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January 10, 2009 – QNotes

Update – Newly installed Sen. Kay Hagan to offer keynote at HRC Gala

Updated: Jan. 12, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CHARLOTTE — The Human Rights Campaign Carolinas Gala has announced that newly installed U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) will offer the keynote address at this year’s dinner. Gala co-chair Michael Holmes told Q-Notes on Friday that the dinner committee was awaiting comment from Hagan’s offices. Today, Hagan Press Secretary …

What 2009 will bring

Q-Notes readers share their thoughts, goals, expectations for the new year

Have you bought new calendars yet? 2008 was just too fun. Didn’t you just hate to see it pass? A new year is upon us now and with it comes expectations, New Year resolutions and goals to achieve, for ourselves, our community, our nation and the world. Q-Notes asked readers and community members and leaders …

The Real Girl

Close-up with the first-ever trans housemate on MTV's 'Real World'

Since its debut in 1992, MTV’s The Real World has illuminated televisions nationwide with fresh images of diverse, non-stereotypical and real queer young people including its first season’s Norman Korpi (NYC), HIV-positive Cuban Pedro Zamora (San Francisco), bisexual Filipina Ruthie Alcaide (Hawaii), African-American Karamo Brown (Philadelphia) and athlete Tyler Duckworth (Key West). With its 21st …

‘Boys Briefs 5’: The ambiguously gay shorts collection

Out on DVD

It’s hypocritical of me to find fault with the six short films in “Boys Briefs 5: Schoolboys,” because I’m always complaining about movies being formulaic and predictable and my main complaint with most of these is that they aren’t formulaic and predictable. But I can’t take all the blame. Everything from the title to the …

Gay nights at local bar end

Owner claims lack of profit, bias charged by community members

SALISBURY — The LGBT-themed nightly events at a local restaurant and bar in this small city along North Carolina’s I-85 have ended among claims that the bar owner bowed to anti-gay pressure and gay event organizers failed to uphold their end of the business deal. In the Dec. 13 issue, Q-Notes profiled some of the …

What’s ahead in 2009

The LGBT community can probably expect a roller-coaster ride this year. While the economy is in shambles, political figures are focused on saving the nation’s financial system, turning an almost blind eye to social issues. As we pull through what might shape up to be the biggest recession (and, hopefully, not a depression) since the …

A New Year plan for marriage equality

National organization offers New Year’s Resolutions for the marriage equality movement

Marriage Equality USA is a national, grassroots organization working to achieve equality in marriage for same-sex couples. In recognition of the New Year, they’ve offered up some resolutions for the marriage equality and LGBT movements. “To win marriage equality, we must empower and enlist the grassroots in each community,” said Molly McKay, Marriage Equality USA …

Lockdown: Too many fags

[Ed. Note — Joseph Urbaniak 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 Urbaniak’s writings in this exclusive, …

Prisoner is just the messenger, try to see the message instead

Editor's Note

Q-Notes readers have voiced their concerns about our editorial decision to publish a limited-run column from a gay North Carolina man convicted of indecent liberties with a minor. In this issue, we’ve published a guest commentary from a reader who takes issue with our decision. We’re proud our editorial space can be devoted to polite …