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February 21, 2009 – QNotes

What you didn’t know about the Human Rights Campaign

An inside look at the organization everyone knows, but not really

The Human Rights Campaign is known to almost every member of the LGBT community, even if only in the slightest of ways. It’s branding and name recognition reach further than almost any other LGBT advocacy group. It’s iconic blue and yellow equal sign logo has become one of the nation’s most ubiquitous symbols of equality …

The Look of Love

An interview with Kristine W, on her return to Charlotte

After 10 years on the music charts, Kristine W continues to remain on top with hits like “Walk Away” and last summer’s “The Boss.” Her latest track, “Never,” hit the clubs in January and soared to Billboard’s top spot in four weeks. Appearing as the featured live performer at the official after-party of the Human …

A bit of L.A. in the Q.C.

Actor’s Lab play, ‘AmerWrecka’ is first for gay-owned business in Charlotte

Little Charlotte is getting a bit of L.A., Hollywood taste with the opening of “AmerWrecka,” the first production of the gay-owned, recently-relocated Actor’s Lab. The play, which opened on Feb. 12, follows the story of the four students killed at Kent State University in the 1970s. Nearly 40 years after their death, they return to …

EqualityNC lays plan for legislative session

Group to focus on safe schools bill, prevent anti-gay marriage amendment

CHARLOTTE/RALEIGH — Less than a month after the start of the 2009-2010 biennial legislative session, the statewide LGBT advocacy group EqualityNC is reaching out to local communities as they lay plans for achieving equality this year. In a town hall meeting with LGBT community members in Charlotte, ENC Executive Director Ian Palmquist and Grassroots Coordinator …

Raleigh professionals work to bring ‘Out & Equal’

Group wants annual LGBT workplace equality summit to be held in state capital

A group of LGBT Raleigh professionals are hoping their hard work to organize a Triangle chapter of a nationwide LGBT workplace network pays off in the form of a national conference. Out and Equal Workplace Advocates is a national organization that works with corporate leaders to create safe and welcoming work environments for LGBT employees. …

LGBT-friendly corporations in the Carolinas

Five companies in the Carolinas received a perfect 100 score on HRC’s 2009 Corporate Equality Index: • Bank of America, Charlotte, NC • Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams, Taylorsville, NC • Replacements, Ltd., Greensboro, NC • Reynolds-American Tobacco, Winston-Salem, NC • Wachovia, Charlotte, NC Six other companies were ranked in the Index, but did not receive perfect …

Lockdown: Rainbow Sneakers

[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, …

Pride changes name, gets sponsor

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Show your wares CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Business Guild will host its 1st Annual CBG Business Expo on March 21 from 12-4 p.m. at the Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 820 Hamilton St., Suite B-11. Join others in the community who will be there to market and promote their businesses. Exhibitor space (eight-foot draped …

SC Pride releases ’08 financials

South Carolina News Notes

Early parole denied COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Parole Board denied early parole on Feb. 11 for Stephen Andrew Moller, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the May 2007 death of openly gay Sean Kennedy. Moller will serve the rest of his sentence and be released July 7. His original release date had already …

Activists ask Russia to end HIV ban

More than 10 countries still discriminate against HIV+ travelers

MOSCOW — A group of Russian gay activists launched a campaign on Feb. 6 demanding their government stop requesting foreign visa applicants for their HIV status. In three letters sent to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, Prime Minster Vladimir Putin and the Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov, the activists asked for the cancellation of a 1995 …