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June 11, 2011 – QNotes

NC Pride’s tax-exempt status revoked

Group one of thousands receiving IRS tax-exempt status revocations after failure to file annual returns

The NC Pride Fest and Parade has had their federal tax-exempt status revoked by the Internal Revenue Service more than a year after it was first revealed the group was out of compliance with IRS rules governing annual non-profit tax filings.

Pride 2011

Pride festivals, parades and other activities through October

South Carolina Black Gay Pride | June 24-26, 2011 Join other LGBT people of color and allies for South Carolina’s annual black LGBT Pride festival in Columbia. Attracting a couple thousand people each year, SC Black Gay Pride events feature forums, a festival, parties and more. Various events, locations and times. For more information, visit …

Pride in Raleigh grows with hometown LGBT Center

First annual OutRaleigh Festival a hit, Center finds new home

Organizers of the recent OutRaleigh Festival say they could have never expected the positive turnout they received when their event unrolled on downtown streets on May 14. Bobby Hilburn, executive director of the LGBT Center of Raleigh, the festival’s sponsor, said they expected a couple thousand attendees. When the event had come and gone, organizers counted more than 6,000.

The president speaks…

Presidential Proclamation — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month

President Barack Obama’s LGBT Pride Month proclamation for 2011.

Direct action must be smart, strategic

Editor's Note

The ineffective June 2 protest by GetEqual on the floor of the state House was not intelligent nor was it strategic, and it certainly didn’t have a clearly articulated message. The outburst was a perfect example of a direct action gone terribly, terribly wrong and all LGBT North Carolinians will pay for it.

Squeeze play

General Gayety

In just a week, four male sports figures came out. From the basketball world, Rick Welts, the CEO of the Phoenix Suns, and Will Sheridan, a former player at Villanova, went public. Pro bowler Scott Norton and ESPN sports reporter Jared Max decided it was time, too.

Poll: Majority for marriage; HRC endorses Obama

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

A new Gallup Poll shows a majority of the American people (53 percent) support marriage rights for committed gay and lesbian couples. Plus, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, has endorsed President Barack Obama for reelection, and other national and global news.