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January 24, 2009 – QNotes

Culture War (reprise)

'Southern Rapture' documents 1996-97 arts funding melee

CHARLOTTE — March 1996. The Charlotte Repertory Theatre was one of only six regional theaters selected by playwright Tony Kushner to present his seven-hour, two-part production, “Angels in America.” Praised by art critics and activists the world over, “Angels” delved headlong into the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s, examining themes as diverse as homosexuality, the …

Prayers for Bobby

Sigourney Weaver shines in a sad but inspiring true story

She made her name as an action star in the “Alien” films, even winning an Oscar nomination for it. That was only the beginning. Over the years, Sigourney Weaver has shown herself to be an actor of rare depth, sensitivity and versatility. In her new film, “Prayers For Bobby,” which premieres on Lifetime Jan. 24, …

An Escape from New York

DJ Escape returns to North Carolina

No, you’re not the first to think that he looks a lot like Vin Diesel. Escape (the DJ moniker of Jeff Jonas) has the same sexy vibe, confident attitude and charming demeanor that makes you want to take your shirt off — quickly. Stand in line Sally, most times this boy appears he has a …

Bi the way…we’re not what you think we are

Common misconceptions about bisexuality from a bisexual

So this is a bit of a rant. After reading and hearing random inane comments about bisexuality, I felt the need to clear up some common misconceptions about bisexuals. We are not all sex fiends out to do everyone and everything. When many guys think of “bisexual,” the terms “sex” and “threesome” are not far …

Bisexuality: Quick FAQ

Below are some words, phrases and terms related to bisexuality or words and phrases used in stereotypes and misconceptions of bisexuals. bi-curious — describes a person who might be homosexual or heterosexual and is questioning his or her sexual orientation. A bi-curious person might show interest or attraction that would normally be outside of their …

Lockdown: Tang

[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, …

Should marriage be our priority?

{democracy:22} See Matt Comer’s Editor’s Note: Revisiting our past could help us now. Don’t forget about last issue’s poll on the writings of gay prisoner Joseph Urbaniak.

Revisiting our past could help us now

Editor's Note

In doing research for this issue’s cover story, “Culture War (reprise),” I found myself browsing through the Q-Notes archives. Being the history geek I am, I didn’t much mind what others might call a menial, humdrum task; in fact, it was quite interesting. The “Angels in America” controversy in Charlotte took place in 1996. At …

Caught by my own web

General Gayety

I am a technophobe. I’d be a card-carrying one, if I knew how to make a card on my computer. My inability to cope with technology is now officially hurting my career. A columnist needs readers and in this era readers find columns on the internet. But my website has fallen and can’t get up. …

Log Cabin Blues

Anything But Straight

[Ed. Note —After a lengthy hiatus, Q-Notes resumes publication of Wayne Besen’s column with this issue.] The gay Log Cabin Republicans are broke and their party is seriously broken. The group’s $100,000 debt comes at a time when the GOP is indebted more than ever to extremists. Instead of learning from Election Day, the party …