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April 18, 2009 – QNotes

Blooming with Pride

Economy and financial matters a concern as organizers gear up for 2009 Pride season

Dogwoods bloom. Trees regain their leafy greens. April showers soon give way to sultry, southern summer days. Spring is in the air, and LGBT community organizers around the Carolinas are hustling to get their plans ready for this year’s season of Pride celebrations and festivals. It is a banner year for Pride, nationally and locally. …

Summer Skin

Hot weather equals hot swimwear styles

Summer is just around the bend, boys and girls. If you haven’t already gotten your perfect sets of swimwear for the season, now is the time to do it. Here are some of the hottest pieces we found at the ultra hot InternationalJock.com retailer and super value spot SwimOutlet.com. Men’s Styles Lots to choose from …

Rainbow Pilgrimage to NYC Pride 2009

New media campaign aims to draw visitors to 40th anniversary of Stonewall Riots

The City of New York and tourism officials have announced a visitors and tourism marketing campaign to promote the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Dubbed the “Rainbow Pilgrimage,” New York City Council Speaker, openly gay Christine Quinn and officials with NYC & Company announced the marketing campaign on April 7. The campaign will take …

Keep AIDS on front burner, says CDC

New HIV/AIDS awareness campaign to refocus national attention on growing crisis

On April 7, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House Domestic Policy Council’s Office on AIDS Policy announced a new HIV/AIDS communications and awareness campaign, the first federally-funded national HIV prevention program in more than a decade. At a cost of $9 million per year for five years, …

WSSU becomes gay-friendlier

Board of Trustees includes LGBT community in non-discrimination policy

The Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Board of Trustees has voted to include sexual orientation among the protected groups of individuals in university policies. The unanimous vote took place March 20. WSSU became one of the last institutions in the University of North Carolina (UNC) system to pass such a measure. Designating sexual orientation as a …

10th media campaign launched

‘Gay rights are civil rights’ AFFA says

The Charleston, S.C.-based group Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) has begun its 10th year of media messaging. The group plans on using a variety of media outlets and mediums to highlight its straightforward declaration: “Gay Rights are Civil Rights.” The group is challenging South Carolinians to “recognize the LGBT movement as an intrinsic part of …

Lack of rights dramatic

Dutch European Parliament member welcomes report, U.K. pol says politicians need courage

BRUSSELS — A Dutch Member of the European Parliament (MEP) welcomed a report presented to the European Parliament last month, showing the rights of gay men and women and transgender people are insufficiently protected throughout the European Union (EU). The report, “Homophobic Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation in the EU Member States,” also said …

Iowa, Vermont marriage victories

National News Notes

Gay marriage victory: Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa — On April 3, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously struck down the 1998 state ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The ruling recognized that the constitutional guarantee of equal protection requires that same-sex couples have “full access to the institution of civil marriage.” The court further declared that …

Primetimers’ at 16

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Primetimers celebrates 16 years CHARLOTTE — Primetimers of Charlotte, a social organization for gay men, celebrates its 16th anniversary on May 16 at Latta Plantation from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The group meets on the second Sunday of every month at Metropolitan Community Church at 1825 Eastway Dr. It has two bowling teams, a theater …