LGBTQ


Ray Shawn McKinnon, a former Methodist minister from Charlotte, talked to C&P about his journey and coming out while in a straight marriage.
‘Standing in My Truth’: A North Carolina Man on Coming Out in a Straight Marriage

For Pride Month, a former Methodist minister and activist from North Carolina talks to Cardinal & Pine about his journey to coming out and his supportive wife.

Cheri Beasley sits at a table in a restaurant with potential supporters in Durham, NC.
Cheri Beasley Just Landed an Endorsement from the Largest Youth Voting Group in the US 

Youth voters were a key demographic in Joe Biden’s 2020 win over Donald Trump.

The Charlotte Pride celebrations in 2019. It's Pride Month in NC, and we've curated the best events to check out this month. (Shutterstock)
Drag Shows, Family Picnics, and Parades: This Is How You Celebrate Pride Month in North Carolina

Pride Month is, alas, only 30 days. From Wilmington to Asheville, we’ve curated the best ways to fill it with fun, frivolity, and community.

Chalina Morgan-Lopez, a senior at  Sanderson High School in Raleigh. (Courtesy of Chalina Morgan-Lopez)
Book Banners Tried to Stop This NC Teenager’s Speech. It Didn’t Work.

Raleigh’s Chalina Morgan-Lopez sees herself and her family in the literature that right-wing book banners are targeting. She’s not going to take it.

There's a housing crisis for LGBTQ youth. (Shutterstock)
There’s a Housing Crisis for LGBTQ+ Youth

Federal nondiscrimination protections would go a long way toward helping.

Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley arriving at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit in 2011. The 6'5 tastemaker favored authoritative robes and caftans in later years. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
How Andre Leon Talley’s Epic Style Was Informed By His Durham Grandmother

At the height of the fashion world, Talley credited his grandmother for teaching him to use style as a defense. 'Clothes were my armor of warfare...I had to represent.'

North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson speaks Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Raleigh, N.C. Robinson is facing calls to resign from elected officials and LGBTQ advocacy groups over comments he made in June in which he criticized teachings in K-12 public schools and likened peoples' sexual orientation to “filth.” (AP Photo/Bryan Anderson, file)
The Real Problem With Mark Robinson’s Bigoted Belief Is the NC GOP Believes It Too

North Carolina’s lieutenant governor sparked a national uproar over his latest anti-LGBTQ statements. But where is the outrage from his party’s leadership?