Center names new chief

RALEIGH, N.C. — James Miller, pictured right, has been named the new executive director of the LGBT Center of Raleigh. The board of directors made the announcement on Nov. 10. The search began in October.

A North Carolina native, Miller returns to the state following working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in Boston.

He recently acquired a Master’s in Public Policy and a Master’s in Business Administration from Brandeis University.

He brings with him of wealth of knowledge in both non-profit management and the LGBT community

Board Chair Glen Medders said, “James arrives at a time of very rapid growth and expansion of the Center and its programs and services. We are all very excited about the future potential of the Center and are pleased to have James here to help guide the way.”

“The sky is the limit for the next year, but our main goal will be to continue facilitating community development through education and outreach, while growing our capacity to serve the very diverse LGBT population in the Triangle,” Miller shared.

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Were you bullied?

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Nathaniel James, a journalism student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is searching for volunteers who experienced bullying, either while growing up or later on in life, for an audio recorded interview for a final class project.

Because this is audio, it will be much easier to be faceless and nameless. He is assuring strict confidentiality.

His focus is on how bullying has affected adults, both good and bad. Subjects range from areas as related to race, dress, sexuality or parental. The time commitment will be approximately 30 minutes.

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Network welcomes new staff

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Gay Christian Network has recently hired Samantha Hasty as its new office manager.

Her roots stem from a conservative Christian family, as well as attendance at Liberty University in Virginia where she hopes to obtain her degree in 2012.

Her passion is to help people reconcile their faith and sexuality. She was formerly an intern/assistant to Rev. Mel White and has acted as a freelance fundraiser for Soulforce, Inc., as well as being the Virginia coordinator for Students for Equality. She also serves as executive director and lead public speaker for Zander Communications which helps to educate on LGBT community issues through non-violence.

In other news, founder Justin Lee secured a book deal with Jericho Books for the upcoming “Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate.” The book is scheduled for release in December 2012. Sales will benefit GCN.

Finally, contributions are being sought for retooling efforts for the GCN website. Go online to make a one-time donation.

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NCSU hosts successful cabaret

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State University’s GLBT Center, along with the GLBT Community Alliance and Pack Music Productions, held a fun-filled cabaret on Nov. 11 that was infused with diversity and civil rights education.

Karma Electra served as host. The night’s entertainment included musical groups, drag queens and even LED hula hooping, as well as comedy sets and poetry readings.

Center director Justine Hollingshead introduced various representatives from groups on and off campus which educate and promote diversity, The Technician reported. The state’s anti-gay marriage amendment was a focus during the evening. Postcards were made available through insertion into the program to each attendee on the issues of this ballot issue slated for the polls on May 12, 2012. Alternatives for LGBT-related spring break opportunities were shared as well.

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,...