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The OUTlook, a weekly newsletter about LGBTQ+ business, labor and workplace equality from Qnotes.

Welcome to this week’s OUTlook, Qnotes’ own business-centric newsletter. My name is Taylor, and I will be bringing you the headlines for this week.

This week, I want to step away from the frantic news cycle for a moment and take the time to honor the life of someone who was seen as the “Spiritual Mother” to the Charlotte LGBTQ+ Community — Gwendolyn Woodard Rawls. Gwendolyn passed away on November 4 at the age of 75 after a lengthy battle with extended illness. Hundreds of people came to her funeral service at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Friday, November 10, to show their love for Gwendolyn and to support her loved ones during this time.

Gwendolyn is survived in legacy and through her loving wife of 24 years Bishop Tonyia Rawls; son Rashid Huntley; sisters Lisa Woodard and Rosemary Clark and brothers George Woodard and Vincent Woodard. You can read her full obituary below.

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Charlotte spiritual leader Gwendolyn Woodard Rawls dies at 75

Gwendolyn Iris Woodard Rawls, 75, passed away November 4 after an extended illness, which she fought bravely. A celebration of life and love full of music and dance was held in her honor at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Friday, November 10. […]

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 Johnston County BOE bans books on gender identity in elementary schools

The Johnston County School Board voted on Wednesday, November 8, to bar books discussing gender identity and prohibit teachers from answering questions from students about that and other LGBTQ+ topics. […]

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‘God is with them:’ Vatican says trans people can be baptized and named godparents in the Catholic Church

The Vatican announced it would allow trans people to be baptized and become godparents under certain conditions. […]

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