aldersgate towards a prestigious national certification in services for LGBTQ elders.

Our People: Robert Dogens

Retired Banker, Community Activist

Retired banker Robert Frank Dogens is well-known in Charlotte’s prominent finance sector as a former senior vice president at Wells Fargo, but he’s made as much of an impact, if not more, as a community activist.

Our People: Elizabeth Pruett

Elder Healthcare Advocate

Pruett has had a front-row seat to the difficulties of aging in the context of that system.

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Our People: Billy Maddalon

Business Owner, Community Leader, Husband, Father

Billy Maddalon, a prominent Charlotte business owner, community leader and, most importantly, husband and father, has devoted decades to his role as proprietor of the VanLandingham Estate and the Morehead Inn.

Our People: Nikolai Mather

Student, Activist

Nikolai Mather has earned more than a few impressive distinctions. With a combination of persistence, talent and audacity, he’s become a college student, a leader, an activist, a pioneer — and most recently, a journalist.

Our People: Bernard Davis

Health Administrator

In recognition of World AIDS Day and to accompany its annual Life, Positively special issue, qnotes takes the opportunity to speak with Health Administrator Bernard Davis about the provider’s mission, the services it offers, and Davis’ own observations of the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic.