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June 27, 2009 – QNotes

Timeless Pride

A two-part history timeline of the LGBT Carolinas

The history of the LGBT community is a tough subject to study. The community has been oppressed and maligned for so long, that much of the history is forgotten. In most schools, LGBT youth never learn about the legendary events and people who helped to shape the queer community, the entire nation and its political …

Inside the halls of power

Gays and lesbians have served the Carolinas well

In the 1980s, the chances for any openly gay man or lesbian woman wining an election to public office were pretty much slim-to-none. That didn’t stop scores of gay and lesbian North Carolinians from throwing their hat into the ring and giving it a shot. With this year’s candidacies of openly gay Mark Kleinschmidt for …

Eat Charlotte

Eatery owners unite to promote local dining scene

The general manager of a popular Uptown Charlotte casual dining restaurant has launched a new local dining alliance and hopes to “ignite the local dining scene” in the Queen City. Briana Cohen, general manager of Sonoma Modern American Cuisine on N. Tryon St., says that EatCharlotte.net will serve to promote locally- and independently-owned restaurants and …

A June full of Pride

From east to west and on down south, Prides across the Carolinas

From the eastern tip of the Tar Heel State to its western mountainy edge, and from the Upstate of South Carolina to its capital city, Columbia, the Carolinas saw plenty of Pride activity in mid-June. Wilmington In Wilmington, about a dozen vendors set up shop during the OutWilmington Pride street festival on Water St., near …

Sartain announces Raleigh council run

Second openly gay city council candidate in state this year

Another openly gay man has announced his intention to run for a city council office in North Carolina. Lee Sartain, a Charlotte native and N.C. State University alumnus, made the announcement in early June. He’s running to fill one of two at-large seats on the Raleigh City Council. In a telephone interview with Q-Notes, Sartain, …

WNCAP launches new AIDS media campaign

PSAs, posters to build awareness

The Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) has launched and is currently running a bold, new media campaign to combat HIV/AIDS stigma in Western North Carolina. The “I Need You to Know” campaign will raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and how they affect everyone in the community. WNCAP says stigma can act as a …

Community mourns loss

Judith Cantor leaves legacy

Judith “Judy” Cantor died on June 16 unexpectedly in Raleigh. She was 60. A life cut short as always by a directional sign that says, exit here. However, without having left her without a cause, Death was not able to keep her from leaving her mark on the landscape of life by being an active …

Spaulding honored

Durham, N.C.-based blogger Pam Spaulding has been honored with an award from the Women’s Media Center. Spaulding, who operates the acclaimed progressive LGBT blog PamsHouseBlend.com, was one of 11 female journalists and media personalities honored at a reception held June 17 at the Women’s Media Center offices in New York City. The “blogmistress,” as she …

Age of consent bill defeated

International News Notes

Age of consent bill defeated GIBRALTAR — The parliament of this small British territory on June 18 voted down a member’s bill to equalize the age of consent for gay men, which is currently 18. The age of consent for heterosexuals and lesbians is 16. The decision by the parliament is in direct defiance of …