Be sure to pick up a copy of qnotes’ Aug. 20, 2011, print issue — on newsstands now! It includes our annual QGuide, an LGBT Carolina Resource Guide. Just in time for Pride Charlotte, this resource guide is a comprehensive directory of LGBT non-profit groups and resources, AIDS service organizations, LGBT-friendly faith institutions and nightlife.
Artist Gil Croy says he never thought his Human Canvas project would grow to encompass so many others and gain the support itâ€™s received from The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte and the Pride Charlotte Festival, slated for Uptown on Aug. 27.
A pro-gay rally planned for the first day of a special September legislative session received little and muted responses from LGBT community members and organizations across the state. It’s Eastern North Carolina organizer is calling foul after the statewide Equality North Carolina announced Thursday they would hold their own rally one day after the original event was slated to occur.
Michael Harney, The Rubberman, is an HIV/AIDS/STD/Hepatitis prevention educator and street outreach worker at the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP), and separately operates the Needle Exchange Program of Asheville (NEPA). He recently attended the sixth International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Rome, Italy July 17-21.
Nearly five dozen LGBT Democrats from across the state gathered on Aug. 6 to form the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina. The new organization, which approved its bylaws and elected its first officers, will move to seek official auxiliary or caucus status from the North Carolina Democratic Partyâ€™s State Executive Committee.
The Southern Ideal Home Show celebrates 27 years Aug. 26-28 at The Park Expo & Conference Center. John Gidding from â€śCurb Appeal: The Block,â€ť one of HGTVâ€™s most popular shows, joins the Home Show on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Plant It Stage.
The unfortunate truth is that there are people in and around Charlotte who, despite their stated goals, seek not to unite, but rather break apart communities. These folks, motivated by a â€ślife-or-deathâ€ť mission, seek to push LGBT people back into the closet and even into the grave â€” both literally and figuratively. Perhaps the most well-known are now-convicted stalker and street preacher Flip Benham and professional anti-gay malcontent Dr. Michael Brown of Concordâ€™s FIRE Church and FIRE School of Ministry.
Jerusalem just held its Pride parade and over 4,000 people marched. There were protesters and one person was arrested for throwing stink bombs, but on the whole, Jerusalemâ€™s 10th annual March for Pride and Tolerance went well.
Upon my return from traveling on Tuesday, July 19, I found my inbox flooded with news that a dear friend had passed on. I canâ€™t say that I knew Pamela Jones nearly as well as I would have liked, yet she and I shared many far-ranging conversations and I always felt her to be a kindred spirit.
â€śSesame Streetâ€ť puppets Bert and Ernie are longtime roommates who have famously provoked the question â€śare they or arenâ€™t theyâ€ť for decades. However, in recent weeks the push for the plush pair to come out of the closet has gained even more steam with the creation of a popular change.org petition calling for the adorable couple to get hitched to celebrate the legalization of gay marriage in New York. Plus: More national and global headlines.
The wedding announcement of William Hasty III and Gregory S. Smith was published in The State after from their New York nuptials. Their marriage was on July 26 at Town Hall in Mamoroneck, N.Y. This is a first and a significant moment for the South Carolina paper, which in 2006 ran an editorial endorsing the stateâ€™s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Pastor Nancy Petty of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church has taken a stand against anti-gay matrimony and has declared that she will not perform state-sanctioned celebrations until everyone is afforded the ability to wed. Plus: Raleigh LGBT Center needs new executive director.
I read a number of message boards devoted to music and I follow the â€śBillboardâ€ť charts pretty closely. I like to think I have my ear to the ground and am pretty good at spotting trends before they bloom. If itâ€™s true, I have a feeling the presently scattershot sniping about Lady Gagaâ€™s recent commercial results might kick into overdrive any moment now.