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Pride: Not just for state capitals anymore

Festivals popping up in locales across the Carolinas

In 1981, gay and transgender North Carolinians celebrated their “day out” at the first statewide NC Pride festival in Durham. The same year, Charlotte had its first local Pride gathering, on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. The Queen City event would return two years later, while the statewide Pride would be held …

Communal frustrations

Editor's Note

This issue marks the end of my eighth month at Q-Notes. Three-fourths of the way to a full year’s work and the newness has begun to fade. I’m finding my opportunity here both rewarding and challenging. Unfortunately, frustration is an emotion I’m getting to know rather well through my job. Let me explain. Q-Notes covers …

SC Equality pushes for principal’s termination

Principal Eddie Walker issued resignation over gay club

Updated: May 22, 2008, 5:40 p.m. EST Irmo High School Principal Eddie Walker (left) stands with a community member and students IRMO, S.C. — The principal of Irmo High School, located just minutes to the northwest of Columbia, announced to the school today his intentions to resign at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. …

Greensboro leader charged with embezzling sales tax

John Johnson a former board member and officer of Triad LGBT non-profit

John Worth Johnson (Credit: N.C. Department of Revenue) GREENSBORO, N.C. — The former manager of the Biltmore Greensboro Hotel and a former officer on the board of directors of Alternative Resources of the Triad/OutGreensboro.com, was charged Tuesday with one count of embezzling state sales tax and one count of embezzling Guilford County sales tax. John …

Students excused for skipping gay day

Watauga school superintendent cites safety concerns

BOONE — More than a third of the 1,500 students enrolled in Watauga High School were absent April 25, the day set aside for the National Day of Silence. Under the direction of Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bobbie Short, all of them received excused absences. On the other hand, LGBT and allied students who …

Queer eye for poll time

Editor's Note

The North Carolina Primary has come and gone. The TV ads, the robo-calls and canvassers are things of the past. The candidates and their campaigns have, for the most part, packed up their bags and headed on to the next battleground. The next battleground!? Yes — you heard me correctly. The race for the White …

Anti-gay amendment introduced in N.C. Senate

N.C. State Sen. Jim Forrester introduced an anti-LGBT, anti-marriage constitutional amendment on May 14, as the state legislature returned for its biennial short session. RALEIGH — On May 14, anti-gay N.C. State Sen. Jim Forrester (R-Gaston) introduced to the N.C. Senate an anti-family, anti-marriage constitutional amendment. The state legislature returned to their biennial short session …

Mother, trans son embark on Soulforce journey

Family to visit Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church

BUNN, N.C. — Mary Helen Phelps, 43, calls herself a “reformed redneck.” Her journey toward accepting her female-to-male transgender son, Angel Collie, has taken her from valleys of worry and despair to mountain tops of joy and reconciliation. Phelps and her son will soon join Soulforce’s American Family Outing, a national event wherein families with …

‘Naked Boys’ banned from state-operated facility

Gay-popular musical told 'no' by SECCA, state officials

WINSTON-SALEM — The Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance’s production of the gay-popular musical “Naked Boys Singing” has been postponed after state officials with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts (SECCA) told the company they could not produce the musical at SECCA’s performance venue. According to Alliance organizers, SECCA and N.C. Department of Cultural Resources officials gave the …

Gay man, trans woman allege police harassment

Q-Notes contributor Miss Della and friend stopped in neighborhood

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 …