Charlotte

It ain’t Montey Hall
CHARLOTTE — Join Roxy C. Moorecox as she emcees the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Diner: Let’s Make A Deal on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at Alley Cat, 314 N. College St.

This event helps to launch the second installment of the 2009 HRC Carolina’s Gala theme of Imagine. It is a lower cost fundraiser for the region. Doors open at 7 p.m. with dinner following at 8 p.m. The show begins at 8:30 p.m.

A cash bar is provided. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door and include dinner and the show.

Other events that will take place leading up to the Gala are a tea dance on Feb. 15 at the Garden & Gun Club, 820 Hamilton St. and Takeover Friday on Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. at the Westin, 601 S. College St., which serves as the host hotel.

The Gala will be held on Feb. 20 at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. An after party will take place at 10 p.m. at the Garden & Gun Club. Brunch will be served (reservations required) on Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Westin.

The first openly gay comedian in the U.S., Suzanne Westenhoefer will perform at the Gala. She was nominated for a Cable Ace Award in 1994 and netted wins in the Gay and Lesbian American Music Award (GLAMA) for Best Comedy CD in 1999, 2000 and 2003.The Gala is one of HRC’s largest events in the U.S. and was named one of the winter’s posh happenings in 2008 in OUT Traveler Magazine.

For more information or to make reservations, visit www.hrccarolina.org.

‘L Word’ premiere
CHARLOTTE — The final and sixth season of the critically-acclaimed “The L Word” will jump into action on Jan.18 at Club Alive, 2909 N. Davidson St., in the Highland Mills Lofts at 9 p.m.

Enjoy chocolate covered strawberries, food, giveaways and more.

VIP seating, including a personal tray of strawberries, no waiting in line and up front seating, is available by calling 704-649-9889. Admission is $6.Party after the show to the music of DJ Jes.
The season will continue at this location with starting time at 8 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Razz Berry Chocolate Berries, Two Partners Travel & Events, RealEyes Bookstore, RedFrog and Zoe Nail Salon and Spa.

For more information, email razzberry.bykay@hotmail.com.

Rent it!
CHARLOTTE — Join Out on The Town for a post-show party immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance of “RENT” on Jan. 29, 2009, at Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.

The show stars Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp.

Enjoy free food and drinks as you mingle with some of the cast and crew from this Tony Award-winning musical. This party is only open to those that have purchased tickets, so make sure to get them early. “RENT” cast and crew have been invited but there are no guarantees regarding which member(s) will attend the party.

To attend, email your RSVP to Danny Knaub at dknaub@ncbpac.org.

For ticket information, visit www.ovensauditorium.com.

Triangle

‘Milk’ was overflowing
RALEIGH — On Dec. 11, the LGBT community attended a preview showing of ‘Milk’ at the Rialto Theater, but not everyone was able to get in — it was sold out!

The special showing helped raise money for the development of the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

In other news, Director of Marketing for the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Jonathan Freeze hosted a meeting to continue examining the launch of the GLBT Visitor Program for the Bureau on Jan. 9. The Bureau has been developing a nominating committee as well as identifying persons and organizations to participate in and benefit from working with the new program.

To be part of this initiative or for more information, email Freeze at jfreeze@visitRaleigh.com, Willie D. Pilkington at RaleighGLBTReport@att.net or Justine Hollingshead at justine_hollingshead@ncsu.edu.

Statewide

And the band plays on…
STATEWIDE — The Tar Heel state will be well represented when a contingency of four take to the streets to represent the gay community as they take part in President-elect Barack Obama’s innaugural parade following his swearing-in as president of the United States.

Kay Jenkins, president of the NC Pride Marching Band and three other compadres will “give a toot” with the Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA) in the Inaugural Parade in January.

They will be part of the 177 representatives of the LGBA, a musical organization comprised of LGBTQ concert and marching bands from cities across the country and around the world. The participants from North Carolina are: Jenkins of Durham, a trumpet player; band auxiliary member Cory Annis; trombonist Amanda Bowman of Chapel Hill; and an unnamed mellophone player from Raleigh.

The LGBA is the first LGBT group to participate in the inaugural parade of any U.S. president.

In a press release released in December 2008, Barack Obama said, “I am honored to invite these talented groups and organizations to participate in the Inaugural Parade.”

In 1993, the LGBA participated in President Bill Clinton’s inaugural celebrations, but not in the parade. They received a thumbs up from the president as his motorcade passed them performing America the Beautiful. The LGBA performed again at Clinton’s second inauguration in 1997.For more information, visit www.gaybands.org.

RUM sets out 2009 goals
STATEWIDE — Do you see yourself inspired to be an active part of the Reconciling United Methodist (RUM) movement in the North Carolina Conference in June 2009? If so, then here are ways where support is needed:

• All Means All Campaign (begins in January and continues until the Conference) has set a goal of getting a specific piece of legislation, which will help make the church more inclusive of all persons, passed during the proceedings. It is considered one of the most important changes made to RUM’s constitution in years in the struggle for equality. Delegates to General Conference passed inclusive legislation that needs to be passed by two-thirds of the voting body at all Annual Conferences in 2009 to be official. The first training will be held on Jan. 23 at Pinetops United Methodist Church outside of Rocky Mount/Wilson from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Facilitator will be Sue Laurie.
• Inclusive Worship Services (held in the spring and fall) needs event organizers and help to coordinate the facilities and space and more to provide a safe and welcoming sanctuary for members and friends.
• Annual Conference Witness (in June) is seeking people to assist in developing materials for the booth among other issues.
• Louisburg College Outreach (in the spring) is looking for someone to moderate a discussion about homosexuality, faith and family with students from small-town Eastern North Carolina, as well as exploring ways to help during the spring semester.

Other ideas are also being solicited. Where do you see us going? Where is our presence needed? What can RUM do to “bring the Kingdom?”The next monthly RUM meeting will be held on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. Location is pending.

For more information, to attend the All Means All meeting, or to volunteer, email wcp0622@gmail.com or visit www.rmnwitness.org.

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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,...