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November 28, 2009 – QNotes

Q&A: Charlotte’s new mayor-elect on LGBT equality

Anthony Foxx committed to amending non-discrimination policies, other LGBT-inclusive changes

Mayor-elect Anthony Foxx. Photo Credit: Henk Jonker, henkjonkerphoto.com. In November, Charlotte voters ushered in a new era of local government, electing the city’s first Democratic mayor in 22 years and an historic 8-3 Democratic majority on city council. A number of city council candidates, as well as Mayor-elect Anthony Foxx, have expressed their support of …

Ultimate Guide to Gay Gift Giving

Nov. 28 Print Exclusive

Be sure to pick up the Nov. 28 print issue for Mikey Rox’s Ultimate Guide to Gay Gift Giving, including some of the hottest gay gifts this holiday season. We’re distributed at hundreds of restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, bars and clubs, non-profit groups and other venues across the Carolinas.

New Senate leader is friend to community

Sen. Martin Nesbitt replaces longtime Majority Leader Tony Rand

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Senate elected a new majority leader on Nov. 17. Sen. Martin Nesbitt, Jr. (D-Buncombe), who has been friendly on LGBT and other progressive issues in the past, will replace outgoing Majority Leader Tony Rand (D-Bladen, Cumberland). Although Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight has not tapped the new leader as …

Local philanthropy supports LGBT orgs

With matching challenge, Charlotte Fund continues to give back to local community

CHARLOTTE — Steve Bentley, executive director of the LGBT youth services and support organization Time Out Youth, believes local philanthropy is important, especially when foundations are willing to help fund operating budgets. Thanks to the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund, a giving and endowment initiative of Foundation For The Carolinas, Bentley’s organization is able to …

Life with HIV: Overcoming fear

Nov. 28 Print Exclusive: HIV/AIDS resources in the Charlotte area

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, an international observance for those affected and infected by HIV. This issue, Q-Notes spotlights an HIV-positive patient and HIV/AIDS medical provider. We also highlight Charlotte metro resources. Catch our preview of the our Print Exclusive article below, and be sure to pick up a print copy of our Nov. …

AIDS Quilt comes to WNC

Display, other events commemorate World AIDS Day

ASHEVILLE — Local residents will be among those honored at an AIDS Memorial Quilt display hosted by the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) this year. The event, coinciding with the observance of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, opened Nov. 23 and continues through Dec. 2. Considered by many to be a “national treasure,” …

Report: gay youth in juvenile court system

National News Notes

Report looks at treatment of gay youth in juvenile court system SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The Equity Project, a collaboration of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Legal Services for Children and the National Juvenile Defender Center, has compiled Hidden Injustice: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in Juvenile Courts. This groundbreaking new report, based …

Charlotte: Drag Bingo a sell out

North Carolina News Notes

It’s a sell out CHARLOTTE — Boys and girls, it’s official. Drag Bingo was a sell out. In fact, the event was out of tickets within 30 minutes after opening up sales. However, the “Matt & Ramona Show” on 107.9 The Link — one of the presenting sponsors — decided to auction off their reserved …

$30K raised at Gala

North Carolina News Notes

GREENSBORO — Celebrating a year of legislative success, more than 300 local activists and statewide advocates met Nov. 14 for Equality North Carolina’s (ENC) third annual Equality Conference and Gala. On the campus of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, advocates spent morning and afternoon hours networking and in educational workshops on local activism, LGBT issues …

Western: Gay mag publisher dies

North Carolina News Notes

ASHEVILLE — Ira Roy Schultz, 52, publisher of the LGBT magazine Stereotypd, died on Nov. 15 of natural causes. Graveside services were held on Nov. 20 at Shepherd Memorial Gardens, 5045 Asheville Hwy., in Hendersonville. The staff of Stereotypd and other community members also planned a community memorial service for Nov. 28, 2 p.m. at …