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N.C. excludes LGBT protections in governor’s employment executive order

MATT COMER | QNotes | Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory passed over protections for LGBT workers in signing a new executive order today barring employment discrimination for state workers. Statewide LGBT advocates are condemning the exclusion and are insisting the governor revisit the new order. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the governor continues...

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Myrtle Beach, S.C., passes far-reaching LGBT protections

MATT COMER | QNotes | Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Leaders in one of South Carolina’s most popular beach resort city amended their human rights ordinance on Tuesday evening, including far-reaching LGBT-inclusive protections on everything from public accommodations to education. The new protections were passed without objection by the six-member council.

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N.C. GOP platform reasserts some anti-LGBT clauses, softens others

MATT COMER | QNotes | Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Meeting in a statewide convention over the weekend in Cherokee, delegates of the North Carolina Republican Party adopted their new party platform, reasserting some anti-LGBT clauses and softening others. The adopted platform makes no mention of a federal constitutional amendment and softens the party platform’s anti-gay animus.

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No LGBT representation in N.C., as gay candidates take a beating in primary

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
North Carolina state capitol in Raleigh.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Three openly gay candidates vying for office across North Carolina lost in their respective primaries on Tuesday, and with those losses -- for the first time in a decade -- no openly LGBT person will be counted among the state legislature’s 170 members come January.

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N.C. college battles transgender student over alleged discrimination

MATT COMER | QNotes | Saturday, April 5, 2014
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.
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.

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

MATT COMER | QNotes | Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel
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.

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

MATT COMER | QNotes | Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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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.

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

| Wednesday, February 5, 2014
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)
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.

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Transgender student in North Carolina nominated for homecoming king

MATT COMER | QNotes | Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Q NotesEast Mecklenburg senior Blake Brockington holds the fundraising box that will determine if he becomes homecoming king on Friday.
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.

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

MATT COMER | QNotes | Thursday, November 14, 2013
A.L. "Buddy" Collins
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.

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