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August 20, 2011 – QNotes

QGuide: Annual LGBT Carolina Resource Guide

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.

Artfully proud

Local artists, Community Center and Pride Charlotte team up for arts exposure

Artist Gil Croy says he never thought his Human Canvas project would grow to encompass so many others and gain the support it’s received from The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte and the Pride Charlotte Festival, slated for Uptown on Aug. 27.


SC Pride art show explores intersections of faith, spirituality and sexuality with Saint Sebastian-themed exhibit

The Christian martyr Saint Sebastian is a complex figure in Western art. He’s been a religious martyr, a patron saint of athletes and of soldiers — and what might arguably be history’s first recorded gay icon.

Rally planned to oppose anti-LGBT amendment

Equality NC rally organized after competing rally draws muted response

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.

What the Rubberman Wrote: Chronicles from the International AIDS Society Conference

Asheville-area educator travels to Rome for international conference on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention

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.

LGBT Dems take steps to form official state party caucus

Group meets in Greensboro, approves bylaws and officers

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 Party’s State Executive Committee.

Kitchens, baths and gardens…Oh my!

The Southern Ideal Home Show celebrates 27 years Aug. 26-28 at The Park Expo & Conference Center. John Gidding from “Curb Appeal: The Block,” one of HGTV’s most popular shows, joins the Home Show on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Plant It Stage.

Indeed, God has a better way

Editor's Note

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 “life-or-death” mission, seek to push LGBT people back into the closet and even into the grave — 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 Concord’s FIRE Church and FIRE School of Ministry.

A donkey’s work is never done

General Gayety

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, Jerusalem’s 10th annual March for Pride and Tolerance went well.

We miss you, Pamela


Upon my return from traveling on Tuesday, July 19, I found my inbox flooded with news that a dear friend had passed on. I can’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.