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Nathan James – QNotes

Sexy and cash-strapped

Peddlers of the world’s oldest professions are getting hit by the economy, too

The stock market is down, real estate prices are 60 cents on the dollar and my 401(k) is tanking. An economy like this makes me think about what really matters: Have adult film stars begun to buy generic baby oil? Have strippers started to hand out “buy one-get one” coupons for private dances? How has …

Str8 acting looking for same

Has masculinity become a badge of honor?

I enjoy playing poker. I used to play nickel poker. The stakes weren’t high, but the amount of fun was worth the $20 in nickels. From poker I learned there are some combinations of cards that are “better” than others. Two pair beat one pair. A straight beats three of a kind and the Grand …

Sixty is the New Sexy

Sex in the Twilight Years

The computer clicks on. The screen flashes to life. Applications begin loading. Internet Explorer launches; the homepage is set to craigslist.org. AIM is loading. Favorite bookmarks include: Adam4Adam, Bear411, SilverDaddies.com and Manhunt. Minimized in the toolbar is Gay.com. This isn’t the computer of a college student, this is the new over-60 crowd…and they’re horny. Aging …

Video chat killed the radio star

Grindr, Gay.com, Manhunt, Adam4Adam, WooHim — are killing communication. I love technology and gadgets as much as anyone. I love the internet…I’m using it right now. I love email. I want an iPad so badly I’ve listed my kidney on Craigslist. Most of all, I love talking to someone face-to-face. There is something about walking …

Sensoria: Arts festival returns to CPCC

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will hold their annual ArtsFest, now called Sensoria, from April 12-17. This event focuses on the arts and it promises to enliven the senses and awaken the imagination. There will be live music, history, literature, visual arts, performance art and culinary arts over the 6 day festival. Special guests from …

Uncounted on the streets

Homeless LGBT youth face uncertainly, lack of resources in Carolinas

A person’s life can change in seconds. Sometimes it can be the death of a loved one, or it could happen by just a few words. “Mom, Dad, I love you and I hope you will understand what I’m about to tell you. I’m gay.” The ideal scenario is that the parents will remember this …

A statement is worth over 400 pictures

International artist showcases Charlotte’s LGBT community

On the second floor of the McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte’s gay icons are captured on film—as we see them. Artist Abdi Osman showcased his work during the closing reception on March 19 as part of the center’s Artist in Residence (AIR) program. His studio was the stereotypical artist’s space. Studio 215 had large …

Student settles lawsuit against N.Y. for bullying

The Associated Press released an article about a student who settled a lawsuit against New York for the lack of action teachers took against bullies beating him up. News of kids being beat up because they are gay, effeminate, poor or simply different is not uncommon. What makes this story great are the parents. The …

Gay and on the street

Studies are conducted to understand LGBT homelessness

CHARLOTTE — Homelessness is an incalculable epidemic. Estimates of youth homelessness range from 575,000 to approximately 2 million. Definitive numbers are difficult to get, but it is believed the LGBT community makes up approximately 20 to 30 percent of homeless youth aged 12 to 24 years old — a disproportionate amount if the LGBT community …

Florida doesn’t want another gay movie

A provision buried in a Florida tax bill prohibits a tax break to movies that display “nontraditional family values,” according to an article from the Palm Beach Post. Governor Charlie Crist was kind enough to define what a traditional family is: “Let me define it in the positive, a traditional family is a marriage between …