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May 1, 2010 – Page 2 – QNotes

CMPD liaison conversations are needed

Editor's Note

In this issue, we’ve got quite a bit of coverage on the April 3 murder of transgender Charlottean Toni Alston (see “Info sought in Charlotte transgender murder” and “Charlotte murder prompts community concern”). It’s an important, sad and unfortunate situation. We mourn with Alston’s family and friends and hope detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department …

Gay news that’s fit to print

General Gayety

“I’m doing your research for you.” Anne was all smiles, but her words had made me all nervous. Someone choosing a topic for me to write about is often as welcome as someone choosing my clothes for the day. I could wind up in paisley. My partner’s enthusiasm was undeniable. Each time she finished a …

Point: Counterpoint

T-Notes

Last month’s column addressed suicide and the sense of victimization that is often associated with it. This is not the only face of being trans. There are many instances of success and many trans persons who have escaped the despair which often accompanies minimal survival. In most cases, the taking of one’s own life stems …

Gaston community emerging strong

Local PFLAG helps to raise awareness in small town Gastonia

GASTONIA, N.C. — Not quite there yet. Growing, but still small. On its way. That’s what community leaders in Gaston County say about their neighbors, the county’s and Gastonia’s climate for LGBT acceptance and the beginnings of an organized progressive and LGBT community. Located less than an hour’s drive from Charlotte, Gastonia is home to …

D-UP! making an impact at new org

After MAP closure, project targeting black MSM moved to Consortium

CHARLOTTE — Since 2006, Charlotte’s D-UP! project has reached out in an effort to curb rising HIV/AIDS transmission and infection rates among communities of color and young men who have sex with men (MSM). The project has been largely successful, training dozens of peer leaders and educating youth and young adults on the value of …

The sounds of summer

Audiophile

We’re now firmly ensconced in top-down, cruising the main drag, lying out by the pool weather which means it’s time to break out the bright, shiny music to match. Here’s a sampling of albums from LGBT and allied artists that seem to go hand-in-hand with this time of year. The odds are pretty good you …

Out in the Stars: May 1-14

This is a time of sun, fun, rebirth and growth as Venus sextiles Mars. Love takes flight, goes into action and gracefully captures the object of our desires. Use it or lose it. Time is a’wasting. TAURUS (04.21-05.21) Queer Bulls feel the love especially from relatives. Bridges can be built and good times are had …

Can straight men cheat with other straight men?

Tell Trinity

Dear Trinity, I’ve been married for seven years and do not have sex with my wife. I recently met a guy who is having the same problem. Is it wrong if we have sex with each other when both of us are not getting pleasure from our wives? Just For Sex, Bombay, Marrakech Dear Just …

Anti-gay activist tells Patrick McHenry to come out

Hate website operator also targets California rep, Florida governor and potential Supreme Court pick

An anti-gay activist known for his wild and exaggerated accounts of leather festivals and other LGBT Pride events is demanding politicians whose sexuality is questioned to answer: “Are (or were) you a practicing homosexual?” Peter LaBarbera, who operates the recently named hate group website Americans for Truth About Homosexuality and says he is the founder …