Weekend news wrap: Beach-Ferrara, N.C. State, OutLaw

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: October 24, 2011 in Blog

Profile: Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

On Sunday, Asheville Citizen-Times published a delightful profile on Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the Coalition for Southern Equality. Beach-Ferrara’s group was the driving force behind October’s “We Do” Campaign in the Blue Ridge city.

Technician: Student Senate should represent

On Oct. 13, the editorial board of North Carolina State University’s Technician spoke out against their student government’s efforts to pass a resolution opposing the proposed anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment on marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships. The editorial and news of the resolution preceded by only three days acts of vandalism to the campus’ LGBT student center. The editorial board followed up with another opinion on Thursday, writing, “Many of these issues are emotionally-charged or issues of morality, which is why the Senate should make a better effort to gather the sufficient student feedback they need to make and pass bills…steps could have been taken to receive the necessary student opinion on this bill, such as forums by Student Government or even audience-led debates. The Senate should utilize this ability rather than deny it.”

Letter: Acts of Discrimination

In a letter to the editor on Saturday, Raleigh resident Dave Parnell tells the News & Observer that acts of vandalism at North Carolina State University were no coincidence. He writes, “Does anyone think the disgusting graffiti inscribed on the walls of the LGBT Center at N.C. State would have occurred in 2009 or 2010? This act is a result of the 2011 General Assembly bringing forth a constitutional amendment that would put discrimination towards a small segment of our population into our state constitution.” Read Parnell’s full letter…

Duke panel: Why You Should Care About the N.C. ‘Marriage’ Amendment

On Oct. 17, members of OutLaw, the LGBT student organization at Duke University Law School, held a panel discussion on the proposed anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. In case you missed it, the group did post video of the panel last week. Check it out below…