News Briefs for 10.30.20

Beyond the Carolinas

TOY launches hybrid reopen

Time Out Youth Center has launched an initiative that allows it to open for identity-based workshops twice a month, as well as hosting outdoor special events. To augment their skillset, staff and volunteers are being trained on COVID-19 precautionary protocols.
info: timeoutyouth.org.

Hollingshead gets award

Justine Hollingshead, assistant vice chancellor at North Carolina State University, was awarded with the 2020 Women in Business Award by the Triangle Business Journal.
info: bit.ly/2HDYWRK.

Penguins co-opt eggs

A gay penguin couple in a Netherland’s zoo has nabbed an entire nest of eggs from a female same-sex couple in the attempt to become dads, Queerty reported. Unfortunately, the eggs may not be fertilized, thus not producing chicks.
info: bit.ly/31ErRfM.

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Lez couple’s home gets landmark vote

In an update to qnotes two stories on lesbian icons Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a resolution authored by District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman to nominate the former home of the pioneering LGBTQ and civil rights activists for designation as a local historic landmark.
info: sfgov.org.

Gala set for Hickory

The AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance will hold a combined holiday event on Nov. 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. from Cafe Rule & Wine Bar, 242 11th Ave. N.E. This year ALFA is combining its Uncorked and Winter Gala into the Red Ribbon Gala in to a virtual in-person bash. Participants can order take out dinners and wine. Festivities will be live streamed on Facebook and hosted by DeVida including the presentation of the 2020 Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams Legacy Award. Diners can use the “gourmet drive through” to pick up orders. Tickets are $100 and must be purchased by Nov. 1 and include a gourmet take out meal for two and a bottle of Jones VonDrehle Vineyard wine.
info: alfainfo.org/redribbongala.

NCAAN to host ‘Spectrum’

The NC AIDS Action Network will hold a “Building Power Across the Spectrum” virtual educational event from Nov. 13-14 online. The two-day learning experience will teach participants how to improve lives and fight for the rights of those living with HIV and hepatitis, using drugs and affected communities from grassroots leaders and respected experts, the organization shared. Day 1 utilizes workshops to equip advocates with the tools and knowledge needed to advocate for themselves and their community. Afterward, enjoy a virtual reception where awards will be bestowed for Advocate of the Year and Local Department of the Year. Day 2 will continue with topics related to HIV and intersectionality. The event will also be available in both English and Spanish, as well as closed captioning. Registration is available online at bit.ly/35AyK30.
info: ncaan.org.

Clementi announced new blog

The Tyler Clementi Foundation has announced the launch of a new monthly blog, “Mindfully Yours,” focused on mental health and well being. The new offering is being headed by James Clementi, MHC-LP.
info: tylerclementi.org.

Report released on LGBTQ well-being

On Oct. 21, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released its “Understanding the Well-Being of LGBTQI+ Populations” report describing the available data and future research needs on the health and well-being of LGBTQ communities. The report addressed the well-being of sexual and those who are gender diverse through a multiplicity of areas. The report also specifically included intersex and recognized the harm of elective surgeries on intersex children who are unable to participate in decision-making about their care. The report is a follow-up to “The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People” published by NAS in 2011.
info: bit.ly/3kwgbDr.

MCC launches new visitor site

Metropolitan Community Churches has unveiled a new website, “We’re Seeking You,” designed to answer and address questions from visitors who may want to know more about the church.
info: visitmccchurch.com.

Institute seals partnership campaign

On Oct. 29, The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, in partnership with HeadCount, launched an informational campaign to support Black transgender people who wish to exercise their right to vote. The campaign provides resources to help the community stay informed about 2020 party platforms as it relates to LGBTQ+ issues, help navigate challenges of voting as a transgender person (such as what to do if their name does not match their ID and how to register and vote if they are experiencing homelessness).
info: marshap.org.

Association names Hall of Famers

During its recent conference, the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists announced that New York Times Magazine contributing writer Linda Villarosa and Outsports.com founders Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler were names as 2020 inductees into the LGBTQ Journalists Hall of Fame.
info: nlgja.org.

Drag performers join voter video

Featuring a host of drag performers from across all 50 states, “We’re Here. We’re Queer. #WeVote.” premiered on Oct. 21 on GLAAD’s social media platforms and points viewers to GLAAD’s Voting Action Center to check registration, request mail-in ballots, and become a digital door knocker to spread the word about what is at stake for the LGBTQ community this election. The video also has been showcased on a number of other drag personalities’ social media pages. North Carolina’s representative was Amazing Grace and Patti O’Furniture represented South Carolina.
info: youtu.be/XXYZJBHx4s0. glaad.org/vote.

Church creates commission

Metropolitan Community Churches has announced the creation of The General Conference Commission who will provide leadership and guidance in developing the triennial event for 2022. Rev. Paul Whiting, who sits on the church’s governing board and is pastor at MCC Charlotte, has joined the team. Former North Carolinian Rev. Brendan Boone, who now lives in Daytona, Beach, Fla., is also among the 10-person group.
info: mccchurch.net.

Seltzer company donates to HRC for history month

Vizzy Hard Seltzer has contributed $1 million to the Human Rights Campaign in honor of LGBTQ History Month. The three-year commitment goes to support the work of the organization.
info: vizzyhardseltzer.com. hrc.org.

True enhances tech diversity

True Search, an executive search firm, announced the launch of its new sister company AboveBoard, an inclusive executive hiring platform.
info: trueplatform.com.

Awards ceremony, gala hits Triad

The North Star LGBTQ Community Center, in partnership with OUT at the Movies and PFLAG Winston-Salem, will host the 2020 virtual Gathering of In Good Company on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. Honorees are: Kendra Johnson, executive director of Equality North Carolina (who will serve as the keynote speaker); Julie Wood, author of “Changing the Message: Cruelty to Persons who are Gay is Incompatible with Christian Teaching; Dr. Jill Crainshaw, vice dean of Wake Forest University School of Divinity and author of “Thrive: how professionals and over get unstuck and renew their lives;” and Rev. Maria Jones, hospital chaplain for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Proceeds from the event will be split between the three hosting organizations. The event, which is being held from Nov. 2-12, includes networking, wine and dines, mental health resource night and presentations by Crainshaw and Wood, as well as demonstrations by noted chefs. Passes are available for purchase online at bit.ly/3kx10JT.
info: northstarlgbtcc.com.

Aviation welcomes international partnership

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association announced that Wheels Up has become its first global partner in the private aviation sector. Wheels Up has committed to joining IGLTA on its mission to support LGBTQ travel across the globe.
info: wheelsup.com. iglta.org.

Virtual events support community

The Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center are hosting community-focused virtual events during November. On Nov. 6, LGBTQ job seekers will have a chance to meet with local employers with inclusive LGBTQ hiring practices and policies at a virtual job fair. Registration is available at bit.ly/3jqV6c4. Then on Nov. 19, the center will host a virtual TeleThon from 7-9 p.m., streaming on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Participants will be able to enjoy musical and drag performances, comedy, raffles, auctions and special guest stars. Text GGF to 44-321 to donate now. Contributor names will appear on the live broadcast screen. Sign up for updates at bit.ly/3dX7fo6.
info: guilfordgreenfoundation.org.

Neighboring university denounces Milligan

The Johnson City Press reported that the East Tennessee State University Student Government committee had voiced its opposition toward Christian-focused Milligan University’s LGBTQ discrimination policy and passed a resolution condemning Milligan. Earlier this year, a Milligan professor was forced to resign or renounce homosexuality. The East Tennessee “condemnation also called for ending key partnerships with Milligan,” student government vice president Seth Manning said. He added that it was about “university standards.”
Update: The student government voted to withdraw support to Milligan during the week of Oct. 26.
info: bit.ly/3e1HIdy.

Mental health concerns launch fund

Driven by concerns over the mental health impacts of the novel coronavirus, The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health was launched and will help address a pressing national need to improve mental healthcare for adolescents in the U.S., especially those who are of color and/or LGBTQ individuals, the company reported. The Fund increased capacity for mental health providers and organizations serving these populations, which have long faced significant barriers to accessing mental healthcare — barriers that have been exacerbated by COVID-19. The fund is a collaborative fund seeded by Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates to advance social progress in the nation.
info: theupswingfund.org.

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GLSEN releases new survey

Earlier in October, GLSEN released its 2019 National School Climate Survey. The report offers analysis across the last 20 years that GLSEN has been engaged in this type of research and coincides with GLSEN’s 30th anniversary. In addition to the findings, the organization also has an extended video presentation of the survey’s webinar, both of which can be found online at bit.ly/31MmKdt.
info: glsen.org.

Porter explores gay movement orgins

The Associated Press reported that Billy Porter has begun narrating “EQUAL,” a new four-part documentary series on HBO Max that traces the history of the LGBTQ movement through the Stonewall uprising in 1969.
info: bit.ly/3kAKRDA.

University looks at censorship

California State University, Fullerton’s news service has reported that magazine censorship helped to strengthen the LGBTQ community. Researcher Jason, a professor and departmental chair of Communications, however, shared that the U.S. Supreme Court’s views of the First Amendment during the 1950s and into the early 1960s aided the way for the movement. ONE, published between 1953-1967, was the first one of its kind to be distributed widely across the U.S. and was banned via mail in 1954. The court overturned the censorship, along with others about nudism and male bodybuilding, led to the development of LGBTQ American identity.
info: bit.ly/35CS3IT.

Rosedale partners on clinical trial

Rosedale Health and Medical is partnering with Gilead Pharmaceuticals on a clinical trial for those being treated with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. They are one of 100 site worldwide that were selected for this opportunity. It includes a three-day intravenous (IV) treatment with one month of follow-up, according to Rosedale’s Director of Clinical Research Steven Haynes. There is no cost to patients, and participants in the study will receive a small stipend. Earlier studies have been focused on hospitalized settings and severe cases. Participants must be over the age of 18 and have at least one pre-existing condition unless they are over the age of 60 years old, which automatically qualifies them. The treatment needs to start four days after receiving a positive result, so only recently diagnosed people with one or more symptom can take part in the study. Testing can be done at Rosedale for current or new patients or at other certified testing centers. For more information, contact Haynes at shaynes@myrosedalehealth.com.
info: myrosedalehealth.com.

Soccer champ hosts miniseries

Abercrombie & Fitch announced a new seven-part Instagram miniseries dedicated to mental health and wellness. Hosted by world champion soccer player and activist Megan Rapinoe, the IGTV series will feature in-depth discussions with members of Ambercrombie & Fitch’s 2020 “Fierce Family.”
info: instagram.com/abercrombie.

Advocates speak out on ACA

On Oct. 12, advocates and healthcare experts gathered in front of Sen. Thom Tillis’ downtown Raleigh office for a press conference to defend the Affordable Care Act by sharing personal stories from individuals in North Carolina who have benefitted from provisions in the law. ”…Donald Trump has waged a battle to overturn the law in the courts”, said Lee Storrow, executive director of the North Carolina AIDS Action Network at the event. The event was organized by the North Carolina AIDS Action Network, NARAL Pro-Choice NC & Action NC and featured remarks from North Carolina residents Caroline Fisher and Jaysen Foreman. The Supreme Court will be hearing a case on the Affordable Care Act in November and a shift in the Supreme Court majority could potentially lead to the end of the Affordable Care Act, leaving millions without access to healthcare, NCAAN stated.
info: ncaan.org.

GLMA seats new board members

During its recent Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health, GLMA introduced two new board members who were listed among the top 100 Inspiring Hispanic/Latinx Scientists in America. They were Dr. Estevan Garcia and Dr. Richardo Correa.
info: glma.org.

Literary diversion championed

Little Free Library, in partnership with Colle McVoy, launched Read in Color, an initiative that brings diverse books to Little Free’s book-sharing boxes around the world.
info: littlefreelibrary.org.

Bar names new director

The National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation announced that M. Dru Levasseur will be the organization’s director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The National LGBT Bar is expanding and prioritizing its diversity, equity and inclusion work. In his role, Levasseur will lead Lavender Law 365, an LGBTQ inclusion coaching and consulting program designed to enable the implementation of best practice standards for LGBTQ equity across law firms, law schools and companies.
info: lgbtbar.org.

SONG seeks bilingual organizers

Southerners on New Ground are inviting its bilingual/multilingual members and Southerners to a virtual language justice interpreter training that will take place on Nov. 9., 16 and 23 at 4 p.m. Those who sign up must be committed to attending all three sessions. To apply, visit bit.ly/2Jbsg31.
info: southernersonnewground.org.

Institute’s directorship slot filled

Brad Sears, the Williams Institute’s founding executive director, has agreed to step in as the interim executive director. His sojourn with the institute began nearly 20 years ago. He has been serving as associate dean of Public Interest Law at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
info: williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu.

Storyblocks launches diversity campaign

Storyblocks announced the launch of a new campaign called Re:Stock. The campaign is geared toward closing the diversity gap in media and advertising by addressing the need for more inclusive content that accurately reflects the world today. To meet this demand, Storyblocks is expanding the pipeline of its stock contributors to include new, diverse creators to create collections featuring the authentic experiences of BIPOC and the LGBTQ communities.
info: storyblocks.com.

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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.

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