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February 18, 2012 – QNotes

HRC North Carolina Gala 2012 announces keynote speaker and entertainer

Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services as keynote speaker and ‘The Voice’ performer to entertain

The Human Rights Campaign North Carolina Gala has announced that they will be the only one in the country to host a Cabinet Member of President Barack Obama’s administration as their keynote speaker. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will speak to Gala attendees with a special message on behalf …

Prop. 8 play to be staged in N.C.

Chapel Hill, Raleigh performances two of more than 40 readings nationwide

The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact announced in January a full slate of more than 40 productions of Dustin Lance Black’s “8,” a play recounting the historic Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry. Two of the productions will be staged in North Carolina. Chapel Hill’s Playmaker’s Repertory Theatre will present the play on April 9, followed by the Raleigh Ensemble Players’ production on April 21.

20 Questions: Dan Mauney, Charlotte

The HRC North Carolina Gala is fast approaching (Saturday, Feb. 25 — visit for details), so we’re putting event co-chair Dan Mauney (who is serving alongside Cherie Green and Rich Hurley) in the glaring spotlight of 20 Questions. Read on, dear reader, to see what the Titan of Takeover had to say.

LGBT organizations of color

Making a difference in the community

February is recognized as Black History Month to celebrate the accomplishments and history of the African-American community. Despite their impact, many times the accomplishments and efforts of black LGBT people and the organizations that work within this community go unnoticed or are under-represented by the media.

GayCharlotte Film Festival returns!

Festival marks success of local screenwriters, filmmakers

The 4th Annual GayCharlotte Film Festival is around the corner and already events leading up to the big week are in full effect. The festival, scheduled to run from March 21-25, brings thousands of movie-goers together at various venues across Charlotte to witness and celebrate LGBT inspired films from across the world.

In Memoriam: Marino

Fredericka “Freddie” Marino

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — A celebration of life service will be held for Fredericka “Freddie” Marino on Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at MCC Sacred Journey, 135 Sugarloaf Rd., 2nd Floor. Marino died on Feb. 4. She was a founding charter member of MCC Sacred Journey. A native of Pittsburg, Penn., she was formerly employed by …

Feminist matriarch to speak

Luncheon to feature grant recipient awards

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Gloria Steinem, activist and author, will be the featured speaker at the sold out Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Power of the Purse on May 21 at noon at the Expo Center, Crown Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Dr. The event celebrates the power of women’s philanthropy in Western North Carolina, the …