With everyday conversations in which references to TV moments seem to outnumber recollections of actual memories and YouTube allusions usually overtake verbal attempts to share real experience, it‚Äôs easy to feel swept away in the fast pace of the moving media world.
‚ÄúGay parents find South more accepting,‚ÄĚ read a headline in The New York Times last month. Raleigh‚Äôs News & Observer was a bit less reserved: ‚ÄúRaleigh No. 3 in gay parents,‚ÄĚ they said matter-of-factly.
Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford) is the first openly gay man elected to the legislature and the first to hold office in the House. He‚Äôs also the first openly gay and African-American candidate ever elected to a state-level office. Despite all these exciting ‚Äúfirsts,‚ÄĚ the reality is that Brandon comes into his new job as a freshman in a party that has been relegated to a political minority after experiencing a dynasty-like chain of unbroken political authority for nearly a full century.
Plus other national and global headlines: Hospital visitation rights in effect, No Name-Calling Week observed, GLAAD unveils media awards noms, Workplace rules at Jewish non-profits studied, Key Ugandan activist murdered.
LGBT advocate Judy Shepard will speak at the Campus Pride (CP) and Time Out Youth (TOY) annual awareness event ‚ÄúBelieve in Youth‚ÄĚ on Feb. 20, 3 p.m., at Myers Park Baptist Church‚Äôs Heaton Hall, 1900 Queens Rd. Plus, HRC Charlotte goes bowling.
People of Faith for Just Relationships is leading the charge to get Asheville to be more proactive with regard to LGBT equality. Plus other headlines from Boone and Hickory.
In our Jan. 22 print edition, I explored what Republican Party control might mean for LGBT North Carolinians. It‚Äôs been nearly two weeks now since the North Carolina General Assembly opened their legislative session and Republicans have wasted no time in their quest to push through negative legislation that will hurt everyday Tar Heels, especially the ‚Äúleast among us.‚ÄĚ
Our staff is proud to introduce our new associate editor of arts and entertainment, Leah Cagle. We hope each of our readers have the chance to interact with Leah and we‚Äôve invited her to introduce herself as she begins her work with us and you.
While we have come to expect pathetic behavior periodically from Bill James, what was perhaps equally disconcerting was the feeble response by the default party of conscience, the Democratic majority on the county commission.
Words have consequences. That‚Äôs what Gabby Giffords said before the tragic events in Tucson had transpired. Words have consequences. That‚Äôs what many of us in the LGBT community think, as well. Spend just one November evening remembering our dead on the Transgender Day of Remembrance and it‚Äôs crystal clear that language all too often leads to violence.
These days, George Michael seems more lost than Gilligan, Hurley and the kids from ‚ÄúDr. Shrinker‚ÄĚ combined. But, in the closing years of the ‚Äė80s, he was a pop music juggernaut. Actually, that‚Äôs too limiting because he enjoyed unprecedented success on the R&B charts as well. It‚Äôs more accurate to say Michael was a music juggernaut.