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July 11, 2009 – QNotes

Perdue signs two controversial, historic bills

Anti-bullying, sex ed bills praised by advocates

While LGBT community members celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots this June, political advocates, insiders and state legislators were working hard to hear and pass two historic, yet highly controversial, bills, the School Violence Prevention Act and Healthy Youth Act. Both have huge implications for LGBT students, both were fought bitterly by “traditional …

Queerly faithful

MCCs around the Carolinas growing, changing

Since St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) — the first MCC in the Carolinas — set up shop in 1976, the face of LGBT faith institutions has continually grown. Decades later, nine MCC congregations dot the Carolinas map. Each are making in-roads among their surrounding communities and offering places of spiritual refuge for folks looking …

Timeless Pride, Part Two

A two-part history timeline of the LGBT Carolinas

Below is part two of Q-Notes’ exclusive Timeless Pride, covering events from 1987 through 2005. To view part one of the exclusive, with years 1971 through 1986, click here. January 1987 — In an editorial published in Q-Notes, editor Don King makes one of the first public calls for a community center in Charlotte. His …

Businessman stays the course

Others boycott DNC dinner, Gold attends

While more than a dozen high-profile LGBT invitees to a Democratic National Committee (DNC) dinner were pulling out in protest over the president’s and party’s sluggish movement on issues of equality, one North Carolina businessman and philanthropist instead chose a different tack to address his concerns with party leaders and politicians. Mitchell Gold, CEO of …

Resident found dead at Center’s Youth Housing Project

Drug overdose suspected, drug paraphernalia found at scene

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Michael Pilcher, a 21-year-old resident of The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Youth Housing Project, was found dead inside his apartment at the East Village location, on Monday, June 29. “The resident’s body was discovered morning by on-site staff and the appropriate authorities were immediately notified,” said Delores Jacobs, The Center’s …

Raleigh reaches out

“Dynamic. Smart. Unexpected. Celebratory.” Those are words the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau say visitors use to describe the Tar Heel State’s capital city. And, they want LGBT visitors to walk away with the same feelings and excitement. Marking National LGBT Pride Month, the bureau launched its first LGBT visitors microsite at www.visitraleigh.com/glbt/. The …

Guild to host pool party

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte It’s pool time! LAKE NORMAN — The Charlotte Business Guild will hold its annual lake party on July 18 at the home of John and Vincent. Armin’s Catering is sponsoring the event. Cost is free for members (a perk of membership). Guest fee is $10 each, which includes food and non-alcoholic beverages. This is …

Coalition pursues policy changes

National News Notes

Coalition pursues policy changes NEW YORK, N.Y. — A coalition of 17 LGBT equality organizations has announced the New Beginning Initiative, designed to push for concrete federal administration policy and regulatory changes benefiting LGBT people and eliminating discrimination from federal policies. This is the first time such a coalition of LGBT and allied organizations has …

News site blocked

International News Notes

News site blocked LONDON — Public access to the website for the U.K.’s leading LGBT news-magazine has been blocked by Virgin Active, a nationwide gym and fitness company. Pink Paper reported the news on July 2, after being notified their site was censored by a reader and Virgin Active customer. The company says the website …