arts & culture

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.…


After backlash, Blue Cross NC lowers out-of-pocket costs on HIV treatments

Thousands of North Carolina residents living with HIV in North Carolina now have lower out-of-pocket expenses after Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina changed its pricing formula for dozens of HIV treatment medications. The move came months after advocates accused the state’s largest health insurer of discriminating against these patients by placing nearly…


Finding faith in the Triangle

Spirituality and religion are often avoided topics within the LGBTQ+ community, given various denominations and religious sects have historically held anti-LGBTQ+ views. However, there are many places of worship where queer congregation members are welcomed and embraced.  The Triangle area is home to many of these places, from Christian churches to Jewish synagogues. Here’s a…


Supporters of LGBTQ+ rights protest event at Union County library

Nearly three dozen people protested a Constitution Day event in Union County on Saturday because they say county library officials favored one event over another. The spirited group involving members of Union County Pride, faith-based organizations and others staged a peaceful protest at the Monroe-based main branch on Windsor Street. They oppose the county’s recent…

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