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June 13, 2009 – QNotes

The QList – Best of the Carolinas, Readers’ Pick

You asked for it. We gave it to you. You voted. The results are in. Q-Notes’ first annual QList — Best of the Carolinas, Readers’ Pick garnered hundreds of submitted ballots and nominations for some of the best restaurants, bars and clubs, community organizations, business and community leaders across the Tar Heel and Palmetto States. …

‘Keeping it Real’

From Mode magazine to singing mode, Vanessa Williams saves the best for now

Online Only Long before she flashed her manicured claws on “Ugly Betty” as ruthless fashion editor Wilhelmina Slater, a role that’s earned her two Emmy nominations, Vanessa Williams was racking up Grammy nods for her gold- and platinum-certified albums. Having cemented her gay icon status with star turns in such Broadway musicals as “Kiss of …

A love song no one knows is gay

“Jersey Boys” — It is a classic American tale, straight out of the 1960s. Recounting the life and times of the hit group the Four Seasons, this musical is a favorite among old and young alike. The musical will run in Raleigh June 24 through July 18 at Progress Energy Center. Q-Notes had the opportunity …

‘Phantom’ returns to the Queen City

Actor DC Anderson on Monsieur André

For the first time since 2001, the longest-running Broadway musical makes its triumphant return to Charlotte: “The Phantom of the Opera” will run at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Uptown, June 10-July 5. Q-Notes had the opportunity to speak to actor D.C. Anderson, who plays one of the two theatre managers, Monsieur André. Born …

Conference builds bridges for gay evangelicals

Evangelical Network holds annual event in Gastonia

When most people hear the word “evangelical,” they immediately think of people like the late Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson of “The 700 Club” or Focus on the Family’s James Dobson. Far-right fundamentalists, it seems, don’t have a monopoly on the word. Over the last weekend in May, LGBT Christians and evangelicals from around the nation …

Gay candidate embarks on Charlotte council run

Owen Sutkowski is 'first viable' gay man on a Charlotte ballot

Originally published: May 16, 2009, 5:28 p.m. Updated: June 13, 2009 12:12 a.m. CHARLOTTE — For the first time in Charlotte politics, an openly gay man might have a viable chance at winning election to city council. Owen Sutkowski, 26, assistant director of Student Life at Queens University, announced his run for the District 1 …

Triad Pride attracts 1,000

Festival is third annual event in Greensboro

GREENSBORO — Community members from across the Triad — and some as far away as Fayetteville — convened in Downtown Greensboro’s Festival Park for a day of entertainment, networking, community building and fun at the third annual Triad Pride Festival. Organized by the more than 20-year-old Alternative Resources of the Triad, the festival was the …

Excited about Pride

Pride Charlotte organizers plan for record event, anti-gays plan counter

CHARLOTTE — Organizers of one of the largest LGBT Pride festival between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta are gearing up for what they anticipate as another record year of growth. Kicking off at the end of July, Pride Charlotte brings with it a host of activities and events. The mainstay of each year’s Pride celebrations, the …

Couples study findings announced

Relationships already valued, benefits desired

RALEIGH — New research from North Carolina State University (NCSU) shows that gay and lesbian couples are forming long-term, committed relationships, even in the absence of the right to marry. However, couples surveyed for the study overwhelmingly said they would get married if they could in order to secure legal rights — such as retirement …