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.

South Carolina’s Old South is rising to rout the gays

South Carolina isn’t going to let its last states’ rights hurrah go down without a fight. In sleepy downtown Columbia, as statues of segregationist Strom Thurmond and violent Red Shirter Ben Tillman look on, a showdown is blossoming between the Palmetto State’s anti-LGBT status quo and the federal government’s continued march toward full equality for LGBT couples.