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January 8, 2011 – QNotes

A better you, a better community

Community members across the Carolinas share their New Year’s resolutions for themselves and their communities

LGBT community mmebrs and leaders across the Carolians share their New Year resolutions, personally and for the community.

How choosing you benefits everyone

New Year, New You: Physical fitness

Can putting yourself first be considered an unselfish decision? When it comes to your health, the answer is yes. By putting your health first, you’re not only staying well for you, but also for your loved ones.

Carry a ‘helper’s high’ into New Year

Doing good deeds, service to others has positive emotional benefits

Research shows that helping others can make us feel enormously better about ourselves. It’s called “helper’s high.” Being there for others in their times of need makes us feel more a part of a community that watches out for its own members.

Sexual safety first

As the New Year rolls in and each of us prepare for the coming warmth of spring, perhaps it’s wise to stop and take a moment to reflect on our sexual health and wellness. After all, with the warmth of spring and summer comes all sorts of sensuous temptations; don’t get caught off-guard when Mr. Right (or Ms. Right Now) comes a knocking.

Shed a happy tear

Editor Matt Comer reflects on his visit to the president’s ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal signing

It was as normal a workday as any other — a little cold outside, yes, but full with all the usual expectations and daily to-dos. So, imagine my surprise when I opened my inbox and saw an email from the White House — an invitation to attend President Barack Obama’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal signing ceremony on Dec. 22.

Task force tackles LGBT suicides, HRC criticized for Milk store

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has added three new task forces to address suicide prevention efforts within high-risk populations: LGBT youth; American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN); and military service members and veterans. This brings to six the number of task forces formed by the Action Alliance, the public-private partnership forged in September to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

A call for reason, not blind faith

Guest Commentary

After reading Dr. Michael Brown’s guest commentary, “Setting the record straight” (Dec. 25, 2010), it is not surprising he still clings to the notions of “lifestyles” when espousing his convictions and judgments against the LGBT. He does deny comparing homosexuality to pedophiles, but goes on to justify this comparison. Just as I wouldn’t compare someone who uses fire to cook or heat with an arsonist, we shouldn’t compare homosexuals to pedophiles. Using an extreme to enable criticism of a group is not only being unfairly judgmental, but denies fundamental facts of humanity that show Dr. Brown’s doctorate is definitely not in biology.

Hopes for the New Year

General Gayety

As 2010 drew to a close, I’m was looking ahead. Here are some of my hopes for the LGBT community in 2011, along with a few predictions.