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QnotesCarolinas is the LGBTQ arts, entertainment and news publication based in Charlotte, N.C. With a strong and robust presence online at, and a free print circulation distributed every other week, we are the largest and most trusted source of news, politics, opinion, entertainment, art, lifestyle, community events and more for the LGBTQ community in the Carolinas.

Our online edition serves all readers across the Carolinas and receives tens of thousands of hits each month. It offers daily news, arts and entertainment updates and upcoming events, along with news and other features from each of our print editions.

Mission Statement

The focus of QnotesCarolinas is to serve the LGBTQ and ally communities of the Carolinas by featuring arts, entertainment, news and views content in print and online that directly enlightens, informs and engages the readers about LGBTQ life and social justice issues.


In 1983, the now defunct Queen City Quordinators started publishing a small, monthly newsletter named “Q-Notes.” The newsletter ended its run in 1984. It was reborn in 1986 as a monthly, print newspaper. The first issue of the revived community news source was published in June 1986, to coincide with National LGBT Pride Month.

In 1989, Queen City Quordinators dissolved and in order to save the publication, Jim Yarbrough, the owner of Pride Publishing and Typesetting, Inc., bought qnotes. In 1996, the publication grew and started distributing every other week.

Merger with The Front Page

On May 12, 2006, qnotes merged with the Raleigh, N.C.-based The Front Page, another North Carolina LGBTQ newspaper. The Front Page began publishing in 1979 in Raleigh, N.C., under longtime publisher and editor Jim Baxter. Qnotes remains the only newspaper in the Carolinas solely devoted to serving the LGBTQ community through a free bi-weekly publication.

Continued Growth

In April 2008, qnotes revamped its online presence and debuted a new website and content management system at Changes to the website continued gradually until our January 2010 redesign, rebranding and editorial re-direction, in which “Q-Notes” became qnotes. The publication’s new direction called for more in-depth, future-focused features in its bi-weekly print edition and a far more robust, daily updated website at the new

In 2021, we launched, a project selected by the Google News Initiative (GNI) North American Innovation Challenge to provide an online center for community that amplifies the unique and diverse voices and lived experiences of LGBTQ people in the Carolinas. Download our Project Plan to learn more. (Updated August 16, 2022)

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