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July 26, 2008 – QNotes

Burying a fossil

Racism and homophobia will forever be Helms' legacy

Gone, but not forgotten. That’s how most North Carolinians are thinking of the late former Sen. Jesse Helms, a segregationist Democrat-turned-Republican who held his seat in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. But where the mainstream media, conservative Republicans and fundamentalist Christians have been busy whitewashing his past and glorifying his memory, LGBT people around …

Sanford is so stupid

Editor's Note

The recent flap over the “South Carolina is so gay” British ad campaign has left the heads of LGBT citizens in the Carolinas spinning. What the hell happened and how’d it happen so fast? One minute, South Carolina’s going about its “Dixie”-whistling ways and the next it’s busting out with Barbra Streisand show tunes and …

Helms created our ‘Stonewall’

N.C. Senate Vote 90 was a defining moment for queer N.C.

At the 40th Anniversary of the March on Washington, D.C., in 1963: Matt Foreman, Mandy Carter and Coretta Scott King. Photo credit: Mandy Carter Mandy Carter leaps onto the comparison like a cat pouncing on a cricket. “Yes, I so agree,” she says excitedly. “That was a defining moment for the lesbian and gay community …

The future of Jesse Helms

General Gayety

It’s a popular notion that, after we die, we get what we deserve. So let’s assume that’s precisely what’s happening to Jesse Helms, the longtime U.S. senator from North Carolina who expired on July 4. As I picture things, after Helms died he immediately passed into a spiritual realm. He found himself in front of …

Year-by-year: Jesse Helms

Youth: 1921-1939 1921 — Helms is born in Monroe, N.C. 1938 — Helms graduates from high school and decides to attend Wingate Junior College. 1930 — He is forced to get a job sweeping at the local newspaper to help his family during the Great Depression. His exposure here has been credited with sparking his …

Historic hearing addresses trans issues

Transmissions

Note: This month’s intended column, “Alternative Realities, Part 2: Reparative Therapy” will appear next month to allow coverage of this groundbreaking event. Never has it been easier to be proud of both the Trans community and our elected leaders. On Thursday, June 26, history was made. The Congressional Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, …

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 …

Gay Charlestonians hear wedding bells in Golden State

Crosscountry chapel run

Originally published in the July 9 issue of The Charleston City Paper. When Bryan and Michael decided to leave California in 2005 and relocate to suburban Charleston, they didn’t realize they’d be heading back to the West Coast three years later to tie the knot. On June 14, the State of California began issuing marriage …

High school drama, new play debuts in August

Charlotte's Yellow Bird Theatre to produce LGBT-themed plays

CHARLOTTE — Yellow Bird Theatre, a new Charlotte theater company created with a focus on LGBT issues, will premiere its first production, “Play on Words,” on Aug. 8. Founded by Greensboro College sophomore Benjamin Brian McCarthy, who is also directing “Play on Words,” Yellow Bird is almost entirely student-run and managed. In the production, actors …

Physical Fitness: The seven paths of yoga

Health and Wellness

I was greatly upset recently by a report on Yahoo! that said there has been an alarming increase in injuries associated with the practice of Yoga in the U.S. It turns out that strained muscles, slipped discs and even strokes have become far too common because of poor instruction from under-trained instructors, unsafe conditions/environments and …