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December 13, 2008 – QNotes

Season of Light

Old World religions & spiritualities provide basis for winter holiday comforts

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — and Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule and Solstice. And I’ll bet you didn’t know there are many more holidays just like those. It’s true — the holidays are upon us. No matter how long you’ve tried to put off shopping or visiting that aunt you love oh so …

Cream of the Crop: Making ‘Milk’

Landmark film on gay icon Harvey Milk debuts Dec. 12 in N.C.; Dec. 19 in S.C.

If you’re closeted to anybody in your life, Harvey Milk wouldn’t just want you to come out and see the new biopic about him — he’d want you to see the film and then come out. In 1977, 47-year-old Woodmere, NY-born Harvey Milk became the nation’s first openly gay man to be elected to major …

Milk: Gay cinema with an epic sweep

Like Harvey Milk, film is becoming a legend

Online Exclusive Like the man whose life story it portrays, Gus Van Sant’s biopic “Milk” is already achieving legendary status. Small wonder: the story of Harvey Milk (1930-1978) is like no other. Milk was only 48 when he died. Until he was 42, he was, by his own admission, little more than a bean counter. …

A place like no other

Rural town’s gay community growing in more ways than one

[Ed. Note — After Q-Notes press time for the Dec. 13 issue, staff learned that the gay nights at George’s Italian Bar had ended. We’re sorry to learn of the development so soon after the publication of our story. An update will be published in January.] SALISBURY, N.C. — Stuck between Charlotte and Greensboro along …

A gift to last a lifetime

Small sacrifices can make a world of difference

Kevin Grooms, otherwise known to Q-Notes readers as our “Drag Rag” columnist Miss Della, is just one of hundreds of thousands of people who regularly donate to Children International, a worldwide child poverty and humanitarian aid organization based in Kansas City, Mo. He jokingly says that the agency “pulled a dirty trick” on him when …

Charlottean returns with the ‘sound of music’

CHARLOTTE — Gordon Roqué (Marcelo) left Charlotte as a well-known and committed community leader more than two years ago. Now he returns a rising Nashville star, just in time for the holidays. Roqué, a former Q-Notes staff member, lived in Charlotte during his coming out process in the late 1990s, aided by the support offered …

New study links gay men’s health to self-esteem

Q-Notes looks for anonymous, confidential sources

TORONTO — A new study released by researchers at the University of Toronto finds that gay men’s risky sexual behavior can be linked to feeling sexually undesirable. The study’s results appeared in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and also found that many of these men are at risk of …

Lockdown: Wayne

[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, …

Reframing, moving forward

Editor's Note

During the first weekend in December, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the National LGBT Blogger and Citizen Journalist Initiative summit in the very beautiful (but very cold) nation’s capital. Queer bloggers known around the world and those just getting their start joined to discuss how the LGBT blogosphere can work together with traditional, …