Bullying symposium slated

RALEIGH — North Carolina State University (NCSU) is a hosting a “Stand Up, Speak Out: Finding Opportunities to Protect Our Youth Against Bullying” symposium on March 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St. It is sponsored by NCSU’s University Counseling Center/Student Health Services; Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Counselor Education; Department of Social Work; and GLBT Center.

It will include sessions on bullying prevention and intervention in schools; cyberbullying and professional ethics; implementing the anti-bullying law; and gender identity and sexual orientation issues facing youth.

Keynote presenter will be Jamie Nabozny (pictured), who was featured in the documentary “Bullied: A Student, a School, and a Case That Made History,” produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Nabozny v. Podlesny held that schools can be held liable for deliberately ignoring anti-gay harassment. After the presentation, breakout sessions and a moderated panel discussion will be held.

Continuing education credits and certificates of attendance are available. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Deadline for registration is March 11.

Registration fee is $40. There is a discounted rate for NCSU students and affiliates, as well as the GLBT-Community Alliance.

For more information, email SocialWorkEvents@ncsu.edu or visit socialwork.ncsu.edu/bullying.php.


Bowlers raise big bucks

CHARLOTTE — The recent Bowling for Equality fundraiser held in the Queen City netted nearly $4,100 as more than 155 bowlers took to the lanes for the Human Rights Campaign.

Sponsors were Food Lion, By Design, Just Twirl, Robert Dogens and Connie Vetter.


Gold joins week’s celebration

WILMINGTON — Mitchell Gold, founder of Faith in America, will speak about faith and the LGBT community on March 6, 6-8 p.m., at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Part of Faith and Sexuality Week, the event will be held in the Burney Center, with a dessert reception and book signing after Gold’s talk.

The event is sponsored by the university’s LGBTQIA Resource Office.

During the week, there will be screenings of “Eyes Wide Open,” “A Jihad for Love” and “8: The Mormon Proposition” at the Lumina Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, including other events that week, visit uncw.edu or faithinamerica.org.

Festival causes debate

NAGS HEAD — The organizers of a first-ever Pride festival have gotten some opposition to their efforts.

According to a UPI news release, OBX Pridefest co-founder David Miller, “is offended by some critics.” He shared his sentiments with the The Virginian-Pilot, saying that statements from Pastor Charles Tyler of Roanoke Island Baptist Church and others were not going to thwart their attempts.

Tyler called “homosexuality, ‘a scourge in any society that values decency’ and charged the festival is being marketed as family-friendly to corrupt children,” UPI reported.

For more information, visit thegayobx.com.


CMF to hold fundraisers

RALEIGH — Crape Myrtle Festival will hold a series of fundraising events to support their work in the Carolinas.

A fashion show will be held on March 10 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Triangle Town Center, 5-7 p.m. Admission is $10 and tickets are available at the door.

Enjoy a movie series on March 16 at Mission Valley, 2109 Avent Ferry Rd., at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 and tickets are available at the door.

Party down with DJ Joe Gauthreax at the CMF Legends Night at Legends, 330 W. Hargett St.

For more information, email info@crape

myrtlefest.org or visit crapemyrtlefest.org.

Maddox film to be shown

CARY/CHAPEL HILL — A screening of “Gen Silent,” the groundbreaking film by Stu Maddox, will be shown on April 1, 7 p.m., at Galaxy Cinema, 770 Cary Towne Blvd., Cary, and the following day at the University of North Carolina, William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, at 1 p.m.

It is being held in cooperation with the LGBT Center of Raleigh’s Gay and Gray observance and the University of North Carolina School of Social Work’s Breaking Generation Silent: Facing the Needs and Challenges of LGBT Elders. Maddox will hold a Q&A afterward at both venues. Joining him for a panel at the Chapel Hill presentation will be Mandy Carter, a co-founder of the National Black Justice Coalition; Debi Lee, lead regional ombudsman for the Centralina Area Council on Aging; Connie Vetter, attorney and mediator; and Dee Leahman, director for Community Partnership for End of Life Care,

The film is a humorous and heartbreaking recanting of the lives of a number of mature members of the LGBT community in Boston. It shares how the subjects deal with a sometimes-not-sympathetic world.

Admission for the Cary showing is $20 general admission/$10 seniors (65+) and student. Tickets are available at the box office and online at movietickets.com. The Chapel Hill event is free.

For more information, visit lgbtcenterofraleigh.com and ssw.unc.edu/diversity/about/aging.


Resolution passed

ASHEVILLE — On Feb. 22, the city council gave a green light to a resolution that endorsed more rights for same-sex couples and called for creation of a city registry for people in same-sex relationships.

In addition to these protections, it also called for an anti-bullying ordinance on city property, as well as initiating a ban on discrimination in city government employee decisions with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Citizen-Times reported that there was support on both sides of the debate. Randy Bray thought it was “endorsing a lifestyle that we believe … is not approved by God.” However, Angel Chandler said “quoting scripture does not make the argument against the resolution correct.”

Councilman Brownie Newman summed it up by saying, “The steps we’re taking tonight, I think, will make a difference to the lives of people in Asheville.”

School acknowledges volunteerism

HICKORY — The board of trustees at Lenior-Rhyne University recently presented its annual Community Service Awards to those who showed exemplary volunteerism.

Among recipients was Mitchell Gold whose contributions have helped to bring more acceptance and understanding for the LGBT community. In 2010 he asked CNN’s Soledad O’Brien to the school’s Visiting Writers Series, where his book, “Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America,” was honored.

[Ed. Note —This publication’s editor contributed a chapter to Gold’s book.]

Book released on tolerance

ASHEVILLE — “Turning Controversy Into Church Ministry: A Christlike Response to Homosexuality” is one of the latest literary contributions to hit the shelves. And, its author, William P. Campbell, is not holding his tongue with regard to how he wants to see the Christian right and left be more tolerant toward the LGBT community.

“There are thousands of people who have embraced their faith and renounced their homosexuality, but they are deeper in the closet than even many homosexuals, because they are afraid of the backlash from the left,” he said. “Christ preached tolerance, not prejudice. Both sides need to come together and accept each other. This conflict isn’t only tearing families and congregations apart, but our whole country. We can do better than this, and we must do better than this.”

Campbell, a Presbyterian minister, has been writing and talking about the subject and says that his denomination and the country are “coming apart at the seams over the issue” and he wants to help Christians understand “homosexuality and then come together to do ministry.”

“Statistically, the majority of people in America identify themselves as Christians,” he said. “And many of us don’t believe the Bible supports homosexuality. But how many of us are following the command of Christ to love everyone? How many of us know how to step beyond the controversy about homosexuality and to show compassion? Even many without faith recognize the Bible tells the story of Christ, who reached out to all people, especially those society rejected.”

For more information, visit churchreflections.com.


Week of Prayer slated

STATEWIDE — The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS will be held from March 6-12, 12-3 p.m. It brings together people of all faiths to unite with “purpose, compassion and hope.”

Prayer will focus on education about HIV prevention facts; encourage and support HIV testing; advocate for the availability of compassionate care and treatment for all those living with the disease in every community; and love unconditionally all persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Every house of worship is invited to join in.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that more than one million people are living with HIV in the U.S. (an estimated 1,106,400 adults and adolescents) and approximately one in five of those (21 percent) are unaware of their infections. New HIV infections continue at far too high a level; an estimated 56,300 Americans are newly infected with HIV each year. On average, that’s one new infection every 9.5 minutes in the United States. More than 14,000 people in the United States with AIDS die each year. Forty six percent of all AIDS cases occur in the South East with rural areas being the most disproportionately affected.

In Hickory, ALFA is partnering with several congregations to offer prevention education, HIV testing and advocacy for those living with HIV/AIDS.

To register a congregation or to learn more about this initiative, visit nationalweekofprayerforthehealingofaids.org.

For more information on ALFA’s week-long series of events, call David Zealy at 828-322-1447, ext. 233, email prevention@alfainfo.org or visit alfainfo.org.

Producer seeks subjects

STATEWIDE — Stacey Cochran, a Carolina author and filmmaker, is currently working on a documentary, “One Nation,” and is seeking LGBT households, preferably co-parent, with children to discuss some of the challenges faced by families who do not receive equal protection under the law.

From the day-to-day challenges of finding accepting schools, friends, other families, places to shop, etc., to broader issues like adoption policies, hospital visitation rights, travel issues and marriage equality, he hopes offer an unfiltered look at the defining civil rights issue of a generation. “One Nation” examines the intersection of inalienable rights and religious interpretation and sets a course for redefining the modern America family.

A finalist in the 2004 St. Martin’s Press/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel contest, Cochran is an instructor in writing at North Carolina State University.

To learn more about the piece or to be considered, visit staceycochran.com/onenation.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.