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LGBTQ+ organizations work to support queer students in schools

Karen Graci has a mantra she lives by: “I grow in my own allyship everyday.” It’s those words that led Graci to PFLAG Charlotte, where she now serves as the executive director. “Our mission is to create a caring and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them,” Graci explains. “We do that…


Blumenthal Charlotte International Arts Festival 2023 returns for another season

The Charlotte International Arts Festival (CIAF) is set to make its return on Sept. 15, allowing Charlotte residents to see local, national and international artists through live performances, art installations, global cuisine and more. “The launch of CIAF last fall exceeded our expectations in every way,” said Blumenthal Performing Arts President and CEO, Tom Gabbard.…


After backlash, Blue Cross NC lowers out-of-pocket costs on HIV treatments

Thousands of North Carolina residents living with HIV in North Carolina now have lower out-of-pocket expenses after Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina changed its pricing formula for dozens of HIV treatment medications. The move came months after advocates accused the state’s largest health insurer of discriminating against these patients by placing nearly…


Following NC passage of anti-LGBTQ laws, CMS wants parents’  signatures on ‘Student Information Form’

Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, one of the first systems in the state to comply with the recently passed laws impacting LGBTQ+ students, began sending out emails the first day of class that make it mandatory parents sign off on an online document identified as a “Student Information Form” (SIF).  The questionnaire specifically asked parents to identify their…

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