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December 26, 2009 – QNotes

Another year bites the dust

High profile Carolinas LGBT news and events in Q-Notes' list of top stories in 2009

From battling the religious right to battling each other, 2009 was a year full of high profile LGBT news. In the Carolinas LGBT political and social issues appeared on the mainstream media’s radar with surprising frequency. Below are our staff’s picks on the top stories of the year. Be sure to check out our Year …

Mecklenburg’s gay-friendly move sets stage for Charlotte council action

Foxx, Burgess say movement expected soon on benefits, non-discrimination policies

CHARLOTTE — On Dec. 15, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners made an historic decision to offer health and leave benefits to same-sex partners of county employees. With a party line, 6-3 vote, county commissioners made Mecklenburg the seventh and largest North Carolina jurisdiction to offer such benefits. Without surprise, the positive action came with …

Person of the Year: Ian Palmquist

Ten years of service to North Carolina

Over the past 10 years, North Carolina’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization has grown steadily in political, financial and legislative support and success. Its growing base of community activists and committed donors, coupled with its passionate leadership team, has made Equality North Carolina (ENC) one of the most effective state-level advocacy organizations in the nation. Much …

Person of the Decade: Julia Boseman

Wilmington’s openly gay senator made waves, progress

One person in the Tar Heel State has done more singularly than any other to advance our equality and place in North Carolina government, law, society and community. State Sen. Julia Boseman (D-New Hanover), the state’s only openly gay or lesbian legislature, has been our community’s face and voice in the North Carolina General Assembly. …

Banner year for LGBT progress

Openly gay candidates, outed candidates, friends and foes in high places

Both North Carolina and South Carolina saw legislative, policy and electoral progress in 2009. The news wasn’t always good, but its coverage in local and national mainstream media outlets provided the LGBT community positive attention. On the campaign trail, both Carolinas saw openly gay and transgender candidates on the ballot. Chapel Hill Town Councilmember Mark …

Mecklenburg GOP pol cites outdated, biased white paper in domestic partner fight

Commissioner Karen Bentley offers no comment

When the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners held initial discussion on extending domestic partner benefits, Republican Commissioner Karen Bentley suggested to county human resources staff a white paper on the potential costs of the benefits. Although the resource, entitled “The Hidden Costs of Domestic Partner Benefits,” has ties to a questionable, anti-LGBT organization and contains …

Resolutions and well-wishes

Editor's Note

Another year has come and gone. A new year and a new decade are upon us. How appropriate a time then to pause and reflect upon our lives and our achievements, shortcomings and dreams? As we embrace our friends on earth and remember friends above and as we think of these days and times gone …

D.C. Council approves marriages

National News Notes

Point scholarships available LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBT students of merit, has opened its 2010 application season. Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2010-11 school year are eligible to apply for the multi-year scholarships. Apply online at www.pointfoundation.org/apply.html by Feb. 12, …

Triad: Alliance gets big nod

North Carolina News Notes

Bar gets a nod WINSTON-SALEM — A recent post in The Winston-Salem Journal by reporter Laura Graff showcased Club Odyssey as one of the best places to go to dance. On the evening she chose to venture out, Tiffany Bonet was “lip-syncing” ‘Proud Mary.’ People are crowded around the floor, giving her the stage, but …

Triangle: ‘Idol’ RU gets reprieve

North Carolina News Notes

‘Idol’ RU gets reprieve RALEIGH — The Wake County Board of Elections has curtailed its investigation into Clay Aiken’s voter registration status. On Dec. 9, elections officials stated, according to an AP report in USA Today that there was “enough evidence to indicate Aiken likely voted unlawfully there while living in a neighboring county. … …