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November 29, 2008 – QNotes

Second Stonewall

One gay man's rant on the state of Queer Equality

It’s a national turning point. A figurative call to arms for the queer community. The cross-country response to the passage of California’s Proposition 8 and other anti-gay ballot initiatives is among the greatest and loudest rallying cries for equality ever heard from the LGBT community. Journalist Rex Wockner is calling it “Stonewall 2.0” Others are …

Carolinas Prop 8 protests draw thousands

Community members share in outrage over California, other states’ anti-gay ballot initiatives

Almost 3,000 LGBT and straight North and South Carolinians joined in protests over California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 across the two states on Nov. 15. The protests ranged from as small as 30 participants in Greenville, N.C., to as large as 1,400 participants in Raleigh. Planned with less than a week’s notice, community members used social …

Advocates gather for second statewide Equality Conference

Gala raises more than $13,000 for EqualityNC

DURHAM — Over 300 advocates and EqualityNC supporters gathered at Duke University’s Bryan Student Center on Nov. 15 for the organization’s long-anticipated, second annual N.C. Equality Conference and Gala. The statewide event attracting participants from locations as far as Boone and Wilmington was held the same day that thousands of citizens across the state gathered …

Job bias claims match sex, race

National News Notes

Job bias claims match sex, race LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A new study by the Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law reveals that laws prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace are used as frequently by LGBT workers as laws prohibiting sex and race discrimination are used by women and …

Changes for LGBT people in India come at cost

Blackmail, coerced marriages, depression and suicide rampant

The Washington Post and Nashua Telegraph reported mid-November on the state of equality for LGBT people in the world’s largest democracy. Profiling one gay Indian, Mahesh, 24, writer Emily Wax delved into various issues, including gay fears of blackmail, criminal prosecution and the resulting pains of depression, suicide and coerced marriage. After being blackmailed by …

Honoring those passed

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Honoring those passed CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Gender Alliance, in conjunction with the LGBT Community Center, held a Transgender Day of Remembrance Program on Nov. 20 at the Center. Speakers addressed hate crimes against the transgender community. Featured guest speaker was Elke Kennedy, founder of Sean’s Last Wish and mother of slain Greenville college …

Economy continues to hurt S.C. non-profits

Highly-anticipated ‘Glitter Ball’ canceled

COLUMBIA — The slumping economy has already hit one South Carolina non-profit. In mid-November, Q-Notes reported that SC Equality needed to raise $30,000 by the end of the year or face closure. Now a local AIDS services foundation has been forced to cancel its large-scale New Year’s gala fundraiser. AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina …

Lockdown: Prison love

[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, newspapers and magazines. Q-Notes is publishing a collection of Urbiniak’s writings in this exclusive, …

The ultimate gifts

Editor\'s Note

This issue, Q-Notes rolls out its annual holiday gift guide. Most likely, we’ll include some treats in the Dec. 13 issue as well. It was hard this year to come up with some sort of gift guide that actually takes into account the world of trouble we’re all facing nowadays. With the slumping economy, people …