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Local group wants U.S. Chamber to include voices of LGBT business owners and citizens in vetting process for endorsements.
 
Gay business group in Charlotte says it is "outraged" over the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's endorsement of North Carolina Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis. 
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Queen City's local LGBT chamber of commerce says it is "outraged" over the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's endorsement of North Carolina Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis' campa...
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The Weekly Wrap: Only one item this week folks. This item needed some room for thought and expansion: WSOC's and WBTV's lazy journalism on Pittenger hurt the LGBT community. 
The Weekly Wrap — the most important, impactful and interesting news stories, ideas, cultural trends or just plain-old fun and oddball items I found this week. [There's only one item this week, fol...
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East Mecklenburg senior Blake Brockington crowned homecoming king, raising $2,335.55 for charity! May be first transgender student to reach such a feat in Charlotte. Congrats Blake! Photos from the ceremony, quotes and story: http://goqnotes.com/27414/transgender-charlotte-student-crowned-homecoming-king/
 
East Mecklenburg senior Blake Brockington crowned homecoming king, raising $2,335.55 for charity! May be first transgender student to reach such a feat in Charlotte. Congrats Blake! Photos from the ceremony, quotes and story: http://goqnotes.com/27414/transgender-charlotte-student-crowned-homecoming-king/ 
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The Gay life style is destroying the Sanctity and Purity of Gods gift of life to all humans. My family belonged to Grapevine Babtist Church.The Pastor Mr Ron Comer at Grapevine Babtist Church is a Great Christian Man.A true Follower and Teacher of Jesus Christ.He teaches straight from the Sacred Holy Bible. Gays are just like murderers,They kill the great clean spirit,That Our lord and Savior installed in all humans. Only the Devils evil spirit promotes the gay lifestyle.
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Another locally-owned business could soon be on the corporate chopping block as Walgreens seeks to purchase the parcel of land currently occupied by Krazy Fish in Plaza Midwood.
http://goqnotes.com/27312/krazy-fish-walgreens-enter-property-battle/
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Transgender students at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College say they want new policy changes to allow for their preferred names as they transition. School officials have been accused of stalling but say they are currently working to make new policy recommendations.
http://goqnotes.com/27154/transgender-students-want-policy-change-at-asheville-college/ 
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Sad news :(
 
Charlotte's LGBTQ Law Center, a landmark legal program assisting low-income and under-served LGBT populations, has been shuttered, following the Internal Revenue Service’s revocation of its parent organization’s tax-exempt status. Leaders of the Freedom Center for Social Justice say the closure was prompted by funding shortfalls and they are in the process now of seeking reinstatement from the IRS.
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The new blog design is up and rolling, and to kick things off right here's an infographic and stats-packed post you CANNOT miss: Five Facts for today's National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Sept. 27, 2014.
At the day job, one of our continued areas of focus is on HIV/AIDS and its affect on the LGBT community; such has been the case since the newspaper's founding in 1986, at the height of the 1980s AI...
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Virginia’s marriage ruling pressures North Carolina; Challenge to similar ban in North Carolina will be heard soon in Greensboro.
Advocates in North Carolina say a ruling yesterday overturning Virginia’s anti-LGBT marriage ban will put added pressure on this state’s attorney general as a pending case in Greensboro nears.
http://goqnotes.com/27630/virginias-marriage-ruling-pressures-north-carolina/ 
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Blake Brockington, a 17-year-old transgender senior at East Mecklenburg High School, has been nominated by his peers to run for homecoming king. The winner — whoever raises the most money for an international charity — will be crowned this Friday at East Meck’s homecoming basketball game.
http://goqnotes.com/27350/transgender-charlotte-student-nominated-for-homecoming-king/
 
Blake Brockington, a 17-year-old transgender senior at East Mecklenburg High School, has been nominated by his peers to run for homecoming king. The winner — whoever raises the most money for an international charity — will be crowned this Friday at East Meck’s homecoming basketball game.
http://goqnotes.com/27350/transgender-charlotte-student-nominated-for-homecoming-king/
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Are you surprised? Charlotte ranks sixth in list of most "Bible-minded" cities
http://goqnotes.com/27165/no-surprise-charlotte-ranks-6th-in-most-bible-minded-cities/ 
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I hope more news media challenge the misguided definition of "Bible-minded." Fundamentalists are often among the least Biblically literate people I know.
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina issues more detailed statement regarding recognition of same-sex couples in North Carolina, following our report earlier this week. See the full statement at the end of the story.
http://goqnotes.com/27126/n-c-blue-cross-doesnt-recognize-married-gay-couples-yet/ 
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Journalist, blogger, activist, etc.
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Local and state politics. LGBT equality and social justice. News reporting and journalism. PR.
Employment
  • QNotes
    Editor, 2012 - present
  • Campus Pride
    Communications & Programs Manager, 2012 - 2012
  • QNotes
    Editor, 2007 - 2012
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Charlotte
Previously
Winston-Salem - Greensboro
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Journo, blogger, activist and all-around Jack of All Trades
Introduction
A 28-year-old, Winston-Salem, N.C.-native, journalist, blogger, consultant, progressive and LGBT activist, volunteer and all-around Jack of All Trades. Catch me at QNotes for my day job, UNC-Charlotte for my continued learnin' or various pads around the web for some of my writing. 
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Oldest of five siblings. Just one of many in a large and extended, dysfunctional southern family. Non-traditional, adult undergrad student with a full-time job. Been to jail for justice; Have you?
Education
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    History, 2011 - present
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    History, 2004 - 2007
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