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QNotesStudent Andraya Williams speaks to a media outlet during an April 4 rally supporting her, after she says officials at Central Piedmont Community College harassed and discriminated against her.

N.C. college battles transgender student over alleged discrimination

Saturday, April 5, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dozens of students and community members gathered Friday afternoon to protest alleged discrimination at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, calling on the college to apologize to a transgender student who claims she was mistreated and harassed by the school. [ Read more → ]
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel

Catholic nun tells students gay parents abuse kids, masturbation turns boys gay

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Students and parents at Charlotte Catholic High School are speaking out after they say a campus lecturer forcefully condemned homosexuality with outdated statistics, prejudiced stereotypes and other extremist claims. [ Read more → ]

Franklin Graham says gays are out to ‘recruit’ kids through marriage, adoption

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Franklin Graham, son of iconic American evangelist Billy Graham, spoke with The Charlotte Observer this week, addressing for the first time a written editorial in which the younger Graham praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for that nation’s new anti-LGBT legislation. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)

Opponent’s campaign attacks Clay Aiken as ‘San Francisco values’

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — LGBT North Carolinians reacted swiftly Wednesday to a statement from U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers’ campaign team, which used coded anti-LGBT language to attack Clay Aiken, who earlier announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress. [ Read more → ]
Q NotesEast Mecklenburg senior Blake Brockington holds the fundraising box that will determine if he becomes homecoming king on Friday.

Transgender student in North Carolina nominated for homecoming king

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 17-year-old transgender senior at a North Carolina high school has been nominated by his peers to run for homecoming king. The winner — whoever raises the most money for an international charity — will be crowned this Friday at East Meck’s homecoming basketball game. [ Read more → ]
A.L. "Buddy" Collins

N.C. gay rights group questions safe school task force appointment

Thursday, November 14, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — LGBT advocates in North Carolina on Thursday questioned the appointment of a Winston-Salem, N.C. school board member they say is anti-gay to the state’s Task Force on Safer Schools. [ Read more → ]
LaWana Mayfield

Openly gay candidates sail to victory in North Carolina

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Several openly gay and lesbian candidates for local offices in North Carolina sailed to victory on election night. [ Read more → ]

N.C. county votes to add protections for transgender workers

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County, N.C., commissioners on Tuesday voted 6-3 to add protections for transgender workers to the county’s non-discrimination policy. [ Read more → ]
QNotesCampus Pride fellows Romeo Jackson and Gonzalo Agudelo held protest signs in the lobby of the UNC system headquarters on Friday following the board’s vote to ban gender-inclusive housing.

UNC system bans gender-inclusive housing on all 17 campuses

Saturday, August 10, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina system Board of Governors voted on Friday morning to approve a ban on gender-inclusive housing on all 17 campuses of the university system. [ Read more → ]

Teen medical ban could threaten gay youth, say advocates

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill restricting teenagers’ access to medical and mental health care initially scheduled to be voted on in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday was taken off the calendar and sent back to the Judiciary Committee. [ Read more → ]

South Carolina lawmaker to introduce LGBT non-discrimination bill

Friday, April 26, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bill protecting all workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity will be introduced in the South Carolina House of Representatives next Tuesday, according to staff at a state LGBT equality group. [ Read more → ]

Duke University to offer health insurance coverage for transgender students

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University has announced it will begin offering student health insurance coverage for gender confirmation surgery. The university joins a handful of other institutions offering similar coverage, though the University of North Carolina System currently does not. [ Read more → ]

Buncombe County, N.C. approves domestic partner benefits

Friday, March 22, 2013
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Buncombe County, N.C., commissioners voted 4-3 on Tuesday to begin offering health and other benefits to the same-sex partners of county employees. [ Read more → ]

Over 1,000 gather in North Carolina to protest anti-gay preacher’s comments

Sunday, May 27, 2012
NEWTON, N.C. -- Over 1,000 people gathered in this small town about an hour outside Charlotte on Sunday to protest what they called messages of hate by Maiden, N.C. Pastor Charles Worley, whose comments at Providence Road Baptist Church during a sermon on May 13 made headlines last week. [ Read more → ]

Proponents of North Carolina marriage amendment known for anti-gay attacks

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Among the groups affiliated with the new Vote for Marriage NC is the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The group has been involved in several high-profile marriage initiatives, including California’s 2008 Proposition 8 and Maine’s 2009 Question 1. Additionally, NOM took a high-profile stance against New York’s legislative push to approve marriage equality there this year. [ Read more → ]

New documentary ‘We Were Here’ profiles earliest days of the AIDS crisis

Sunday, November 27, 2011
This year marked the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the AIDS Crisis. The 1980s was a turbulent decade for the LGBT community and especially for gay men, and marking the Crisis’ beginning has been difficult for the many who lived through it and lost friends, family and loved ones to the disease. [ Read more → ]

Campaign to defeat anti-gay marriage amendment in NC takes shape

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Meeting over the weekend with more than 400 of their supporters from across the state, officials with the statewide LGBT advocacy and education group, Equality North Carolina, previewed their official campaign to defeat an anti-LGBT constitutional amendment in May 2012. [ Read more → ]
LaWana Mayfield

Mayfield makes history as Charlotte’s first openly gay elected official

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
CHARLOTTE — Democratic candidate LaWana Mayfield made history on Tuesday, soundly defeating Republican opponent Ed Toney in their race for the District 3 city council seat. [ Read more → ]
James Forrester

NC lawmaker, chief sponsor of anti-gay marriage amendment, dies

Monday, October 31, 2011
GASTONIA, N.C. — Anti-gay state Sen. James Forrester (R-Gaston) passed away at Gaston Memorial Hospital on Monday. The 11-term state senator and retired Air Force brigadier general was 74. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian couple arrested in North Carolina after marriage license refused

Friday, October 14, 2011
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A lesbian couple twice refused a marriage license by the Buncombe County Register of Deeds refused to leave the government office today and initiated a sit-in. The two were arrested. [ Read more → ]
Bev Perdue

North Carolina governor opposes anti-gay marriage amendment

Friday, October 7, 2011
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue announced today her opposition to a proposed anti-LGBT constitutional amendment that would ban recognition of marriage, civil unions and domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples in the state. [ Read more → ]
James Forrester

Forrester: ‘Homosexuals out to discredit me’ over false medical credentials

Monday, October 3, 2011
CHARLOTTE — After days of hot attention from LGBT media and blogs, North Carolina state Sen. James Forrester (R-Gaston) has opened up and responded to accusations that he falsified some medical credentials and affiliations on his resume. [ Read more → ]
James Forrester

NC lawmaker’s resume padding could extend to Christian medical group

Friday, September 30, 2011
CHARLOTTE — State Sen. James Forrester (R-Gaston) has been accused of falsifying some of his credentials and memberships on his resume and campaign materials. His resume padding might also extend even to claims of membership with the Christian Medical and Dental Association. [ Read more → ]
James Forrester

Anti-gay North Carolina lawmaker James Forrester falsifies medical credentials

Thursday, September 29, 2011
CHARLOTTE — Gaston County state Sen. James Forrester (R), lead sponsor of the anti-LGBT constitutional amendment placed on the ballot for May 2012, has been accused of falsifying some of his medical credentials. [ Read more → ]
Kay Hagan

Hagan announces support for federal LGBT employment protections

Monday, September 26, 2011
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) announced Saturday that she will become a cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, federal legislation that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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