Teens say school not supportive

CONCORD — FOX Charlotte reported on March 8 that a group of students who formed a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at Central Cabarrus High School were being subjected to bullying and harassment for a better part of the 2010-11 school year.

The club’s president Jessyca Blair has reported being attacked by a male student at school.

Ronnye Boone, a public information officer with the school system said they take harassment and bullying allegations seriously. Help is available if requested.

State law requires protection for students against bullying and harassment. The 2009 School Violence Protection Act added “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of characteristics protected by statute.

Softball league ramps up

CHARLOTTE — Dust off that glove and head on down to one of two season kickoff events for the Carolina Softball Alliance, a non-profit league that welcomes all individuals and amateur athletes, regardless of sexual orientation.

Players are placed on teams according to their skill level.

On March 25, slide on down to Sidelines, 4544 South Blvd., from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The next evening tag the base at Hartigan’s, 601 South Cedar St., at 7 p.m. Volunteers will be there to accept registrations and share more about the league.

For more information, email info@carolinasoftball.org or visit carolinasoftball.org.

Benefit concert slated

CHARLOTTE — A One Voice concert to benefit Carolina Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, “When We No Longer Touch,” will be held on March 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Heaton Hall at Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd.

“When We No Longer Touch,” is an AIDS requiem telling a story of love, life, upheaval, loss, acceptance and reconciliation. This work, paired with additional songs celebrating hope and love, is dedicated to all in the Queen City living with HIV or who serve the HIV/AIDS community.

Tickets are $15/adult, $10/student. They are available online at onevoicechorus.com/performances/spring_2011.html, at Paper Skyscraper, 330 East Blvd., or at White Rabbit, 920 Central Ave.

For more information, visit carolinarain.org.

PFLAG sponsors Pride

SALISBURY — Seems there is a new kid on the block. The Salisbury-Rowan Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays has taken the torch to present the town’s first Pride celebration on June 25 in the 100 block of E. Fisher St. from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Theme for the event is “Our City, One Goal, Equality For All.”

The day’s activities will be filled with music and entertainment, games for children, food and arts and crafts displays.

Other patrons and sponsors are sought, as well as area businesses, groups and vendors to set up booths.

For more information or sign-up forms, write Pride Committee , P.O. Box 5207, Salisbury, N.C. 28147-0088 or visit salisburypride.com.


Lainey Millen

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