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March 21, 2009 – QNotes

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Gay researcher questions Human Rights Campaign’s perfect rating of Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Public high schools; libraries and museums; public and private colleges and universities; hospitals; foundations and charities — the list of beneficiaries of the legacy of R.J. Reynolds, his family and the Winston-Salem tobacco company he founded more than a century ago is long and valuable — perhaps endless. There is hardly a Carolina soul who …

Urban living with Southern charm

Carolinas cities offer variety in downtown, metro living

You don’t have to move to Atlanta, D.C., or New York to get a taste of urban, downtown living on the East Coast. Cities small and large across the Carolinas offer exciting options for those who desire something a bit more than the usual Southern suburban experience. Charlotte The newest and most luxurious development in …

‘Dangerous’ liaisons with queer lust, seduction, betrayal (Online Exclusive)

Queen City Theatre to present all-male version of play based on classic French novel

Q-Notes editor Matt Comer speaks with the director Glenn Griffin and actor Kristian Wedolowski of Queen City Theatre’s production of “Dangerous,” an all-male, gay version of “Les Liaisons dangereuses” (“Dangerous Liaisons”). Comer, Griffin and Wedolowski discuss Charlotte, Southern culture, gay life, sex and art. The play will debut in Charlotte on April 2 at Duke …

GayCharlotte Film Festival kicks off first weekend in April

Fest is first-ever large-scale LGBT cultural event since 1990s’ OutCharlotte festival

CHARLOTTE — For LGBT Charlotteans who miss the queer cultural scene celebrated by the 1990s’ OutCharlotte festival, the long wait will come to a close during the first weekend in April.

House of Mercy AIDS walk set for April 4

16th annual event welcomes walkers of all ages

BELMONT, N.C. — Spring is coming back — everyone knows what that means. As the days get longer and warmer, non-profit groups are organizing fundraisers and other activities to raise awareness and cash. The House of Mercy, a non-profit residence for low-income persons living with advanced stages of AIDS, will be among the first groups …

LOAFERS, ‘Angry Inch,’ survey

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Still hanging out CHARLOTTE — LOAFERS (formerly Lesbians Over the Age of Forty, which is now open to all ages) is a support/discussion/social group that meets at 6:30 p.m. at The Lesbian and Gay Community Center, 820 Hamilton St., Suite B11, on the second Friday of each month. This group, which is now well …

Prop. 8 challenge goes to court

National News Notes

Prop 8 challenge goes to court SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Attorneys for same-sex couples, civil rights organizations and the state Attorney General’s office appeared before the California Supreme Court on Mar. 5 to urge the court to strike down Proposition 8. At issue in the case is whether the initiative process can be used to …

Anti-discrimination laws essential

Global News Notes

Anti-discrimination laws essential for Serbian democracy BRUSSELS — Members of the European Parliament made calls in early March for the Serbian government to put back on its agenda proposed anti-discrimination legislation that would protect LGBT citizens. The draft legislation is said to have been withdrawn before the vote in the Serbian Parliament following pressure from …

N.C.’s religious right: Digging their own graves

Editor's Note

In the past few weeks we’ve seen North Carolina’s religious right (I like to refer to them as “Rabid Righties”) praise and laud a proposed state constitutional amendment that would discriminate against LGBT people and jump, scream, yell and holler over proposed pieces of legislation that would offer safety — physically, mentally and otherwise — …