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April 3, 2010 – QNotes

Uncounted on the streets

Homeless LGBT youth face uncertainly, lack of resources in Carolinas

A person’s life can change in seconds. Sometimes it can be the death of a loved one, or it could happen by just a few words. “Mom, Dad, I love you and I hope you will understand what I’m about to tell you. I’m gay.” The ideal scenario is that the parents will remember this …

As leadership changes, MeckPAC keeps pushing city leaders

Longtime chair Phil Hargett steps down as group continues conversations on employment non-discrimination, benefits

CHARLOTTE — After four years at the helm of the Mecklenburg Gay and Lesbian Political Action Committee (MeckPAC), longtime chairman Phil Hargett has stepped down. Steering committee member Richard Thomas has ascended to the position. The leadership change comes as the group continues to pressure city leaders on overdue changes to employment non-discrimination policies and …

South Carolina diocese continues march toward schism

Bishop speaks out against ‘false Gospel’ at diocese convention

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Tensions between the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina and the national Episcopal Church continued to heat up at the diocese’s 219th convention held March 26 and 27. Delegates to the convention quickly passed a series of resolutions asserting its “sovereignty” from the national body. Four of five passed resolutions addressed the diocese’s …

Sanitizing Helms

Bearers of Senator No’s legacy attempt a historic rewrite

North Carolina’s Jesse Helms was no gay hero. A look through history and even a cursory review of his record proves Helms was nothing but a bigot whose time had clearly come and gone long after he continued to hold his 30-year tenure in the U.S. Senate. The facts, however, aren’t stopping Wingate, N.C.’s Jesse …

Miss. no longer segregating HIV+ prisoners

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) has agreed to end the segregation of prisoners with HIV, a longstanding discriminatory policy that has prevented prisoners from accessing key resources that facilitate their successful transition back into the community. The decision by Mississippi’s corrections commissioner Christopher Epps, leaves South Carolina and Alabama as the …

Stand up and be counted!

News Notes: Carolinas

RALEIGH — Equality NC (ENC) reports on their website that LGBT participation in this year’s Census is essential. In the last Census, North Carolina was reported as one of the fastest-growing states, yet it also had a sub-average response, meaning the growth was underreported. Census data is critical to many aspects of government and social …

Myrtle Beach Center closes office location

News Notes: Carolinas

MYRTLE BEACH — The Center Project has announced that they have closed their facility at 736 8th Ave. N., effective March 31. They will remain an organization committed to service the Grand Strand’s LGBT community with a number of upcoming events, such as Myrtle Beach Pride from Aug. 26-29. For more information, email info@thecenterproject.com or …

Durham: TCW to host 2nd Chance Prom

News Notes: Carolinas

It’s a date DURHAM — The Second Chance Queer Prom, Night of Enchantment, will be held on April 17 from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 7807 Leonardo Dr. This is for those of you who either had a date with the opposite sex (but, wished secretly to be with that gal …

Charlotte: ‘The L Word’ star to appear at Gantt Center

News Notes: Carolinas

‘The L Word’ star to appear CHARLOTTE — Pam Grier, Kit to those of you who were big-time “The L Word” devotees, will appear on May 7, 7 p.m., at the Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St. “A Foxy Brown Affair” features the legendary actress, director and author. She serves as an inspiration …

Fighting for the right party

General Gayety

The month of March has come to mean one thing to me: prom struggles. Last year, I wrote about a lesbian in Indiana who sued her school district for the right to wear a tuxedo to her prom. She was represented by the ACLU and Men’s Wearhouse. Now a case in Mississippi is making national, …