Heroes forum slated

RALEIGH, N.C. — The History and Heroes: Affirming Faith Forum will be held on June 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St., as part of their HealthWorks programming.

Participants will gain insight into ways to diffuse negative messages from faith traditions which can deny the “gracious expression” of one’s live and cause conflict. Organizers say, “The confusing feelings that creep in with the misguided morality messages denying experiences of love and authentic self can threaten to take root. Remembering our history as well as our heroes is an antidote.”

Discussion will center around role models who encourage access to avenues of validation and direct transformative actions. Support never goes unnoticed and heroes are found when least expected. Being loving and a just community is important, especially in the face of anti-LGBT hate-based rhetoric. It can threaten lives and well being. Through this process one learns how to disarm shame and guilt and build strength.

For more information, email info@lgbtcenterofraleigh.com.

Mad dash for musical

RALEIGH, N.C. — On July 28, “The Music and The MadDness” will bring its multi-performer event to the Marriott Crabtree Valley, 4500 Marriott Dr. at 5:30 p.m.

The show includes comedians Happy Cole (“Comic Strip Live”), Percy Crews II (BET’s “Comic View”), openly gay Sampson McCormick, as well as Marcus Anthony, who will bring the Motown sound to the stage.

Co-hosted by GLO TV President Maurice Jamal and author and activist Uriah Bell who hails from Rising Voices Press and Truth Magazine.

McCormick is a N.C. native from Evergreen, but now calls Washington, D.C. home. He has shared stages with Kate Clinton and Karen William. Anthony has opened for Patti LaBelle.

Tickets are $35/VIP (reserved seating, servers and complimentary Barefoot products); $20/regular. Open mic registration is $10.

To purchase tickets or to register for open mic, email July28@TheMusicandTheMadDness.

For more information visit, triangleblackpride.org.

Equality NC looking for heroes

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality North Carolina (ENC) is on the hunt for nominations for local heroes for equality. These people have made “unprecedented sacrifices” to assist in the fight against Amendment One, plus helping to grow an equality-minded movement that’s now 100,000 strong.

To submit names, write three-five paragraphs providing ENC with the name of the equality hero, whether an individual or organization, and include a description of the selfless achievement and how it made a meaningful difference in the campaign against Amendment One. Also, send along a photograph of the individual or organizational staff or an image of the hero on the ground at an event put together by that nominee. Finally, supply the person’s email address and cellphone number so that ENC can contact the nominee about the profile ENC will be publishing. Note that not all profiles received will be published, but ENC will make attempts to include as many as they are able. Submitters should follow the prescribed outline above.

For more information or to submit, email kay@equalitync.org.

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,...