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August 22, 2009 – QNotes

Liberty’s empty promise

Carolinas bi-national couples find U.S. immigration law unwelcoming

inDepth For countless millions of people in America and around the globe, Lady Liberty and her torch light the way to freedom and equality. For gay and lesbian bi-national couples, the famed statue, with a cold and stern face, seems more like a heartless sentry guarding the nation’s borders and ripping lives apart. Ryan Wilson, …

Service interrupted

Veterans speak in Charlotte

Julianne Sohn feels right at home in the Carolinas. She spent many years serving her nation in the Tar Heel and Palmetto States, first at Camp Lejune and then at Paris Island. That service ended in 2007, when she was discharged under the anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy codified into law under President Bill …

Back to school, back to work

Internships available

Students at North or South Carolina colleges and universities are eligible to apply for Q-Notes editorial internships. We are offering several opportunities for youth who are seeking internships for the Fall 2009, Spring 2010 and Summer 2010 semesters. Two editorial internship positions are open at our Charlotte office. Field work opportunities exist for students living …

Out to the finish line

Wilmington-based NASCAR driver challenges the stereotypes

Evan Darling was barely a teenager when he talked his mom into letting him go to a BMX bike race with friends. “Since I was a little child I was always interested in cars, bicycles and motorcycles — anything that had wheels, or wings, and goes fast — big wheel races, bicycle races, you name …

Literary Festival returns to NoDA

Featured speakers include gay-friendly spiritual leader Michael Bernard Beckwith

CHARLOTTE — After a two year stint in Uptown, organizers of the Charlotte Literary Festival say it is time to take the event back to its roots. This year, the festival heads home to its native NoDa arts district. Featured speakers at this year’s event, Sept. 5-6, include Dr. and Mrs. Michael Bernard Beckwith and …

APA exposes ‘ex-gay’ myth

National News Notes

APA exposes ‘ex-gay’ myth TORONTO — The American Psychological Association adopted a resolution Aug. 5 stating that mental health professionals should avoid telling clients that they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or other treatments. The approval, by APA’s governing Council of Representatives, came at APA’s annual convention, during which a task force presented …

Winners announced

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Winners announced CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Business Guild’s (CBG) 2009 Don King Awards and Wine Tasting event will be held on Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 201 S. McDowell St. The recipients of the 2009 Don King Community Service Awards are: Hartigan’s (Business Award); Denise Palm Beck (Bridge Builder …

Radcliffe assists gay teens

International News Notes

Radcliffe assists gay teens LOS ANGELES — British actor Daniel Radcliffe, famous for his role as Harry Potter in the film series of the same name, made a major donation to support the U.S.-based Trevor Project suicide prevention program and hotline. Radcliffe joins the Trevor Project’s “Circle of Hope,” a community of major donors which …

Julia and Henry sittin’ in a tree

Editor's Note

In our last issue, the QLiving feature story, “Power child,” explored the creation of the hit film “Julie & Julia,” which opened at theaters on Aug. 7. Writer Robert Firpo-Cappiello discussed both real persons inspiring the film, Julie Powell and Julia Child. What he didn’t mention — or, like me, what he didn’t know — …

Another one bites the dust

General Gayety

I think we can call it official. Along with death and taxes, there’s something else we can always count on: socially conservative politicians getting caught with their family values around their ankles. The current headlining hypocrite is Tennessee state Sen. Paul Stanley, 47, a Republican who represents suburban Memphis. Stanley, married with two children, had …