2014 was a great year for qnotes’ “Our People” column, a casual, get-to-know you Q&A-style interview column. We sat out to broaden the diversity of experiences, perspectives, ages, genders, races and more with “Our People” last year. Looking back at 2014, we met some absolutely, fabulously amazing people. Take a trip back in time with us and get reacquainted with all the folks we got to know in 2014. Below, all our 2014 “Our People” with links to their full interviews…

Jan. 17: Chad Sevearance — “It is very odd. I’m color blind. Orange is one of the few colors I do see. It’s always really stuck with me. It was the one color I didn’t have to look at the wrapping around the crayon to know what I was coloring with (laughs).” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/27037/

Feb. 14: Crys Farrar — Regarding LGBT parties and events: “Whether you’re black, Hispanic, white or what-have-you, there’s normally a diversity of attendance at the parties that are held.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/27569/

Feb. 28: Alex Aguilar — “I have just always been very outgoing and have always loved dancing. If you see pictures of me as a child, I’m always at parties dancing and having fun.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/27741/

March 28: Kode Brown — Regarding working at White Rabbit: “You meet lots of different types of people here. I like seeing the diversity of the gay community. It’s fun. I like that I’m comfortable being in my own skin and that I get to help other people be comfortable in theirs.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/28356/

April 11: Lainey Millen — Regarding her long career in media: “ I started out doing the old cut and paste method. When the industry transitioned to digital, all I could do was giggle at how easy it was to change a font or a type size.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/28817/

May 9: Ryan Kingston — Regarding his community passion: “Definitely trying to educate churches and faith communities about LGBT issues and trying to heal that relationship.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/29292/

June 6: The Rev. Dawn Flynn — “I’m originally from Michigan. I now consider myself a southern belle because I moved South to go to graduate school at the University of Georgia in 1970 and never went back.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/29693/

June 20: Penny Craver — On Plaza Midwood: “People realize this is a cool neighborhood. You can come here and get just such a cross-section of Charlotte. A lot of arts. It’s the reason why I like this area — it’s artsy.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/29891/

July 4: The Rev. Malu Fairley — “I’m not a big fan of favorites. It all depends on what mood I’m in. I just recently downloaded SoundCloud to my phone and I’m in love with that. I can switch around from Latin to deep house to Hip Hop. I love all of it.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/30135/

July 18: Lee Ziglar — “Believe it or not, I would love to go to Disney World. I’ve never been before. I actually have the same birthday as Walt Disney.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/30289/

Aug. 1: Richard Grimstad — “I spent a year in Germany several years ago. I really love Europe and Germany, but probably the most unique and interested and most unbelievable place I’ve visited was India.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/30598/

Aug. 1: Craig Hopkins — “I’ve been to Paris, Amsterdam, London and a lot of cities in Canada. Paris is probably my favorite. I’ve been their twice and spent five weeks there.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/30598/

Aug. 29: Warren Radebe — “Jazz is the most chilling and exciting music, made for people that understand music and likely want to mature.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/30960/

Sept. 12: Veda Covington — “I’m passionate about [theatre] because it really helps me invest in a character and be something that I may not ever be other wise.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/31129/

Sept. 26: Cameron Joyce — “A good restaurant is Cho Won Garden. It’s a Korean place. It’s not too spicy, but it’s good.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/31321/

Oct. 10: Crystal Richardson — “I’ve known I wanted to be a lawyer since second grade. I had my mind made up. It was a goal of mine.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/31785/

Nov. 7: Spc. Elvis Wentzel: Regarding his husband’s overseas military deployment: “He missed Valentine’s Day. He missed the one year stepping stone of us being together. He missed his birthday. He missed our one-year wedding anniversary.” goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/32577/

Bonus: A special “Our People” was published on March 14 with our Young Professionals issue. It features all our 2014 Young Professionals. Check it out at goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/28023/.

Matt Comer

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