LMF/Carolinas LGBTQ Journalism Fund

Support LGBTQ voices in local media in North and South Carolina


17 supporters

$30,000 goal



Launching on September 3, 2021, QnotesCarolinas.com is a center for community online. It serves the local LGBTQ community of North and South Carolina and creates a welcoming space to connect and share the unique and diverse stories of LGBTQ Carolinians. It is a community-sourced and hyperlocal news outlet that amplifies underrepresented voices and build stronger connections around the issues that matter.

Your tax-deductible donation to the Carolinas LGBTQ Journalism Fund Program, via Local Media Foundation, helps further develop this platform and provide opportunities for more quality LGBTQ journalism.

Our roadmap

Many LGBTQ publications have disappeared in the last 20 years because of increasing overhead and decreasing advertising. Few online initiatives have focused on the true interests and voices of local communities. Our communities need a place to talk about experiences that cross the lines of sex, race, gender, nationality and economic identities. Like early queer publications, which reflected the diversity and urgent needs of marginalized communities, QnotesCarolinas.com provides an online-first publication and hub that is focused on local needs, local voices and local community.

QnotesCarolinas is:

  • A local community news organization.
  • A project to support and amplify the work of LGBTQ journalist in North and South Carolina.
  • A place that highlights the voices of BIPOC journalists and the stories of rural families.
  • Focused on reaching people where they are – despite socio-economic barriers that prevent them from getting the news that matters.
  • A community forum that furthers dialogue among our readers and with local journalists to root out the stories that aren’t being told in mainstream press.
  • A recorded history of LGBTQ people living in the South.

Phase 1 has included the design and engineering of a new center for community online that focuses on two primary geographic areas in North Carolina – the greater Charlotte region and the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) while providing national and regional LGBTQ news. Named one of “5 LGBTQ+ New Outlets to Watch in 2021”, QnotesCarolinas.com is the first-of-its-kind online publication that is solely based on the LGBTQ community experience that is hyper-local by design.

The project includes a news platform that is fed by current freelance reporters, staff of QNotes, and shared content from media partners. It will start with localized “boards” and create opportunities for interactive feedback from readers. We will consistently engage the community for feedback and engagement in the project through town halls and community reporting workshops. Our goal is to build a team of writers and volunteer editorial committees to help guide decisions on topics and identify underserved reporting needs in the community. Content might include coming out stories, social justice guest editorials, arts and culture, and nonprofit highlights. We’re also launching a sliding scale membership program where readers and writers can support at the level they are comfortable with, always focused on accessibility to all.

As we enter Phase 2, we will be fine-tuning the website and further engaging communities to build a group of followers, supporters and content contributors. We’ll engage with local LGBTQ nonprofit organizations like Campaign for Southern Equality, Equality NC, Time Out Youth, Charlotte Black Pride, Charlotte Pride, Charlotte LGBTQ Elders, Charlotte LGBTQ chamber of Commerce, LGBT Center of Raleigh, SAGE Central Carolina, PFLAG and more to create a platform for community news, events and information. We’ll define journalism as a space similar to a community center.

Phase 3 will include the creation of a replicable model that can be expanded to other areas including Western North Carolina, the Triad (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point), Coastal Carolinas, Upstate South Carolina (Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson), and Columbia, S.C., and creating mechanisms to archive LGBTQ stories for generations to come.

These milestones will help us monitor the progress of our project and focus on impact points that will help ensure our success.

Your tax-deductible donation to the Carolinas LGBTQ Journalism Fund Program, via Local Media Foundation, helps further develop this platform and provide opportunities for more quality LGBTQ journalism.

The Local Media Foundation/Carolinas LGBTQ Journalism Fund Program provides support for the work of QnotesCarolinas.com to educate and inform the public in communities in the Carolinas about LGBTQ issues and cultures. Donations to LMF for this program are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Please consult a tax advisor for details. The program is administered by Local Media Foundation, tax ID #364427750, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable trust affiliated with Local Media Association.



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