September 19, 2023

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

Good afternoon, everyone. I hope you’re having a great day so far.

My name is Taylor Heeden, I am Qnotes’ newest staff member, and I will be taking over the OUTlook newsletter and our Friday newsletter. I am so excited to be a part of this newsroom and to share our community’s resilience and persistence.

Today, however, I want to highlight this story from The 19th News— a nonprofit newsroom covering gender, politics and policy. Reporter Chabeli Carrazana wrote an extensive story about how in-person employees, specifically women of color and nonbinary workers, were twice as likely to experience sexual harassment or assault.

According to the article:

• About 5 percent of women who were working remotely reported instances in that time, compared with 12 percent of in-person women workers.

• In 2021, just 3 percent of Black professional workers reported wanting to return to the office full time, compared with 31 percent of White employees, in a poll conducted by research firm Future Forum

• Overall, about 20 percent of nonbinary workers reported instances of sexual harassment in the past three years.

You can read more about the surveys conducted by The 19th News in the link below.

Remote work may help decrease sexual assault and harassment, poll finds

Leslie Pineda’s boss first told her he had feelings for her in early 2021, when she stayed late one night to finish a project. As a person, he was gregarious, funny even. But he was a mercurial boss. […]

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Blumenthal Charlotte International Arts Festival 2023 returns for another season

The Charlotte International Arts Festival (CIAF) is set to make its return on Sept. 15, allowing Charlotte residents to see local, national and international artists through live performances, art installations, global cuisine and more. “The launch of CIAF last fall exceeded our expectations in every way,” said Blumenthal Performing Arts President and CEO, Tom Gabbard. […]

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Annual Durham Pride festival takes place September 23

Bull City (aka Durham) will celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Saturday, September 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Duke University’s East Campus. The event will kick off with a parade, followed by a festival filled with vendors, food, entertainment and more. […]

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