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December 12, 2009 – QNotes

A call for outstretched arms

On Being a Gay Parent

The divisive debate regarding whether or not there is going to be equal access to marriage in various states took a disappointing turn when the voters of Maine rejected an already established law allowing for equal access to marriage for both straight and gay people. As was the case of California, so it was in …

Moving mountains of oppression

LGBTs making inroads with inclusive faith communities

Pamela Jones is adamant: Faith communities from all traditions should be more welcoming of LGBT worshipers. A transgender advocate and member of the Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Charlotte board of directors, Jones is also co-founder of the city’s Interfaith Connection. She and other members of the group hope their outreach to local faith …

Cover of the Year

Readers pick our best cover of 2009

We want you to help us choose Q-Notes’ Cover of the Year 2009. Our staff have narrowed down our 20-some covers from 2009 to five choices. Your cover choices and ballot box are below… {democracy:43} We’ll publish the results in our next issue on Dec. 26 — the last print issue of 2009!

Merry Manners

Journalist, author Steven Petrow offers LGBT advice for the holiday season, prepares for new etiquette book

Chapel Hill resident Steven Petrow knows a thing or two about manners. The only male manners writer on the national scene, he dishes on the do’s, don’t’s, why’s and how’s of etiquette and polite society offering a perspective rarely seen in the columns of the iconic Miss Manners or Emily Post. What makes him different, …

N.C.’s Shuler, McIntyre connected to anti-gay ‘The Family’

Equality NC calls on Shuler, McIntyre to denounce association with anti-gay group, as conservative pastors linked

Originally published: Dec. 1, 2009, 10:45 a.m. Updated: Dec. 12, 2009, 1:26 p.m. Two U.S. House members from North Carolina have been connected to “The Family,” a secretive, conservative organization with ties to Ugandan leaders pushing for a new law criminalizing LGBT people. Jeff Sharlet, author of “The Family,” an expose of the group, told …

Supreme Court declines to hear Charlotte adult business appeal

Bookstore, straight and gay strip clubs forced to comply with zoning ordinances

CHARLOTTE — After spending thousands of dollars in legal fees and years winding through the federal court system, several adult businesses have reached the end of their legal battles with the city and are being required to comply with zoning ordinances regulating adult establishments. On Nov. 2, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an …

I should have been a lawyer

Editor's Note

Politics has always interested me. So has the law. Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you I’m quite an argumentative and headstrong one. I should have been a lawyer. While working to put this print issue together, news broke of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on whether they’d take an appeal from several …

RAIN, House of Mercy commemorate World AIDS Day

Non-profit orgs gather in Uptown Charlotte

About 50 people stood at the corner of Trade and Tryon Sts. in Uptown Charlotte on Dec. 1 to commemorate World AIDS Day with the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, House of Mercy and other concerned organizations. Lonnie Green, HIV positive for over 23 years, sang as names of those who died of AIDS in our …

Strategy needed for HIV research

Federal government lacks plan says N.C. State University author

RALEIGH — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that well over one million people in the U.S. are infected with HIV/AIDS. New research from North Carolina State University shows that many of those infected are minorities and do not have health insurance and highlights the need for a national strategy to facilitate …