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February 21, 2009 – Page 2 – QNotes

Historic gay shop to close

National News Notes

Historic gay shop to close NEW YORK CITY — The nation’s oldest gay and lesbian bookstore has announced it will close as the American and global economies continue to spiral out of control. Oscar Wilde Bookshop, just yards from the Stonewall Inn on Christopher St. in Greenwich Village, opened in 1967. Since then it has …

Don’t look at me. I don’t have an opinion.

Editor's Note

When I came out at the end of eighth grade, one of the first LGBT organizations I learned about was the Human Rights Campaign. You can’t miss them. They’re everywhere. I’m sometimes astonished — completely blown away — when I talk about HRC and an LGBT person asks, “What is that?,” or “What do they …

talkback – Marriage Equality

Let the struggle continue We are writing to you in disagreement with your editorial calling for a backing off of the marriage equality struggle (Editor’s Note, Jan. 24, “Revisiting our past could help us now”). We remember the formation of Anita Bryant’s group, “Save the Children,” which was in response to Dade County simply expanding …

The changing face of the GOP

Anything But Straight

It would be wrong to say that the majority of Republicans are racist. But, it is fair to say that racists have comfortably nested in the GOP for quite some time. Since President Richard Nixon employed his infamous “Southern Strategy,” bigots, xenophobes and homophobes have been sought-after Republican constituencies. Beginning in the late 1960s and …

The leading lesbian

General Gayety

It’s a tough name for non-Scandinavians to pronounce or spell, but I promise to learn it. Cross my rainbow heart. Johanna Sigurdardottir is the new prime minister of Iceland and she’s openly lesbian. It makes me want to wave the hat I bought 25 years ago in the Reykjavik airport. That actually would be appropriate, …

When to keep your mouth open and when to shut it

Tell Trinity

Dear Trinity, I know you’re going to tell me to mind my own business, but one of my friends was a stripper and is now escorting. I’m worried about him. Should I speak to his parents? Righting A Wrong, Orange County, Calif. Dear Wronging A Right, Should you decide what is right or wrong for …

Roll out the red carpet, it’s a bunch of pageants!

Drag Rag

Oh, kiddies, we’re down to the wire this time! My column has been due and I’m still rounding up the tea! Believe it or not, we’ll have a Rag of a pretty good size this go ’round — a lot has been going on. A clear-up from the last Rag — when I mentioned Amaya …

Retirement risk and uncertainty: a fixed strategy

Money Matters

Within the next five years, 46 million Americans are expected to retire, according to data from the National Institute of Aging at the University of Michigan. The transition to retirement results in a major shift in financial priorities — from asset accumulation to income management and wealth preservation. In the midst of this, people now …

Out in the Stars: Feb. 21-Mar. 6

The Sun glides into Pisces and ramps up our overall mellowness. Go with the cosmic flow and let your intuition be your guide. Is there a chance that you will become too jello to hold a mold? Unlikely! PISCES (02.20-03.20) Guppies are at one with the universe. Become the center of attention now that you …

EarthTalk – What is microfinancing?

Dear EarthTalk: What is “microfinance” and how does it help poor countries and preserve the environment? — Eliza Clark, Seattle, WA The brainchild of Grameen Foundation founder Muhammad Yunus, microfinancing is a form of banking whereby financial institutions offer small loans to the poor. The idea behind the concept, which originated in Bangladesh in the …