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May 16, 2009 – QNotes

Carolina Southern Summer

Q-Notes’ Best Queer Southern Getaways

Are you longing to get away from the hustle and bustle of our busted, dog-eat-dog economy? You aren’t the only one. As summer rolls around, folks will be looking for ways to slip away from the madness. But don’t throw away your money on some fancy cruise or outrageously expensive cross-country trip. From the mountains …

The closeted halls of power

New doc explores closeted, outed politicians, movers and shakers

Washington, D.C., house contractors must be used to building closets large and deep, judging from the controversial new documentary, “Outrage.” A scathing indictment of closeted gay politicians who vote against or demonize the LGBT community (Sen. Larry Craig, RNC field director Dan Gurley, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist), thoughtful investigation of the whys behind this closet …

Pride Charlotte announces pageant dates

Group’s revamped pageant system includes preliminaries across metro area

The Charlotte region’s largest LGBT Pride festival has announced the dates for this year’s Miss Pride Charlotte Pageant. The new pageant system features preliminaries at several LGBT establishments across the greater Charlotte area. Six organizations are participating in the pageant system this year, including Scorpio, the Charlotte Eagle, Liaisons, the Hide-A-Way, Night Owls and the …

Foundation honors, remembers

State senator receives award, movie trailer shown

WILMINGTON — Community members gathered for three days of fun, networking, fundraising and involvement at the Frank Harr Foundation Family Fest, May 15-17. The group also awarded the state’s only out member of the General Assembly and screened the trailer of an upcoming documentary produced and filmed in town. The foundation honored State Sen. Julia …

Charlestonians honored

Insurance agent, politician are AFFA members

Two Charleston residents were recently honored in the “40 Under 40” compiled by Charleston Regional Business Journal. Colleen Condon, a Charleston County Council member and attorney, and Philip Bradley, who owns real estate and insurance agencies, were named among 40 young leaders and businesspeople. Both are members and supporters of the Alliance for Full Acceptance, …

Local PFLAG to Virginia Foxx: ‘Hate is no Hoax’

Group places print ads in three Winston-Salem newspapers

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Members of a local Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) are encouraging community members to make their concerns known to Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), after she called the motivation for the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard a “hoax.” During debate on April 29 on the floor of the U.S. …

Senate passes anti-bullying bill

Marks first time Senate has ever passed protections for gays

Originally published:May 5, 2009, 5:06 p.m. Updated: May 16, 2009, 5:10 p.m. RALEIGH — An anti-bullying bill that would protect students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender-identity, among others, passed the North Carolina Senate May 7. On its third and final reading, senators passed the bill 26-22 with no debate. According to Ian …

Guild hosts English

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Guild hosts English CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Business Guild will hold its monthly meeting on May 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 201 S. McDowell St. Guest speaker will be Crossroads Charlotte Community Building Initiative Executive Director Dianne English (pictured). Anne Douglas Miller, licensed agent with HealthMarkets, will serve as host. …

Latvian Pride approved

Global News Notes

Latvian Pride approved RIGA, Latvia — A council committee on May 8 approved a request for an LGBT Pride march here in the city center during Baltic Gay Pride, officially known as Baltic Friendship Days. The march was scheduled for May 16 at Vermanes Darzs park, the location of the first officially approved parade in …