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Collier Rutledge – QNotes

Family holiday drama has its challenges

Tips on how to handle the family and stress

Every year you expect it — the dreaded family gatherings. Everyone knows you’re as queer as a three dollar bill and some of your precious family members always have something to say about it. The holidays are a stressful time for everyone, but for LGBT people our concerns and holiday stresses are compounded even further. …

Gleeful season

Gay choruses bring cheer to holiday season

Shopping, eating, parties and socials. The holiday season is one of the most hectic times of the year. It’s always good to find some time to just get away and enjoy some time with family and friends. Gay and lesbian choruses across the Carolinas are gearing up for their holiday concerts. Perhaps its time to …

Holisave

Tight budget? Money-saving gift ideas

Rough economy got you down? Tight budget putting a crimp on your holiday gift-giving style? Not to worry! Here are some great money-saving gift ideas to keep your conscience clear and your giftees just as happy. Dinner’s on me — Are you one of those gift-givers who got stuck with loads of people on your …

Lawsuit filed over 2007 gay sex sting

40 men arrested, one committed suicide in ‘highly unusual action’

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Lambda Legal has filed suit against this eastern Tennessee city and Police Chief John Lowry on behalf of a man arrested in a September 2007 public sex sting. As reported in Q-Notes last October, the Johnson City Police Department arrested 40 men in late September — including one preacher and employees …

New HIV infection rates hit Carolinas hard

Black gay/bi youth at highest risk, says CDC

ATLANTA — Last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report detailing new estimated figures for new HIV infections per year. Jumping from 40,000 new infections each year to more than 56,000, the CDC also said the burden for the increase was “greatest among gay and bisexual men of all races.” …

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is McCain VP pick

Palin opposed marriage equality, supported partner benefits

On Aug. 29, presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain announced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his pick for vice president. The announcement was received with concern by the LGBT community and pro-choice advocates. Palin’s record as governor of the nation’s most northerly state and her record on such hot button issues as marriage equality and …

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is McCain VP pick

Palin opposed marriage equality, supported partner benefits

On Aug. 29, presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain announced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his pick for vice president. The announcement was received with concern by the LGBT community and pro-choice advocates. Palin’s record as governor of the nation’s most northerly state and her record on such hot button issues as marriage equality and …

LGBTs will make their mark at Dem convention

N.C. will send six LGBT delegates, S.C. will send none

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When state delegations head to Denver, Colo., for the Democratic National Convention Aug. 25-28, they’ll be bringing with them more representation from the LGBT community than ever before. According to the National Stonewall Democrats, overall LGBT participation in the quadrennial Democratic convention will increase 27 percent from the 2004 convention. Stonewall said …

Hot weather, cool fashion

Now’s the time to ponder Fall and Winter trends

It’s 95 degrees outside. You’re sweating. It’s humid. The pool is still open. You might think it’s a tad bit early to be shopping for your Fall and Winter wear, but you really should think again. Fashion designers were looking at this year’s colors and trends as far back as two or three years ago. …

College project hopes to curb gay domestic violence

UNCG's Project Safe Love currently seeking research study participants

GREENSBORO — Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG), aided by funds from the Guilford Green Foundation, are working for a second year to develop resources to offer those in the domestic violence service field information on preventing, supporting and rehabilitating victims and perpetrators of same-sex domestic violence. The initiative, called Project Safe Love, …