If Charlotte news station WBTV or Republican Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James were your only sources of information, youâ€™d likely be led to believe the Queen City has a significant problem with men engaging in illegal sexual activities in the cityâ€™s and countyâ€™s public parks. Fortunately, real journalism uncovers hard numbers â€” facts backed up by police records â€” that show an astonishingly low rate of arrests for men soliciting so-called crimes against nature in public places.
As bright-eyed young people, we all had questions about life, love and how the world works. So, we turned to the influences we trust most in life â€” our parents, our friends and, perhaps, most memorably, our TV programs. But, what happens when we cross over that inevitable border into adulthood? Who is there to answer the difficult questions we encounter them then? Often, just as the most pressing questions of adulthood emerge, the advising panel disappears. Well, lucky for us, our answer may have just pulled into town.
The world lost a fierce HIV/AIDS advocate with the March 23 death of actress Elizabeth Taylor. The Oscar-winning beauty launched a second career as an AIDS activist in 1985 when she organized AIDS Project Los Angelesâ€™s first â€śCommitment to Lifeâ€ť event, which would go on to become the biggest AIDS fundraiser in history.
Charlotteâ€™s LGBT Country Western dancing and social group is celebrating 20 years this year and their annual Queen City Stomp â€” slated for April 15-17 â€” is set once again to raise much-needed funds for area non-profits.
Back in December, Vice President Joe Biden said â€śthereâ€™s an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage.â€ť It is a theme has been repeated often enough in days of late. Thereâ€™s plenty of evidence to support such a hypothesis.
At Wayne State University in Detroit, the Word Warriors wave the banner on behalf of the English languageâ€™s neglected words. Last year the Warriors released a list of words they hoped to rescue from disuse. As the obliging type, I wanted to assist the restoration effort. So, I tested all 15 words to see if they fit snugly with my LGBT subject matter.
I should probably start out with a confession â€” throughout my youth, my attitude towards the LGBT community was little more than a formulaic result of a traditional Southern Baptist upbringing in small town Hendersonville, N.C., and a unanimously-dedicated Republican family.
I donâ€™t expect this to be the most popular column Iâ€™ve ever written. In fact, this will probably be deemed contentious and recalcitrant. I know how important the issue of marriage equality is to many within the gay and lesbian communities. You may have wondered why some of your trans friends are turning their collective backs regarding this issue. Itâ€™s not that we donâ€™t support the general agenda of equal rights. We do. And, it isnâ€™t that spousal equality doesnâ€™t affect trans individuals. It does.
Chad Gibson and George Armstrong, two Fort Worth, Texas, men who were injured during a police â€śinspectionâ€ť of the Rainbow Lounge nearly two years ago, received a $400,000 settlement from the Fort Worth City Council on March 23. Plus: Civil unions bill introduced in Delaware, DOMA news, gay giving for Japan, and more.
An upcoming graduate of North Carolina State University, Will Lamb embarked on creating a documentary that highlights the schoolâ€™s LGBT and ally communities. Although this might not seem too remarkable, it is so for him since he is an ROTC scholar. Following his graduation in May, heâ€™ll head to the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a commissioned officer.
The Charlotte Business Guild will bring in J.D. Lewis, owner of the Actorâ€™s Lab of Charlotte and Los Angeles, to its monthly meeting on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 820 Hamilton St.
We can fall head over heels for just another pretty face, especially when Neptune enters Pisces and conjuncts Venus. Will it be just another fling once the dust settles or will it be something much more? Letâ€™s guess.