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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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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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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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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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The critical flaw undermining ‘Drop the T’ author’s argument

The critical flaw undermining ‘Drop the T’ author’s argument

Writer of anti-transgender “Drop the T” petition tells public not to “alter history to make you feel better,” but ends up doing exactly that.

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One year ago today: Marriage equality comes to Charlotte

One year ago today: Marriage equality comes to Charlotte

It was one year ago today — Oct. 13, 2014 — that dozens of anxious, happy couples lined up early on a drizzly Monday morning awaiting for the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office to open on the first full day of legal marriage for LGBT couples in Charlotte.

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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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WSOC continues biased coverage, local Fox affiliate joins in

The onslaught of misinformation from the right is getting a boost from local outlets like WSOC — which I’ve come to dub We Stigmatize Oppressed Communities, based on their demonstrated, repeated insistence for inaccuracy and sensationalism — and, now, from Charlotte’s local Fox affiliate.

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WSOC: Trans lives are good fodder for ratings

Charlotte news station WSOC must think that the lives of transgender people are good fodder for ratings. What else would explain their willingness to report on a transgender Concord doctor’s decision to affirm her gender?

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Where WSOC failed, other stations excelled

Where WSOC failed, other stations excelled

Despite the attention on WSOC, other local news stations deserve some credit. Where WSOC failed so miserably, other stations were able to excel. Plus: Helpful guides for media reporting on transgender people and issues.

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WSOC’s biased report on local ordinances favors transphobia

WSOC’s biased report on local ordinances favors transphobia

Charlotte City Council’s debate on new LGBT-inclusive ordinance updates took a nasty turn on Monday evening after one local news station decided to take sides, misinform the public and perpetuate violent stereotypes against transgender people.

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

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.

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Tar Heels: Your LGBT vote matters more this year than ever before

Tar Heels: Your LGBT vote matters more this year than ever before

Tuesday is Election Day, and for the first time in a decade, the chances of an openly gay or lesbian candidate being elected to the North Carolina General Assembly are slim to none. Come January, the state legislature will likely include no openly LGBT voices. The state missed its opportunity to ensure LGBT community representation […]

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