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December 13, 2008 – Page 2 – QNotes

Guest Commentary: Message to the religious right

This isn’t just about marriage, it’s about histories

I keep hearing all of this nonsense about us LGBTs attacking people, about us using intimidation and violence to oppress people, about us somehow being ugly aggressors. Newt Gingrich (who wrote the book on deceptive messaging during his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives) actually accused us of being “secular fascists.” Gingrich’s attack on …

Signs of the times

General Gayety

After California voters passed the odious Proposition 8, gays took to the streets to protest. In the process America’s gay community not only helped itself, it helped me. No need for me to make the funnies this time around. I couldn’t do one giggle better than the protesters who carried signs turning anger into amusement. …

Gatekeepers and the proverbial slippery slope

T-Notes

This concludes a four-part series on the DSM, gatekeeper mentality, reparative therapy and other fallacious theories, such as autogynephilia. Conformity to a rigid and myopic world structure, viewed through the lens of patriarchy, found its zenith in the male dominated professional clinics that first set out to define and understand gender diversity. Johns Hopkins University …

Burundi criminalizes homosexuality

Advocacy groups express outrage

BUJUMBURA, Burundi — International LGBT advocacy organizations are expressing outrage and concern over Burundi’s decision to criminalize homosexuality. The National Assembly of the small African country, bordered by Rwanda to the north and Tanzania to the South, passed a law on Nov. 21 making same-sex acts punishable by between three months to two years in …

Art Bar sweeps ‘Best’

South Carolina News Notes

University apologizes GREENVILLE — Bob Jones University (BJU) has offered up an official apology for its racist past. The Nov. 20 apology, written eight years after the school ended its inter-racial dating and marriage ban in March 2000, was posted on the university’s website. “BJU’s history has been chiefly characterized by striving to achieve those …

Guild hosts holiday celebration

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Guild hosts holiday celebration CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Business Guild (CBG) will hold its annual holiday celebration and gift drive on Dec. 16 at the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and music. Former Charlotte LGBT leader Gordon Roqué Marcelo, who now lives in …

Youth center finds funding source

National News Notes

Survey finds increased support NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Pulse of Equality survey, a new study commissioned by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), reveals that majorities of Americans now favor a broad range of policies and legal protections for LGBT people. The key findings include: • Three-quarters of U.S. adults (75 percent) …

Perfect gift ideas for your little pooch

Man’s best friend deserves a break this holiday season

From the doggie kisses to the warm snuggles, your dog has always brought a smile to your face and provided you with unconditional love when you needed it the most. Tis the season of giving, so don’t forget the four-legged friend in your family when it comes time to put up your holiday decorations or …

Family holiday drama has its challenges

Tips on how to handle the family and stress

Every year you expect it — the dreaded family gatherings. Everyone knows you’re as queer as a three dollar bill and some of your precious family members always have something to say about it. The holidays are a stressful time for everyone, but for LGBT people our concerns and holiday stresses are compounded even further. …

Seal saves our ‘Soul’

Audiophile

You know you’re likely to get something special when Seal, one of the finest male vocalists around, decides to cover a dozen stone-cold classics by soul giants like Otis Redding, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Gamble & Huff, Al Green and Curtis Mayfield. When super-producer David Foster is brought in to oversee the project, the potential …