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March 7, 2009 – QNotes

A mid-Nightlife crisis

Carolinas gay nightlife, in a state of flux and change, keeps the music and drinks flowing into the future

I can still remember my first night in a gay club like it was yesterday. I guess it helps that night was only five years ago. On the Friday after I turned 18, I hurriedly readied myself and got dressed in my small bedroom at my mom’s house in Winston-Salem. Once the clock struck 10, …

Charlotte at a crossroads

New film explores four possible futures of Charlotte, LGBT community included

Surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of a NoDa coffee shop, Charlotteans Mitzi Corrigan and Stephen Friedrich sip coffee and talk about their experiences acting in “Crossroads Charlotte: The Movie.” “It is nice to see the performing arts used in a way to serve the Charlotte area,” Friedrich says. At 18, Friedrich is a …

Queer February

Gay, anti-gay groups' events culminate in week full of activity

CHARLOTTE – A crazy month full of LGBT activity in the Queen City has come and gone. For LGBT activists and community members, February was nothing short of a full-fledged queer extravaganza, including a glitzy, glamorous awards gala, LGBT activism awareness events and challenges to local and national anti-gay organizations. National organizations gay and anti-gay …

Marriage amendment introduced

Palmquist: Greater push from right wing than ever before

RALEIGH – Several key pieces of legislation both anti-gay and pro-equality have been filed as the North Carolina General Assembly dives deep into its 2009-2010 legislative session. Conservative lawmakers introduced an anti-LGBT, anti-family state constitutional amendment on marriage at a press conference on Feb. 24. State Sen. Jim Forrester, the chief sponsor of the amendment …

College junior becomes S.C.’s first openly gay official

Nick Shalosky, 21, nets seat on Charleston school board

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Last October, Nick Shalosky was just your average 21-year-old college student studying political science. Involved in local LGBT advocacy and political circles, Shalosky was certainly aware of those running for office – in fact, he was working to help get some folks elected. No one could have known, including him, that in …

Lockdown: Love Feast

[Ed. Note This column marks the last in Joseph Urbaniak s limited-run column. We hope our readers had a chance to read Urbaniak s writings with an open mind and eyes. We thank Joe for the chance to publish his columns.] I saw the notice on the bulletin board in the dormitory. The annual Love …

Mayor sued for anti-gay bias

National News Notes

Mayor sued for anti-gay bias BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Lambda Legal has joined a First Amendment lawsuit filed by Central Alabama Pride (CAP) against Mayor Larry Langford, who interfered with the group s right to free speech last summer when he directed city workers to treat CAP differently than other groups are treated. CAP has held …

Book signings, concerts & Pride

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Book signing on agenda CHARLOTTE – Author Frances Richter is scheduled to appear at the CBG Business Expo on March 21, where she will autograph copies of her LGBT mystery novel, Friend of the Firm, featuring lesbian homicide defense attorney Sheldon Bailey. The book is Richter s introductory novel, but the second of the …