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November 15, 2008 – QNotes

Tar Heel blue

What a new, Democratic North Carolina means fo the LGBT community

President Barack Obama. Governor Beverly Perdue. Senator Kay Hagan. What do all these names have in common? For LGBT North Carolinians, one thing is for sure: the slate of leaders elected by North Carolina voters are among the most LGBT-friendly candidates ever chosen to lead the U.S. and the Tar Heel State. “Tar Heel blue” …

Remembering Rick Wilds

Club owner’s death leaves a void in Charlotte LGBT community

Life partner Donald O’Shields (left) and Rick Wilds Charlotte nightclub owner Rick Wilds passed away Oct. 9 after a hard-fought, nine-month battle with cancer. He was 50 years old. His life partner of 29 years, Donald O’Shields, 52, was by his side at the hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., when he died. The couple owned …

Lockdown – You’re out!

[Ed. Note — Joseph Urbiniak is an inmate at Harnett Correctional Institution in Lillington, N.C., and 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, newspaper and magazines. Q-Notes is publishing a collection of Urbiniak’s writings in this exclusive, …

A Fabulous Fight

Gay candidates reached for the stars in 2008

Linda Ketner’s South Carolina U.S. House campaign saw early success with hard hitting radio and TV ads against her incumbent Republican opponent. There’s no doubt the 2008 election was historic on many levels. From Barack Obama, who will become the nation’s first African-American president, to Bev Perdue, who will take office as North Carolina’s first …

SC Equality hit hard by slumping economy

Group needs $30k before end of year

COLUMBIA — A statewide LGBT advocacy and lobbying group in South Carolina is facing possible closure if it doesn’t meet its budget requirements by the end of the year. SC Equality sent notice to members by letter during the last week of October. Q-Notes first learned of the letter on Oct. 31. Dated Oct. 17 …

Ladies Marmalade!

Labelle ends its three-decade hiatus with new album

Nona Hendryx, Sarah Dash, and of course, Miss Patti LaBelle, are the ladies of the funk ’n soul group Labelle. After 30 years, the gals who made the lines “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?” and “mocca chocolata ya ya” famous have reunited for the highly anticipated album “Back to Now.” “Back to Now” revives …

Gobble, gobble – guilt free

Ten solutions for guiltless Thanksgiving meals

For most Americans, Thanksgiving without turkey is like the Fourth of July without fireworks. That’s why it’s important not to deprive yourself during holiday meals. The holidays are full of temptations and an occasional treat is fine as long as you make sure to keep short- and long-term health goals in mind. Your weight-loss efforts …

This just in – Asheville is ‘on their gaydar’

OutTraveler has listed the beautiful, North Carolina mountain town of Asheville in its “Top 5 Surprisingly Gay Small Towns.” In fact, the blossoming, queer city ranked number two! The magazine said: “Set in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville (population 73,000) is home to an excellent choice …

Election reactions

Reader reactions

Q-Notes readers reflect on the results of Nov. 4 • • • All I have to say, is thank God Obama is in office! It’s about time that this country has someone in office that is going to unite the people instead of divide them by race, religion and sexual orientation. I am excited to …

talkback – Veterans’ Affairs

Letters to the editor and comments from Q-Notes Online. Web comments are not edited for grammar or punctuation. [Ed. Note — This is a response to the Nov. 1 QLiving feature, “Veterans’ Affairs.”] While I don’t want to take anything away from Albert’s and Robert’s service to our country, I do think there is a …