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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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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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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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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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Alleged assault in Greensboro proves need for public accommodations protections

Alleged assault in Greensboro proves need for public accommodations protections

An alleged assault of a transgender patron at a nightclub in Greensboro last weekend has prompted community conversation and action, and proves the need for public accommodations protections for members of the LGBT community.

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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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Toilet talk: A historical primer on bathroom politics

Toilet talk: A historical primer on bathroom politics

One academic has given us much more to chew on, taking a brief historical overview of how conservatives have used bathroom politics to attack minorities for nearly a century.

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I’m beginning to feel genuine concern for Republicans

I’m beginning to feel genuine concern for Republicans

The world must be a pretty scary place if Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Lord God King David Michael Rice are legitimate Republican choices for leadership.

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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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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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