Have a HOT bod? Not afraid of showing some SKIN? QNotes, Charlotte’s LGBT community newspaper, is looking for two male models to help us out with our 2013 swimsuit/underwear issue. You get some free underwear and/or swimwear and a free set of photos for your own use after our publication. Photo shoot would take place this weekend or early next week. Respond ASAP to editor ‘at’ goqnotes.com with head shot, full-length or torso body shot (no nudity, please) and a brief summary of any past modeling experience you have.
South Carolina Equality, a statewide LGBT advocacy and education group, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its organization’s official, state-issued license plates.
The plates, which have the organization’s name and logo emblazoned on them, were released last year. Since then, more than 400 plates have been sold. A portion of plate fees go directly to SC Equality.
SC Equality says South Carolina is one of only two states nationwide with a pro-equality license plate.
For more information on the plates, visit scequality.org/license_plate/.
Robert Kellogg, the openly gay chairman of the Gaston County Democratic Party, has some praise for the president.
“Mr. President, your words and actions over the past four years concerning LGBT equality have opened up the doors of acceptance and begun to close the door on discrimination,” Kellogg wrote in a guest commentary for The Gaston Gazette in late January. “You have advanced love over hate and have made countless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered men and women proud to be Americans, empowered to embrace their sexuality and emboldened to seek a place at the table of American equality. You are not only my president, but you are my hero.”
Kellogg’s piece is inspiring and moving. But, of course, that didn’t stop another reader from responding with some old, tired anti-gay rhetoric.
“The parade of militant homosexuality continues its march forward with the drumbeats merging in the rhythms of Hell,” writes Mark Huffman.
Sigh. You know, Huffman’s words might actually have been taken seriously 20 years ago. Now, it just seems like hyperbolic hot air.
CBS MoneyWatch and Yahoo! Finance report some interesting statistics from Penske Truck Rental, which compiled information on the most popular cities people moved to in 2012.
The Queen City, well, she came in ninth. Here’s what they had to say: “Charlotte is a major U.S. financial center, with Bank of America and the East Coast operations of Wells Fargo both headquartered here. In 2011, the city was named the second largest financial center by assets, behind New York City. Nicknamed ‘The Queen City’ Charlotte is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, more than 40 public golf courses and plenty of other big-city attractions. On average, homes sell for around $162,000.”
And, in case Charlotte folks still find themselves pining over Atlanta, they’ll have a long way to go. The Gate City was number one on the list.
The annual ScienceOnline conference is being held this week in Raleigh. Today, at 2:30 p.m., North Carolina State University GLBT Center Director Justine Hollingshead, pictured right, will participate in a conversation on science education and LGBT involvement.
From the panel description:
Online minority science writers, i.e. historically from African-, Hispanic-, and Native-American communities, are small in number reflecting their underrepresentation in the STEM pipeline. Broadening the participation of these groups involves mentoring and training activities which can make the STEM disciplines more welcoming to all. Diversity discussions today also recognize the needs of the disabled, LGBT, veteran, female, and other populations outnumbered in majority institutions. This session will bring together minorities, allies, and stakeholders who are interested in using online tools to diversify both the sciences and science communication.
Hollingshead talks about her experiences in a special write-up in Scientific American blog. Catch it here.
Be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter this afternoon, using the hashtag #scio13.
A hat-tip to The Charlotte Observer‘s religion reporter, Tim Funk, who brings us this tid-bit of news: The American Bible Society has released a ranking of the most “Bible-minded cities” in America.
According to Funk, the rankings were weighted by locals’ regular Bible-reading habits.
Four Carolinas markets came in the list’s top 25. The Charlotte market ranked third, the only Carolinas market in the top 10.
Other markets included Asheville/Greenville/Spartanburg at 11, Greensboro/Winston-Salem at 19 and Raleigh-Durham at 22.
According to Funk: “Big cities like Charlotte rarely make these kinds of lists. In fact, the folks at the American Bible Society say, only three of the Top 25 Bible-minded markets have populations of more than a million souls — Charlotte; Nashville, Tenn; and Raleigh-Durham.”
In April, qnotes will debut our first “Queen City Creatives” issue, profiling 6-8 successful LGBT young leaders and young professionals.
We’re reaching out to our readers and asking for your suggestions and nominations.
What we’re looking for:
1. Locals in the greater Charlotte area and greater Raleigh-Durham area 35 years of age or younger
2. Professionals in creative and dynamic fields like banking/finance, law, politics/government, technology, communications, hospitality, science/engineering, medical, etc.
3. Community leaders, whether paid or volunteer, in either LGBT or non-LGBT progressive organizations/causes
4. Individuals who have demonstrated a unique entrepreneurial spirit or who have worked or led in creative, insightful and progressive ways, leaving a lasting mark on their business, neighborhood, community or field
5. Individuals who are “out” and identify as LGBT, queer or who are strong straight allies with a proven dedication to, knowledge of and understanding of LGBT/progressive causes and issues
6. Must be willing and able to attend a photo shoot in mid-March and appear on the cover of the newspaper
We are committed to representing a full diversity of our community, including a diversity of ages within the under-35 bracket as well as a diversity of fields/expertise, gender, race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
If you have suggestions of young professionals or young leaders we should profile, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte Pride Band President Erin Ellenburg might seem like she’s being all fancy and stuffy with her video asking for your support for the Human Rights Campaign’s Carolina Gala next month. But, just wait for it… wait for it… A good laugh for a good cause.
The New York Times ran a significant piece this week on young adults and those seeking to push for broader inclusion in the LGBT community.
Entitled “Generation LGBTQIA,” the write-up by reporter Michael Schulman delves into the lives and thoughts of a slew of young people, mostly freshman from the University of Pennsylvania.
What does this new generation want? According to Schulman:
“If the gay-rights movement today seems to revolve around same-sex marriage, this generation is seeking something more radical: an upending of gender roles beyond the binary of male/female. The core question isn’t whom they love, but who they are — that is, identity as distinct from sexual orientation.”
Schulman was even able to get quick comment from Shane Windmeyer, executive director of the Charlotte-based Campus Pride.
“Youth today do not define themselves on the spectrum of L.G.B.T.,” Windmeyer told the writer.
The piece is a wonderful read and revealing of some deeper, forthcoming trends and conversations that many LGBT community organizations, perhaps, have not begun to have. Read the whole piece at The New York Times…
A lesbian couple living in New Bern, N.C., had just finished their meal at the Stingray Cafe in downtown New Bern when they say the restaurant’s owner handed them a letter condemning them.
TV station WCTI 12 reported the story yesterday, which restaurant owner Ed McGovern confirmed he provided the hand-written letter to married couple Ariel and Shawnee McPhail.
God said in the last days that man and wom[a]n would be lover of self, more [than] the lover of God.
That man and woman would have unnatural [affection] for one another. Then, the coming of the Son of Man, who is Jesus. So please, look at your life. See how it hurt[s] everyone around you. And ask the Lord to open your eye[s] before it [is] to[o] late.
The Love of Christ
P.S. my daughter also was gay. It destroy[ed] her life and my grandson.
In reporting on recent anti-LGBT comments from right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh, The Huffington Post compiled a list of 19 other “horrific anti-gay statements.” Some of the usual names are featured, including the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer and the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins.
Plenty of North Carolina names also made the list:
- Maiden, N.C., Pastor Charles Worley who said gays and lesbian should be fenced in electrified pens
- Pastor Ron Baity of the Winston-Salem, N.C., Berean Baptist Church who said gays should be criminally prosecuted
- Pastor Sean Harris of the Fayetteville, N.C., Berean Baptist Church who advocated punching effeminate children
- Pastor Tim Rabon of Raleigh’s Beacon Baptist Church who said marriage equality would lead to marriages between “persona and a beast”
- Pastor Patrick Wooden of Raleigh’s Upper Room Church of God in Christ who said gay sex causes gay men to need diapers
Update, Jan. 9, 2013, 2:41 p.m.: According to ABC News, Ryan Andresen will not be granted the Eagle Scout rank, national Boy Scouts of America officials said. Read more at ABC News…
California gay Boy Scout Ryan Andresen made national headlines last year, even appearing on the Ellen Show, after his scoutmaster refused to sign off on his Eagle Scout rank. Andresen had successfully completed all the requirements for the rank, the highest award given to Boy Scout members, but after coming out, his scoutmaster refused.
Today, the local council has decided to grant Andresen the award. The decision places the local council in direct violation of national Boy Scouts of America policies banning membership and leadership by openly gay youth and adults.
A California chapter of the Boy Scouts of America is directly challenging the national organization’s ban on gays by formally recommending that an openly gay former Scout be awarded the top rank of Eagle.
“From what I understand, this has never happened before,” Eric Andresen, father of former scout Ryan Andresen, told Reuters.
“It’s the first in-your-face (challenge),” said Bonnie Hazarabedian, who chaired the Boy Scout district review board that signed off on Ryan’s Eagle scout application and forwarded its recommendation last week to the national headquarters for final approval.
Ryan, 18, and his parents drew national attention in October after his Scoutmaster refused to sign his Eagle scout application because of his sexual orientation.
More than 462,000 people subsequently signed the Andresens’ petitions at Change.org calling on the Scoutmaster to sign. Meanwhile, the Andresens pushed Ryan’s application up the Boy Scout hierarchy in the San Francisco Bay area, where it landed before Hazarabedian.
In two separate interviews with LGBT media on Tuesday, Jerame Davis, executive director of National Stonewall Democrats, announced that the national organization was suspending some of its activity and entering a rebuilding phase.
The decision to curtail the operations of the group’s national office operations was made after National Stonewall Democrats failed to bridge a $30,000 budget gap in December. A year-end fundraising campaign netted only $10,000.
The national group will temporarily shut down its national office and Davis will depart as the organization’s paid executive director. A new board of directors will soon be elected and operations for state and local chapters will remain unaffected as the organization takes a year to refocus its mission and operations.
The announcement comes just months after the National Stonewall Democrats came to Charlotte and participated in several events here as the city hosted the 2012 Democratic National Convention. North Carolina is one of few states with a statewide LGBT caucus for its state Democratic Party. The National Stonewall Democrats website lists a chapter in Charleston, S.C., though the local website has no updates since 2009. No other chapter currently exists in the Carolinas, though a Wilmington chapter once operated.
The Advocate released their 2013 “Gayest Cities in America” today. The annual listing has plenty of fans and its fair share of critics, especially considering the publications sometimes humorous and self-admittedly “totally subjective and constantly changing” criteria.
- No city in the Carolinas made the list this year, though Asheville came in at number 12 in 2010. Asheville is the only Carolinas city ever featured in The Advocate’s listing since in the past four years.
- St. Louis, with which Charlotte competed for hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention, placed at 15. The city was at number 10 in 2011.
- Minneapolis-St. Paul, which also competed for the Democratic Convention, came in at 10. The city has made several past lists.
- Atlanta placed at number 9 this year, where it also placed in 2012. Atlanta placed first in 2010 and seventh in 2011.
- Washington, D.C., placed fourth this year. It came in eighth in 2011 and 16th in 2012.
- Atlanta was the only southern city (unless you’re one of those who counts D.C. as “southern”) in the 2013 list. Other southern cities have been listed in the past, including Knoxville, Tenn., which scored eighth in 2012. Richmond received honorable mention this year, placing 19th. Fort Lauderdale also received honorable mention, placing 24th.Other past southern cities listed by The Advocate include New Orleans, Gainesville, Orlando, Miami, Little Rock and Austin, among others.
This year’s criteria included some serious notes, like the number of LGBT elected officials, number of businesses with a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, transgender-inclusive protections and marriage equality. The less serious and maybe humorous criteria: the number of concerts by Scissor Sisters, Uh Huh Her, Girl in a Coma and the cast of “Glee,” presence of Whole Foods, West Elm or Pottery Barn stores, gay rugby groups and roller derby.
And, what if Charlotte had been scored? Our scores in red for each criteria below:
LGBT elected officials — 1, Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield
According to Victory Fund;
1 point for each federal, state, and local official in office or elected in 2012
HRC Corporate Equality Index 100s — 1, Bank of America
1 point for each company located in a city
Concerts by Scissor Sisters, Uh Huh Her, Girl in a Coma, and cast of Glee — At least 3: 1 Scissor Sisters, 1 Uh Huh Her, 1 Girl in a Coma
1 point for each stop since 2009
Fabulous shopping — 3, one each
1 point each if a city has Whole Foods, West Elm, or Pottery Barn stores
Transgender protections — 1, City of Charlotte
1 point for every jurisdiction with laws prohibiting discrimination, according to National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Gay rugby — 1
1 point for each team
Bisexual resource groups — 0
1 point per organization, according to BiNetUSA
Roller Derby — 2
1 point for each league
Marriage equality — 0
SC Equality year-end fundraising campaign ended with a bang last week, capping of an exciting year of change and ushering in a new year of growth under new executive director Ryan Wilson.
According to an email from the group to its supporters, SC Equality broke through its $7,500 December 2012 fundraising goal to reach a total of $12,425. A matching contribution of $7,500 brings the total fundraising to nearly $20,000.
SC Equality is the Palmetto State’s LGBT education and advocacy organization. Their work will begin in earnest this week as the South Carolina General Assembly returns to work today.
The Advocate, the national LGBT news-magazine, announced today that their print edition is returning to newsstands after a two-year absence.
The press release below:
The Advocate Returns to Newsstands
After a two-year absence, the world’s leading LGBT news source returns to major distributors nationwide.
January 7, 2013 (LOS ANGELES) — Here Media Inc. (www.heremedia.com), the world’s leading LGBT media company, today announced that The Advocate(www.advocate.com) print publication will be returning to newsstands in 2013. For more than 45 years, The Advocate has maintained a rich tradition of reporting cultural and political news, astute commentary, investigative journalism, and absorbing profiles of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. The brand defines what it means to be gay today as the definitive LGBT news and information source. The brand challenges and broadens conceptions, provokes conversation, and propels issues both inside and outside the LGBT world.
“Due to both reader and advertiser demand, we are thrilled to bring The Advocate print edition back to newsstands in 2013,” said Advocate editor in chief Matthew Breen and executive vice president Publishing Joe Landry in a joint statement. “We remain committed to providing timely and in-depth reporting of issues important to the LGBT community and our community allies, as well as providing the best media outlet for businesses targeting the gay market.”
For the first time in over two years due to strong reader demand, The Advocate, which has been sold only by subscription since 2010, will again be available at major distributors nationwide starting February 2013. Additionally, The Advocate’s thriving online presence has achieved exponential growth and a devoted social media following and will continue its timely content and reporting. The Advocate will also continue to explore and implement new and impactful ways to leverage mobile and tablet devices to connect with readers whenever and wherever they are.
The Advocate returns to newsstands on January 15, 2013. The magazine can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Hastings, and other select retailers.
The Advocate is currently available to consumers via the print publication, online at Advocate.com, and via mobile devices. Follow The Advocate on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/TheAdvocate and on Twitter at @TheAdvocateMag.
In our Jan. 4, 2013, print edition, qnotes reported on the LGBT Center of Raleigh’s fundraising efforts for a new youth camp to be held this March. The community responded to the center’s needs in such a timely manner, that the project was fully funded the same day our print edition hit news stands!
According to center staff, the organization is still collecting donations to fund related youth programming projects, including efforts to obtain more youth resources for the center’s library and to fund the center’s Safe Space stickers program. The group aims to get Safe Space stickers for every teacher in Wake, Durham and Orange Counties.
The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte is saying happy holidays to all of its supporters and asking for your year-end support.
In a holiday message to supporters, the center said 2012 was a year of achievement. Next year will bring more, as the organization moves into its new space on N. Davidson St.
The Board of Trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in and support of The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte.2012 was an amazing year for The Center – we led a number of great activities this year including:
- Our seventh Annual Pride Charlotte Festival (2nd year in Uptown!), fourth Annual Transgender Day of Rememberence, fourth Annual GayCharlotte Film Festival and second Annual Stonewall Celebration.
- New community groups for men, women and young adults as well as new recurring activities such as yoga classes, community Bible studies and other educational programming.
- Outstanding Arts projects including The Human Canvas, Project Colors and the amazing Mural Project wrapping the entire exterior of The White Rabbit at 920 Central Avenue.2013 is looking to be another fantastic year for The Center as we move to a larger and more flexible space in NoDA at the corner of North Davidson and 28th Streets (a few steps from Amelies!). You can read more about our move at gaycharlotte.com.Help us make 2013 the greatest year in The Center’s history by making a year-end, tax-deductible donation in support of the diverse programming and events we’ve continued to offer as well as the expanded programming our larger location will alllow us to deliver. You can make your donation today online at gaycharlotte.com/donate.Happy Holidays from YOUR Community Center!
James Franco has been making waves this year as news circulated about his indie art film project, an homage to the controversial 1979 film “Cruising,” directed by William Friedkin and starring Al Pacino.
According to Mathews, Franco wanted to update the film, but he couldn’t get the rights. As Mathews’ gay art porn/drama “I Want Your Love” was getting press attention, Franco’s people emailed Mathews to ask him to talk about the film. Within 24 hours, they were talking.
“He knew he wanted real gay sex in it,” Travis said. “His people went looking for a filmmaker who had filmed real gay sex, and I suspect someone who would complement his vision. We talked about why we would be interested in still looking at this film. We talked about his interest in the film and his interest more broadly in so many gay-themed stories and visionairies. He’s worked with so many in front of and behind the cameras over the years.”
Mathews, who plays himself and directs, and Franco, who also plays himself and produces, decided to document the recreation of the 40 minutes that were lost from the film after an intense battle with the MPAA to change its rating from X to R.
The trailer for Franco’s “Interior. Leather Bar.” was recently released (h/t Queerty). Watch it below (in case you’re wondering about safe-for-work-worthiness, there’s no nudity spare a few ultra-quick shots of a couple bare butts).
A state lawmaker isn’t alone in his opinion that teachers and school administrators should have access to guns on school campuses. In an opinion piece published by The Charlotte Observer today, the president of a statewide gun-rights group suggested the same.
Grass Roots North Carolina President Paul Valone writes: “Wondering how teachers with concealed handgun permits would respond, I asked our email recipients and received uniformly positive responses from teachers, college instructors and post graduate professors who lamented inability to protect students from even “routine” murders, assaults and rapes. Said a middle school principal who carries a firearm everywhere but to work: ‘I am charged with the safety of nearly 700 children and adults every day I step into the office. Yet the only instruments I have to carry out that task are my good intentions.’”
Valone’s group said it will begin working for legislative changes next year.
“When the General Assembly convenes on January 9, 2013, Grass Roots North Carolina will immediately push for legislation enabling teachers and other concealed handgun permit-holders to protect students from violent predators on the state’s campuses,” Grass Roots North Carolina wrote in a news release yesterday, according to WRAL’s Mark Binker.