Q-Notes contributing writer Jim Baxter will be doubly-honored on Saturday, Sept. 30 — first at his alma mater, Guilford College in Greensboro, and then later that same day, during the NC Pride festivities in Durham.
At Guilford, the college’s Alumni Association presents Alumni Excellence Awards every year during homecoming festivities. The award was established in 1980 to recognize alumni who are humanitarians and have achieved distinction in their chosen professional endeavors. Service, commitment, integrity and success are the key factors in making these selections.
Baxter, a 1975 graduate, was a co-founder of the Guilford Gay Alliance on campus and a group called Gay People’s Alliance off-campus. He wrote a column, called “On Being Gay,” for a local newspaper, The Greensboro Sun. He later founded The Front Page, a biweekly newspaper for the LGBT community, and ran it as editor and publisher for 26 years.
The award will be presented at a luncheon on campus in Greensboro. Later that afternoon, around 3 p.m., Baxter will be presented with The Front Page Award, an honor created and sponsored by Q-Notes and North Carolina Pride.
“It’s an award to recognize and keep alive The Front Page name, as well as recognize individuals who have made substantial accomplishments in the struggle for LGBT equality,” says Q-Notes publisher Jim Yarbrough. “To commemorate The Front Page and its founder, Jim Baxter will be the first recipient of the award.”
The award will be an ongoing event. “It will be given to someone each year chosen by the NC Pride Committee with some input from us,” Yarbrough said. “They’ll be the ones to administer it on a regular, ongoing basis.”
Baxter is currently working on a master’s degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.