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August 23, 2008 – QNotes

Fighting AIDS with sex

Youth and gay/bi men are bearing the burden of the epidemic

In early August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released revised figures on the number of new U.S. HIV infections each year. The updated statistics revealed an increase of more than 16,000 cases over the agency’s previous estimate of 40,000 new infections annually — even though rates declined for injection drug users and heterosexuals.

The stunning news was met with a flurry of media coverage.

LGBT activists and AIDS service organizations (ASOs) immediately took notice of the fact that the CDC said the burden of new HIV infections is “greatest among gay and bisexual men of all races.” Of the total 56,300 new HIV infections each year, a full 53 percent of them occur in gay/bisexual men and men who have sex with men (MSM).

LGBTs will make their mark at Dem convention

N.C. will send six LGBT delegates, S.C. will send none

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When state delegations head to Denver, Colo., for the Democratic National Convention Aug. 25-28, they’ll be bringing with them more representation from the LGBT community than ever before. According to the National Stonewall Democrats, overall LGBT participation in the quadrennial Democratic convention will increase 27 percent from the 2004 convention. Stonewall said …

South Carolina prepares for ‘So Gay’ Pride

July ad controversy lends extra attention to annual festivities

COLUMBIA — A week-long series of events will lead up to what organizers said might be the largest SC Pride Parade and Festival yet. The international attention provided LGBT issues in the state after the weeks-long reporting of a gay-oriented tourism ad in London, England, has lent the Palmetto State LGBT community a hand-up in …

10,000 come out for Pride Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — In its third successful year under the direction of Charlotte’s Lesbian and Gay Community Center, the 2008 Pride Charlotte festival enjoyed another record turnout. According to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, 10,000 people attended the day-long festival at uptown Gateway Village on July 26. Raine Cole, one of the festival’s co-chairs, said the event was …

Camera tricks

Photographer Joe Oppedisano takes an 'Uncensored' journey

In this lamentable time when censorship runs amok and sex is still treated as something dirty, award-winning celeb/fashion photographer Joe Oppedisano daringly pushes the envelope with his arresting images of the human body.

At their best, his photos artistically explore the margins of raw sexuality — with hyper-masculinity being one of his favorite subjects. Through his lens, he captures a world inhabited by posing porn stars, rugged men openly engaging in bondage on urban sidewalks and hunky athletes surrounded by lush landscapes.

Major publications and corporations around the globe have long sought out Oppedisano, who is openly gay, for high-end commercial work — fashion spreads, cover shoots and advertising campaigns. These mainstream clients have included Esquire, New York Times Magazine, Men’s Health and Pepe Jeans. Oppedisano recently shot a 25th anniversary Calvin Klein spread for Italian magazine Collezioni Uomo.

Youths’ ‘springboard to the community’

New non-profit hopes to create virtual community of support

CHARLOTTE — The history of the LGBT movement is replete with examples of queer men and women who turned their difficult, youthful experiences into a drive to create a better world for themselves and others. Josh Starnes is aiming to do the same. With the help of his friend Ashley Larson, Starnes has taken his …

False idols and the death god

Editor's Note

There’s something strange in the air. Do you smell it? Can you taste it? Christianity is changing, my friend. Well, maybe it’s more like a regression than anything else. The death god is making a comeback. Goodbye newly revealed understandings of the divine! Hello, Dark Ages! Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama is scheduled to speak …

ManHunt: The law of supply and demand

Anything But Straight

Is ManHunt, the wildly popular online cruising site with the slogan “get on, get off,” a blessing or a curse for gay men? This is the question Out magazine writer Joseph Gross posed in one of the most provocative articles of the year. The Out commentary points to the benefits of the site, but posits …

‘Who would Jesus exclude?’

Western N.C. families organize for support

“Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.” This Bible verse, found in Romans 15:7, New American Standard Version, embodies the basis on which Christianity is based. Christians are expected to treat others with respect and acceptance, even if they don’t agree with some choices others make. Somewhere …