2013 Year in Review: Memory making stories cross the Carolinas’ landscape

Top community news items from the past year

by Lainey Millen  Special Assignments  specialassignments@goqnotes.com
Published: December 20, 2013 in Featured Stories, News

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January

01.04.13

Campus Pride became one of nine partners with Pop superstar Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. The student group’s ED Shane Windmeyer said he was thrilled with the collaboration citing that it would provide his organization with more student links.

The LGBT Center of Raleigh was able to fund a new youth camp in Greensboro, N.C., in short order.

01.18.13

Ariel and Shawnee McPhail, a lesbian couple, were dissed by a restaurant owner in New Bern, N.C., when he accused them of kissing outside his establishment.

A trans student at Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C., wanted to remain at the all-female school after his gender reassignment surgery.

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February

02.01.13

Campus Pride hosted a three-day comprehensive train the trainers Stop the Hate program in Charlotte, N.C.

North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., conducted a survey to determine how welcoming the school is toward their faculty, staff and students who are from the LGBT community.

02.15.13

The Human Rights Campaign Carolina announced that Tony and Emmy Award Winner Mandy Patinkin, a star in Charlotte-area filmed “Homeland,” would be the keynote speaker.

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt of Chapel Hill, N.C., announced that he’d run for office again.

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March

03.01.13

Plans were shared with readers about the upcoming 20th Annual Walk for AIDS in Belmont, N.C.

The Adam Foundation announced its new leadership with A.J. DeLaOsa as president. In March, however, he stepped down due to career advancement in another state.

03.15.13

qnotes reported on Charlotte Pride’s separation from The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, announced early in 2013.

J.D. Lewis and his sons revealed that they would take to the streets in Charlotte, N.C., to raise funds for their Twelve In Twelve Foundation.

03.29.13

Time Out Youth announced that it would hold its annual prom in April in Charlotte, N.C.

Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., issued a statement that they would do no weddings until everyone in the state could get married.

Statewide LGBT Democrats began to form local chapters.

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April

04.12.13

A bill was introduced in the General Assembly to overturn a policy passed by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s trustees last year allowing students of the opposite sex to share living space together.

Anti-gay preacher Flip Benham of Operation Save America lost a federal lawsuit challenging the City of Charlotte’s decision to deny him a festival permit in Uptown in 2010.

Buncombe County Board of County Commissioners in Asheville, N.C., voted to advance LGBT-inclusive worker protections.

04.26.13

One World Dragon Boat race team of Charlotte, N.C., the first in state, announced that it was seeking paddlers for its team.

The LGBT Center of Raleigh initiated a Pledge-a-Protester fundraising campaign to fight against hatred and homophobia during its Out! Raleigh festival.

Equality NC’s Executive Director Stuart Campbell announced that he was stepping down.

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May

05.10.13

Duke University, Durham, N.C., shared that it would begin offering student health insurance coverage for gender confirmation surgery.

PFLAG’s Rocky Mount, N.C., chapter awarded its first Straight for Equality Award to Al LaRose, a longtime member of the organization.

Equality NC received an award from the North Carolina Justice Center at its Defenders of Justice Awards event.

05.24.13

Community members gathered in front of the federal courthouse in Charlotte, N.C., to demonstrate in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Hockey teams in the Carolinas (Carolina Hurricanes, Raleigh, N.C., and Charlotte Checkers, Charlotte, N.C.) stood up for equality among gay athletes.

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June

06.07.13

Time Out Youth (TOY) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) of North Carolina entered into a partnership to bring Welcoming Schools to the region.

Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, participated in a conference on mental health at the White House.

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) became the first HBCU (historically black college or university) in the state to establish services for LGBT students.

06.21.13

The LGBT Center of Raleigh announced that its Gay & Gray Initiative received national affiliation with SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and changed its name to SAGE Raleigh.

Charlotte Pride called for nominations for its Champions of Pride awards.

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July

07.05.13

Blogger Pam Spaulding ended her nearly decade-long Pam’s House Blend.

Artist Josh Starnes created a mural on the outside wall of Central Station in Charlotte, N.C., after the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.

In Winston-Salem, N.C., the Adam Foundation’s Board of Directors announced that its goal of establishing its Adam Legacy Fund has been achieved.

07.19.13

Analouisa Valencia became the first out lesbian contestant in the Miss South Carolina pageant system at its event in Columbia, S.C.

North Star LGBT Community Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., announced that it would open in August.

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August

08.02.13

Servicemembers, Partners, and Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All formed with two North Carolinians sitting on its board.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, a national organization working on LGBT workplace equality, hosted a book reading and panel discussion with top LGBT and ally executives in Charlotte, N.C.

08.16.13

A panel with the founder of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates in Charlotte, N.C., shared that workplaces were becoming more LGBT-friendly.

The City of Raleigh Museum showcased “The LGBT History of Raleigh” at a gathering at the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

08.30.13

Former qnotes editor David A. Moore accepted the position as editor at the Georgia Voice in Atlanta, Ga.

Equality NC relaunched its wedding registry as a way to help build a movement for marriage in North Carolina.

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September

09.13.13

The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., the state’s military training college, announced the creation of a new Safe Zone program.

A steering committee in Asheville, N.C., opened up discussion and research on the establishment of a community center in the High Country.

09.27.13

Trans activist Janice Covington went home to Newport, Del., to her class reunion, but she did so quite differently than she was when she attended there some 50 years ago.

Time Out Youth announced that it would begin offering counseling services.

The Guilford Green Foundation in Greensboro, N.C., mounted a $5 contribution letter writing campaign to raise funds for its programs.

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October

10.11.13

The Charlotte Rollers Girls awarded a $2,000 check to Regional AIDS Interfaith Network.

The Frank Harr Foundation announced the launch of a local affiliate of Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE) in Wilmington, N.C.

10.25.13

Different Roads Home CEO and President Dale Pierce got a chance to meet “Project Runway’s” Armando Thomas “Mondo” Guerra at the Annual United States Conference on AIDS.

Bishop Gene Robinson was at North Carolina State University and spoke on the subject of God Believes in Love, Straight Talk about Gay Marriage as part of the school’s Diversity Education Week.

Mayor Linda Oliver, West Union, S.C., was under fire for sharing her disdain for same-sex marriage in a Facebook post.

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November

11.08.21

Rev. John A. McLaughlin, senior pastor at St. Jude Metropolitan Community Church of Raleigh, N.C., was selected to be part of a delegation that attended the World Council of Churches Assembly in Busan, South Korea.

An Elon University poll shows that there was a divide among its respondents on the issue of gay marriage.

11.22.13

Local leaders received awards and a new logo was unveiled at the Charlotte Business Guild’s gala.

LGBT leaders from across North Carolina formed NC Electeds for Equality, an initiative of Equality North Carolina.

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December

12.06.13

The Scorpio in Charlotte, N.C., became a sponsor of Campus Pride.

12.20.13

The Freedom Center for Social Justice celebrated a year of successes.

The LGBT Center of Raleigh announced their move to new facilities.

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