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June 28, 2008 – QNotes

The tide turns in N.C. politics

A look at the races for president, governor and senator

Photo Credit: DSCC The general consensus among political pundits is that North Carolina is primed for its most competitive elections for local, state and national offices in history. It very well could be that for the first time since arch-conservative television commentator Jesse Helms took his seat in the U.S. Senate, the Tar Heel state …

College project hopes to curb gay domestic violence

UNCG's Project Safe Love currently seeking research study participants

GREENSBORO — Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG), aided by funds from the Guilford Green Foundation, are working for a second year to develop resources to offer those in the domestic violence service field information on preventing, supporting and rehabilitating victims and perpetrators of same-sex domestic violence. The initiative, called Project Safe Love, …

Fire in the Hole!

Carolina-raised author David Sedaris releases new essay collection

Photo Credit: Anne Fishbein In David Sedaris’ latest collection of humorous essays, “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” (Little, Brown and Company), the North Carolina-raised, openly gay humorist shares laugh- and cringe-inducing experiences involving longtime boyfriend Hugh Hamrick, sex-obsessed cab drivers, airplane passenger drama, quitting smoking in Japan, run-ins with people he despises and even …

Highfalutin’ Hollywood queers

Editor's Note

I was recently angered by a phone conversation I was privy to regarding a certain television star popular with the LGBT community. I won’t go into details, but what upset me — and still upsets me now — was learning about the reaction this bisexual star has to requests to attend Pride festivals. The star’s …

Hissing at kissing

General Gayety

I’m the only person in Seattle who hasn’t weighed in on the Ballpark Kissers. Time for me to step up to the plate. The case of the two lesbians ordered to stop smooching at a Seattle Mariners game has not only engrossed the local media and blogging types, but has popped up in newspapers from …

Gay millionaire tax objector facing jail

N.C. native Charles Merrill’s IRS trial set for November

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Openly bisexual millionaire Charles Merrill (pictured) might be facing jail time for his decision to protest gay inequalities in the U.S. tax code. Merrill — who lived in Hendersonville, N.C. for a few years this decade and originally hails from Southern Pines, N.C. — decided in 2004 to withhold his income …

Alternative realities: Part one

Transmissions

As if the trans community has not suffered enough from the exclusion and disenfranchisement resulting from the ENDA fiasco, the latest news is another blow in the struggle for trans rights and trans autonomy. In May, the American Psychiatric Association, publisher of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders” (DSM), issued a press statement …

Pushed to the edge of the world

An interview with Alistair McCartney about his stunning first novel

Currently, the prospect of the end of the world is on everyone’s minds; it’s on everyone’s lips and in everyone’s dreams. We see images of it wherever we turn. Alistair McCartney’s first novel, fortuitously titled “The End of the World Book,” is poised to make a big splash on the literary scene. Darkly comic and …

Into the pages of history

Carolinians leaving their mark on the region and nation

One of the most difficult challenges facing the LGBT community is the disconnect that arises from our inability to pass down our history and honor from those who’ve come before us. Because our history is ignored by society, many of our legendary leaders get lost in the mix. Q-Notes is taking the time this Pride …