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March 6, 2010 – QNotes

AIDS funding cuts protested

As HIV rates skyrocket, groups combine resources to engage community, legislators

Originally published: Feb. 25, 2010, 1:19 p.m. Updated: March 6, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CHARLOTTE — A coalition of LGBT leaders, HIV/AIDS service providers and others are combining resources to plan an advocacy strategy for recent cuts in the state’s AIDS drug assistance program (ADAP) for low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The North Carolina AIDS Action …

Affordability, investment guide one homebuyer

Young Charlottean takes advantage of lower home prices

When 2008 Johnson & Wales grad Robert Penry witnessed the economy crash and real estate bubble burst, he didn’t see red flags and caution in his future. Like so many others who found a buyers’ market attractive, Penry undertook his own journey toward home ownership. That long process has finally paid off. After what he …

Serving honorably

Gay veteran says 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', past mistakes need fixing

RALEIGH, N.C. – It’s a cold, windy day in the state’s capital. I’m bundled up in a heavy coat, my face red and chapped from walking around a breezy downtown. I’m still warming up as Marine Corps veteran Eric Alva, donned in a polo T-shirt and shorts, strolls over and imparts a warm and welcoming …

Largest LGBT market research study underway

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

LONDON, U.K. — Stretching through 14 countries across Latin America and Europe, the world’s largest gay market research study ever to be undertaken has officially launched. With an overall population of three-quarters of a billion, the involved nations are home to more than 35 million lesbian and gay people living diverse lives. The countries being …

Student gets Clinton acceptace

News Notes: Carolinas

STORRS, Conn. — Autumn Alston, a University of Connecticut student, has been selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) conference for a second year at the University of Miami from Apr. 16-18. Alston, a Charlotte native and political science major, has focused her attention on “women’s rights, specifically female genital mutilation. This year, …

Wilmington: ‘Milk’ and cookies!

News Notes: Carolinas

‘Milk’ and cookies! WILMINGTON — The University of North Carolina-Wilmington’s LGBTQIA Office showed “Milk” on Feb. 23. It was held in conjunction with the UN Social Justice Day. Cookies were sold to raise money for the Domestic Violence Shelter and Services. Speakers from Open Gate and CARE were on hand. For more information on the …

Regional: Plan today, act in May

News Notes: Carolinas

RALEIGH — Save the date now for ENC’s upcoming Day of Action on May 25. Join hundreds of supporters in letting the legislature know the issues that matter to the LGBT community. Talking with your elected official can seem intimidating, but it’s easy and often pleasant. Just let them know the issues that are important …

Western: Grads unite

News Notes: Carolinas

BOONE — Appalachian State University is in its planning stages for its semi-annual Lavender Graduation ceremony. The event is held in May and December each year. It recognizes the achievements of LGBT and ally graduates within the campus community. The LGBT Center is determining a date based on graduates’ availability. Refreshments are served. In addition …

Triad: Faith townhall to be held

News Notes: Carolinas

Come to town GREENSBORO — A faith and fairness town hall meeting will be held on Mar. 18 at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, 617 N. Elm St., Fisher Park and Greene St. entrance. Reception is slated from 5-6 p.m. This meeting is conducted to provide a space for thoughtful conversation about …

Charlotte: CBGP sets Expo date

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CBGP sets Expo date CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Black Gay Pride committee has announced that it is taking applications for its annual annual Expo on July 17. The day-long event will begin with workshops, followed by a festival and celebration. Non-profit organization vendors are $65 for information distribution for all events or $50 for the …