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‘Sissies’ a play with an ‘agenda’

REVIEW: Queen City Theatre cast hits it on the nail with this direct, funny, at times somber play by Del Shores

Queen City Theatre Company (QCTC) continues its mission of spreading acceptance with yet another wonderfully-composed theatrical performance. “Southern Baptist Sissies” was written by Del Shores, a gay director, playwright and native of Texas, where the play is set from 1979 to 2000 in a church called Calvary Baptist.

The language we use: Giffords shooting, Y2 Yoga’s and others’ comments

Over the past few days I’ve heard many arguments decrying the strongly violent rhetoric directed at liberals and Democrats by conservatives. The best example is probably the 2010 Nevada Republican nominee for Senate, Sharron Angle, who said last year “2nd Amendment remedies” might be needed if the election didn’t work out in her favor (which …

Carry a ‘helper’s high’ into New Year

Doing good deeds, service to others has positive emotional benefits

Research shows that helping others can make us feel enormously better about ourselves. It’s called “helper’s high.” Being there for others in their times of need makes us feel more a part of a community that watches out for its own members.

First HIV+ man cured in medical breakthrough

Timothy Ray Brown, the “Berlin Patient,” is believed by doctors to have been cured of HIV in a major medical breakthrough less than two weeks after World AIDS Day. In 2007, Brown had a relapse of leukemia and in order to cure the cancer, he met with hematologist Dr. Gero Hütter, who ambitiously wanted to …

‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told’ is not for one and all

Despite play's shortcomings, ATC's stellar cast and crew deliver a comical holiday escape

The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte (ATC) brings the purely comedic “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)” to the local stage. If you’re tired of “A Christmas Carol” every year, and you really love extremely silly, upbeat shows, this might be the one for you. The show opened Dec. 1 and continues through Dec. 18.

Photographer helps gay service members speak out

Photographer Jeff Sheng has created a project that helps gay members of the military speak out against the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Obviously, it’s a real challenge for gay members of the military to speak out against DADT for fear of being outed. Sheng’s project brings these men and women a voice while …

Charlotte activist among six honored at statewide gala

Roberta Dunn receives ’Equality Champion’ award, joins CLT center board

Roberta Dunn has forged a path for herself as a trusted leader and advocate for LGBT people in Charlotte. Yet, she says she never intended or planned on becoming an activist, Dunn simply couldn’t help herself. After years of work in Charlotte’s transgender and larger LGBT community, Dunn’s activism was recognized by Equality North Carolina among the work of five other Carolina LGBT and straight ally leaders.