Let’s bowl for equality

CHARLOTTE — The Human Rights Campaign is kicking off its Spring season of fun events with an afternoon of bowling on April 15, 2-5 p.m., at AMF Centennial Lanes, 4501 South Blvd.

Enjoy the dance/disco/party lights, plus lively music.

Tickets are $35/singles; $25/student (ages 12-21 with ID); $15/youth; $150/lane captain (up to five people); and $100/sponsors.

All ticket purchases include a one-year membership to HRC.

Sponsors and volunteers should email jasonmccraw@aol.com.

For more information, visit action.hrc.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=107221.

TOY celebrates in duces

CHARLOTTE — Time Out Youth (TOY) is embracing Spring with two events that both honor the season and provide for ways for the LGBT community to enjoy rights of passage.

A Celebration of the Arts will be held on April 14 at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

This program is a presented by TOY and producer/director Vito Abate (pictured) with support from Drake Dentistry.

Abate, originally from New York, has been bringing his “Just Do It” themed reading and performance series to Theatre Charlotte for a number of years with his sidekick Phoebe, a Brussells Griffon pooch. The series is an all-inclusive event that brings together a plethora of theatrical talent to the stage. Abate’s “Just Like You: Stories and Inspiration from Time Out Youth” won a 2011 Metrolina Theatre Award in the Outstanding Original Short Work Special Event category.

Tickets are $25.

On April 28, Masquerade: An Alternative Prom will be held from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave. This event is open to youth between the ages of 13-23 and is drug and alcohol free.

Advance tickets are $8/singles, $12/couples. Participants may also purchase tickets at the door for $10/singles, $15/couples.

Tickets may be obtained for both events by calling 704-344-8335.

Trans students need protection

CHARLOTTE — Shane L. Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, said in a Huffington Post blog post that there is a priority for transgender college student safety.

His statement was made after a Feb. 7 rejection by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Chancellor Holden Thorp for a student- and faculty-led proposal to a “adopt a gender-non-specific housing program.”

Windmeyer expressed his displeasure over the decision to meet the school’s LGBT student safety needs and said there was “no excuse.”

The National Center for Transgender Equality’s Executive Director Mara Kiessling also denounced Thorp’s stand.

If the university had instituted the safety measures, it would have been the first public school in the state to do so. So far, private Warren-Wilson College, Guilford College and Duke University have made provisions.

All of this is contrary to a statement made in The Daily Tar Heel when he said that “the University is dedicated to equality for all groups.” University employees are prohibited from using “their public positions to advocate for or against issues on the May primary ballot, including the proposed gay marriage ban,” the Tar Heel added. As a university official he could not comment on the measure, but he did say that it would “affect our ability to provide equitable benefits for students, faculty and staff.”

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,...