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QList 2012: Best of LGBT Carolina

September 29, 2012 in A&E / Life&Style, Cover Stories, Featured Stories by QNotes Staff

For the third year in a row, QNotes went directly to the people for their votes on their favorite and best coffee shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars, popular leaders and elected officials and non-profit organizations.

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The best of the best

September 29, 2012 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

In this issue, qnotes profiles our readers’ picks in our 2012 QList, Best of LGBT Carolina. Hundreds in our communities across the state cast their ballots to choose their favorite and best coffee houses, restaurants, nightclubs and bars, community leaders, elected officials, non-profit organizations and more. The results all speak for themselves.

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Romney and Obama comments show need for intelligent discussion about government

September 29, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Rob Schofield

The two major presidential candidates have both set off political firestorms in recent weeks with controversial comments about the nature of the relationship between Americans and their government. First, President Barack Obama attracted a fusillade of attacks for his ill-advised use of the phrase “you didn’t build that.”

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QPoll: If the election for president were held today, would you vote for Barack Obama, Mitt Romney or neither?

September 29, 2012 in QPoll by QNotes Staff

If the election for president were held today, would you vote for Barack Obama, Mitt Romney or neither?

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Beyond the Carolinas: Activists disrupt anti-gay summit

September 29, 2012 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of GetEQUAL, a national direct-action LGBT equality group, were dragged from a Sept. 15 protest inside the “Values Voter Summit” at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

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Charlotte: Housing sought for students

September 29, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

CHARLOTTE — College Democrats from across the state will descend on the Queen City to provide phone bank and canvassing support for Jennifer Roberts’ campaign efforts.

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Triangle: Center’s banquet on horizon

September 29, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh has announced that its annual “Raleigh Is Coming Out” awards banquet will be held on Oct. 12, 7 p.m., at the Stockroom, 230 Fayetteville St.

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Mountain Pride slated

September 29, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Blue Ridge Pride will be held on Oct. 6, 12-7 p.m., at Pack Square Park.

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Triad: Adam set for fest

September 29, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Adam Foundation will hold its annual Adam Festival fundraising event on Oct. 6, 7-11 p.m., at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St.

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Dems to hold convention

September 29, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The LGBT Democrats of North Carolina will host its second annual state convention on Oct. 6, 4-6 p.m., at the Grove Park Inn, Roosevelt Room, 290 Macon Ave.

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20 Questions: Wesley Thompson, Charlotte

September 29, 2012 in 20 Questions by David Stout

Wesley Thompson dreamed of growing up and practicing medicine. That is, when he wasn’t dreaming of growing up and becoming Darrin Stephens and marrying a martini-making enchantress. “Once I realized I couldn’t have a witch for a wife,” he says, “guys were my next option!”

White water parenting

September 29, 2012 in On Being a Gay Parent by Brett Webb-Mitchell

With my life-preserver vest snuggly snapped onto my torso and my helmet or “brain bucket” firmly on my head, my partner Dean and daughter Adrianne climbed into the yellow whitewater inflated raft on a cool September afternoon.

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Pageants are pouring in from everywhere! Where’s my cup?

September 29, 2012 in Drag Rag by Miss Della

My dear readers, we gather once more, as we have for 16 years now, to get updates on pageantry tea and such. It has been a busy time since the last one, for sure. I hope you all noticed or know that the last Rag was so blessed long that it appeared online only — and not in print.

Out in the Stars: September 29 – October 12

September 29, 2012 in Out in the Stars by Charlene Lichtenstein

Pluto gets bumped and jostled by Venus, Mercury and Saturn all through October, but in a very nice way. We feel our oats, as well as the oats of others, and can unleash our personal oomph to take us forward and up, up, up. Go for it, whatever “it” is.

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Drag queens, evil queens and cockfighting, oh my!

September 29, 2012 in Tell Trinity by Trinity

A reader wants to know: I’m a drag queen who competes in pageants and shows. But the other performers are not very nice to me. Am I doing something wrong?