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North Carolina-based gay wedding publication plans California expos

Rainbow Wedding Network, Magazine plans for free, public events

ASHEVILLE – Rainbow Wedding Network, the publishers of Rainbow Wedding Magazine, are gearing up for a summer full of same-sex wedding and marriage expos in cities across California. To be held in July, the four back-to-back GLBTQ Wedding and Family Expos and the Same Love, Same Rights Mobile Marriage Summit, will make stops in San …

Gay travel association celebrates 25 years

Second annual LGBT travel survey planned

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) gathered here for it’s global conference the first weekend in May. The event commemorated 25 years of service to LGBT travelers across the world, while simultaneously celebrating the glory of its own success. With more than 430 registrations, IGLTA experienced a 67 percent …

LGBT advocacy day dawns in the U.S.

'Healthcare and Homosexuality' is this year's theme

An anti-homophobia awareness day begun in Canada is making its way across the border into America. The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), a project of the Fondation Émergence, a Canadian LGBT foundation, is set for May 17. The day received a promotional boost recently when Parents, Families and Friends (PFLAG) pointed its blog readers and …

Students have run-in with anti-gay preachers

UNC-Charlotte LGBT group wants 'Fighting Words' policy expanded

UNC-Charlotte students walk past Belk Tower, where LGBT students say they were verbally attacked by anti-gay preachers. CHARLOTTE — When LGBT and allied students affiliated with the University of North Carolina-Charlotte’s PRIDE student group held their Day of Silence observances, they were confronted with loud and disruptive protests from anti-gay preachers. The events and their …

Military loosens recruiting restrictions on rapists, kidnappers

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' continues to bar qualified gay Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New data has been released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee showing the U.S. Armed Forces loosened recruiting guidelines to allow entry to applicants with serious criminal histories, including sexual offenders, kidnappers and arsonists. The new data, which focused on the Army and Marine Corps, comes to light as the …

Kids’ cartoon character becomes member of gay rights group

Title animated character in 'Buddy G, My Two Moms and Me' has become a member of COLAGE

OMAHA, Neb. — Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) are welcoming a new member. Recently, Buddy G, the starring animated character of the show “Buddy G, My Two Moms and Me,” an animated cartoon series for children starring a character with same sex parents, joined the organization. “Buddy G is a perfect fit for …

Charlotte lesbian pastor to become bishop

National Unity Fellowship conference meets to consecrate two female bishops

Bishop-elect Tonyia Rawls, of Unity Fellowship Church of Charlotte, will be consecrated a bishop on Sunday, Apr. 27. CHARLOTTE — The national mid-year conference of the LGBT-affirming Unity Fellowship Church Movement will meet here Apr. 21-27. During the conference, Charlotte-based pastor Tonyia Rawls, as well as another female pastor, will be consecrated as bishops in …

Southern Law Center reviews year of hate

Number of U.S. hate groups rose to 888 in ’07

The seal of one hate group associated with the KKK, based in North Carolina. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) profiles a year of hate groups’ actions in the latest issue of The Intelligence Report, the organization’s quarterly investigative news magazine monitoring the radical right. In a feature article on the rising …