‘Idol’ RU gets reprieve

RALEIGH — The Wake County Board of Elections has curtailed its investigation into Clay Aiken’s voter registration status. On Dec. 9, elections officials stated, according to an AP report in USA Today that there was “enough evidence to indicate Aiken likely voted unlawfully there while living in a neighboring county. … There was no evidence presented that Aiken deliberately sought to violate election law, and Aiken wrote a letter asking officials to remove him from their voting rolls.”

Aiken stated that he continued to use his Raleigh address as his permanent one since he considered it home, even though he has lived in nearby Chatham County since 2006.

Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope said he did not intentionally target Aiken, but wanted to focus on the issue of voter registration rules regarding actual residency.

All of this came on the skirt tail of Aiken’s blog criticism of Wake County school board candidates.

Resources sought

RALEIGH — The LGBT Center of Raleigh is seeking help. They have had numerous inquiries from people, both locally and out-of-town, who are searching for LGBT-owned or LGBT-friendly professionals and business owners.

As a result, they are asking to assist them in adding a list of these businesses free of charge to its website under the Community Resources section. Professionals who welcome the LGBT community are encouraged to share their information.

The Center considers community education and information an important part of its mandate. For more information, email

lgbtcenterofraleigh@gmail.com or visit www.lgbtcenterofraleigh.com.

GLAD exec dies

DURHAM — Kathy Travers, 58, former executive director of the Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, died on Dec. 5 after a long illness. She is survived by Ev Machtinger, her partner of 30 years.

In Boston, Travers helped found Boston Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Youth. After hermove to Durham in 1984, she was instrumental in forming the annual NC Pride marches.

Travers was an alumna of New College (Sarasota, Fla.), New Hampshire College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

On Dec. 12 a memorial service was held at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Lainey Millen

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