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September 6, 2008 – Page 2 – QNotes

My pet, my friend, my familiar

Magical bonds exist between some people and their furry friends

When I think about “my” cat, I smile and get teary eyed. I love him intensely. He doesn’t belong to me, he belongs with me. He is more than just a pet, he is a friend. He makes me laugh out loud in true joy (which is more than I can say for just about …

‘The first superstar DJ’

Junior Vasquez spins South Carolina

They say that legends are made, not born. After years of making the beats, playing the clubs and producing the names that have kept club-goers partying for years, Junior Vasquez can easily count himself a legend. He’s been at the forefront of inventing the full package of DJ as brand, image, personality and superstar. “I’m …

Replacements to hold fundraising yard sale

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte QC calls it quits CHARLOTTE — TheQC, based on Carolina Rainbow News (CRN), has decided to “stop before it got going,” said Publisher Jeff Schmehl. Citing the lack of time, energy and financial support, the listserv battled against a plethora of other web alternatives. Schmehl had a successful run between 1997-2004 with CRN, when …

Doom for marriage and the family

General Gayety

You never know what strange things you’ll find when you snoop. My girlfriend is away for several weeks, so I’m staying at her place, looking after the house and animals. While perusing her mail, I noticed a solicitation from Dr. Donald E. Wildmon of the American Family Association (AFA). A lesbian receiving mail from the …

S.C. paper says ‘No way’ to ‘So gay’ Broadway

COLUMBIA — When Michael Bailey set out to place small classified-type advertising for his company’s new production and its casting calls, he hardly thought he’d soon find himself embroiled in a controversy over “community concerns.” The production, “Naked Boys Singing,” has been well-received internationally and at home, after being performed on and off Broadway for …

A heap of pageants, loaded with lots of fun!

Drag Rag

Howdy, folks! Thanks for joining me once again for a little pageantry chit-chat. By the time you read this, we’ll have a new Miss Continental, so you know next time we’ll have lovely things to chat about. On the horizon, we also have Miss Gay America and Miss U.S.ofA. at Large, all before the year …

Gay Obama site launched, D.C. lands soccer tourney

National News Notes

Gay Obama supporters launch site PORTLAND, Ore. — LGBT supporters of Sen. Barack Obama for president have launched an online community portal for information and discussion about the campaign and easy to use tools for getting involved. The website, LGBTforOBAMA.com, is the brainchild of longtime gay activist and Democratic Party loyalist Terry Bean. “After devouring …

Olympics not good for LGBT people, gay handshake spreads disease?

Global News Notes

Olympics not good for LGBT people BEIJING, China — During the preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing was given a massive overhaul. Streets were widened and buildings were demolished. All the construction happened at the expense of many residents and businesses. It is widely known that China used the Olympics in an attempt to …

Guild presents Don King Awards

Six are awarded in annual ceremony

(left to right) Tom Feldman (Tyvola Design), Rabbi Judy Schindler, Kelly Doherty, Rev. Debbie Warren, Frank Kalian. Missing is Dr. Stephen Shoemaker. CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Business Guild (CBG) presented its 2008 Don King Awards on Aug. 19, at its monthly meeting at the VanLandingham Estate. The Don King Awards were named in honor of …

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 …