Just in time for planning your “what to do” list, our Aug. 4-17 print edition rolls out its Fall 2012 A&E Guide. It’s chocked full of the most LGBT-comprehensive array of events, shows, musicals and more to wet the appetite for those who want something enjoyable to do.
Three years ago, Larry Ferri and his partner Barry Pettinato set out from Washington, D.C., to settle in Charlotte. They went through all the usual motions any moving couple might. They found a real estate agent, toured the city and ranked the pros and cons of the neighborhoods they encountered.
Don’t let the heat of summer from keeping you from looking your best. Stylist Daniel Stroupe gives us options for dressing for success and staying cool without sacrificing style in these summer and early fall fashions.
The hot days of summer are the perfect time to lay back and relax. Be sure to keep cool! Take those stuffy clothes off and show some skin with these hot swimwear and underwear fashions.
As we continue our celebration of LGBT Pride month, letâ€™s take a closer look at one of the sub-groups within our community that is often ignored, misunderstood or rejected. Despite their seemingly less visible presence, the bisexual community has been a part of the gay rights movement in the United States since its early history in the 1960s and 1970s.
Drag, i.e, men dressing in womenâ€™s clothing for entertainment purposes, is an age-old concept. Itâ€™s thought by some that the word itself dates back to Elizabethan-era England. At that time women were barred from the stage â€” acting was considered an unseemly pursuit for the fairer sex â€” so men portrayed all the parts.
If not for the fact that we are all undressed, this could be any mixer Iâ€™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. Itâ€™s one of those wonderful â€śa-haâ€ť moments.
This yearâ€™s Just Twirl Christmas party, Twirl to the World, is the third time the company will gear up for the holidays with a special celebration meant to to do just that. From gifts for needy to children and housing and heat for the poor, Twirl to the World and those who attend the event with donations in-hand will make a real difference.
Karen Mosteller does not have breast cancer. In fact, she never has. But, itâ€™s a different story for many of her close friends. â€śWe were younger then,â€ť Mosteller says, recounting memories of two friends diagnosed with breast cancer just weeks apart over a decade ago. â€śWe were all taken aback. They were both healthy and exercised and did all the right things. They ate well, they took walks â€” all the things you were supposed to be doing.â€ť
Voters will head to the polls on May 8, 2012, to vote on an anti-LGBT constitutional amendment that will ban marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. The measure, â€śAmendment One,â€ť could also have dire consequences for scores of unmarried opposite-sex couples.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that men having sex with men (MSM) account for just four percent of the U.S. male population aged 13 and older, yet the rate of new HIV diagnoses among MSM is more than 44 times that of other men and more than 40 times that of women. In the rural Appalachian Mountains and foothills of Northwestern North Carolina, a few additional statistics caught the attention of local AIDS service organization, the AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA). In 2010, a shocking 90 percent of new clients came into medical care with an AIDS diagnosis and almost 70 percent of the clients self-identified their risk factor as men who have sex with men.
Itâ€™s not uncommon to see LGBT people involved in art. We are, after all, a creative bunch. Take just a quick glance at the art world: in every genre, weâ€™re there. And, you canâ€™t really have a good art school without some gays, can you? Ron Crider, Charles Easley and Richard Withem have each worked with the Art Institute (AI) of Charlotte or at other AI locations for several years. Each chairs a particular program area, having worked their way up from faculty. In all, four of the schoolâ€™s seven programs find these three gay men at their helm.
Be sure to pick up a copy of qnotes’ Aug. 20, 2011, print issue — on newsstands now! It includes our annual QGuide, an LGBT Carolina Resource Guide. Just in time for Pride Charlotte, this resource guide is a comprehensive directory of LGBT non-profit groups and resources, AIDS service organizations, LGBT-friendly faith institutions and nightlife.
For a second year, QNotes is reporting on the financial health and well-being of a host of community non-profit organizations. The data and other information has been collected from the paperâ€™s second annual Community Assessment Survey, a tool designed to gauge community organizationsâ€™ financial health and measure their commitment to transparency. This yearâ€™s survey responses, however, are less than appealing â€” more than half of the groups asked to participate declined.
Beginning in May and through mid-June, qnotes readers had the chance to submit their ballots in a contest judging their favorite bars and clubs, restaurants and eateries, coffee shops and cafĂ©s, community organizations and leaders and more. After hundreds of submitted ballots, our readers have spoken! We present this yearâ€™s QList, Best of LGBT Carolina â€” Readersâ€™ Pick.
Homophobia, harassment and isolation arenâ€™t reserved to the realm of youth. Older LGBTs, too, experience much of the same prejudice. Les Geller, a member of the LGBT Center of Raleighâ€™s board of directors and co-chair of its Gay & Gray Initiative, says older LGBTs from the baby boom-era, like the rest of the country, are standing at a crossroads. As the nation ages, so do its LGBT seniors and many are facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles in healthcare and housing.
â€śThis isnâ€™t a luxury trip,â€ť J.D. Lewis cautions. In July, Lewis and his sons â€” 13-year-old Jackson and 8-year-old Buck â€” will depart for a year-long journey hopping from nation to nation as they visit 12 different cities across the globe. In each, theyâ€™ll assist in humanitarian work ranging from issues like famine and poverty to healthcare and education.