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August 8, 2009 – QNotes

Thousands celebrate Pride in Uptown Charlotte

Despite anti-gay protests, organizers say event is success

Thousands of LGBT community members from across the Carolinas gathered at Uptown’s Gateway Village for the 2009 Pride Charlotte festival on Saturday, July 25. Organizers said the event was a success, despite vocal anti-gay protests from religious leader Dr. Michael Brown and his Coalition of Conscience. Event co-chair Clay Smith said police estimates put attendance …

Pageant raises questions

Pride says rules, judging was fair

[Ed. Note — This writer was the host of the Charlotte Eagle’s Miss Pride Charlotte preliminary.] This year’s Pride Charlotte festival was a success — with as many as 12,000 attendees or more, no one can doubt it. But two weeks before the festival, the Miss Pride Charlotte Pageantry System didn’t manage to escape controversy …

Power child

Meryl Streep embodies iconic cookbook author and television chef Julia Child in Nora Ephron’s highly anticipated film ‘Julie & Julia’

Before Ina, before Rachael, before Emeril, there was Julia, the woman who forever changed the way America cooks. Now comes “Julie & Julia,” the new film starring Meryl Streep as Child and Amy Adams as secretary-turned-food blogger Julie Powell. The film, set in post-9/11 New York and post-WWII Paris, is a delicious exploration of the …

Forbidden Fruit

Despite the largely progressive nature of the LGBT community, we still have our taboos

The LGBT community might be an overwhelmingly liberal bunch, but don’t think for an instant that progressivism prevents an occasional prudishness. As in any community or society, the LGBT community has its own set of “taboos,” or issues and topics it finds socially unacceptable, revolting or simply too inappropriate for polite conversation. Our community’s taboos …

Smoking rates higher among gays

New study from UNC researchers

CHAPEL HILL — Men and women who are gay or lesbian are more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to smoke, according to findings from a review study carried out by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The findings, published in the August issue of the journal, Tobacco Control, show that as many as 37 percent …

Syphilis on the rise

Officials urge more testing

CHARLOTTE — The Mecklenburg County Health Department is urging more testing as a dramatic rise in syphilis cases puts the sexually transmitted disease back on the department’s high priority list. Other areas across the state are also dealing with a surprising increase in cases this year. In Mecklenburg County, new cases of the STD have …

Gay-friendly companies listed

International News Notes

Gay-friendly companies announced COPENHAGAN — The International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC) has released its first edition of the International Business Equality Index. The Index is the first-ever, worldwide ranking of LGBT-friendly companies. The IGLCC named BT Group, IBM and The Dow Chemical Company the best corporations for LGBT employees. Other multinational companies …

QC Alt bids farewell

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Adieu CHARLOTTE — The Queen City Alternative, an LGBT Charlotte email newsletter, bid farewell to its readers at Pride Charlotte 2009 on July 25. Over the years, founder Jeff Schmehl has provided an important resource for information, news and services. With the advent of listservs and social networking groups, he felt his contribution was …

HRC launches ‘No Excuses’

National News Notes

‘No Excuses’ for inaction WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign has launched a national effort called “No Excuses” to lobby Congress on key issues of equality. Timed to take advantage of the congressional summer recess, when members are in their local offices and meeting with constituents, the campaign calls for HRC’s 750,000 members and …

Q-Notes’ office has moved

Editor's Note

Looking back on the couple days I spent moving furniture and old files from our old offices on Independence Blvd., all I can say is I know I hadn’t worked so hard and sweat so much in a very long time. Boy, am I glad our move is done! And, all of the staff here …