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Category: Analysis and Commentary

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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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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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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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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Pat McCrory unleashes transphobic political attack

Pat McCrory unleashes transphobic political attack

On Saturday, and seemingly out of nowhere, McCrory unleashed a transphobic political attack, aimed squarely at Cooper and using the lives of our transgender siblings to do the dirty work of riling his rabidly anti-LGBT GOP base.

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After election, new challenges and opportunities for Charlotte LGBT community

After election, new challenges and opportunities for Charlotte LGBT community

Tuesday’s election results offer us a unique context now for tackling the challenges and opportunities Charlotte’s LGBT community will face in the weeks, months and years to come.

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Tuesday’s election will be decisive moment for Charlotte’s LGBT community

Tuesday’s election will be decisive moment for Charlotte’s LGBT community

For Charlotte’s LGBT residents, the results of Tuesday’s election will prove themselves a decisive, landmark moment in our community’s history. Plus: Election predictions

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Five gay things I should have been taught in sex ed

Five gay things I should have been taught in sex ed

Looking back on my experiences as a child and teen, there are five important things about being gay, having sex with other guys and other sexual health lessons that I should have been taught in sex ed classes.

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Girls don’t mean what they say, gay=HIV and other ‘facts’ from the Focus on the Family sex ed North Carolina might allow

Girls don’t mean what they say, gay=HIV and other ‘facts’ from the Focus on the Family sex ed North Carolina might allow

The North Carolina House of Representatives passed a slight — but highly significant — change to state sexuality education curriculum yesterday. The bill now goes on to a vote in the state Senate. The bill, to the positive, adds instruction on sex trafficking. But it also changes the requirements on exactly who is credentialed to […]

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Charlotte secures a pro-LGBT City Council and other takeaways from the primary

Charlotte secures a pro-LGBT City Council and other takeaways from the primary

Commentary and a breakdown of Charlotte municipal primary results, including thoughts on the LGBT vote and efforts to pass an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance with a new City Council.

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Charlotte’s anti-camping ordinance could be unconstitutional and other thoughts on local homelessness

Charlotte’s anti-camping ordinance could be unconstitutional and other thoughts on local homelessness

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice is spoke out on one city’s local ordinances that target sleeping in public spaces. According to The Washington Post, the DOJ last month filed a statement weighing in on a Boise, Idaho, ordinance that prohibits sleeping in public spaces. The DOJ says, as quoted by the Post: When […]

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Authenticity and loyalty guide my personal Charlotte primary choices this year

Authenticity and loyalty guide my personal Charlotte primary choices this year

No one doubts it — this year’s municipal elections in Charlotte are tough. After much thought, I’ve finally come to a decision on who I’ll cast my ballot for in primary elections on Tuesday.

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Why LGBT people should care that Charlotte’s rewriting its zoning code

Why LGBT people should care that Charlotte’s rewriting its zoning code

You might not think there’s any LGBT interest in boring city zoning regulations. But there is, and Charlotte’s zoning laws have in the past been detrimental to and discriminatory toward the LGBT community. It’s all part of a larger picture wherein local laws and ordinances — zoning, licensing, policing and more — have a direct effect on the lives of LGBT residents and business owners.

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Gay campaign ads arrive in Charlotte voters’ mailboxes

Gay campaign ads arrive in Charlotte voters’ mailboxes

Mailers for the TurnOUT Charlotte! get-out-the-vote campaign began arriving in local voters’ mailboxes on Thursday.

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Kim Davis goes to jail in Kentucky, but her anti-gay actions are legal in North Carolina

Kim Davis goes to jail in Kentucky, but her anti-gay actions are legal in North Carolina

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis is in jail for repeatedly disobeying a court order to do her job. In North Carolina, her actions are completely legal.

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