Charlotte

Still hanging out
CHARLOTTE — LOAFERS (formerly Lesbians Over the Age of Forty, which is now open to all ages) is a support/discussion/social group that meets at 6:30 p.m. at The Lesbian and Gay Community Center, 820 Hamilton St., Suite B11, on the second Friday of each month.

This group, which is now well into its second decade, is made up of a variety of women: some are out of the closet, others are in or in various stages in between. Some women have partners, some are single and some are still married. The one thing they have in common is that they like to get together to talk, eat, have fun, laugh and learn from each other.

Informal gatherings are held throughout the month. It is self-led, with no one serving as its head.
A camping trip is scheduled for April and other events were on the drawing board at press time.
For more information, call Jeanne evenings and weekends at 704-995-6326 or email spudlover29@yahoo.com.

Triad

It’s angry inch time!
WINSTON-SALEM — “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” written by John Cameron Mitchell with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, will be mounted from March 27-29 at The Garage, 110 W. 7th St.

This Obie-winning Off-Broadway musical tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt.

The punk rock, hard rock, glam rock musical plays for four performances at 11 p.m. on March 27 and 28 (21 and over); 8 p.m. on March 28 (18 and over); and 7 p.m. on March 29 (18 and over). Tickets are $10, regular, and $7, student.

Though not an official production from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the production is produced, designed and performed by students and staff associated with all five of the University’s schools (Drama, Dance, Filmmaking, Music and Design & Production).

The play is directed by Joshua Morgan and stars Chris French as Hedwig Schmidt, both fourth-year actors in the School of Drama.

Triangle

ENC offers GLSEN report
RALEIGH — Equality NC has received a large shipment of a 117-page softcover bound report from Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) entitled “Involved, Invisible, Ignored: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents and Their Children in Our Nation’s K-12 Schools.”

Administrative Coordinator Shawn Long said, “To my knowledge, this is the first extensive report on the experiences of kids with gay parents in schools. It’s filled with graphs, stats and tables.”

Information included in the report says that gay parents tend to be much more involved and proactive in schools; half of the students with gay parents experience intimidation and bullying; and a fifth of parents feel they are mistreated and not included by school officials.

Copies are available free by request via email to shawn@equalitync.org. Supply name and mailing address. ENC will cover postage and handling.

For more information on ENC, visit www.equalitync.org.

Statewide

Campus climate survey released
CHARLOTTE — Do you consider your campus to be gay-friendly? Does your campus have work to be done on transgender issues? What does it mean to be an LGBT student, staff or faculty member on your campus?

Campus Pride seeks undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty and administrators who identify as LGBT people to participate in the comprehensive assessment through the National LGBT College Climate Survey. The survey is housed under the Q Research Institute for Higher Education (QRIHE), the national center for the scholarly study of LGBT people in higher education.

The QRIHE is owned and operated by the national non-profit organization Campus Pride. Dr. Susan R. Rankin of The Pennsylvania State University serves as research director. Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld of Iowa State University is the associate research director. Institutional Review Board approval has been granted nationally for this study. In accordance, participation is confidential and data specific to individual higher education institutions will not be identified in the final analysis. Once completed, any participant will have the opportunity, if chosen, to register for $500 cash and a free cruise aboard RSVP Vacations.

“Nationally there is much work to be done to better serve LGBT students and the larger campus community. Our goal is to provide an assessment that can create positive change and safer, more inclusive LGBT colleges and universities,” Rankin said. She added, “Campus Pride’s National LGBT College Climate Survey offers an annual, comprehensive means to provide valuable information for program planners and policy makers in tackling emerging issues on campus.”

This research examines emerging issues, trends and changing demographics of LGBT people in higher education. Research allies include American College Personnel Association – College Educators International, Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Human Rights Campaign, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, National Youth Advocacy Coalition and RSVP Vacations.
For more information, call 704-277-6710 or email info@campuspride.org. To participate, visit www.campuspride.org/research.

Queer groups abound
STATEWIDE — Whether you are a Facebook, MySpace person or you are engaged in Google, Yahoo, etc., groups, there’s always one that will meet one’s taste palette. There’s no exception to that in the Tar Heel State.

Among a fast growing network of LGBT and/or friendly Meetups are:

The Winston Salem LGBT & Straight Allies: They will be attending an Adam Foundation Martini Night event on April 8 at 6 p.m. They will meet on March 23 and April 27 at 7 p.m. with PFLAG Winston Salem Adult Support Group (which is held on the fourth Monday each month). lgbtfriends.meetup.com.

Lesbians Who Love Movies: On April 4, there will be a dinner/movie night at 6 p.m. at a member’s home in Hillsborough. www.meetup.com/Lesbians-Who-Love-Movies.

Geeks and Gaymers of NC: Bad Sci-Fi Movie Night, March 28 at 5 p.m. at a private residence in
Durham. geek.meetup.com.

Homme Artist and Artisans: They will meet on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Charlotte. www.meetup.com/homme-artist-and-atisans.

Triangle Couples Without Kids Social Group (DINKs-if we must): On March 27 at 7 p.m. they will meet for a social gathering. childfree.meetup.com.

Charlotte Gay Professionals: On April 3, join members at a local restaurant for an evening of networking and socialization. www.meetup.com/The-Charlotte-Gay-Professionals-Meetup-Group.

Others to consider are: Triangle Community Works Game Night (gayrights.meetup.com/319); Fayetteville Area LBT Friends (www.meetup.com/The-Fayetteville-LBT-Meetup-Group); Lesbian Couples (www.meetup.com/lesbiancouples); Lenoir Gay & Lesbian Community (www.meetup.com/Lenoir-GLBT-Social); Triangle Area Gay Scientists (gaypros.meetup.com/328); and more!

Visit the Meetup site at www.meetup.com and search for one of a multitude of groups near you. Some are closed which require moderator approval for membership.

Yahoo groups include ones for NOW chapters, PrideSisters, GLBT Pagans, Rainbow Kids NC and NC Family, to name a few.

Got an LGBT-focused group or organization (religious, sports, social action and more) to promote? Let us know We’ll be glad to share the news with our readers.

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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,...