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New series to feature acclaimed films

here! Network’s ‘Kevin Thomas Presents’ to air in June

Online Extra A new film series on here!, one of two premium LGBT TV networks in the U.S., will feature critically-acclaimed, queer-themed films and special commentaries and interviews with film writers and directors. The series, “Kevin Thomas Presents,” will feature several films, including “The Amazing Truth of Queen Raquela,” “Breakfast with Scot” starring Tom Cavanaugh …

UNC professor wins HIV award

Marty Prairie award named after HIV-positive educator

CHAPEL HILL — An associate professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has been awarded the 2008 Marty Prairie Award. Presented to Peter Leone, M.D., by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch, the Prairie Award honors individuals or organizations whose work with HIV and other STDS …

Carolinas Prop 8 protests draw thousands

Community members share in outrage over California, other states’ anti-gay ballot initiatives

Almost 3,000 LGBT and straight North and South Carolinians joined in protests over California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 across the two states on Nov. 15. The protests ranged from as small as 30 participants in Greenville, N.C., to as large as 1,400 participants in Raleigh. Planned with less than a week’s notice, community members used social …

Carolina winter getaways

Looking for a winter escape? Stay home and have fun for cheap

The economic downturn’s got everyone buckling down and saving money, but the holiday season is quickly approaching. Besides shelling out the cash for gifts and home decor, many folks will be figuring out how to spend wisely when it comes to their winter sight-seeing and fun. Here’s a few winter and holiday escapes right here …

Cold Stone founders give $10k to anti-gay cause

Parent company clarifies relationship with ice cream shop founders

With at least 50 locations across the Carolinas — including Columbia, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh, Wilmington and Myrtle Beach — Cold Stone Creamery is one of the most popular ice cream shops around. Its founders also happen to be supporters of Arizona’s anti-LGBT, anti-family marriage amendment, Proposition 102. Cold Stone parent company Kahala Corp told …

Gay history month icons chosen

Equality Forum will feature daily profile

The Philadelphia Equality Forum has announced its slate of 31 LGBT icons and history makers for its observance of LGBT History Month this October. Everyday from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, the Forum will profile an LGBT icon with text and video on its website, glbthistorymonth.com. The videos and other materials are available for download …

Couple’s dispute ends with slaying

History of domestic violence preceded shooting death

LEXINGTON, N.C. — A history of domestic violence ended tragically for a lesbian couple on Sept. 1. Tammy Starlette Miller West, 44, of 367 Avenue K in Southmont, was charged Sept. 2 with murder. She is accused in the shooting death of her girlfriend, Samantha Leath Gutierrez, 35. The couple had lived together for about …

AIDS Quilt heads to Western NC

WNCAP brings famed memorial to Asheville

The AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in October 1996. Photo Credit: The AIDS Memorial Quilt, The Names Project Foundation, 2006. ASHEVILLE — This December will mark the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, an annual memorial and action day observed on Dec. 1 and set aside to remember …

St. John’s MCC scores with Bakker booking

Enthusiastic community response forces move to larger venue

RALEIGH — St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church is preparing for “Bakker Mania.” Since the LGBT and allied congregation announced that Jay Bakker, son of PTL Club founders Jim Bakker and the late Tammy Faye Bakker-Messner, would speak at their church on Sept. 28, the response has been so great that worship leaders have decided to …

Pride goes green and expands

Annual Charlotte festival grows in size

This year, visitors to the annual Pride Charlotte festival in Uptown Charlotte will notice two distinct changes. With larger crowds and more vendors, Pride organizers have responded by expanding the physical festival grounds and putting into place programs for recycling and environmental protection. Since 2006, the Pride Charlotte festival has been held on the property …