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.
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 festivalâ€™s sponsor, said they expected a couple thousand attendees. When the event had come and gone, organizers counted more than 6,000.
National and state Democratic Party leaders issue statements on LGBT Pride Month 2011.
The ineffective June 2 protest by GetEqual on the floor of the state House was not intelligent nor was it strategic, and it certainly didnâ€™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.
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.
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 nationâ€™s largest LGBT civil rights organization, has endorsed President Barack Obama for reelection, and other national and global news.
The LGBT Center of Raleighâ€™s library will be opening in mid-August. Its mission is to provide access to resources for LGBT study and entertainment and to encourage exploration of the LGBT experience in a safe and welcoming environment.
Chaz Bono’s â€śTransitionâ€ť is filled with angst, anger, sadness and pain, topped off with wonderment and joy. Itâ€™s also repetitious, contains a few delicately squirmy moments and its occasional bogginess is a challenge for wandering minds.
I have stood in line and watched as families with children, warring spouses and multi-generational families sail through passport control with little-to-no hassle. I, on the other hand, have always had to separate myself from my partner, each of us filling out our own, individual re-entry cards, marking â€ś0â€ť where you record if you are with any other family member, be it a spouse, child, or parent who is living under the same roof. That small, slightly insignificant act was a gestural reminder that my â€śfamilyâ€ť is not comprehended, or treated like a family, American style.
So, itâ€™s not many times that I can say Iâ€™m actually excited to be writing the Rag. Iâ€™ve enjoyed doing it, but itâ€™s a monthly thing for me and has been for many years. But, when you have two national titleholders living in your home state, thatâ€™s cause for celebration, in my opinion.