Library opens

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh’s library opened Oct. 14 with a grand opening which featured an author reading and book signing by Lambda Literary Award finalist Tom Mendicino. He read from “Probation,” a North Carolina-based freshman novel about life as a closeted gay man.

A collection of over 1,000 items of LGBT fiction, non-fiction, and reference materials are available to readers. Books are color-coded by category for easy browsing: red, bisexual interest; orange, gay male interest; yellow, lesbian interest; green, transgender interest; and blue, queer/gender fluid interest. It also has an extensive collection of teen books.

In December, the library will debut the A. Norman Sturdivant Special Non-Circulating Collection. DVD and CD materials will also become available for borrowing at this time.

Library cards are available for $5 and are for sale at the center. An application must be filled out in order to purchase a card. The library is only open to residents of Wake, Durham and Orange counties. Proof of residency in the Triangle area is required.

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Student seeks participants

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Nathaniel James, a former qnotes intern and journalism student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is searching for interviewees for a story he is preparing on the proposed amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage. He is looking for those who are willing to be a subject for an in-depth interview to show that gay relationships are not different from heterosexual relationships.

The story will have several video interviews that will span a period of two weeks.

James feels that this story is important for the LGBTQ community because “our relationships are just as loving and fulfilling as our heterosexual counterparts. It can be argued that our relationships are stronger because of the adversity we face when doing small things, like going to the grocery store.”

For more information, call 704-996-0815 or email

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 and 704-531-9988,...