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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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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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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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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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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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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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Anti-gay hate crimes drop in Charlotte and N.C., race-related incidents rise

Anti-gay hate crimes drop in Charlotte and N.C., race-related incidents rise

New hate crime statistics released this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation show a slight decrease in the proportion of anti-LGB hate crimes in Charlotte and North Carolina.

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Leaders want trans education, begin renewed push for Charlotte non-discrimination ordinance

Leaders want trans education, begin renewed push for Charlotte non-discrimination ordinance

LGBT community groups in Charlotte and North Carolina are renewing their lobbying and education efforts on a package of local non-discrimination ordinances voted down by City Council in the spring.

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Election a mixed bag for gay North Carolina candidates

Election a mixed bag for gay North Carolina candidates

Tuesday’s election brought in successes and losses for North Carolina’s openly gay candidates, reducing the overall total of open elected leadership for the state’s LGBT residents.

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Clodfelter v. Roberts: What you need to know for Tuesday’s mayoral run-off

Clodfelter v. Roberts: What you need to know for Tuesday’s mayoral run-off

On Tuesday, voters will again head to the polls for the final match-up between incumbent Democratic Mayor Dan Clodfelter and candidate Jennifer Roberts. The two were the top vote getters in the Sept. 15 primary. Roberts pulled in the most votes, but came shy of avoiding this second primary. (See my past coverage here.) Local […]

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Charlotte’s LGBTQ Community Archive now has a name… three of them to be exact

Charlotte’s LGBTQ Community Archive now has a name… three of them to be exact

The growing Charlotte LGBTQ Community Archive now has a name — three of them. The collection of historical papers and materials received its official naming at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte on Thursday, with honors going to two longtime community leaders and a transgender youth leader who died earlier this year.

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