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December 27, 2008 – QNotes

Over it!

2008: A tumultuous year of LGBT Carolinas news

From AIDS service organizations and LGBT youth groups to the highest levels of South Carolina state government, no one was able to hide from their share of controversy this year. Of all the stories and news covered and reported by Q-Notes in 2008, six stories stick out in our minds as the biggest, most high-profile …

Queer lang syne

A year-end review of the Carolinas’ top stories

2008 was more than just an election year. Our galvanized community accomplished great deeds and made history. The election of our nation’s first African-American president was just one of a litany of amazing events. Right here at home, the Carolinas LGBT community saw plenty of forward movement on our quest for equality. Our year-end review …

Q-Notes Person of the Year: Angela Brightfeather

From her humble home in North Carolina to the doorsteps of national organizations and the halls of Congress, there’s no doubt that Angela Brightfeather has done her part this year. If there were issues to be discussed, if the transgender community needed an advocate or if the transgender community was being ignored, Brightfeather stepped up. …

‘Milk’ brings us hope, in a 2008 full of great films

The annual 10 best, 10 worst and everything in between

Online Extra It’s been three years since “Brokeback Mountain” and we’ve finally got another queer film, this one by a queer director, winning awards and connecting with mainstream audiences. I’m talking, of course, about Gus Van Sant’s “Milk,” the inspiring and empowering story of Harvey Milk, which ironically has a happy political ending in the …

Music wrap-up 2008

Divas and icons were out in force this year

Well, here we are — another year, another year-end recap. These are the albums I loved or just felt compelled to re-visit that were issued by gay and allied artists in 2008. Madonna – “Hard Candy” (Warner Bros): The Material Mom’s 11th studio album is an interesting combination of the fizzy dance-pop of her 1983 …

Lockdown: It can’t happen to me

[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, …

L Word premieres statewide

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Step on stage CHARLOTTE — The Carolinas Black Pride Movement (CBPM) is opening casting and audition calls for its March play, “Before it hits home.” The play is directed by Jermaine Nakia Lee and jointly produced by CBPM and the Afro-American Cultural Center. A synopsis of the play reads, “Wendal Bailey is an African-American …

Principal censors student press

South Carolina News Notes

Principal censors student press MYRTLE BEACH — The principal of an arts and sciences academy has censored a student newspaper, expressing concern over a front-page editorial endorsing marriage rights for same-sex couples. Academy for Arts, Science & Technology Principal Robbie Burgess banned the distribution of The Academy Post’s November issue after he said the editorial, …