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Chronicling Carolina

May 14, 2011 in Cover Stories by Matt Comer

The story of QNotes’ history is about more than its own achievements; it’s about the community — the people, places and pride of the past 25 years of Carolinas history. People like community leader and QNotes’ first editor Don King, whose Closet Buster Productions helped to herald new eras of LGBT awareness and public engagement in Charlotte. Places like Charlotte’s Lesbian & Gay Community Center or Raleigh’s LGBT Center and the decades long push for community organizing for spaces to call all our own. Pride, like the series of statewide and local Pride festivals and parades that have grown and spread like wild kudzu across the state since 1981.

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‘Your sword can be a sermon or the power of a pen’

May 14, 2011 in Guest Commentary by Tonyia Rawls

If I were in church I would say I want to testify, but since this will be read by a broad audience, I would like to share a bit about the role QNotes has played in our work within community and encourage everyone who can to take another look at why it is so critical to support QNotes.

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25 years and not done yet

May 14, 2011 in Editorial by Jim Yarbrough

For 25 years now, QNotes has reported to and about the LGBT community — the good news and the bad news and sad news. There have been many joys and many tears. We have reported the passing of our own staff, our friends and colleagues — many from HIV/AIDS — and we have reported many celebrations. Things like Lawrence v. Texas, Pride events, buildings bought, community centers organized, people who received awards for jobs well done, for dollars raised and social and educational events.

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History is a humbling force

May 14, 2011 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Humbling. That’s how I feel every time I begin to thumb through old issues and archives from QNotes. It’s a feeling I once again had the opportunity to enjoy as the QNotes staff worked to put this 25th anniversary issue together.

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Open-ended: Your thoughts and suggestions

May 14, 2011 in QPoll by QNotes Staff

On the occasion of our 25th Anniversary, qnotes wants to open dialogue with our readers and community. Instead of our traditional multiple-choice QPoll, we invite you to share your open-ended thoughts, suggestions, comments, concerns, criticisms and critiques.

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HuDost has the most

May 14, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by Leah Cagle

Since her very first day of post-graduation freedom, with a major in visual arts and a minor in chamber music in her pocket, Moksha Sommer has dedicated her life to performing. Sommer’s amazingly supportive parents had known she was destined for the stage since their little girl informed them at the young age of six that she wanted to take piano lessons. Performing as a child, touring as a teen and launching directly from college into a full-time career, Sommer has always maintained a life saturated with a love for music and performance.

Karger has a shot

May 14, 2011 in General Gayety by Leslie Robinson

If you haven’t heard of Fred Karger, you have an awful lot of company. Karger is a retired political consultant from California. He’s also a gay activist and he’s running for the presidency. As a Republican. Clearly this is a fellow who fancies adventure.

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Working towards equality in the American workforce

May 14, 2011 in Guest Commentary by Daniel Myers

To end discrimination-based sexual orientation and gender identity in the American workforce, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community must work together for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would provide job protection based on employees’ sexual orientation or gender identity in both the public and private sector workforce.

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Students visit San Fran

May 14, 2011 in News by Lainey Millen

North Carolina State University’s Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service offers its students opportunities to expand their experience in the area of volunteerism and help make a difference. And, this year it teamed up with the GLBT Center.

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Local groups host State Dept. official

May 14, 2011 in News by Matt Comer

On the heels of a whirlwind, one-day visit from the U.S. Department of Justice’s assistant attorney general for civil rights, the local LGBT community will once again host a federal government official.

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Delaware civil unions bill approved

May 14, 2011 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

Delaware House of Representatives votes 26-15 to approve a civil unions bill that will provide same-sex couples who enter into such arrangements the same rights, protections and obligations now granted to married couples in the state. Plus, firm drops DOMA defense, legislative updates, President Clinton calls for N.Y. marriage and global briefs.

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Charlotte: TOY, Sotto Voce hold ‘Love Notes’

May 14, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

Time Out Youth and Sotto Voce will hold a fundraiser to benefit Time Out Youth.

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Regional: Summit explores inclusivity, Event welcomes Arizona hero

May 14, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

The “Facilitating Campus Climates of Pluralism, Inclusivity, and Progressive Change at HBCUs” (historic black colleges and universities) summit was held on April 29 at Spelman University.

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Western: Hike for Hope raises $22,000

May 14, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

Stormy weather did not stop the second annual Hike for Hope on April 16. Over 100 hikers hit the trail at the Catawba River Greenway in support of HIV/AIDS services for the region. In its second year, Hike for Hope raised over $22,000 for ALFA.

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Carolina bursts with summer attractions

May 14, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by Matt Comer

There’s just about something for everyone this upcoming summer season. Maybe you’re staying in town for those lazy, summer days. Maybe you’re taking day-trips to fill your leisurely calendar. Or, maybe short-distance or weekend summer excursions are more your style. Whatever it is, you’ll find it across Carolina and the South. Take a gander at some of these exciting events we found.

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Memorial Day Weekend is party time in Charlotte

May 14, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by David Stout

Memorial Day is the official kick-off to summer for most Americans, which means Memorial Day Weekend is often marked by festivities ranging from simple backyard barbecues to elaborate vacation getaways. Charlotte LGBTs who opt to stay close to home for the holiday will find plenty to do around the Queen City.

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Five culinary trends that will make summer entertaining sizzle

May 14, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by ARAcontent

Summer entertaining season is about to heat up. Barbecue and traditional cookout fare will always have a place in warm weather menus, but sometimes you just want to shake things up a little — and bring some new ideas and flavors to the picnic table.

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Add some Hawaiian fun to your summer

May 14, 2011 in A&E / Life&Style by ARAcontent

With summer approaching quickly, you’re probably dreaming about all the fun you’ll have gathering with friends and family. Why not spice things up by adding a little island culture to your plans?

He’s a gay parent

May 14, 2011 in On Being a Gay Parent by Brett Webb-Mitchell

My “boss” in the church was very direct with me, not holding anything back in telling me how she tells churches that are interested in me as their pastor: “The first thing I tell them is ‘He’s a gay parent.’” With that emotionally charged phrased — in which being openly gay is still considered breaking the law in the Presbyterian Church (USA) — I never hear back from a church. Miffed about this title, I asked my friend John (another minister who is a dad who happens to be divorced and is straight): “Does she call you a straight parent when introducing you to a group.” He chuckled softly and simply shook his head no.

Out in the Stars: May 14-27

May 14, 2011 in Out in the Stars by Charlene Lichtenstein

We hit a planetary trifecta as Mars, Venus and Mercury all move into Taurus. Suddenly, we find that our hearts, minds and actions are in sync. Full speed ahead, compadres. No parking, unless you are asked to.