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October 31, 2009 – QNotes

Metrolina AIDS Project comes to an end

Updated: Organization's board offers no in-depth comment; other local groups prepare for influx of clients

Originally Published: Oct. 22, 2009, 6:02 p.m. Updated: Oct. 31, 2009, 2:00 a.m. After almost 25 years of service to the greater Charlotte-metro area, a local AIDS service organization has made the decision to close shop in the midst of internal problems, staff resignations, dwindling resources and claims of financial mismanagement. Metrolina AIDS Project (MAP), …

Chef’s Special

Print ExQlusive: Chatting with the cast of ‘Eating Out 3’

Contributing writer Mikey Rox, an award-winning freelance journalist and the principal of Paper Rox Scissors, a copywriting and creative consulting company in New York City (www.paperroxscissors.com), chats with three cast members from “Eating Out: All You Can Eat,” in Q-Notes‘ Oct. 31 Print ExQlusive. Three newcomers — Daniel Skelton, Michael E.R. Walker and Chris Salvatore …

Gay in the Army

Letter from a Soldier

[Ed. Note — In the summer, Q-Notes was contacted by a gay North Carolinian who wished to write about his experiences as a gay man in military service. We wanted to share his thoughts with readers to not only commemorate Veterans’ Day, but to raise awareness of the trials and tribulations LGBT men and women …

LGBTs win federal hate crimes protections

Carolinas senators and reps split on support

Legislation to expand hate crimes coverage to those targeted for their sexual orientation, gender, gender-identity and disability cleared its last hurdle on Oct. 22. The U.S. Senate voted 68-29 to pass the measure. President Barack Obama signed the bill on Oct. 28 in a ceremony at the White House. Senators from the Carolinas were split …

Raleigh AIDS org exec to lead state HIV agency

Jacquelyn Clymore leaves Alliance of AIDS Services

For 20 years, Jacquelyn Clymore has worked with Raleigh’s HIV/AIDS care community. On Oct. 23, her two-decade relationship with community-based AIDS services and care came to an end. In November, Clymore will begin work as the “state AIDS director,” taking her position as head of the the HIV/STD Prevention and Care branch of the North …

Diocese distances itself from Episcopal Church

Convention delegates approve four of five resolutions

Meeting in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. on Oct. 23, 300 delegates from parishes in the Diocese of South Carolina voted to distance themselves from the national Episcopal Church. The diocese, which includes all of Eastern and Coastal South Carolina, has been opposed to the national church’s movement to include LGBT people in the full life of …

City bans Country performer after anti-gay lyrics

Video: Song tells 'stupid gays and queers' to 'go somewhere else'

Originally Published: Oct. 19, 2009, 4:04 p.m. Updated: Oct. 31, 2009, 2:12 a.m. REIDSVILLE, N.C. — City officials have banned future performances by a popular regional Country band after the group sang an anti-gay rendition of a classic Merle Haggard song at a local festival. Reidsville officials hired Matt Boswell and the Hillbilly Blues Band …

Triad: GGF presents annual grants

North Carolina News Notes

GGF supports training program GREENSBORO — On Oct. 15, the Guilford Green Foundation (GGF) presented Equality NC Foundation (ENCF) with a grant at the group’s annual granting ceremony. The $3,075 grant will support ENCF’s work to to identify and train a group of talented young activists in the Triad area. “Guilford Green Foundation has long …

Gay adoption bill introduced

National News Notes

Gay adoption bill introduced WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) has introduced the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (HR 3827) which would codify sexual orientation non-discrimination in foster care placements and adoptions nationwide. According to reports, there are approximately 65,500 adopted children being raised by lesbian or gay parents. LGBT singles and couples …