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January 24, 2009 – Page 2 – QNotes

The best of times, the worst of times

T-Notes

I wasn’t really sure what to address in this first column of 2009. I’ll be honest — I’ve had easier years than the last, emotionally. I’d be willing to bet that most, if not all, of us have faced depression at one time or another. Being trans tends toward isolation in all too many cases, …

New studies say politicians helped, not hurt, by pro-marriage stance

Freedom to Marry releases report to debunk common political thought

NEW YORK , N.Y. — Two national marriage equality organizations recently released reports detailing successes and setbacks for the LGBT community and its fight for marriage equality. Freedom to Marry, based in New York, released a report on the electoral successes of politicians who voiced support for same-sex couples’ right to marry. Marriage Equality USA, …

Marriage ban must be lifted, say Scottish gays

Scottish Parliament being asked to amend Civil Marriage Act to include gay couples

GLASGOW, Scotland — On Jan. 13, Scottish gays and lesbians launched a petition calling on the Parliament to amend the Scottish Marriage Act of 1977 to allow same-sex couples to legally marry. Spearheading the campaign is the Glasgow-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network (LGBTN). The petition also calls on the law in Scotland to …

UNC System hate speech forum held

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte   CBPM to hold gala, honors CHARLOTTE — The Carolinas Black Pride Movement (CBPM) will host its fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leadership Honors & Gala Reception on Jan. 24 at the Urban League of the Central Carolinas, 740 W. 5th St. at 7 p.m. Theme for the event is “The …

Spring Sneak Peek: Plays, Musicals & Concerts

Spring A&E Guide

Looking to fill your A&E calendar for the spring? We know it’s still winter, but it is never too early to catch up on all the great performances heading our way as local arts groups gear up for their spring seasons. Check out the upcoming plays, musicals, concerts and other performances below and don’t forget …

Spring Sneak Peek: Editor’s Top Five A&E Hits

Spring A&E Guide

The spring seasons of Carolinas theater and stage productions companies are filled to the brim with exciting and engaging musicals, plays, concerts and other entertaining and must-see performances. Wading through the seemingly endless lists of upcoming arts productions, there were a few that really caught my eye. These are definitely five A&E hits I’m not …

Spring Sneak Peek: Galleries

Spring A&E Guide

A small sampling of upcoming gallery exhibitions around the Carolinas. War on Terror: Inside / Out Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art College of Charleston Jan. 23-Feb. 27 “War on Terror: Inside / Out—Photographs by Christopher Sims and Stacy Pearsall” juxtaposes the work of two artists: Sims’ photographs capture simulated Iraqi and Afghani villages in the …

Is he ‘dumping’ you or is he ‘breaking up’ with you?

Tell Trinity

Hello Trinity, For years now, I have loved your advice on “dumping” someone and/or “breaking up,” but what’s the difference? The Differences, Palm Springs, Calif. Hello The Differences, Well, when someone is kind and uses integrity, patience and support to dissolve a romantic interest then that (not so bad) man is “breaking up” with you. …

Cold days, but the pageant scene stays warm!

Drag Rag

Well, here we are again at my little spot on the page! This time of year drives me crazy, because it seems like there is a lull where the pageant schedules are concerned — some prelims here and there and many national contests on the horizon, but nothing really big taking place. Of course, Continental …