Pride volunteers needed

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality NC needs volunteers now more than ever. Since passage of Amendment One, much work is needed to counter the damage brought about by the discriminatory legislation.

Throughout the season, volunteers will staff Equality NC booths across the state in such locations as Charlotte, the Triangle, the Triad, Hickory, Asheville and Boone. They will get signatures, talk to people interested in LGBT issues and hand out stickers and information.

Email Nathan Creger at to sign up.

Dems nominate trans delegate

RALEIGH, N.C. — On June 16, the North Carolina Democratic Party nominated and green lighted the first openly transgender delegate to serve the state at the upcoming Democratic National Convention to be held in Charlotte in September.

Charlottean Janice Covington made history as she will be among the 158 delegates to represent the Tar Heel State, the [Raleigh] News and Observer reported.

She told the news organization that it was important to her community to be part of the convention. She added that the trans community had “always been left off the bus.” She also said that it showed the inclusivity of President Barak Obama.

For more on Covington, read 20 Questions at

Group seeks in-kind donations

RALEIGH, N.C. — Crape Myrtle Festival is currently on the hunt for in-kind donations to be auctioned off at its Gala and Silent Auction on July 28.

It has raised over $1,000,000 in its 32-year history. Contributions are 100 percent tax-deductible.

The work that the Festival does goes to support state organizations that assist people living with HIV/AIDS and the LGBT communities through celebration and outreach.

On an average, about 1,000 attend the festivities which provide entertainment and educational components.

For more information, email

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,...