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October 3, 2009 – QNotes

How Bayard changed Carolina

Arrested in Chapel Hill, Bayard Rustin sparked a revolution

In a week’s time, thousands of LGBT and straight ally community members will gather in Washington, D.C., for Equality Across America’s National Equality March. They hope their march, rally, training sessions and other activities will inspire a new wave of grassroots activism in all 435 Congressional districts across the nation. They have big shoes to …

Community catalyst

Raleigh's LGBT Center 'comes out' on Oct. 17

A center for the LGBT community has been a long-sought-after dream in Raleigh. For at least 10 years, organizers said, community leaders have discussed and debated the creation of an all-purpose community organization designed to unite and inspire. That dream is now becoming a reality. For the past year, community members have been working diligently …

Election ’09: Races to watch

Openly gay candidates in Raleigh, Chapel Hill and progressive candidates elsewhere

Originally published: Sept. 29, 2009 Updated: Oct. 3, 2009 Mark Kleinschmidt, Chapel Hill Mayor For eight years, Mark Kleinschmidt has served on the Chapel Hill Town Council. An attorney by day, Kleinschmidt has stepped up as an advocate for local citizens and constituents across the state. Running for mayor wasn’t on the top of Kleinschmidt’s …

Failed Carolina gay news merger reveals serious allegations

OnQ's Jamie Seabolt comes under fire for breaches of contract, past mismanagement

Originally published: Sept. 20, 2009 Updated: Oct. 3, 2009 [Ed. Note — View our Oct. 3 Editorial addressing this story: “Fulfilling our obligations to serve you”] A recently attempted and failed merger between three Carolinas LGBT publications has resulted in several accusations, concerns and questions regarding unpublished print editions and pre-paid advertising by several Carolinas …

Fulfilling our obligations in order to serve you

Staff Editorial

Since the publication of our Sept. 20 web story, “Failed Carolina gay news merger reveals allegations,” Q-Notes has received feedback both positive and negative. We encourage our readers to discuss and debate our news coverage based on its merits. We also want our readers to know the reasons why we decided to publish the story …

Netroots activism in Wilmington tracks course of hate crime

Operators combine on-the-ground action with online advocacy

Whether it be the 2008 elections, the debate of healthcare reform or organizing after the passage of California’s Prop. 8, the internet, blogs and various social networking sites have reshaped the political and social fabric of America. Activists in Wilmington are taking the model to new heights, as they track the course of a criminal …

Legal seminar covers important topics

Lesbian attorney presents 'Gay Law 101'

In America, the law is supposed to offer equal protection to all citizens. For LGBT individuals and couple alike, the law is often an enemy. The majority of LGBT couples don’t have equal access to civil marriage. In some states, including North Carolina, LGBT employees aren’t protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation …

In Belgrade, Pride must go on

International News

BELGRADE, Serbia — There was not a gay person, let alone a banner, in sight in the square in front of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade’s city center at lunchtime on this Sunday. The Gay Pride Parade, scheduled for Sept. 20, had been banned by officialdom, or cancelled by the organizers, depending on which …

One Voice sings and serves

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Sing and serve MATTHEWS — One Voice Chorus is holding a fundraiser at the Matthews Township Grill, 10400 E. Independence Blvd. on Oct. 12 to support its upcoming season. Tom Im, vice president, made the announcement. The Chorus Board and friends will be waiting on patrons hand and foot as they sing some ABBA …

Compelling data at ENDA hearing

National News Notes

Compelling data at ENDA hearing WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House Education and Labor Committee held a full committee hearing Sept. 23 on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would bar workplace discrimination, preferential treatment and retaliation on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in companies with 15 or more employees. The results of …