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February 7, 2009 – QNotes

End of an era

Metrolina AIDS Project abruptly closes shop, to reopen under new name, leadership

CHARLOTTE — It is the end of an era, as Charlotte’s largest AIDS service organization, founded by six gay men in 1985, comes to its end. After more than two decades of service in the greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, Metrolina AIDS Project (MAP) as the community has known it will cease to exist, as it shuts …

A seal upon the heart…and law

Raleigh couple married in Toronto face legal difficulties living in U.S.

Every Valentine’s Day, couples, gay and straight, rekindle their love for one another. What might seem so easy for straight couples is so much more difficult for same-sex couples who can’t as easily “tie the knot” as their peers. For some, like Raleigh’s Angela and Melrose Haas, “getting hitched” meant traveling outside of the U.S. …

2009 HRC Gala: ‘Imagine’ the possibilities

Gala week brings trans protests, coincides with protests of ‘ex-gay’ Charlotte conference

CHARLOTTE — With a star-studded attendee list including some of the most well-known movers and shakers in the Carolinas LGBT community, the 2009 Human Rights Campaign Gala returns to Charlotte once more before heading to North Carolina’s capital city in 2010. The week-long series of events has sparked protests from transgender community members and coincides …

HRC Gala events

The Human Rights Campaign 2009 Gala, “Imagine,” comes complete with a series of fabulous events all week. Here’s your guide for the complete series of events in Charlotte, Feb. 15-22.

Meck. County on its way to offering DP benefits

Commissioners vote to begin study

CHARLOTTE — In a move community advocates have been waiting on for years, members of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners voted Jan. 29 to begin official study of offering domestic partner benefits to county employees. Meeting at a private retreat in Charlotte, commissioners voted 6-3 along party lines to instruct the County Human Resources …

Could new board make-up endanger gay students?

New Char-Meck school board members could make difference for LGBT-inclusive policies

CHARLOTTE — When the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved an LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying policy last March, the three Republicans on the governing body were the only members to vote against the proposal. With the addition of another Republican and an upset in the once-Democratic controlled body, future policy decisions on LGBT-inclusion and safety might not be …

Community leaders honored

Organization gears up for spring play

CHARLOTTE — In the Uptown headquarters of the Charlotte Urban League, dozens of members and leaders of the Carolinas Black Pride Movement (CBPM) joined together on Jan. 24 to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honor community members who have made a difference in the lives of LGBT people of color.

Correction: Rolfe Neill

In the Jan. 24 story, “Culture War (reprise),” Q-Notes mistakenly identified Rolfe Neill, former publisher and chairman of The Charlotte Observer, in a file photo published with the story. We apologize for the mistake. Q-Notes is committed to accuracy. If you ever encounter a mistake or need to seek a correction or clarification, email …

Lockdown: Queer cook

[Ed. Note — Joseph Urbiniak is an inmate at Harnett Correctional Institution in Lillington, N.C., and is the plaintiff in a pending lawsuit against the N.C. Department of Corrections to secure the right of LGBT prisoners to possess non-sexual, LGBT-themed books, newspapers and magazines. Q-Notes is publishing a collection of Urbiniak’s writings in this exclusive, …

Students of color surveyed

National News Notes

LGBT students of color surveyed NEW YORK, N.Y. — LGBT students of color face unique and diverse challenges regarding victimization at school, according to Shared Differences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students of Color in Our Nation’s Schools, a report from GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. The report documents …