In April, qnotes will debut our first “Queen City Creatives” issue, profiling 6-8 successful LGBT young leaders and young professionals.

We’re reaching out to our readers and asking for your suggestions and nominations.

What we’re looking for:
1. Locals in the greater Charlotte area and greater Raleigh-Durham area 35 years of age or younger
2. Professionals in creative and dynamic fields like banking/finance, law, politics/government, technology, communications, hospitality, science/engineering, medical, etc.
3. Community leaders, whether paid or volunteer, in either LGBT or non-LGBT progressive organizations/causes
4. Individuals who have demonstrated a unique entrepreneurial spirit or who have worked or led in creative, insightful and progressive ways, leaving a lasting mark on their business, neighborhood, community or field
5. Individuals who are “out” and identify as LGBT, queer or who are strong straight allies with a proven dedication to, knowledge of and understanding of LGBT/progressive causes and issues
6. Must be willing and able to attend a photo shoot in mid-March and appear on the cover of the newspaper

We are committed to representing a full diversity of our community, including a diversity of ages within the under-35 bracket as well as a diversity of fields/expertise, gender, race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

If you have suggestions of young professionals or young leaders we should profile, email us at

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.