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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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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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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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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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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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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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Charlotte secures a pro-LGBT City Council and other takeaways from the primary

Charlotte secures a pro-LGBT City Council and other takeaways from the primary

Commentary and a breakdown of Charlotte municipal primary results, including thoughts on the LGBT vote and efforts to pass an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance with a new City Council.

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Liveblog: Charlotte Primary Election Results

Liveblog: Charlotte Primary Election Results

Live updates the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, as Charlotte reviews results from today’s municipal primary election. Up for grabs are the Democratic and Republican nominations for mayor, as well as Democratic nominations for several at-large seats and district races.

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Charlotte’s anti-camping ordinance could be unconstitutional and other thoughts on local homelessness

Charlotte’s anti-camping ordinance could be unconstitutional and other thoughts on local homelessness

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice is spoke out on one city’s local ordinances that target sleeping in public spaces. According to The Washington Post, the DOJ last month filed a statement weighing in on a Boise, Idaho, ordinance that prohibits sleeping in public spaces. The DOJ says, as quoted by the Post: When […]

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Authenticity and loyalty guide my personal Charlotte primary choices this year

Authenticity and loyalty guide my personal Charlotte primary choices this year

No one doubts it — this year’s municipal elections in Charlotte are tough. After much thought, I’ve finally come to a decision on who I’ll cast my ballot for in primary elections on Tuesday.

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Q&A: Dan Clodfelter and Jennifer Roberts talk LGBT issues, leadership

Q&A: Dan Clodfelter and Jennifer Roberts talk LGBT issues, leadership

As we near primary election day, it became increasingly important to hear directly from the community’s top two picks for mayor. My Q&As with Dan Clodfelter and Jennifer Roberts.

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Gay campaign ads arrive in Charlotte voters’ mailboxes

Gay campaign ads arrive in Charlotte voters’ mailboxes

Mailers for the TurnOUT Charlotte! get-out-the-vote campaign began arriving in local voters’ mailboxes on Thursday.

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