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August 23, 2008 – Page 2 – QNotes

Little Jackie could save your soul

Little Jackie — “The Stoop” (S-Curve) Regular readers of this column (hmmm, is that a bit like saying regular unicorns or regular leprechauns? anyway…) know that I love the ’60s soul-inspired revival that’s exploded in the U.K. the last year and a half. Amy Winehouse (“Back To Black”), Duffy (“Rockferry”) and Adele (“19”) have led …

Jim and I

General Gayety

The case of Jim Adkisson, the fellow who murdered churchgoers in Tennessee, brought up such a hodge-podge of thoughts and emotions for me that I couldn’t figure out how to write this column. I sat here for an hour puzzling how to begin. I think I heard my keyboard snore. I got a grip and …

Green Living: Ethical economics enrich the planet

Health & Wellness

Homophobia is endemic to impoverished places. Look at U.S. slums and the portions of America that are awash in paucity or crime. Privation is often combined with a lack of education and a dearth of cultural diversity as well. In short: Poor people often blame the rich, educated “other” for their miserable lot. And why …

Gay man set for Congress

National News Notes

Gay man looks set for Congress BOULDER, Colo. — Jared Polis (pictured) will likely become the first-ever openly gay man elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a non-incumbent. On Aug. 12, Polis won his Democratic primary to represent Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District. As the Democratic nominee in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, Polis is …

Babbit’s bungled boob job

Out on DVD: 'Itty Bitty Titty Committee'

How serious can a movie be with a title like “Itty Bitty Titty Committee?” Too serious, unfortunately; certainly more serious than we‘re expecting from Jamie Babbit, the lesbian director of “But I’m a Cheerleader.”? She’s still political but, with a script by Tina Mabry and Abigail Shafran, “Itty” is more like the strident feminist films …

Reparative Therapy

Transmissions

Ed. Note — This is part two in a series on trans issues and the DSM V, continued from the July 26 issue of Q-Notes. The Chair and many members on the APA (American Psychiatric Association) sexual and gender identity disorders workgroup for the DSM V, scheduled for release in 2012, are far removed from …

PM not authorized to rebuke MP

PM not authorized to rebuke MP LONDON, England — As previously reported by Q-Notes, Member of Parliament Iris Robinson (Democratic Unionist Party — Strangford, North Ireland, pictured) has begun a radio campaign exhorting LGBT people to seek therapy and calling homosexuality an abomination. Robinson describes herself as a born again Christian and has publicly stated …

Sex appeal: Fighting it or finding it within yourself

Tell Trinity

Dearest Trinity, I’m so sick of the “beautiful people” getting all the attention. Don’t you think that all this importance on beauty and sex appeal is making life too competitive? Beauty Queasy, Minneapolis, Minn. Dearest Beauty Queasy, Sorry to burst your competitive bubble but beauty will always be competitive, always be in style and always …

Out in the Stars: Aug. 23-Sept. 5

Consolidate your gains as the Sun moves into stable Virgo. Not only can you turn a practical eye to the issues at hand, you can also build your future on solid ground and not on shifting sands. Unless of course you are relaxing at the beach. LEO (07.24-08.23) Even though the stock market has had …

Diner event a deal breaker, GGF begins campaign

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte   Diner event a deal breaker CHARLOTTE — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Carolinas has announced its first 2009 Gala “Let’s Make a Deal” Diner event to be held on Aug. 26 at Alley Cat, 314 N. College St., at 7 p.m. This soirée will help launch the theme of “Imagine.” For two years, …