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November 14, 2009 – QNotes

Hundreds gather in Greensboro for statewide conference

White House's Brian Bond keynotes; Boseman honored at evening gala

Originally published: Nov. 10, 2009, 10:30 a.m. Updated: Nov. 14, 2009, 3:10 p.m. GREENSBORO, N.C. — Celebrating a year of legislative success, 300 local activists and statewide advocates met Saturday for Equality North Carolina’s third annual Equality Conference and Gala. On the campus of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro on Saturday, Nov. 14, advocates spent …

Firmly committed: Obama working on DADT, ENDA

Q&A with Brian Bond: Administration “will not waiver in their support for equal rights,” White House Public Liaison deputy director says

Urban art by graphic artist Scot Lefavor (www.scotlefavor.com) portraying President Barack Obama is glued to a brick wall on U St. NW, between 16th and 15th Sts. in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: mcanevet, via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons. President Barack Obama and his administration are firmly committed to LGBT equality. That’s what White House …

Fearless Leader

Julia Boseman honored by Equality North Carolina

State Sen. Julia Boseman (D-New Hanover) is North Carolina’s only openly gay or lesbian state legislator. In the General Assembly, Boseman is our community’s seat at the table. And for her hard work and dedication to our state’s LGBT community, and her tireless service on behalf of the people of North Carolina, Boseman is this …

FYI: State hate crimes laws still needed

On Oct. 28, President Barack Obama signed the much-awaited federal hate crimes legislation expanding protection to victims on the basis of sexual orientation and gender-identity. While the legal advancement is good news, LGBT citizens might not be as protected as they think. Columbia’s Free Times reported Nov. 4 that state-level hate crimes legislation are still …

Despite Maine defeat, a good year for gay elections

Maine marriage defeated Voters in Maine rejected new marriage rights for same-sex couples 53 percent to 47 percent. The referendum put a marriage bill passed by the state’s legislature and signed by Gov. John Baldacci in May this year up to a “people’s veto.” Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said the defeat was likely …

Watch out Sue Myrick, the Tar Heel State is turning

Print Exclusive: What former red state, larger than Virginia or New Jersey turned a little bluer on Nov. 3?

With all the attention on the GOP wins in the Virginia and New Jersey governors’ races this year, the purportedly liberal media is ignoring the fact that voters in a larger, one-time solidly red state went a little bluer on Nov. 3. The state’s largest city elected a Democratic mayor for the first time in …

Gay-themed book ok’d for fair

National News Notes

Gay-themed book ok’d for fair NEW YORK, N.Y. — After meeting with media watchdog group The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, powerhouse bookseller Scholastic Inc. has decided to feature an LGBT inclusive book in its spring Scholastic Book Fairs, which will be held in middle schools across the nation. The company had declined to …

Triangle: ‘Rent’ at UNC’s Company Carolina

North Carolina News Notes

Rent it! CHAPEL HILL — Company Carolina, an unaffiliated student-run theater troupe on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, mounted a production of “Rent” on Nov. 6-8 and 12-14 at the school’s Forest Theatre. This group exists in part on general funding from the Student Congress. In the last number of years, …

Statewide: N.C. native elected to PFLAG board

North Carolina News Notes

N.C. native elected WASHINGTON, D.C. — PFLAG National announced on Oct. 26 that the Reverend Gilbert H. Caldwell of Asbury Park, N.J., was elected to its national Board of Directors. Caldwell, a straight, African-American minister (retired) in the United Methodist Church, will focus his work with PFLAG on outreach to faith communities and to LGBT …

Coastal: Ibiza hosts party, canned food drive

North Carolina News Notes

Get your groove on WILMINGTON — Noted DJ David Knapp will bring his beat to Ibiza Nightclub, 118 Market St., on Dec. 12. A 25-plus city fall tour showcases his latest CD release, “Global Groove: Dance 2.” Dancers, a pop-up performance and more will highlight the evening’s festivities. Knapp was penned GQ Magazine’s America’s Favorite …