Grassroots names project leader
CHARLOTTE — Grassroots Leadership has announced the hiring of LaWana Mayfield as project coordinator for The Mecklenburg Justice Project.

She brings years of activism and organizing to Grassroots Leadership serving as the diversity co-chair and national female diversity co-chair for the Human Rights Campaign addressing concerns in the LGBT community. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund. Mayfield worked for the American Red Cross for over six years in their financial department and volunteered in Disaster Services prior to joining Grassroots Leadership.

For more information, visit


Walk it out for a cure
FAYETTEVILLE — The Fayetteville LBT Meetup group will host a spaghetti dinner to help support one of its members’ Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on June 6 at 7 p.m.

One of its members wants to honor the memory of her grandmother, who died last year at the age of 90 and was a survivor, by participating in the 39-mile walk on Oct. 24-25 in Charlotte. However, in order to do so, she must raise $1,800. RSVP deadline is June 4 at 7 p.m.

The location of the dinner has not been chosen, pending the numbers of participants who say “yes” to attending and supporting this cause.

The group needs folks to donate spaghetti ingredients, serve food and help clean up.
For more information, visit


Sing it out
DURHAM — The Common Woman Chorus will present a concert entitled “Let’s Go To The Movies” on May 9 at 8 p.m. at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Church at 4907 Garrett Rd.

This lighthearted event is chocked full of everything cinematic — popcorn, candy and more — without the movie.

Tunes from iconic films such as “Stand By Me,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Color Purple,” “Sister Act,” “Wayne’s World” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” will fill the evening.

A raffle will take place after intermission with the following prizes being awarded — Grand Prize: two 10-pack tickets to the 2009 Gay & Lesbian Film Festival ($150 value); Runner Up Prizes — outdoor movie package, cash for outdoor movie tickets, wine tote and two bottles of wine, $30 gift certificate to Whole Foods ($75 value); date night movie package, $20 gift certificate to Chelsea Theatre, $40 gift certificate to Margaret’s Cantina (both are located in the Timberline Shopping Center in Chapel Hill) ($60 value); and movie night at home package, two DVD’s or $15 gift certificate for movies, $25 gift certificate to Trader Joe’s, 6 pack of Mix ’n Match Beer from Trader Joe’s ($50 value).

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. One need not be present to win.

Concessions will be sold. Admission is free. However, donations will be accepted at the door.
For more information, visit


Can you lend a hand?
HICKORY — During these trying times, food is expensive for everyone. No one knows that more than The AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance, Inc (ALFA). They have a food pantry which supplements their Ryan White funding for food. Next time you are at the store, consider picking up an extra can or package of food or other necessities to contribute to this worthy cause.

Needed currently are canned meats and soups, laundry and dishwashing detergent, hygiene products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products and cat/dog food.

Other items on the ALFA wish list are office supplies and chairs.

Volunteers are needed for pantry shoppers, client transporters, scrap booking to update existing scrap books and fair and festival helpers.

To donate any of these items/skills, visit Good may be dropped off at the office at 1120 Fairgrove Church Rd, SE, Suite 28.

For more information, call 828-322-1447.

Campus Scene

Allies matter
CHARLOTTE — “The power of an ally can never be underestimated — giving voice to those silenced, standing up for others in the face of adversity and reaching out to raise new consciousness,” says Campus Pride.

In sharing these thoughts, it now has a free download for it’s “Power of an Ally Action Guide” to support LGBT and ally student leaders with its event planning and outreach efforts. This step-by-step guide provides ready-to-go resources for implementation of year-long campaigns around the “Power of an Ally” theme. Other resource guides tools are being developed and will be available in the future.
To obtain one, visit


Jump in!
STATEWIDE — The Lambda Rainbow Network is searching for hosts, organizers, feature writers, columnists, local LGBT NewsHounds, editors, moderators and co-owners for its 2,000-member world-wide chapter group site.

Want to bring the Network to a town near you? Then contact Bob and Dave Cozzoinger at

Lend your support
STATEWIDE — Research participants are needed to complete a 20-minute survey being conducted on experiences of same-sex identified African/African-American women by Monique Carry with Emory University.

The information gained through this research will be used to better understand perceptions of sexual identity among racial minority women.

Qualifications include being African/African-American/Latin descent; female; same-sex identified; and 18 years of age or older.

Participants are eligible for a drawing for two $50 Visa cards.

To be part of this study, visit

For more information, email

PAC the house
RALEIGH — A reception to benefit Equality NC PAC will be held on June 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the RBC Plaza, 23rd Floor, 301 Fayetteville St.

Special guests will be House Speaker Joe Hackney (D-Chatham, Moore, Orange), Sen. Julia Boseman (D-New Hanover) and Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland).

A group of supporters have said that they will match all sponsorships, admissions and donations for this year’s reception up to $12,500. If Equality NC PAC meets the challenge, they will be $25,000 toward their 2009 PAC fundraising goals of $33,000.

Admission is $100 or two for $150. A special admission rate of $45 for students and people with income challenges is also available. Become an event sponsor and Equality NC PAC will acknowledge you in printed materials, on its website, and at the event itself. Sponsorship levels are $500, $1,000, $2,000 and $4,000. Can’t attend. Then consider making a donation of $250, $100, $50 or $25 and your gift will still be doubled.

Food and drinks will be provided.

To register, purchase tickets, contribute or become a sponsor or for more information, email Kay Flaminio at 919-699-3501, email or visit

Tie it up
STATEWIDE — White Knot for Equality, a website initiative founded by Californian Frank Voci in November 2008, was created as an outcry against the passage of Proposition 8 and same-sex marriage bans and equal rights denial for LGBT persons across the U.S. and the globe.

It’s mission is to work to achieve equal rights for the LGBT population by educating people on the importance of Marriage Equality, engaging people in the conversations needed to change hearts and minds and showing the wide-spread support Marriage Equality truly has.

White Knot says it believes in “peaceful and conscientious displays of support wherever there is injustice.” They work to support other organizations by providing “tools for visibility and awareness to complement their activities.”

Using the traditional combines symbols of marriage — white and tying the knot. White Knots are now seen worn in all 50 states and 14 countries by celebrities, clergy, activists and others, plus a plethora of members of the LGBT and ally community members.

The organization offers its symbol royalty-free to any organization or individual advocating and working for marriage equality and other civil rights for gays and lesbians. White Knot for Equality does not necessarily endorse, support or participate in the activities or views of any organization or individual using the White Knot symbol and all such activities and views are solely the responsibility of those organizations and individuals.

A 501-c(3) non-profit corporation under California and federal law, it serves to educate and inform primarily and has no political affiliation.

Groups get together for a couple of hours to make ribbons. The website has a wide range of products available, including ribbon-making kits, T-shirt art, blog badges, web promotions, maps to show U.S. and world-wide levels of legality for marriage equality/same-sex recognition to name a few.

There is a list of cities in the Carolinas that have supporting groups. Check the website to see if there is one available in your area. If not, then consider joining the effort. There is also training tools to learn how to share one’s story.

White Knot has its own Facebook Page at This page has news, information on current events, updates on its initiative and more.

For more information, email or visit
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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.