Charlotte: College students volunteer time, talent

Carolinas News Notes

Students from Central Michigan University participated in an alternative spring break with Campus Pride (left to right, back to front): Renee Renauer, Brandon Robinson, Mari Poindexter, Steven Taylor, Emily Huckbone, Sarah Stack, Laura Trombley, Natalie Shaefer, Scott Stewart, Kirsten Hissong and Arielle Hines. Photo Credit: Lainey Millen

Students from Central Michigan University participated in an alternative spring break with Campus Pride (left to right, back to front): Renee Renauer, Brandon Robinson, Mari Poindexter, Steven Taylor, Emily Huckbone, Sarah Stack, Laura Trombley, Natalie Shaefer, Scott Stewart, Kirsten Hissong and Arielle Hines.
Photo Credit: Lainey Millen

College students volunteer time, talent

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eleven students from Central Michigan University were in the Queen City from March 10-14 at Campus Pride to volunteer their time as part of Alternative Breaks, a national program that gives school students an option for vacation and break time during the academic year. It is under the umbrella of Break Away, a national non-profit organization.

The volunteers, who were members of the LGBT community and straight allies, used this experience to further their civic responsibility. This was the first time that Campus Pride utilized the Alternative Breaks program.

Those who participated and their majors were: Renee Renauer, 19, sophomore, biology; Brandon Robinson, 22, senior, psychology; Mari Poindexter, 21, graduate student, Master’s in business administration; Steven Taylor, 22, senior, family studies; Emily Huckabone, 21, senior, marketing (market research); Sarah Stack, 23, senior, childhood development; Laura Trombley, 23, sophomore, elementary education; Natalie Shaefer, 20, junior, art; Scott Stewart, 20, junior, public relations; Kirsten Hissong, 21, senior, psychology; and Airelle Hines, 20, sophomore, journalism.

The lion’s share of their time was spent updating the Campus Pride map resource that shares information about campus organizations, support services and resources for LGBT students. The rest of the time, they used their talents in other projects ranging from taking photos, writing blogs and working with data.

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A number of local leaders spoke to the group. Among them, Rebecca Taylor, assistant dean, Davidson College, discussed resource creation for LGBT students. Jennifer Conway, student life program coordinator, Central Piedmont Community College, addressed allyship. Matt Comer, this publication’s editor, shared information on how the LGBT community is represented in the media; and Brandy Alexander, drag performer, spoke about her 50 years of experience in drag culture.

Alternative Breaks had 13 separate groups who participated in this year’s Central Michigan program. One was in Asheville, N.C., at the YMCA of Western North Carolina and the other was in Charleston, S.C., at Carolina Youth Development Center. In neighboring Georgia, a group participated at Open Hand/Jerusalem House, a HIV/AIDS resource center in Atlanta.

info: campuspride.org. cmich.edu.

— Campus Pride contributed

Dragon boaters elect officers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One World Dragon Boat has elected its new 2014 executive leadership team.

Those elected were: Dee Bauer, president; Suzie Knight, secretary; and Liz Mahood, treasurer.

Bauer founded the sports non-profit organization in 2012 as a response to the passage of Amendment One. Bauer said in an article in The Charlotte Observer in January 2013, “We humans are all equal…However, we live in a society governed by laws, and as such, laws exist that deny certain citizens that equality. Life is tough enough without discrimination and bigotry.” Competing was a way to break down barriers of discrimination, she added.

info: oneworlddragonboat.org.

Antigone Rising

Antigone Rising

Lez band hits Queen City

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The all-female, lesbian, boot-stomping, alternative country-rock band Antigone Rising, pictured, will be at the Double Door, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave., on April 3 at 8:30 p.m.

The quartet is comprised of Nini Camps (lead singer), Dena Tauriello (drums) and founding sisters Kristen

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Henderson (bass/vocals) and Cathy Henderson (guitar/vocals). They were the first band on Starbuck’s Hear Music (Lava Records) selling over 150,000 copies of their debut LP in 2005. They have toured with The Rolling Stone, Aerosmith and others.

Kristen Ellis-Henderson garnered much media attention when she and her wife, business executive Sarah Kate Ellis (who was recently appointed president and CEO of GLAAD), were featured on the cover of TIME Magazine’s groundbreaking April 8, 2013, marriage equality issue.

Hannah Thomas Photo Credit: Dylan Yellowless

Hannah Thomas
Photo Credit: Dylan Yellowless

Joining the band on their tour is Hannah Thomas. This soulful rocker has diehard fans from all across Georgia and the Carolinas. She has shared the stage with the likes of the Indigo Girls, Michelle Malone, Zac Brown and more. She was the recipient of the GA Lottery All Access Music Search. Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls described her music as “the soul of old country, and that will always be there, but she’s also a diehard rocker with some punk thrown in the mix.”

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10/advance (available online) and $10/day of show.

They will also perform on April 2 at Awendaw Green Barn Jam at 4853 U.S. 17 North, Awendaw, S.C., northeast of Charleston, S.C. Antigone Rising goes on at 8:15 p.m. and Thomas hits the stage at 9 p.m. for this outdoor gig. Tickets are $5.

Other Carolina dates for Thomas include: April 9, 10 p.m., One Stop, 55 College St., in Asheville, N.C., $5 advance/$8 door (with Peggie Ratuse and Big Al), and April 10, 9 p.m., Delancy’s Irish Pub, 117 W. Main St., Spartanburg, S.C.

info: antigonerising.com. hannahthomasband.com. doubledoorinn.com. awendawgreen.com.

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Does your organization or special interest group have events or great information to share with our readers? If so, be sure to send in your information to specialassignments@goqnotes.com. In the upcoming months, we’ll feature one of you in our news notes section in each issue. Are you a part of a Meetup, Yahoo or Google group and do you do something that’s really newsworthy? Do you provide a service for the community or hold fundraisers for worthy causes? Do you educate the public about LGBT issues or concerns? Of course, this is only a sampling of things we are interested in. It’s the aim of these pieces to inform, enlighten and educate our readers about what we’re doing here in the Carolinas to champion LGBT rights, as well as offer resources for those who may be interested in what your group is doing.

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Posted by 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, x205.