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Gay man, trans woman allege police harassment

CHARLOTTE — Two members of the city’s LGBT community allege that they were victims of police harassment and unfair profiling based on one’s gender-identity and expression. On the evening of Apr. 10, gay man Kevin Grooms, who writes for Q-Notes as “Miss Della,” and a transgender friend were stopped in their neighborhood by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police […]

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Straight spouses support gay marriage

Amity Pierce Buxton, Ph.D., is the founder of the Straight Spouse Network and author of ‘The Other Side of the Closet: The Coming-Out Crisis for Straight Spouses and Families.’ OAKLAND, Calif. — A non-profit organization that supports the heterosexual spouses and/or ex-spouses of LGBT people has released a position paper in support of legalizing same-sex […]

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Bloggers set to unite for LGBT families

BOSTON, Mass. — The third annual Blogging for LGBT Families Day, when bloggers of all sexual orientations and gender identities come together and write in support of LGBT families, is June 2. Last year, over 150 bloggers took part in the event. Developed by LGBT-parenting site Mombian and sponsored by the Family Equality Council, Blogging […]

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Study: Gays heart blogs

According to a new online study, gay and lesbian adults are more active in the blogosphere than their straight counterparts. Hmmm, wonder why? Gossip and drama and celebrity buzz? No, none of those could be the reason. Seriously, news and current event blogs actually ranked the highest among gay and lesbian adults surveyed, with pop […]

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Groups urge D.A. to try King killer as a minor

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A coalition of 27 groups fighting for LGBT rights has called on Ventura County prosecutors to try 14-year-old Brandon McInerney in juvenile court, and not as an adult. McInerney has been charged as an adult in the Feb. 12 murder of his E.O. Green Middle School classmate, 15-year-old Lawrence King. Students […]

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Gay freshman elected student body prez at N.C. college

Michael Tuso does not describe himself as an activist, but lives his life to help others. GREENSBORO — An openly gay freshman at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG) won the student government spring election for student body president by an overwhelming majority in mid-April. Michael Tuso, 19, a native of Raleigh, officially took office […]

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Clinton: ‘I can not only survive but win’

Q-Notes was able to pose several questions to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Below are her responses. Q-Notes: Senator, you have lots of support in the LGBT community. How does that figure into your campaign in North Carolina and the rest of the nation? SENATOR CLINTON: I am proud and grateful of the […]