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September 5, 2009 – QNotes

National stage

As activists head to a national march in D.C. this October, Carolinas leaders respond to a call for federally-focused strategy for equality

Sitting in a coffee shop in Pittsburgh, Penn., during the weekend of the nation’s largest gathering of progressive bloggers and citizen journalists, 27-year-old Kip Williams looks more like a laidback San Francisco hippie, than a man charged with the monumental task of pulling together a national network of activists in all 435 congressional districts. But …

$30k for toilets?

Editor's Note

This issue’s cover story documents a debate brought to the forefront of LGBT activists’ minds as Equality Across America plans its National Equality March for Oct. 11. Some of the most strident opposition to the march comes from those who feel the financial and volunteer hours and resources being poured into the event might have …

Fall Follies

Arts & Entertainment Guide

Theatre | DVDs/New Releases | Music/New Albums Theatre: Plays, Musicals, Dance and other performances Picnic Sept. 6-27 Triad Stage Greensboro triadstage.org It’s a peaceful time for a quiet Kansas town in the early 1950s and summer is drawing to a close with the excitement of the annual Labor Day picnic. But the sudden arrival of …

Ten years later

‘Laramie’ epilogue to premiere in over 100 theatres, in Carolinas

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking play, “The Laramie Project,” and over 100 theatres across the country will join in remembering the life of Matthew Shepard and the legacy of the play on Oct. 12. In the Carolinas “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” will be performed on Oct. 12 at four …

MeckPAC announces primary endorsements

Both Kinsey, Sutkowski chosen

CHARLOTTE — Voters here head to the polls for their primary election on Sept. 15. This year’s municipal elections mark an historic change in local politics and a local LGBT political action committee has weighed in with their choices for city council candidates. The Mecklenburg Gay and Lesbian Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) held its pre-election …

Award winners transform altruism into action

Guild to award community members Sept. 15

Annually, Charlotte’s LGBT community gathers to honor the leaders and community members who excel at positive action, visibility, growth and advocacy for all. This year, the Don King Awards, to be presented by the Charlotte Business Guild on Sept. 15, honor four community members who have helped to shape and grow the Queen City’s LGBT-positive …

Two decades and counting

SC Pride revels in 20th anniversary

When Palmetto Staters take to the streets in downtown Columbia on Sept. 12, they’ll be marching in the legacy left by countless icons and leaders preceding them in the two decades since the SC Pride Movement’s birth. In 1989, PFLAG mom Harriett Hancock initiated the planning stages for what we now know as the SC …

Liaisons, Soirée, Bingo and more

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Liaisons closes CHARLOTTE — Since August 1989, Liaisons, or “The Pink House,” has operated as either a restaurant or a bar (or both) for Charlotte’s LGBT community. On Aug. 15, a full 20 years after they opened, Liaisons said goodbye. The bar’s owner said she is looking to re-open the business in a new …

Youth charity to honor Bea Arthur

National News Notes

Youth charity to honor Bea Arthur NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Ali Forney Center (AFC), the nation’s largest agency dedicated to homeless LGBT youth, plans to name a residence in honor of Bea Arthur. A formal announcement will be made at a memorial service on Sept. 14 at the Majestic Theater in New York City. …