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State ensures gay hospital visitation rights

RALEIGH — North Carolina hospital patients will soon have a new right, ensuring they can receive the visitors who matter most to them regardless of the legal status of their relationship. A new statewide rule will help ensure that same-sex partners and other loved ones will be treated the same as immediate family. The rule …

Openly gay S.C. candidate to hold town halls

Anti-gay baiting already part of campaign

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Greenville County Council candidate James Akers, Jr. (D) will hold two town hall meetings within the next week. “An election should be about the concerns of the citizens, not about who is a big money candidate and raises the most money,” Akers said in a Tuesday press release. “It is important for …

Carolina PFLAG chapter hosts regional gathering

Organization receives $3,000 grant

SALISBURY, N.C. — PFLAG-Salisbury chapter will play host to the national organization’s North Carolina/South Carolina Leadership Conference this week. On Saturday, April 26, more than 50 participants, as well as PFLAG national officers, will descend on this sleepy hometown of regional grocery store giant Food Lion. The event will be hosted at Haven Lutheran Church. …

Raleigh teacher accused of sex with 18-year-old female student

Digital photo shows teacher kissing student

RALEIGH — A teacher is being accused of improper sexual relations with a female student. According to WSOC TV (Charlotte), 33-year-old Shannon Best is accused of having sex with one student who  spent the night at her house one night prior to a scheduled track meet. Another female student also spent the night. The WSOC …

Join the Q-Notes community of bloggers

As a part of our new online presence, Q-Notes is searching for up to three online staff bloggers. These volunteer contributing writers would work with the editor to determine their specific coverage area (”beat”) and topic. Writers would be responsible for at least two submissions/posts per week. Persons of color, women, gender-variant people, seniors and …

Sizzling summer fashion

Whether at the pool, beach or the club, this season’s hot-off-the-runway fashion is sure to make all those P-Town gay boys jump for joy. Whether you’re looking for the sexiest swimwear or that perfect night-on-the-town look, Q-Notes has your Sizzling Summer Fashion Guide ready and waiting. Swimwear Forget the long trunks boys. We want to …

Blogger’s reaction to DJ’s anti-gay remarks leads to apology

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A popular radio disc jockey has issued on-air and written apologies for anti-gay and offensive remarks he made on the air Tuesday, April 15. CJ of 96.1 The Beat in Charlotte, N.C., made several remarks regarding openly gay Perez Hilton kissing pop star John Mayer, including calling two men kissing “disgusting,” “sick,” …

Charlotte school board defeats anti-gay proposals

Day of Silence activities saved from proposed ban by conservative board members.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Tuesday, April 15, the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools (CMS) Board of Education defeated member Kaye McGarry’s proposal to excuse anti-gay and conservative students’ absences on the annual National Day of Silence, Friday, April 25. The board also defeated an attempt to ban all Day of Silence activities in Charlotte schools. The proposal to …

Man in drag crashes into store

DETROIT, Mich. — According to The Charlotte Observer, a man in drag repeatedly crashed his car into a lingerie store in Detroit. Jeremy McIntosh, 27, was arrested Saturday, April 12. According to authorities McIntosh was wearing ” “facial makeup, lipstick, blue Capri pants, red flip-flops, a flowery blouse and a matching flowery women’s bra.” McIntosh …