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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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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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Small-town newspaper defends trans students

Small-town newspaper defends trans students

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory caused a splash last week when he went on the political attack against gubernatorial opponent Roy Cooper. The bait? Transgender students and their use of restrooms. Cooper didn’t bite. He stood his ground, told McCrory he wouldn’t meddle in students’ lives, and had his campaign call out McCrory’s actions for […]

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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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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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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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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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