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United Way executive director to speak at Guild

Jane McIntyre, executive director of United Way of Central Carolinas, will speak at the next Charlotte Business Guild meeting on Nov. 16 on “Creating Lasting Change for Those Most in Need.” The Guild says McIntyre’s appearance is a “milestone event” for the community. It will mark the first time a local United Way executive has …

Anti-bullying efforts needed for schools and society


“When the message out there is so horrible that to be gay you can get killed for it, we need to change the message,” Ellen DeGeneres poignantly explained on her show after the 2008 killing of 15-year-old Lawrence King. By the same token, if the message is so horrible that you should kill yourself for it, we need to change the message.

I’m not concerned Democrats will lose Congress

Democrats might become the minority following this election, but I don’t care. Though the alternative might be even worse, I refuse to vote for what I see as a force of evil. I’m disappointed, primarily in the Democrats’ inability to stand for their own, stated progressive principles. I’m disappointed in the lengths to which they’ve …

Panel on faith in black community addresses homophobia

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science held a dialogue at Howard University in Washington, D.C. last month to discuss the underpresence of science in the African-American (which, it turns out, all Americans are African-American, as Dawkins explains after the introductions) community. Moderator Mark Hatcher posed a question to the panel about homophobia in …

Unintended consequences make for laughs in ‘Reefer Madness’

Queen City Theatre Company stages musical production through Oct. 23

Sometimes, the best of intentions can backfire. And, even the best-layed-out plans don’t go, well, according to plan. Fortunately, such is the case with “Reefer Madness,” originally crafted out of edits from a church film project in 1938.

Hundreds attend Charlotte vigil for gay teens

LGBT groups, community pull together in remembrance of September gay teen suicide victims

Two events in Charlotte within the next week will profile the issue of anti-LGBT bullying and gay teen suicide. A dozen groups are presenting an Oct. 11 candlelight vigil and Oct. 17 panel discussion at the Jewish Community Center.

Tax the rich, give to the poor

With all the furor over taxes and socialism in America, I’ve become frustrated with the absence of reporting by the media on the true liberal case for raising taxes on the rich. Of course, there have been some good arguments, but they usually aren’t given the chance to be made clearly, and most supposed liberal …

MeckPAC and community activism


Community activists, I learned, truly are heroes. These social and political warriors are not in the bright spotlight of popular culture, and they don’t particularly want to be. Instead of being active for the praise or the fame, they’re in it for the common good.

Sculptor challenges stereotypes, gender roles at Charlotte Fine Arts Show

Massachusetts' Michael Alfano one of many exhibitors at this year’s show, Oct. 9-10

Hot Works has a reputation of organizing some of the best art shows in the country, bringing world-renowned and local artists’ works to the public. The group’s Orchard Lake Fine Arts Show in West Bloomfield, Mich., has been voted three years running as one of the top 100 art shows out of at least 3,000 in the country, and they are once again bringing the same high quality to Charlotte.

Why does Johnny Weir deserve the HRC Visibility Award?

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is recognizing Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir with its Visibility Award. But, as far as I can tell, Johnny Weir is not openly gay or bisexual. I’m not taking anything away from Weir, but this seems like a bizarre choice for such an award. I find it respectable that Weir …