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Welcome to The OUTlook, a weekly newsletter about the latest on labor and workplace equality from Qnotes.

For over a year, Qnotes reporters covered LGBTQ+ labor issues as part of a national cohort of solutions journalism newsrooms. In the weeks ahead, we’ll be expanding this newsletter to include all things LGBTQ+ business. But first, we wanted to take a look back at the project and share a final resource that came from the work.

Some of those stories included:

Building a better workplace, one t-shirt at a time

A t-shirt company in Nashville that’s creating a more inclusive work environment for queer people while giving back to nonprofits in the fight against a storm of attacks […]

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Empowering Differences

Transgender executives empowering differences in business and inspiring others in our community […]

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Workplace equity in Charlotte

Lunch and learns from the Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce and how they are up-skilling local business owners […]

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How millennials are reshaping the workplace

New ways people are approaching work and life balance […]

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United for LGBTQ Hotel Workers

From hotel unions to coffee shops — all being led by LGBTQ+ people […]

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Following the project with Qnotes, Chris Rudisill launched an online resource in May to amplify more such stories in mainstream news outlets. In addition to writing for Qnotes over the past three-and-a-half years, Rudisill also supports the paper’s digital and audience engagement needs, runs the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative and in 2020 launched artstreet, a creative project management company specializing in the arts, journalism and cultural history. 


This latest project, named (queer)alize, is the result of a fellowship funded by the Solutions Journalism Network, following the OUTlook series. “My goal is to increase more diverse sourcing and visibility of LGBTQ+ people in local news stories and increase tools for LGBTQ+ reporters to create impactful solutions journalism,” says Rudisill.  […]

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Serving LGTBQ+ communities with solutions journalism

For more than 37 years, Qnotes has been serving Charlotte, North Carolina’s LGBTQ+ residents. Recently, we’ve also fully embraced a solutions-focused reporting lens that has helped us bring a new dimension of connection and engagement to the community — from presenting more complex stories to connecting people with potentially life-changing resources. Click below to watch!

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Serving LGTBQ+ communities with solutions journalism