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Dwellings 2011

March 19, 2011 in Cover Stories by QNotes Staff

Spring is returning! Finally! With it comes the change to get out in the garden, clean out the house or put it on the market. qnotes has you covered! Best [...]

An online war is underway on North Carolina’s Outer Banks

March 19, 2011 in News by Miles Christian Daniels

It started with a blog post from Charles Tyler, pastor of Roanoke Island Baptist Church in Manteo, the birthplace of Virginia Dare and home of actor Andy Griffith. When Tyler caught wind that David Miller, who lives less than a mile from his church, was planning the area’s first-ever gay Pride celebration this summer, he took to the blogosphere.

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Heart to heart with Hunx

March 19, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by Gregg Shapiro

Led by Hunx (a.k.a. Seth Bogart), formerly of queer dance unit Gravy Train!!!!, Hunx & His Punx puts the gay back into garage on “Too Young To Be In Love” (Hardly Art). Described as the first “proper” studio album by the band, the 10 songs smell like black leather motorcycle jackets and boots, Brylcreem and Final Net, cigarettes and Dentyne.

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Spring cleaning challenge 2011 :: simplify

March 19, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by Leah Cagle

There’s an old Aborigine saying that reads, “The more you know, the less you need.” Concepts of simplicity like this are difficult to process in the midst of a greed-driven economy like that in the U.S. But, despite all the constant hype of needing bigger, shinier, newer things, could it be that perhaps less really is more?

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Décor trends 2011 :: Natural lights

March 19, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by Leah Cagle

After enduring an unusually long and snowy winter, my heart has never been so eager for the fresh warmth and sunshine of spring. If you too find yourself daydreaming of finer weather and renewed energy, then what better way to fight off these last dreary days of clouds and drizzle than by bringing all the crisp new colors and styles of spring into your home? Hold on tight for a crash course in all the new décor trends this season has to offer.

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Charlotte, on the cusp of change?

March 19, 2011 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

After years of little-to-no progress on LGBT issues in the Queen City, I’m starting to think we might be seeing the very early light of a bright spot in Charlotte. Or, at the least, that’s what I hope I’ve observed as small pieces toward progress fall into place here and there across the city.

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Pride Charlotte moves Uptown. What do you think?

March 19, 2011 in QPoll by QNotes Staff

{democracy:67} Be sure to check out this issue’s Editor’s Note, “Charlotte, on the cusp of change?”

The sandwich-generation lesbian

March 19, 2011 in General Gayety by Leslie Robinson

Ever heard of the Lingerie Football League? It’s a women’s football league where the women wear helmets, shoulder pads, bras, panties and garters. Billed as “true fantasy football,” the teams have names like the Los Angeles Temptation and the Dallas Desire.

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Attaining the perfect patio in 48 hours

March 19, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by ARAcontent

Spring is a time of renewal with flowers and trees blooming, grass greening and warmer temperatures bringing us back to the outdoors. But before you can begin to truly enjoy the fresh air, there are many updates needed to help your patio areas recover from the harsh effects of old man winter.

Five tips for a faster sale in 2011

March 19, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by GayRealEstate.com

Without a doubt, 2011 is the best time in years for LGBT homeowners to successfully market their property. Follow these tips and it is possible to not only attract qualified buyers but also enjoy a quicker sale — with potentially higher profits — while overcoming many of the aggravating hurdles faced by other sellers.

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Best home improvements for your renovation dollars

March 19, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by ARAcontent

Five home improvements — from budget-friendly to big budget — that provide noteworthy return on investment (ROI) in terms of increased value and improved enjoyment.

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GOP will defend DOMA

March 19, 2011 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

Plus, new SLDN communications director hails from South Carolina, Lesbians ‘burned’ by insurance company, Obamas host anti-bullying conference and more.

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Carolina campuses consider dropping Chick-fil-A

March 19, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

After provoking ire from LGBT activists and bloggers over their donations to anti-gay groups and causes, restaurant chain Chick-fil-A might soon find itself without at home at two North Carolina universities.

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N.C. poll shows positive trend on marriage rights

March 19, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

An Elon University Poll released on Feb. 28 showed that a majority of North Carolinians support marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples and oppose a constitutional amendment to prevent same-sex couples from marrying. The poll also revealed significant increases in public support for LGBT equality in just the last two years.

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Carrboro alderwoman, partner sign DP registry

March 19, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

CARRBORO — Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle and Alicia Stemper signed the town’s domestic partnership registry on March 4. But, they did not take this step lightly. They did it to “protest [...]

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Charlotte: Cabarrus teens say school not supportive

March 19, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

Teens say school not supportive CONCORD — FOX Charlotte reported on March 8 that a group of students who formed a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at Central Cabarrus High School were [...]

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Western: ALFA, High Country Pride to hold bingo

March 19, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

Not Your Mama’s BINGO will hold a fundraiser for High Country Pride and ALFA on April 2 at High Country United Church of Christ, 8235 U.S. Hwy. 421 N in Vilas, N.C. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

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Triad: Adam Foundation opens grant season

March 19, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

Winston-Salem’s Adam Foundation opens their grant season. Greensboro’s Guilford Green Foundation raises thousands at their Women’s Party. Plus, the 13th annual RiverRun International Film Festival returns to Winston-Salem April 8-17.

When I get older, Losing my hair…

March 19, 2011 in On Being a Gay Parent by Brett Webb-Mitchell

In 1967, the Beatles came out with their wonderful album (yes, I mean LP, vinyl disk), “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band.” I was 12 years old, on the edge of entering my teenage years, in Maplewood, N.J., and I saved my money for this album with an incredibly intricate, psychedelically colorful cover. While my parents tolerated (barely) parts of the album, the one song they enjoyed was the honky-tonk “When I’m 64!” In many ways, it was a musical bridge for my parents and me, in which our generations met each other.

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Celibacy: Is it right for me?

March 19, 2011 in Tell Trinity by Trinity

A reader asks, “I’m not becoming a priest, but I thought I’d try celibacy. Do you think it’s a good idea?”