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A better you, a better community

January 8, 2011 in Cover Stories by QNotes Staff

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

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How choosing you benefits everyone

January 8, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by ARAcontent

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.

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Carry a ‘helper’s high’ into New Year

January 8, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by Tyler DeVere

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.

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Sexual safety first

January 8, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by QNotes Staff

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.

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Shed a happy tear

January 8, 2011 in News by Matt Comer

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.

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‘Don’t Ask’ vote makes for surprising sea changes

January 8, 2011 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Republican Sen. Richard Burr’s vote for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal is historic, and shows just how far behind Charlotte’s “gay-friendly” Democrats are when it comes to LGBT inclusion and equality.

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Task force tackles LGBT suicides, HRC criticized for Milk store

January 8, 2011 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

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.

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Center receives feedback, UUA anniversary to be held in Charlotte

January 8, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by QNotes Staff

Members of the Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Charlotte Board of Trustees held a special community roundtable on Dec. 28 to hear community members’ concerns, suggestions, feedback and other items of interest.

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A call for reason, not blind faith

January 8, 2011 in Guest Commentary by Darryl Hall

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

January 8, 2011 in General Gayety by Leslie Robinson

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.

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What’s going on, North Carolina?

January 8, 2011 in T-Notes by Robbi Cohn

I hate that it’s so easy to get source material exposing the bigotry still alive and well in this state. Within a span of 12 days, three stories made news, right here in North Carolina. Another appeared on their heels. They’re indicative of how much animus, intolerance and downright hate still exists in this state vis-à-vis trans and LGB issues. I sometimes have to wonder if we’ve made much headway in the court of public opinion. Given that real change is usually a grassroots kind of thing, watching how social mores evolve gives us insights into how tolerance and diversity evolve. Judging by these letters and articles, it would seem that we’re still living in the dark ages.

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Can love at 40 be like it was at 20?

January 8, 2011 in Tell Trinity by Trinity

Dear Trinity: When I was 20 I fell in love so easily. Now I’m 40 and I have trouble letting myself fall in love. Why is it so hard at 40?

Out in the Stars: Jan 8-21

January 8, 2011 in Out in the Stars by Charlene Lichtenstein

Personal circumstances can change. Or, maybe, what changes is our perception of them. The way we communicate (Mercury) our love (Venus) gets us certain results (Mars). Will you remain tight lipped or will you open up wide?