Sing and serve
MATTHEWS — One Voice Chorus is holding a fundraiser at the Matthews Township Grill, 10400 E. Independence Blvd. on Oct. 12 to support its upcoming season. Tom Im, vice president, made the announcement.

The Chorus Board and friends will be waiting on patrons hand and foot as they sing some ABBA tunes, maybe dance a little and serve good food at great prices. A percentage of the food and all the tips goes to the Chorus.

The 2009-10 season includes Sleigh Bells, Dec. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte. A matinee will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5. Other concerts slated are Southern Belles, celebrating strong women, joined by the University of North Carolina-Charlotte Women’s Chorus and the Girl’s Chorus from the Northwest School of the Performing Arts at Heaton Hall, Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd., in the spring. School Bells, the Chorus’ 20th anniversary concert, will be held on June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St., in the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

For more information, call Artistic Director Gerald Gurss at 816-878-7464, email or visit

Girlz & boyz night out
CHARLOTTE — The Takeover Friday Boys are throwing a Takeover just for lesbians on Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Sonoma Modern, 100 N. Tryon St. Enjoy free hors d’oeuvrs and drink specials.

Lez B Friends (“it will be one Rosie of a good time, so what the Ellen are you waiting for?”) is a long-awaited requested event and is being presented in order to attract more women for the region’s fun-filled Friday party scene.

In other news, Takeover Friday will host Brief – A Fete for Fashion on Oct. 23 at Extravaganza, 1610 N. Tryon St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Part cocktail party, part fashion extravaganza and part fundraiser, Brief will showcase the latest men’s underwear fashion. Hot wears. Hot guys. Hot fun. Is there any question you aren’t going? Didn’t think so.

The evening is a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Tickets, $200, $50, and $25, may be purchased at

For more information, visit

Mancini accepting grant apps
CHARLOTTE — The Wesley Mancini Foundation is accepting applications until Nov. 1 for the grant period of Jan.1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2010.

Grants are awarded to fund specific projects and are not awarded to cover general operating expenses.

The Foundation’s mission is to provide funding for projects that promote the inclusion of LGBT individuals as full participants in the Charlotte community, seek to eliminate censorship and/or work to foster and support freedom of expression. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded grants to 18 organizations. Projects must benefit residents of Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, and are project specific.

Past recipients have been: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Bare Bones Theatre, Campus Pride, Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice, Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund (Foundation for the Carolinas), Echo Foundation, William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Resources, Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte, Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Charlotte, Light Factory, Metrolina AIDS Project, Off Tryon Theater Company, One Voice Chorus, OutCharlotte, Playworks, Time Out Youth, UNCC Foundation, UNCC Urban Institute, and Unity Fellowship Church Charlotte.

Foundation board members include Ben Collins, Mike Davis, Jonathan Murray, Rev. Tonyia Rawls, Nancy Ring, Ward Simmons, Connie Vetter, Tom Warshauer and Bert Woodard.

Federally-tax exempt organizations or those with tax-qualified sponsors interested in receiving a grant application should contact Bob Scheer at 704-375-4275, ext. 11 or via email at

Service held
CHARLOTTE — Holy Trinity Lutheran Church held a Service of Reconciliation on Sept. 12. About 150 attended in order to bring together varying factions as a result of recent Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s decisions.

According to blogger Frank Imhoff of The Lutheran, “Voting members at the August Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis approved a series of proposals to change the denomination’s ministry policies, including a policy to allow Lutherans in lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships to serve as ELCA associates in ministry, clergy, deaconesses and diaconal ministers.”

Attendees included those from Lutheran, Mormon, Jewish, Roman Catholic and Buddhist faiths. Not everyone was in agreement, but the experience was affirming, added Imhoff.

Holy Trinity Pastor Nancy Kraft recounted the event as “glorious.” Her presence was that as an observer.

Retired Pastor of Advent Lutheran Church, Richard C. Little, presented the sermon.

The service was comprised of prayer and discussion. Afterward, time was set aside for a gathering of worshippers in the church’s social hall for dessert and coffee.

In memoriam
CHARLOTTE — MeckPAC has announced the death of one of the organization’s most ardent long-time supporters, Lynn Kennelly. Kennelly died as a result of cancer in her sleep surrounded by family and friends.

In August, she provided support for MeckPAC’s Gold-level sponsorship of the organization’s pre-election party.

She was a 1977 graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

MeckPAC says it will continue its work in honor of Kennelly and her passion for LGBT equality.


Show your spirit
GREENVILLE — Tipsy Teapot, 409 Evans St., #B, will host a “family pride” Eastern Carolina University Homecoming Kick Off Party on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

Enjoy dinner and drink specials, then stay for Someone’s Sister and Laura McLean and Calamity.

Cost is $10 at the door.

The following day, from 2-4 p.m., McLean will hold a guitar clinic.

Beginners are encouraged to attend and educational materials will be provided. Cost is $20 per person.


Replacements, Ltd. recognized
GREENSBORO — The Human Rights Campaign Foundation awarded Replacements, Ltd. a perfect score on the HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index on Sept. 14. The report rates on a scale from 0 to 100 how major American companies treat LGBT employees, consumers and investors. This marks the eighth consecutive year the world’s largest supplier of old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles has received a perfect score. Replacements is one of only 11 companies that have achieved a 100 percent rating every year since the index began in 2002.

“It means so much to me to see more companies responding to the concerns of the GLBT community and protecting the rights of all workers so they don’t have to endure the discrimination that so many of us experienced early on,” says Replacements’ Founder and CEO Bob Page.

Replacements was one of the first companies in North Carolina to offer domestic partner benefits.

For more information, call Lisa Conklin, public relations manager, at 336-209-0951, email or visit


Gold to address PFLAG
NASHVILLE — Mitchell Gold, author and editor of “Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing The Personal, Social and Religious Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America,” will lead a discussion at the Oct. 12 meeting of Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays – Rocky Mount at 7 p.m. at the Nash Arts Center, 100 E. Washington St.

Educators, church leaders, social workers and elected officials and parents are encouraged to attend.

A reception will follow.

For more information, email or visit


Film Fest slated
BOONE — Appalachian State University has announced its 10th Annual Queer Film Festival, occurring during October and November at 7:30 p.m. in Room 114 in Belk Library and Information Commons.

Scheduled are: Oct. 13: “Milk;” Oct. 20: “Outrage;” Oct. 27: “Training Rules;” Nov. 3: “Fight Back Fight AIDS: 15 Years of ACT UP;” and Nov. 17: “Hannah Free.”

Screenings are free and open to the public. Discussion will follow the film.

For more information, email Dr. Jill Ehnenn at, Kim Hall at or Davis Orvis at


Researcher seeks participants
STATEWIDE — Marcie Wiseman, a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Florida, needs your help. She is part of a group of LGBT affirming researchers and her program of research has focused mostly on the LGBT community. She is currently collecting data for her dissertation which aims to better understand the experiences and needs of sexual minority men.

The survey has been approved by the university’s Institutional Review Board under Protocol #2009-U-0314.

The study hopes to gather data to learn more about the experiences of men who identify as gay or bisexual or have sex with men. With this study, she hopes to contribute to understanding the experiences and needs of diverse populations of men.

Participants must be 18 years or older and identify as a gay or bisexual man or a man who has sex with men. The study will involve completing an online survey that will take approximately 20-25 minutes. All responses are anonymous.

To join in, visit

For more information about the research team, visit or email

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