The Gayest Hood in the Carolinas

Plaza Midwood. There’s a good chance if you’re part of the Charlotte Metro region’s LGBTQ community, you’re familiar with the neighborhood. For all intents and purposes, it’s the city’s hub for queer community. In fact, a census report from 2010 confirms that 28205, the Charlotte zip code that claims Plaza-Midwood, NoDa, Chantilly and Shamrock, is…

Just Janice: Remembering a Legendary, Controversial and Kind LGBTQ Advocate

LGBTQ advocate Janice Covington Allison, who passed away from a long-term illness last week at the age of 74, is remembered in the hearts of local Charlotte residents. In the collective grief over her death, vivid memories of Janice elicit a mixture of laughter, tears and new revelations about how she lived and what she…

Latta House to Reopen With Your Assistance and Suggestions

Following a controversial planned program exploring emancipation from a slave owner’s perspective that had been scheduled for the annual Juneteenth Holiday earlier this year, the historic Latta plantation home closed and has remained so since. Mecklenburg County, which owns the property, opted not to renew its previous agreement with Historic Latta Place, Inc. (HLP), a private,…

Wake County Passes LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Ordinance

North Carolina’s Wake County passed a non-discrimination ordinance (NDO) October 18 to protect the LGBTQ community. More than one million people live in Wake County, which is home to the state capitol of Raleigh, as well as other municipalities and towns such as Apex, Cary. Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest,…

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Instant Photography

In ‘40s and ‘50s, Instant Photography Gave LGBT People a ‘Safe/Haven’ Christiana Lilly Two men dressed in drag for a tea party, two women cuddled up at the beach. Today these might be benign photographs, but in the early 1950s, they were memories shuttered away from public view. Until now. These two photographs and a…

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Charlotte Pride Puts Large Gatherings on Hold Until ‘22

Charlotte Pride announced September 20 it will handle all large-scale, in-person events planned for October and November as a blend of virtual and smaller in-person events. The decision comes as the local area continues to face substantial community spread of the COVID-19 virus via the Delta variant. All previously planned events, such as the Charlotte…