Carolinas News Notes
Prime Timers celebrate
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Prime Timers of Charlotte will hold an anniversary party on April 20, 6-9 p.m., at Park Road Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3900 Park Rd.
Ron Howard, president of Prime Timers World-Wide, will serve as special guest speaker during the evening’s program.
Musical entertainment will be provide. A special after-party at Sidelines Sports Bar will conclude the festivities.
Prime Timers is open to “slightly older gay and bisexual men.” This event marks the 20th anniversary of the Queen City local chapter. Prime Timers meet to discuss issues and hold social engagements while enjoying a meal together.
The World-Wide organization was founded in 1987 by Woody Baldwin, a retired professor. Since then it has grown to over 75 chapters across the globe in North America, Europe and Australia.
Cost is $15/members, $25/friends and guests.
info: 704-236-3775. primetimersww.com/charlotte.
‘Beyond Roe’ to be discussed
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Planned Parenthood Health Systems and The Charlotte School of Law will present an educational panel discussion entitled “Beyond Roe: The Next Generation of Constitutional Challenges” on April 18, 5:30 p.m., at the law school at 2145 Suttle Ave.
The program will be facilitated by: Melissa Reed, Planned Parenthood vice president of public affairs, who will address the recent cases over the contraceptive coverage requirement for employers and other current bills in the state’s legislature. Along with Reed, Christopher Brooks, ACLU-NC legal director, will discuss the North Carolina Pro-Choice license plate issue. And, Carolyn Dubay, an assistant professor with the law school, global reproductive rights.
A light reception will immediately follow the panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public.
Tolerance week gets dissed
GASTONIA, N.C. — Gaston County school board member Chris Howell, who also serves as a youth pastor at Flint Grove Baptist Church, has criticized an event to encourage tolerance between LGBT and allied teens during week of April 15 at Highland School of Technology.
Howell says parents and some school staff had contacted him about the observance and indicated that they felt that the activities “infringed on students who should be focusing on the school curriculum,” The Gaston Gazette reported. Howell also thinks the events could divide students and faculty and that they “promote something many people don’t support.”
Students have a week-long slate of activities that will not take away from class time. Those include: Awareness Day/passing out ribbons; Tacky Day/dress to show support for the GSA; Equality Day/collage creation with equality facts and student signatures; Hat Day; students pay $1 to wear a hat in support of the GSA; and Day of Silence/students do not speak outside of class instruction time.