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October 18, 2008 – Page 2 – QNotes

Nomenclature: What really matters

Editor's Note

At the end of September a South Carolina gentleman sent out a letter to local LGBT leaders and news publications. His “beef” was with the recent announcement that the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement had officially requested its board of directors for permission to legally change its name to the South Carolina Pride …

Play censoring typical of LGBT coverage

Guest Commentary

Ed. Note — The following guest commentary is a response to the Oct. 4 commentary, “No support for censored play,” by Norman Flowers. Ryan Wilson is the president of the South Carolina Pride Movement. What happened to “Naked Boys Singing” with The State newspaper is truly typical of how The State paper treats most of …

I support Obama

Guest Commentary

I am supporting Obama because I respect him and am excited about his plans to help the people of our country, not because Palin is a frightening and offensive woman who wants to take my daughters rights away. It is not because McCain is an erratic and frightening man with bad judgment. While that could …

Health minister’s removal the right Rx

General Gayety

Hours after taking office, South Africa’s new president announced he was removing Manto Tshabalala-Msimang as health minister. At last, Dr. Beetroot has been uprooted. Dr. Tshabalala-Msimang truly earned her reputation as an international laughingstock during her tenure as health minister. She met South Africa’s AIDS crisis with all the medical sense of Dr. Seuss. Scientists …

Two steps forward, two steps?

T-Notes

Within the past four weeks, two events point toward significant progress in the fight for trans equality. The first comes as a result of the District of Columbia District Court’s finding in the case of Schroer v. Billington. We spoke of Ms. Schroer previously this summer in the context of of U.S. House hearings on …

This year, it’s a homecoming

2008 Equality Rider, S.C.-native shares her thoughts

Karen Higgins, mother of Equality Ride co-director Katie Higgins, and co-director Jarrett Lucas speak with members of Columbia International University campus leadership. Photo Credit: Soulforce Q Equality Ride Photo Credit: Soulforce Q Equality Ride Ed. Note – Katie Higgins is the Soulforce Q 2008 Equality Ride co-director. Soulforce is a national interfaith organization utilizing the …

Connecticut victory, Survey finds bias

National News Notes

Connecticut marriage victory HARTFORD, Conn. — In a 4-3 split decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court awarded full access to marriage to the state’s gay and lesbian residents. With this Oct. 10 ruling, the Nutmeg state joined Massachusetts and California in recognizing the right of same-sex couples to wed. The lawsuit, Kerrigan v. the State Commissioner …

Guild welcomes publishers, ALFA observes awarness month

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte   Guild welcomes national publishers CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Business Guild (CBG) will hold its monthly meeting on Oct. 21 at the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Speakers for the evening will be Tim Mikkelsen and Phyllis Wright, owners of MikWright, a greeting card, book and other novelties company. Their …

Author talk nixed, BBC kiss uproar

Global News Notes

‘EastEnders’ kiss enrages viewers LONDON — Some viewers of the popular British soap “EastEnders” are enraged over the BBC’s decision to include a kiss between a gay male couple. The kiss was between characters Christian Clarke and Lee Thompson, played by actors John Partridge and Carl Ferguson, respectively. The kiss occurred in the Oct. 7 …

Appalachian home

Gays and lesbians are flocking to get a piece of the Carolina mountains

There’s nothing quite like the Appalachian Mountains in the autumn. The trees along the legendary Blue Ridge Parkway start turning to their rich, deep and warm colors at the end of September, giving way to the cool, brisk nights of October. Ah, yes, the harvest season is here. As the leaves fall and nights turn …