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October 17, 2009 – QNotes

On LGBT equality, when will Charlotte get with the game?

North Carolina’s largest metro area still struggling to amend policies, extend benefits

There’s no doubt the LGBT community has seen success in North Carolina. Our achievements aren’t quite as grand as those in New England or elsewhere, but they are steps forward nonetheless. Our progress has largely come in baby steps, as municipalities slowly add sexual orientation and gender-identity to non-discrimination policies and state-level advocates work to …

End the embarrassment, get with the game

Editor's Note

Bessemer City: 5,119. Boone: 13,843. Carrboro: 16,782. Charlotte: 687,456. Population isn’t the only fact or figure separating these three small towns from the largest city between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Unlike Charlotte, these three quaint hamlets have taken a step forward in fulfilling the American promise of equality and now protect their public employees on …

Art sport

Virginia artist’s glasswork to be showcased in Charlotte Fine Arts Show

“Being an artist is like being an athlete,” California-born, Broadway, Va. resident Lisa Aronzon says. “You have to train your body. Teach yourself all the moves, how to handle the tools and know when to take all the steps.” Her chosen craft, blown glass, is a physical art, she says, adding she coined the term …

Queer acres is the place for me

Country Living - Real Estate Issue: 'Down home' can be 'family'-friendly

The Carolinas are known for their majestic, mountain beauty and seaside serenity. In between, urban high rises dot the rural, Piedmont landscape. LGBT-friendly oases in the Bible Belt Carolinas include Charlotte, Columbia, the Triangle area and Greensboro. But, maybe, city life just isn’t your thing. Perhaps the easy-going, simple routine of rural life is more …

Triad: Statewide conference

North Carolina News Notes

GREENSBORO — An Obama Administration official and liaison to the LGBT community has been announced as this year’s keynote speaker at the Equality North Carolina Conference & Gala, as the group plans to honor the state’s only openly gay or lesbian legislator at their annual gala the same day. The statewide group announced Tuesday, Oct. …

Coastal: A story to tell?

North Carolina News Notes

Story to tell? WILMINGTON — Meaghan Nappo, a Public History graduate student at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington is currently involved in a 1976 Bicentennial acquisition project. Objects are being collecting for an exhibit to be installed at the University next year about material culture in 1976. Along with collecting objects researchers would like to …

Western: Spook’s out!

North Carolina News Notes

BOONE — High Country Pride (HCP) will hold its Masquerade Halloween dance for ages 21 and up on Oct. 31 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Broyhill Inn, 775 Bodenheimer Dr.This party offers an night of costumes on parade, mysterious identities and dancing. Enjoy upbeat hit music from all eras, club-style lighting and a cash …

Gay man tapped for Ambassador

National News Notes

Gay man tapped for Ambassador NEW YORK, N.Y. — The White House wants David Huebner to be the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa. If confirmed by the Senate, he will be the first openly gay Ambassador appointed in the Obama administration. He currently serves as pro bono legal counsel …

Statewide: Nominations sought

North Carolina News Notes

Nominations sought CHARLOTTE — Campus Pride has released its official call for the Voice Action National Leadership Award, an honorary recognition highlighting the extraordinary contributions of young adult leaders at colleges and universities across the United States. For the second year, the award is the only one nationally focused on the work of undergraduate college …