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Our People: Danny Knaub

Danny Knaub was born and raised in Long Island, New York, but is quite pleased to call Charlotte home. While still in high school, Knaub’s family moved from New York because they wanted their children (Danny and his older brother and older sister) to know life existed outside New York City. Fast forwarding to present […]

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Our People: Riley Murray

Riley Murray is a self-identified butch lesbian Gen Xer who has been living in the Charlotte area since 2005. Originally from Santa Barbara, California, she ended up in Charlotte as a result of a mixture of things, she offers. “But the biggest thing was [when] I came out here for work. Flying in during the […]

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Our People: Ciara Lilly

In the Steele Creak area of Charlotte, there’s an individual committed to making sure companies and individuals who are truly seeking inclusion at work have the tools to make it happen: Ciara Lilly. Lilly has lived in Charlotte since 2007, when she graduated from UNC Charlotte with a degree in English. At that time, she […]

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Our People:  James Ijames 

James Ijames (pronounced like times without the letter T) grew up in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. He’s a native of Bessemer City, a tiny little town in Gaston County, current population just over 5,000. These days, Ijames makes his home in Philadelphia, though places like his native Bessemer City, Gastonia, Belmont and Charlotte […]

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Our People: Joey Amato

Joey Amato is a regularly contributing QNotes Travel Writer. A New Yorker who makes his home in Indianapolis, Indiana, Amato is busy traveling at the time of this interview, seemingly doing what he loves best. He’s en route to “P-Town” – Provence Town Massachusetts – an internationally known and long time gay friendly town, boasting […]

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Our People: Smote Mote

There’s a two-story house with a teal-colored front door and finished basement located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Its occupants are a quirky bunch of Queer folks who enjoy each other and living life to its fullest. One of those people is a creative artist and librarian named Smote Mote [they/them].  In 2017 Smote’s partner found […]

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Our People: Leo Scott

Leo Scott, a 31-year Charlotte resident, is a lion in the garden. Scott moved from Asheville to Charlotte three decades ago. “Asheville wasn’t what it is now and didn’t have so much going on,” he recalls.   Today Scott lives in a brick home in East Charlotte with Eddie Stewart, his partner of four years. Enjoying […]

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Our People: Leslie Oliver

Reverend Leslie “Pastor Isai” Oliver is more than her collar. She’s a musician, a gospel house music singer, a dynamic educator and artist who eats, sleeps and breathes all the adjectives and accolades that describe her.  Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, she relocated to Charlotte in 2004. Oliver is an academician with multiple […]

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