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November 1, 2008 – Page 2 – QNotes

Butting heads

Stop the Hate Matthew Shepard Concert and training to compete with anti-gay leaders, speakers at Christian conference

CHARLOTTE — Come Friday, Nov. 7, the City of Charlotte will play host to two large-scale events diametrically opposed to each other. On one side of town, Hickory Grove Baptist Church will kick off their National Conference on Christian Apologetics featuring some of the most infamous anti-gay leaders in the nation. Speakers like Focus on …

Gay rights on lockdown

An inmate details his ongoing court battle with the N.C. Dept. of Corrections

[Ed. Note: Joseph Urbaniak, an inmate at Harnett Correctional Institution in Lillington, N.C., is the plaintiff in a pending lawsuit against the N.C. Department of Corrections to secure the right of LGBT prisoners to possess non-sexual, LGBT-themed books, newspapers and magazines. In this exclusive feature, he gives his account of the circumstances that precipitated this …

Raleigh HIV case warrants news coverage

Staff Editorial

Since the publication of our Oct. 23 web story “Gay DJ put on house arrest for second HIV violation,” Q-Notes has received some pointed criticism. We welcome this exchange of ideas and want our readers to know the reasons we decided to publish the story online, why a version appears in this issue and how …

talkback — Crisis, Election

Letters to the editor and comments from Q-Notes Online. Web comments are not edited for grammar or punctuation. Op-ed not full story on ‘Crisis’ I was a little surprised to see you publish the October 4th guest commentary (“Ignoring the crisis at home?”, Brandon Greeson) suggesting I am “ignoring the crisis at home” about gay …

Crazed Christian candidate

General Gayety

When it seems like the USA is saturated with Christian fire-and-brimstone folks categorically consigning gays to hell, take heart: other countries are stuck with them, too. Canadian David Popescu is running for office and running amok in Sudbury, Ontario. He has just announced that he wants gays killed. How’s that for an inspiring platform? Popescu, …

Winter in the Caribbean?

Cruise planner offers tips on how to escape the winter chill

Ever feel like you just want summer to last all year? Not ready for the chilly air of autumn and winter? This November, December and January hop on a cruise into the warm and sultry Caribbean! Alex Jones of Cruise Planners in Raleigh says there’s loads of favorite gay destinations. If cruising (no, not that …

Egg-citing holiday appetizers 101

When holiday entertaining has you scrambling for new ideas to make your guests feel jolly, think appetizers. A traditional menu like baked ham or smoked turkey, served with classic favorites, can be made into a more festive experience by easily selecting a variety of mouthwatering appetizers to complement the meal. When deciding what appetizers to …

Holiday entertaining: how to make your table sparkle

Your party date is set — and the pressure is on to make sure everything is perfect. But, what do you see when you pull out your tableware? Is your silver as shiny as you remembered? Does your crystal sparkle like new? With the holiday season and other festive gatherings approaching, now is the time …

Drinks to warm up your holiday gatherings

Hand off a hot beverage — to dinner guests, neighbors who drop by or kids during story time — and you instantly warm both tummies and hearts. Make sure you treat yourself too; wrapping your hands around a warm mug in the midst of a cold day can help you unwind. Traditional favorites include hot …

Pageants, can’t live without them, ya know!

Drag Rag

Oh, here we go again. I know if you follow pageants you already know what I’m talking about — another mysterious outcome at Miss Gay America. If I didn’t want to include all the news from as many national pageants as I could get my hands on and if I didn’t respect a majority of …