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Plaza Midwood restaurant owner receives praise for gender-neutral restroom

Plaza Midwood restaurant owner receives praise for gender-neutral restroom

One local restaurant owner is taking a personal and professional stand against discrimination as Charlotte continues to debate a package of LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances slated for a vote on Feb. 8.

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Charlotte City Council to take up LGBT non-discrimination ordinances in February

Charlotte City Council to take up LGBT non-discrimination ordinances in February

Charlotte City Council is tentatively scheduled to reconsider a package of LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances at a vote on Feb. 8, following a community forum on the measures planned by the Charlotte Community Relations Committee and Community Building Initiative.

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Mecklenburg Democrats will face tough choice between John Autry and Billy Maddalon

Mecklenburg Democrats will face tough choice between John Autry and Billy Maddalon

Two candidates in the same party. Both respected. Both viable and ready to take office. Both with deep ties to their communities. Both with mutual friends, allies and supporters. Local voters will face a tough choice between John Autry and Billy Maddalon.

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By the numbers: New HIV stats show continued burden for gay men, men of color, youth

By the numbers: New HIV stats show continued burden for gay men, men of color, youth

A new report on HIV diagnoses and prevention shows that gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to carry the largest burden of HIV transmission and risk, with dramatic increases of new diagnoses in African-American and Latino men.

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Attorneys: N.C. magistrate law unconstitutional, suit seeks to overturn anti-LGBT law

Attorneys: N.C. magistrate law unconstitutional, suit seeks to overturn anti-LGBT law

A federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s anti-LGBT “magistrate recusal” law on same-gender marriages has been filed in federal court. The challenge seeks to overturn Senate Bill 2, the law passed this year which opponents say violates the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection and Due Process clauses.

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Cotham won’t seek re-election to N.C. House, Maddalon files to run for open seat

Cotham won’t seek re-election to N.C. House, Maddalon files to run for open seat

North Carolina Democratic state Rep. Tricia Cotham has announced she won’t be seeking re-election to her House seat in 2016. Cotham, who’s served five terms in the legislature, made the announcement on Thursday. Her move opens up the potential for an openly LGBT lawmaker, something the state’s been missing since 2014, with openly gay Plaza Midwood businessman Billy Maddalon saying Thursday he’s considering a run.

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The PrEP and HIV prevention ad we’ve been waiting for?

The PrEP and HIV prevention ad we’ve been waiting for?

A new HIV prevention ad is taking a realistic outreach effort to PrEP, anonymous hook-ups and the “party” culture: “When straight guys have a lot of sex, they’re called studs. But when gay guys have a lot of sex, they’re called sluts.”

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Belmont Abbey College, other Carolinas colleges receive anti-LGBT Title IX waivers

Belmont Abbey College, other Carolinas colleges receive anti-LGBT Title IX waivers

Belmont Abbey College is among four Carolinas-area religious colleges receiving waivers from the federal government’s Title IX protections in order to discriminate against LGBT students and employees.

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World AIDS Day: We must continue conversations, progress on HIV/AIDS

World AIDS Day: We must continue conversations, progress on HIV/AIDS

Over the past year or two it seems to me there have been more conversations on HIV/AIDS and its treatment and prevention than I’ve probably ever seen in my entire time as an LGBT advocate, writer and community member. Conversations on new treatment options, increasing access and affordable care, debates (and eventual praise for) PrEP. […]

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N.C. charter school votes to reinstate all clubs, including GSA

N.C. charter school votes to reinstate all clubs, including GSA

The board of directors of a North Carolina charter school voted Monday night to reinstate all student clubs, including a gay-straight alliance (GSA). The move came after the board temporarily suspended all clubs due to concerns and questions from some parents.

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Small-town newspaper defends trans students

Small-town newspaper defends trans students

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory caused a splash last week when he went on the political attack against gubernatorial opponent Roy Cooper. The bait? Transgender students and their use of restrooms. Cooper didn’t bite. He stood his ground, told McCrory he wouldn’t meddle in students’ lives, and had his campaign call out McCrory’s actions for […]

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Nearly 30 anti-LGBT N.C. leaders endorse Ted Cruz

Nearly 30 anti-LGBT N.C. leaders endorse Ted Cruz

Nearly 30 anti-LGBT North Carolina religious leaders, activists and pastors have endorsed Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, including high-profile activists Flip Benham, Michael Brown and Ron Baity.

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Full statement and response: My departure from QNotes

Full statement and response: My departure from QNotes

PressPassQ, the LGBT news-media’s trade newsletter, published a short story on my departure from QNotes on Sunday. My original full statement to the newsletter is published here.

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KKK group opposing Jacksonville LGBT ordinance has N.C. ties

KKK group opposing Jacksonville LGBT ordinance has N.C. ties

A Ku Klux Klan group distributing fliers in Jacksonville, Fla., neighborhoods — as that city continues to debate an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance — has ties to North Carolina. Fliers distributed by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were found by some neighbors and brought to local leaders’ attention last week. Jimmy Midyette […]

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Lake Lure, N.C., school set to reinstate GSA, other clubs, but not without continued backlash

Lake Lure, N.C., school set to reinstate GSA, other clubs, but not without continued backlash

A charter school in Lake Lure, N.C., is set to reinstate student clubs after controversy erupted earlier this month around the school’s newly established gay-straight student alliance (GSA). Despite what seems like forward movement, one local parent says she expects continued anti-LGBT backlash.

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