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October 18, 2008 – QNotes

On the brink

With the rest of U.S. economy, LGBT businesses, non-profits feeling the pinch

In the past few weeks, the nation has looked to Wall Street with shock, confusion and anger as the stock market and every other part of the U.S. economy seemed to do nothing but slip away.

When the Dow Jones dropped 777 points on Sept. 29, after a failed attempt by Congress to pass a Wall Street bailout plan, folks on Main Street took notice — in a big way. Even after President George W. Bush signed a more than $800 billion bailout plan, the Dow stumbled again — more than 600 points. In early October, for the first time since 2004, the Dow plummeted below 10,000 points — reaching an unheard of more than 5,000-point drop in only one year. At press time, the markets were still struggling from their dangerous Oct. 10 dip below 8,000 points.

Q-Notes 2008 LGBT Voter Guide

Highlighted races across the Carolinas

This election season much is at stake for the LGBT community. On a federal, regional and local level gay and transgender citizens are still fighting for basic rights such as employment and housing non-discrimination, hate crimes legislation and the ability to provide hospital care for their partners. It is important, now more than ever, to …

Former HRC leader blasts Palin, praises Obama

Elizabeth Birch on HRC, Barney Frank, Clinton and the future

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Appearing at a lecture at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte on Tuesday, former Human Rights Campaign (HRC) executive director and former Sen. Hillary Clinton supporter Elizabeth Birch praised the leadership abilities of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and blasted the Republican presidential ticket. Sitting down with Q-Notes prior to her speech, she also …

Where they stand: Candidate positions on HIV/AIDS

Dem and GOP nominees differ on prevention, treatment

While both candidates for president have made statements that they want to combat HIV/AIDS, a comparison of the voting records, public statements and other actions shows Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) have differing agendas when it comes to HIV/AIDS testing, prevention, treatment, healthcare access and more. has very few specifics to …

Remembering, honoring and equipping for the future

On heels of Shepard 10-year observance, group plans concert, training

CHARLOTTE — Ten years ago this month, a brutal attack left a gay University of Wyoming student dead. That man, Matthew Shepard, became a symbol for years to come of the end result of unbridled anti-LGBT prejudice and hate. His mother, family, friends and fellow students have spoken out for years on the need to …

Group for gay students launched at WSSU

Started this September, more than 100 members have already joined

When Howard McQuirter Jr.’s parents found out he was gay, they disowned him. Stripped of his car, cell phone and financial support just two weeks before starting his educational journey at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), McQuirter says he was forced to make some serious adjustments in his life.

NC Pride ’08 a resounding success

Click here to view more photos from NC Pride in Q-Notes‘ photo galleries When it comes to NC Pride, 2008 was a very good year for the 24th annual celebration. An outstanding turnout estimated at 10,000 gathered at Duke University’s East Campus in Durham Sept. 20 to march in the parade (which featured a record …

Lawsuit filed over 2007 gay sex sting

40 men arrested, one committed suicide in ‘highly unusual action’

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Lambda Legal has filed suit against this eastern Tennessee city and Police Chief John Lowry on behalf of a man arrested in a September 2007 public sex sting. As reported in Q-Notes last October, the Johnson City Police Department arrested 40 men in late September — including one preacher and employees …

Pride Charlotte moves forward with 2009 plans

On heels of 2008’s record 10,000 attendance, group plans increased community involvement

CHARLOTTE — The Pride Charlotte Task Force of the Lesbian & Gay Community Center has announced new details for its 2009 festival planning, including news on next year’s festival date and location, a theme contest and two upcoming community events. According to Pride Charlotte 2009 spokesperson Robert Touchstone, the organization has set its festival date …