Youth group kicks off kids program

RALEIGH, N.C. — iNSIDEoUT, an LGBTQ youth organization, has announced that it will be starting a new group for children ages 7-12 in February.

The group is for all children, but especially children from alternative families, and children who are gender variant.

Organizers view this group as an alternative to the Scout movement, where children can meet every other week and form close friendships in an environment that encourages free expression of all forms of gender and affirms diverse families. Children will participate in fun, educational and activist activities.

They are currently visiting LGBTQ-affirming groups in the Triangle area to run programs on gender and diversity for children in the 7-12 age bracket. And, they are also seeking groups in the area to visit who are LGBTQ-family centric.

For more information, contact Amy Glaser at 919-923-7884, via email at or visit

‘Love’ to dance!

DURHAM, N.C. — The Love Wins Dance will be held on Feb. 18 at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd., as a fundraiser for Equality North Carolina’s efforts to fight the anti-gay marriage amendment on the ballot on May 8.

Enjoy an evening of fun, family and friends. The families dance is slated for 5-7:30 p.m., with the adult one following from 8-11 p.m.

The event was the brainchild of the children of a local family who wanted to do something more that simply donate money. Organizer Julie Cooper said, “Too much of the anti-gay amendment debate has focused on fighting hate instead of celebrating the love bringing these couples and families together. A Valentine’s Day Dance offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate love and commit to working for justice.”

They will have a DJ, ballroom dance instruction, dance music, crafts, food and a photo booth. Equality North Carolina staff will be on hand to provide information on engaging people about the amendment, plus voter registration. Businesses who wish to contribute food, beverages and/or funds are encouraged to contact the organizers.

Host families are being sought for either a $50 donation or a contribution of time to work at the event or both.

T-shirts are also available and may be secured by visiting

Tickets are $10, adult and $5, child.

All contributions are tax-deductible.

For more information, email or visit

Oscar ‘nominees’ sought

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh is looking for 10 individuals or groups to host Oscar fundraising parties on Feb. 26 during the 84th Academy Awards ceremony.

Center staff will assist in the planning details to make the event both fun and easy. Party hosts provide the venue, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages. The center provides name tags, sign-in sheets, brochures and donation cards. During the festivities, participants will be connected via the center website and on Facebook. Each party will text donation updates to the center so that the Official Oscar Party web page can track contributions made at the parties.

Kick-off planning parties took place during January. At press time, the center has had five volunteers to step forward. They only need five more to reach their goal.

For more information, call 919-832-4484, email or visit

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,...