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July 25, 2009 – QNotes

Newcomer Guide and QGuide team up to serve you

Editor's Note

The Q-Notes staff is so excited about this special issue and our first ever LGBT Carolinas Newcomer Guide. We hope you’re excited, too. Last fall, when we were mulling over ideas for our 2009 editorial calendar, we were inspired to do some sort of special issue for newcomers and those newly out of the closet. …

Crape Myrtle takes it back

Annual event chair excited to incorporate past, present

Since 1981, Raleigh’s Crape Myrtle Festival has worked to support and give back to the community and those affected by and living with HIV/AIDS. In almost 30 years of service, the organization has raised over $1 million dollars for area charitable organizations. Despite the tough economic climate, this year’s organizers say they’ll be working hard …

Congress considers gay bills

National News Notes

Congress considers gay bills WASHINGTON, D.C. — A trio of bills seeking to advance the rights of LGBT Americans have been introduced on Capitol Hill and are currently making their way through the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. The bills tackle the critical issues of hate crimes, employment non-discrimination and health disparities for LGBT …

King nominations approaching

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Nomination deadline approaching CHARLOTTE — Know a local community leader or organization that you feel deserves recognition? If so, be sure to get your nominations in by July 31 for the 2009 Charlotte Business Guild/Don King Community Service Awards. Awards will be presented to a male, a female, a business and the Bridge Builder …

Women more likely to wed

International News Notes

Women more likely to wed STOCKHOLM — According to newly released statistics, more Swedish female than male same-sex couples have chosen to marry since they first received the right this May. Thirty-seven female couples have been married so far, compared to only 11 male couples, reports TheLocal.se. The Swedish news website also reports that the …

Carolinas groups receive non-profit honors

Websites rank top LGBT charities

Two Carolinas-based religious organizations earned top ratings in the GreatNonprofits 2009 Pride Choice Awards. Across the country, local LGBT non-profits focusing on education, service, and advocacy received more positive ratings than large national nonprofits. Religious organizations, surprisingly, also made a strong showing in the list of winners. Raleigh’s Gay Christian Network and Columbia’s Whosoever magazine …

Man attacked in downtown Greensboro

Witnesses heard assailants make anti-gay slurs

During the early morning hours of July 4, a 25-year-old Pilot Mountain, N.C., man was attacked by a group of men witnesses say were making anti-gay slurs before and during the attack. According to friend Ricky Scott, the victim, who is not gay, was leaving a popular downtown Greensboro nightspot with two gay friends when …

Eastern rising

Calls for organization, center in Eastern North Carolina

During the “Join the Impact” series of protests in November 2008, following the passage of California’s Prop. 8, community members across the Carolinas joined together to take a stand and speak out against discrimination. On that day more than two dozen Eastern North Carolina residents joined together in protest in downtown Greenville. Although small in …

Flashing their independence

General Gayety

Today [as I write this] is the Fourth of July. As fireworks boom outside in celebration of Independence Day, I’ve decided that a number of people have displayed various forms of independence lately. Take William Crilly, whose actions at the Omaha, Neb., Pride parade displayed a total freedom from common sense. The Pitch reported that …

The good, the bad and the ugly

T-Notes

The bad In May, Sacramento’s KRXQ radio station was caught in a maelstrom of its own making. Two of the three morning “shock jocks” spewed a tirade of transphobic vitriol, not only hateful, but also tantamount to incitement toward violence and directed at children who express gender diversity. Rob Williams and Arnie States went so …