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November 12, 2011 – QNotes

Ready, set, shop! Gift giving ideas for all!

Gift Guide 2011

QNotes has teamed up with White Rabbit to provide you with an assortment of affordable and unique gift giving ideas from their Charlotte store (920 Central Ave.) and from around the web. The gift list ideas range from the geeky to the cool and rom the kid to the grown and sexy man.

Speaking ill of the dead?

Do you believe it is appropriate to openly discuss the harm caused by a deceased person or leader? Is it disrespectful for harmed communities to speak honestly about their experiences with the deceased?

Certain sapphic addictions

General Gayety

My partner and I are both going through withdrawal. It ain’t pretty. We’re not addicted to drugs, alcohol, porn, sex, love, cigarettes, texting or gambling. I’ll bet you a case of gin we’re not. No, our addictions have a lesbian flair. Anne is mad for the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, while I’m obsessed with women’s professional basketball.

Trans Day of Remembrance


Damn. I hate writing this particular column. Each year I hope this will be the year I can write that trans homicides have subsided, that trans violence has taken a downturn and that we no longer need to gauge progress through the measurement of death and beatings. Sadly, that is again not the case in 2011.

Vet group sues for gay families

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) has filed a landmark federal lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, on behalf of current and former service members seeking equal recognition, benefits and family support for equal sacrifice and service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Trans remembrance vigils slated

The Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Nov. 20 across the globe. The annual celebration allows the community to pay respects to those who have lost their lives to bigotry and hatred. It was spearheaded by Gwen Smith and is in its 13th year.

Western: Tucker resigns position with ALFA

News Notes: Carolinas

AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA) has announced that its current executive director, Rodney Tucker, will be leaving at the end of November after a two-year stint at the helm of the organization.

Raleigh: Regular trans events slated, Logo contest begun

News Notes: Carolinas

Originally slated to be a one-time event on the Transgender Day of Remembrance observance on Nov. 20 at Fullstream Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave. in Durham, a number of transgender community members have now decided to get together on a regular basis to exchange clothing.