Novel exposes differences

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.— Carter Taylor Seaton has recently released her second novel, “Amo, amas, amat…An Unconventional Love Story,” set against the backdrop of Asheville and Atlanta, with some jaunts to Charlotte as well.

It tells the story of southern LGBT living in the advent of the HIV/AIDS crisis from its beginnings in the early to mid 1980s. More so, it depicts how homophobic characters deal with those in the LGBT community, along with revelations on coming out.

Seaton is also an award-winning sculptor and was a former crafter, and serves as a marketing consultant and director.

For a complete list of ebook resources, visit smashwords.com/books/view/64052.

Volunteers sought

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — The University of North Carolina’s Center for Developmental Science and Duke University have teamed up on survey to gay-parented families.

They currently seek volunteer parents to complete a five-minute online survey as part of a collaborative research initiative which has been developed to ad-dress the lack of research on the experiences of lesbian mother and gay father-headed families.

Despite increased recognition of the discriminatory laws and policies that affect LGBT individuals and their families, there remains very limited credible scien-tific research to inform critically important legal, judicial and social policy decision-making.

Researchers hope to recruit a minimum of 100 lesbian mothers and 100 gay fathers across the state.

To participate, visit uncodum.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tSLQbCFfVYCe3O.

Volunteers will be included in a registry of parents who will be contacted regarding participation in future research on parenting and family functioning. Completion of the survey does not obligate one to participate in additional research and is voluntary.

For more information, call 919-843-0438, email Dr. Roger Mills-Koonce at rmk@email.unc.edu or write to 100 E. Franklin St. CB# 8115, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8115.

Pre-school subjects sought

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Valerie Q. Glass, Ph.D., a visiting assistant professor in human development at Virginia Tech, along with Katie Barrow, M.S., are seeking gay and lesbian parents of pre-schoolers to participate in a study on How Preschools Incorporate Gay and Lesbian Family Identity.

Volunteers must identify as gay or lesbian; have a child between the ages of 2-6; and have had the child enrolled in a pre-school program for at least six months.

In order to participate in this compensation-free survey, visit virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3r2Wl2E1oAN9EuE. The confidential query takes between 20-30 minutes and includes an informed consent clause.

The results of this study will inform educators and policy makers regarding the expectations and utilization of incorporating gay and lesbian identity into pre-school classrooms.

For more information, call 540-231-6782 or email vqglass@vt.edu or barrow2@vt.edu.

Campus Pride and Ben Cohen partner

ATLANTA — Campus Pride was selected as a national partner by the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the world’s first organization dedicated solely to combatting bullying, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation.

World-champion rugby player Ben Cohen, MBE, is the first straight sports figure to use his celebrity to raise funds and awareness for the benefit of the LGBT community.

In light of recent high-profile LGBT bullying, the Atlanta-based StandUp Foundation will coordinate and fund specific anti-bullying programs. Along with Campus Pride, it joins forces with the Human Rights Campaign, the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Trevor Project.

For more information, visit campuspride.org.

In other news, Campus Pride has also partnered with Compete Magazine as a way to secure scoring on the most LGBT-friendly collegiate athletic programs through the end of June. The Out to Play Project is designed to address anti-LGBT slurs, bias and conduct in college sports.

To be eligible, the athletic program must be part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I, II and III, or the National Junior College Athletic Association. Former or current out LGBT and ally athletes, coaches, fans and/or campus staff are encouraged to nominate a college or university. To make a nomination, visit campuspride.org/outtoplay.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988,...