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March 7, 2009 – Page 2 – QNotes

S.C. group defends hotel use

South Carolina News Notes

Group defends hotel use CHARLESTON – The Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA), an LGBT education group, is defending its use of the Marriott Hotel for its events after receiving criticism because of the hotel chain s close link to the Mormon Church and California s Proposition 8. The group defended its choice to use the …

Praise for U.K. Phelps ban

Global News Notes

LONDON – British Immigration Minister Phil Woolas publicly thanked the Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans Rights (LGBT Labour) organization on Feb. 25 for their campaign against the homophobic group Westboro Baptist Church. The campaign led to a ban on Fred Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper from entering the U.K. by Home …

February extravaganza

Editor's Note

Queer February. It happens every year. There’s always so much to do and so little time with which to get it all accomplished. It seems I m forced to go into a state of sheer mania just so I can check off everything on my to do list. This year’s queer extravaganza was definitely magnified, …

talkback – HRC feedback

Letters to the editor and comments from Q-Notes Online. Web comments are not edited for grammar or punctuation. HRC article: Missed points Great piece on HRC and I thank you for the balanced points of view. Three quick points: 1. We do have a statewide LGBT political presence via Equality North Carolina PAC which is …

A winning script

Anything But Straight

It is an odd time to be gay in America. Whether you are celebrated or despised depends on where you stand at any given moment. The most dramatic example of this dichotomy occurred on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Academy Awards. To attend the glamorous event, one had to drive past anti-gay protesters shouting vile …

A womyn’s diary

General Gayety

The New York Times recently ran a story about Alapine, a lesbian community in rural Alabama. Home to 20 women ranging in age from 50 to 75, Alapine is truly womyn’s land. Men may only visit. Moreover, straight women may not live there. The story highlighted how critical a matriarchal way of life is to …

Yin and Yang

T-Notes

I am a subscriber to Parabola Magazine. I recently read an article by Patrick Laude published in summer 2008. Laude offered an interesting perspective on the question of how we, as trans individuals, define ourselves and how we are defined by the rest of the world. Is there really a rigid male/female dichotomy? Are we …

Bridging the community with Drag Bingo

Triangle HIV/AIDS fundraising event set for March 28

Across the Triangle, families scramble to stand and cheer when Mary K Mart calls O-69 in her sing-song voice. Non-compliance is a risk they re unwilling to take. “There are always folks who have to parade on-stage,” laughs John Paul Womble, director of development and public affairs for the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina and host …

New book releases from LGBT authors

Don’t ask, just read Just released is Nathaniel Frank s passionate and compelling new book on the anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of the U.S. military, “Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America” (St. Martin s Press). Drawing on decades of research on gay service and hundreds of exclusive …

EarthTalk: Techie greening solutions

Dear EarthTalk: What are some of the leading proposed technological fixes for staving off global warming, and how feasible are they? James Harris, Columbus, Ohio While most of the world fixates on how to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere, scientists and engineers around the …