It was just five months ago that I wrote my last “Editor’s Note” for this newspaper. At the time, I found myself at a crossroads. I had served as editor of North Carolina’s LGBT community newspaper for nearly four-and-a-half years. A new opportunity had come my way; one I truly believed, at the time, was best for me and for the organization to which I would offer my service.

In the short time since, I’ve had the utmost pleasure and distinct privilege to work with Campus Pride, the Charlotte-based, leading national non-profit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer and more inclusive college and university campuses for LGBT students, faculty and staff. My time there gave me the opportunity to work with a wide and diverse variety of organizations, people and national media organizations. Yet, something was amiss. The deep, long yearning that I felt for community service and community journalism was too strong a pull. And, so, here I am, penning yet another column for you as both former and now-incoming editor of qnotes.

My time away from this editor’s chair has been short, but it has been time enough to learn where I find my truest personal and professional passion. I am deeply committed to honest, objective and relevant community journalism. I hope you will welcome my second tenure as editor of your community newspaper, where I might strive to provide voice to the important issues that affect each and every person in our LGBT community.

I wish current editor O’Neale Atkinson well in his future endeavors at The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte. I know that he will continue the work he did at this paper in uniting our local community and bringing voice to a variety of diverse viewpoints and persons. I am humbled to return, as of June 18, to my former position as editor and follow in the footsteps of O’Neale. I look forward to continued partnerships with him and the Center in creating a stronger, more united local community.

I hope you will wish O’Neale congratulations on this, his last issue as editor of qnotes. I also urge you to continue your support of important community organizations like Campus Pride, who serve our young people — the key to our community’s future growth and success.

I look forward to what we can do together. As always, I am open to your comments, concerns and suggestions. This newspaper and the content in its printed and online pages are yours. I am proud to be, once more, at your service. : :

Matt Comer

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