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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 → ]
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 → ]

Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year. [ Read more → ]
Dustin Martin

Gay couple attacked, beaten on Asheville street after called gay slurs

Sunday, October 14, 2012
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A gay couple from Charlotte, N.C. said they were attacked and beaten on the street during a recent visit to Asheville, and claim they were attacked because they're gay. [ Read more → ]

Openly gay California Assembly speaker addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez took to the podium Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and praised President Barack Obama for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and for coming out in support of marriage equality, calling it evidence that the Administration is working to protect and advance “opportunities” for all American people. [ Read more → ]
LGBT organizers in Charlotte talk about their plans to highlight queer and youth issues during the DNC (from left: Loan Tran, Gelisa Stitt, Matt Hickson and openly lesbian Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield.

Democratic Convention attracts LGBT youth organizers

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands of Democratic National Convention delegates and guests will celebrate the renomination of President Barack Obama this week as thousands more people show up to protest the national political convention. [ Read more → ]

First Lady Michelle Obama to address LGBT DNC luncheon

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at a special luncheon presented by several national and local LGBT organizations on Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Nearly 1,000 attend for evening of entertainment and fellowship before start of Democratic Convention.

Record number of LGBT participants descend on Charlotte for Democratic Convention

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Charlotte, N.C, this week, and will be attended by at least 534 official LGBT participants, according to National Stonewall Democrats, a marked increase in LGBT participation from four years ago in Denver where just over 350 LGBT participants were identified. [ Read more → ]
Stuart Milk came to Charlotte's local LGBT Pride festival last weekend on behalf of the president's reelection campaign.

Stuart Milk: Obama is a ‘no-brainer’ for the LGBT community

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Barack Obama's campaign has put a premium on North Carolina, a swing state that turned blue in 2008 for the first time since Jimmy Carter first ran for president in 1976. Placing the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina's largest city... [ Read more → ]
Will he or won't he? Anderson Cooper covered the Republican National Convention from afar as Hurricane Isaac bore down on New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast, but could make appearances in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

Democratic Convention to bring prominent LGBT attendees to Charlotte

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Democratic National Convention is expected to bring 35,000 convention delegates, journalists and other guests to Charlotte next week. Among them will be big names in the LGBT community known for their work in national and regional politics and in the media. [ Read more → ]
Members of the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte’s staff, board and volunteers talk about their plans for the upcoming DNC and their recent Pride Charlotte Festival, held Aug. 25-26.

Charlotte’s LGBT community prepares for Democratic Convention

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Volunteers and business owners in the LGBT community have been hard at work ensuring their visitors and guests during the week of the Democratic National Convention receive star treatment. [ Read more → ]
DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan talks inclusion, party platform and convention planning in his office in Uptown Charlotte.

Countdown underway toward open and inclusive Democratic Convention

Saturday, August 11, 2012
CHARLOTTE — Walk into Steve Kerrigan’s office on the 13th floor of the old Wachovia Center in Uptown Charlotte and you’ll get a sense that this is a man on the move. He has no choice. The countdown clock mounted firmly across from his desk says it all. The 2012 Democratic National Convention used to be months away, but time is ticking. [ Read more → ]
Steav Bates-Congdon (right) and Bill Bates-Congdon

Music director at Catholic church fired for marrying partner of 23 years

Thursday, February 16, 2012
The popular music director at a Charlotte Catholic church has lost his job because he married his partner of 23 years in New York, one of seven states to recognize same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]

Big night for openly LGBT candidates in state, local races across the nation

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
It was a big night for many openly gay and lesbian candidates across the nation, with several races resulting in first-time victories for openly LGBT candidates in several state and local governments. [ 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 → ]

Bank of America to reimburse gay couples for additional taxes on healthcare plans

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Bank of America, the nation's largest bank holding company, has announced plans to reimburse gay employees for the additional taxes they pay on same-sex couple healthcare plans. [ Read more → ]

‘Str8apology lady’ visits Charlotte Pride: ‘Jesus loves you just the way you are’

Monday, September 5, 2011
As in any group, there are extremists Christians who intensely dislike and even hate the LGBT community. At the other end of the spectrum, are affirming Christians and denominations who welcome equality in both ordinations and unions. Then, in that big middle majority space are the ones who are still trying to decide where they land on the issues of inclusion and reconciliation of faith and orientation. Those are the ones I am challenging. [ Read more → ]
Michael Brown

Michael Brown is an Anti-Gay Monster

Sunday, September 4, 2011
Michael Brown is a preacher with the Coalition of Conscience. He cavorts with Lou Engle, an extremist linked to the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda. Brown’s game is to try inciting followers to possible violence against LGBT people, while innocently maintaining that he loves homosexuals and simply wants them to meet his militant and perverted version of God. [ Read more → ]

Bullies with Bibles, preachers and screechers descend upon Charlotte Pride

Saturday, September 3, 2011
One of the most severe forms of bullying is the misuse of the Word of God — with its intrinsic message of love — to try to coerce anyone to conform and worse, to do harm to people. [ Read more → ]

God does have a ‘better way’ — Don’t stand in the path of it

Friday, September 2, 2011
Be advised, you do not dictate the rules for God’s House of Worship. God does have a much better way. If you can't figure it out or understand it, get out of the way, because a revival is hitting the LGBT Christian community and more are navigating their way around your “repent or burn” banners... [ Read more → ]

Unfair attack on Charlotte Pride does not go unanswered

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
An area minister, Michael Brown, sought to interrupt last weekend's Charlotte Pride event with something he called “God Has A Better Way,” in which he and a large number of folks wearing red t-shirts infiltrate the pride event, try to preach to the folks there, and generally attempt to disrupt the festivities. [ Read more → ]
Michael Brown

Indeed, God has a better way

Thursday, August 18, 2011
The unfortunate truth is that there are people who, despite their stated goals, seek not to unite, but rather break apart communities. These folks, motivated by a “life-or-death” mission, seek to push LGBT people back into the closet and even into the grave... [ Read more → ]

‘God Has A Better Way’ protest aims to stifle Charlotte Gay Pride festivities

Monday, August 15, 2011
I don’t appreciate anyone telling me that God has a better way in a context that is only used to change or “fix” me into what they think God wants for me. What about what I have come to know God wants for me? They are not serving Jesus, they are serving their own ignorance... [ Read more → ]
Bill James

Colleagues of anti-gay Commissioner to consider resolution against sexual bias

Monday, January 3, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Commissioners in North Carolina's Mecklenburg County will consider a resolution against sexual bias after one of their own referred to gays as "sexual predators" in an email made public last week. [ Read more → ]
Bill James

NC Commissioner Bill James’ latest claim: Gays prey on young men at YMCA’s

Friday, December 31, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenberg County Commissioner Bill James, who recently described gays as “sexual predators,” now claims that gays prey on young men at YMCA’s, according to a new post on his website. [ Read more → ]
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