The Queen City’s local tourism officials tout the city’s motto on billboards, in magazines, in commercials. “Charlotte’s got a lot,” they say. And they’re right.
The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are currently discussing whether to keep or rescind domestic partner benefits for same-gender couples. The discussions come now as a result of legal marriage equality in North Carolina and across the country.
Over the past two years, Charlotte’s LGBT community has seen a resurgence of interest in our local queer history.
I’ve been thinking a lot about change recently. It’s nearly impossible not to. We’re seeing tremendous changes in the political sphere as we move full-steam ahead into this year’s local elections and next year’s presidential picks.
There’s been gnashing of teeth. Fingers pointed. Accusations made. Debate on what should or should not have happened when Charlotte City Council voted on LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances has been a hot topic for the past few weeks, ever since the proposals’ rejection on March 2.
We’ve learned a lot of meaningful lessons in the six months after LGBT couples in North Carolina began tying the legal knot. Chief among them — we’re still here. The Carolina blue sky hasn’t fallen. Chicken Little is absolutely safe and sound.