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May 16, 2009 – Page 2 – QNotes

Marriage gains nationwide

National News Notes

Maine OKs same-sex marriage AUGUSTA, Maine — On May 6, Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed into law a bill extending full marriage rights to same-sex couples in his state. The bill had already been overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate and House. With the governor’s action, Maine joined Iowa, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut in ending …

Ode to ’09

Editor's Note

Class of 2009, now is your time to shine. As you mark your final days of college and walk across that stage, you should know: the world is counting on you. To all my peers, I hope you find satisfaction and a sense of achievement in your new academic or work careers. In all your …

talkback — Healthy Youth Act

Letters to the editor and comments from Q-Notes Online. Web comments are not edited for grammar or punctuation. Bold legislation Contrary to your editorial on the Healthy Youth Act (HYA) (“‘Compromise’ bill leaves much to be desired,” Editor’s Note, May 2, 2009), I believe firmly that it will directly improve the quality of life for …

A fractious movement

Anything But Straight

In an online discussion forum, a respected activist recently lamented the decentralization of gay community advocacy. He made a powerful case that we would be better off if our efforts were more regimented and unified. “Our communal problem is that the LGBT community is so fragmented that we are constantly a cacophony of voices rather …

The news we use

General Gayety

I’ve decided that it’s time. Time to test your knowledge of recent LGBT news. Print out and circle the right answer or write it down on a sheet of paper on your desk for each multiple-choice question below. The correct answers are provided at the end. No cheating. I’ll know. 1. In Maine’s capital of …

How your portfolio fits into the big picture

Money Matters

The challenging investment environment of 2008 taught many of us a painful but valuable lesson — it pays to know where you invest your money and whether that strategy is suitable for your circumstances. Many people rely on mutual funds, preferring that professional managers make day-to-day trading decisions. While this approach may make sense for …

EarthTalk: Tennessee coal ash spill

Dear EarthTalk: What were the environmental impacts of the huge coal ash spill in Tennessee this past December? — Dave S, Lynnfield, MA Environmentalists’ call for an end to the age of coal — one of the dirtiest and most common of all the fossil fuels we now use — took on new urgency this …

‘Bear’-ing down on Atlanta

Annual Bear Fest kicks off July 4 weekend

Southern Bears, Atlanta’s premier club for hirsute men and their admirers, will present their annual Atlanta Bear Fest July 2-5, with a weekend full of fun and memorable events. Organizers announced at the beginning of May that they’ve confirmed Rich McGunn, BEAR Magazine cover model for the May 2009 issue, will attend the weekend’s events. …

Don’t spill your guts on the second date

Tell Trinity

Dearest Trinity, Before I go on a second date with someone I really like, I thought I’d ask, what should a second date be all about? Second Thoughts, Memphis, Tenn. Dearest Second Thoughts, A second date is like…(no that won’t work). Second dates are to roses as…(no that’s too flowery). Ah, yes, a second date …

Unfriendly Fire

Out in Print

“Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America” by Nathaniel Frank c.2009, Thomas Dunne Books $25.95 / $28.95 Canada 342 pages, includes notes and index Sometimes, it occurs to you that purchasing stock in yellow ribbons might’ve been a smart move. Drive down any street in America and you’ll notice ribbons …