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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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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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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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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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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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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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Three things I think about when I vote on election day

Three things I think about when I vote on election day

My vote on election day isn’t revolutionary; perhaps it was in 1788, but not anymore. I’m white and I’m male. I come from a land-owning family. I’m doing what people like me have been doing since the Revolution.

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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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