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Naked Twister

January 7, 2012 in Cover Stories, Featured Stories by David Stout

If not for the fact that we are all undressed, this could be any mixer I’ve ever been to. It occurs to me how comfortable I have become with my own naked body in such a short period of time. It’s one of those wonderful “a-ha” moments.

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New TOY director wants to provide voice of support, advocacy

January 7, 2012 in Featured Stories, News by Matt Comer

In December, Time Out Youth (TOY) hired a new executive director, Rodney Tucker. Long-known for his involvement and work with the community in a variety of ways, Tucker says he’s looking forward with optimism and excitement for TOY’s future growth.

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Y alternatives bonus for community

January 7, 2012 in News by Lainey Millen

QNotes reported on July 9 in a News Notes brief, “Protections top concern in merger” and updated on Aug. 6, “YMCA alternate recommended” that serious concerns were expressed that some of the YMCAs in the area would no longer be LGBT-family friendly and that alternatives had been recommended by community members.

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State organization opposes amendment

January 7, 2012 in News by Lainey Millen

The North Carolina Psychological Association released an opposition statement on the Defense of Marriage amendment in September. Equality North Carolina lauded the position.

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Local PFLAG receives national honor

January 7, 2012 in Featured Stories, News by QNotes Staff

The Salisbury-Rowan chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) received the PFLAG National Chapter Award for Advocacy recently at the organization’s annual convention in Washington, D.C.

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A New Year for change and growth

January 7, 2012 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

Three… two… one… Happy New Year! Yes, it’s time for well wishes, resolutions and new beginnings. I do it. You do it. We all partake in the annual wish-making and dreaming that is New Year. With a new calendar comes hopes for change, progress and success. And, as much as we each wish better for ourselves, here’s to new hopes that our community and world experiences better days as well.

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Naked exercise?

January 7, 2012 in QPoll by QNotes Staff

Would you ever participate in a nude yoga or other exercise program?

Helping out on the resolution front

January 7, 2012 in General Gayety by Leslie Robinson

I’ve taken the liberty of composing New Year’s resolutions for individuals who are just too busy to do it themselves.

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Transgenderism and transsexualism are expressions of life-loving invention

January 7, 2012 in Transilluminations by Eva Hayward

A love affair broke out between a transsexual woman — male to female — and a transgender man — female to male.

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Archbishop’s KKK remark condemned

January 7, 2012 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George ignited a firestorm when he compared advancing LGBT equality to the Ku Klux Klan in a television interview with Fox Chicago a few days before Christmas. Cardinal George said: “You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”

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Church initiates capital fundraising campaign

January 7, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

Unity Fellowship Church Charlotte has initiated a fundraising effort to allow them to provide more for its congregational ministry.

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Eastern: Greenville movie night slated

January 7, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

The Greenville Area Classic GLBT Film Night will be held on the third Friday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greenville, 131 Oakmont Dr.

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Charlotte: Film to benefit national organization

January 7, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

“Legalize Gay!” is a documentary that captures the courage and conviction of a new generation of activists — gay and straight — as they campaign, often in parts of the country hostile to gay and lesbian rights, for LGBT equality in marriage, non-discrimination in sports and at work, standing up to bullying and forging inclusive college campuses.

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Western: Mountain group forms

January 7, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

The Mitchell County Gay Straight Alliance had its first public meeting on Nov. 15 at the county library amidst protest. Since then it has been the focal point for working “toward ensuring equal rights and justice for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people” in this mountain community.

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Regional: Internships opportunity announced

January 7, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

Have a hankering to spend time on Capitol Hill? Are you a college student who wants to gain valuable skills, insight and perspective by working with out elected officials? Then apply for a spot at the intensive summer Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute’s Congressional Internship program.

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Dharma Lounge presents QAF circuit party

January 7, 2012 in A&E / Life&Style by QNotes Staff

Charlotte’s Dharma Lounge will welcome with style nationally renowned DJ and recent Charlotte newcomer DJ Peter Presta of “Queer As Folk” fame at their Jan. 15 “Queer As Folk” Circuit Dance Party featuring host Dan Mauney of Takeover Friday and DJs Jason Fotizo and Brittany Gaston.

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From farm to fork: Five ways to eat local throughout the year

January 7, 2012 in A&E / Life&Style by ARAcontent

Fall is a great time for enthusiasts of fresh and local food. Farmers’ markets are overflowing with tasty produce at harvest time, and if you’ve worked long and hard on your home garden, it’s time to reap the rewards. Fresh food is harder to come by once the last leaves fall and the frost sets in, but there are still a number of ways you can keep your commitment to eating locally alive year-round.

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Keep fitness off your New Year’s resolution list

January 7, 2012 in A&E / Life&Style by ARAcontent

You’ve vowed to get fit with the start of each New Year. This year don’t. Why not? First, because resolutions don’t work. Second, because fitness isn’t something you start, it’s something you live. Stop starting. Start living.

Out in the Stars: January 7-20

January 7, 2012 in Out in the Stars by Charlene Lichtenstein

Sisyphus was a king who spent eternity pushing his rock uphill only to have it roll back down over his toes. Ah, if he were around, he could harness the energy of Mercury conjunct Pluto trine Jupiter and conjure up a way for the rocks to propel on their own steam. Push your dreams to the limit and stay out of falling rock zones.

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Meeting someone outside The GLBT Box

January 7, 2012 in Tell Trinity by Trinity

A reader asks, “I’m 36, fun, good-looking and very educated. I just can’t go to GLBT bars, chat rooms or any other ridiculous place GLBT people go to meet each other. So, how can I meet my match without dumping my self-respect?”