Founded: 1986
Headquarters: 920 Central Ave.
Charlotte, N.C. 28204
Circulation: 11,000

Q-Notes is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) newspaper serving North Carolina and South Carolina. It is based in Charlotte, N.C., and publishes every other week. The paper was originally started in 1983 as the monthly newsletter of Queen City Quordinators, a Charlotte LGBT organization. In 1986, it began publishing as a monthly tabloid under the direction of C.A.N. (Charlotte Advocacy Network) Inc. The paper was bought by its current owner, Pride Publishing and Typesetting, in December 1989. Chronicling local and regional news around the Carolinas, the paper is a vital resource for the LGBT communities of the two states.

General Information Edit

Q-Notes is published every other week on Saturdays, with a print circulation of approximately 12,500. It is distributed in all major cities in North Carolina and South Carolina and by subscription. The paper covers news, politics, opinion, entertainment, art, lifestyle and other topics. It is the largest LGBT news publication in the Carolinas, with reach to parts of Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.

Distribution Edit

The paper is distributed in major cities and small-to-medium sized cities and towns in the Carolinas including Charlotte, N.C., where the paper is based; Asheville, Chapel Hill; Charleston; Columbia; Durham; Greensboro; Greenville, S.C.; Raleigh; Wilmington, Winston-Salem and more. The paper also has distribution points and subscribers in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.[1]

The full newspaper is also published online at In March 2008, the staff announced that the website would undergo a large-scale revamp.

Online Presence Edit

On April 17, 2008, Q-Notes debuted its new website at[2] The new incarnation of the almost decade-old website featured daily news updates and staff blogs and allowed reader comments to be posted to any story. The site is using a modified version of the WordPress blogging platform as a content management system

The older version of the paper's website had been a simple and static HTML design,[3] requiring hours of behind-the-scenes construction for each bi-weekly issue.

Origins Edit

Q-Notes was originally started in 1983 as a monthly newsletter, printed on 8.5x11 paper and distributed by the now defunct Queen City Quordinators, a local non-profit LGBT community organization.[4] The newsletter ended with the closing of QCQ, circa late 1984. In 1986 Q-Notes was reborn under the auspices of C.A.N. (Charlotte Advocacy Network) Inc., a for-profit corporation formed expressly to produce the publication as a monthly tabloid newspaper. The first issue of the revised newspaper was distributed in June 1986.[5] Jim Yarbrough, the owner of Pride Publishing and Typesetting, Inc., bought the publication from C.A.N. Inc. in December 1989. In 1996, Q-Notes began distributing every other week.

Staff Edit

Publisher Jim Yarbrough - Oversees daily operation of all aspects of the newspaper, from financial matters to employment and occasional editorial decisions.

Editor Matt Comer - Oversees all editorial decisions, writes material, oversees production. Comer was hired October 1, 2007, at the age of 21. He is the youngest person to ever hold the position at the paper.

Associate Editor David Stout - Oversees music, film and lifestyles materials. Assists in making editorial decisions. Stout was hired as editor in the early 1990s, at the age of 22. At that time, Stout was the youngest-ever editor at the paper.

Production Director/Special Assignments Writer Lainey Millen

Other writers and staff include Jack Kirven, who writes a Health and Wellness column, as well as other human interest stories; Kat Read, the advertising representative; and Chuck Patterson, who oversees accounting.

Occasionally, interns also assist the paper in its various functions.

The paper has 10 regularly contributing freelance writers and columnists, including Wayne Besen, Leslie Robinson, Jasmyne Cannick and Irene Monroe.

Merger with The Front Page Edit

On May 12, 2006, Q-Notes merged with the Raleigh, N.C., based The Front Page, another North Carolina LGBT newspaper. Started in the 1970s as The Free Press, The Front Page began publishing under that name in 1979 in Raleigh, N.C.[5]

References Edit

  1. Q-Notes Distribution Points (PDF) 2. Jim Yarbrough (2006-05-12). Retrieved on 2008-01-06.
  2. Q-Notes new website 1. Jim Yarbrough (2008-04-17). Retrieved on 2008-04-19.
  3. Q-Notes old index page 1. Jim Yarbrough (2008-04-17). Retrieved on 2008-04-19.
  4. Q-Notes and Front Page merge (html) 1. Jim Yarbrough (2006-05-12). Retrieved on 2008-01-05.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Q-Notes and Front Page merge (html) 1. Jim Yarbrough (2006-05-12). Retrieved on 2008-01-05.

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