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September 20, 2008 – QNotes

Documenting the crisis

Forty writers contribute essays, recollections, speeches and sermons to help gay youth

‘I hope and pray that not one more teenager will have to live this way, the way I grew up,’ says ‘Crisis’ editor Mitchell Gold.

If there is any uncertainty about the state of lesbian and gay youth in America, openly gay furniture magnate Mitchell Gold wants the truth to come out loud and queer: they are in trouble.

“There are teenagers all over the world today in crisis mode because they fear what will happen if others discover their sexual orientation,” he says. “They suffer debilitating depression, isolation, addiction and possibly suicidal thoughts.”

Gold’s dismay has led him to assemble and edit “Crisis” (Greenleaf Book Group Press), a new hardcover collection of essays, recollections, speeches and sermons from 40 gay and allied individuals who document — to quote the book’s subhead — “the personal, social, and religious pain and trauma of growing up gay in America.”

“I hope and pray that not one more teenager will have to live this way, the way I grew up,” says Gold, who has achieved much in life despite his painful experiences. In 1989, he established furniture company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams with his namesake business partner, also openly gay, in Taylorsville, N.C. The company now boasts more than 750 employees.

WHOLE ‘Milk’

Filmmakers say Harvey Milk biopic will accurately depict ’70s sociopolitical, sexual mores

When Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 he was, as Time magazine would later observe, “the first openly gay man elected to any substantial political office in the history of the planet.” Although Milk was assassinated by Dan White, a distressed former Board colleague, less than a year …

It’s that time of year!

NC Pride Fest slated for Sept. 26-28

This year’s NC Pride Fest and Parade in Durham promise to be the most exciting yet. Last year, festival organizers said the event broke new records, attracting larger numbers of day festival vendors and a slight bump in attendance. Because of the election season, attendance might be boosted yet again. Speaking at the festival this …

New HIV numbers should spark action

Editor's Note

Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding new estimates on yearly HIV infections and transmissions should spark action in the Carolinas’ LGBT communities. As reported in this issue (see story), the CDC estimates that among the more than 56,000 new HIV infections each year, African-American gay and bisexual men and …

Dawn of the diva

Michelle Williams delights gay fans by discovering her dance-pop destiny

Michelle Williams has been reaching out to the gay community like Barack Obama has been reaching out to the Right. The former Destiny’s Child diva has endless YouTube videos shouting out the gays, and there’s even a Michelle look-a-like contest, which will surely bring in the drag queens. She also performed during NYC Pride weekend …

NC/SC Pride Guide

So, you’re heading to Columbia, Raleigh and Durham for the annual North Carolina and South Carolina Pride Festivals? Do you know where to go for fun? Have any clue where to get a cold drink, kick up your feet, relax and find that Mr. or Mrs. Right (Now)? Fear not…Q-Notes has your utterly complete nightlife, …

Teaching baby to walk

Guest Commentary

After the conclusion of the Democratic Convention last month some friends of mine were bemoaning the failure of the party’s platform to call for same-sex marriage. Their response was coupled with an “I want change and want it NOW!” attitude and, sadly, a lack of willingness to listen to reason. We live in what I …

New HIV infection rates hit Carolinas hard

Black gay/bi youth at highest risk, says CDC

ATLANTA — Last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report detailing new estimated figures for new HIV infections per year. Jumping from 40,000 new infections each year to more than 56,000, the CDC also said the burden for the increase was “greatest among gay and bisexual men of all races.” …

Measuring and improving your ‘carbon footprint’

EarthTalk

Ed. Note: This new column will replace, in part, Q-Notes’ regular Health and Wellness column. In the coming weeks, we’ll also debut a new faith and values column. Dear EarthTalk: How can I measure—and then improve—my overall “carbon footprint?” What are the major areas of one’s daily life that one measures? — Andy Fusco, Passaic, …

PrideFest in crisis

Asheville event loses home, battles community scrutiny

Ed. Note — After this issue went to press Q-Notes received new information that Asheville PrideFest found a new location for their event on Oct. 11. The annual festival will be held Noon-6 p.m. at Grove House (Scandals Nightclub), 11 Grove St. A more in-depth article regarding Asheville PrideFest and its current situation will be …