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May 29, 2010 – QNotes

The QList 2010, Best of the LGBT Carolinas

Throughout April and the first week of May, qnotes readers had the chance to submit their ballots in a contest juding their favorite bars and clubs, restaurants and eateries, coffee shops and cafés, community organizations and leaders and more. After more than 300 submitted ballots, our readers have spoken! Carolinas-Wide Best gay club/bar in the …

‘Eliminating the low bar’

Foxx, other elected officials attend CLGF 'Happening'

With a crowd of nearly 360 guests, the Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund hosted their third annual “The Happening” on May 13 at Uptown’s Omni Hotel and celebrated another year of grant recipients. The Fund also announced it had met its $100,000 matching grant goal issued by community philanthropist Sandy Berlin last year. Charlotte Mayor …

The Senator’s son

Tilden Hagan shares campaign experience with Charlotte Guild

When he learned his mother would be running for U.S. Senate, Tilden Hagan left San Diego, Calif., for Greensboro, the headquarters of the Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate campaign. Hagan, who is straight, is no stranger to the world of politics. His mother first ran for the North Carolina Senate when he was in high …

NC Pride still working on compliance

Survey responses reveal org strengths

Two weeks after it was first revealed North Carolina’s statewide Pride festival and parade was out-of-compliance with IRS non-profit regulations, the group’s director told qnotes the organization is continuing to work on getting its paperwork caught up. First reported on May 6 at goqnotes.com and then in the May 15 “InFocus: Community non-profits” print edition, …

Political courage? Not in the QC

Editor's Note

It’s curious that we call our elected officials “leaders,” because the truth of the matter is that most of them rarely, if ever, actually lead on anything. At least, that’s how it seems when it comes to matters of equality and civil rights. Whether we speak of abolition, women’s suffrage, the Civil Rights Movement, our …

George Rekers’ European vacation

General Gayety

As a Baptist minister, a co-founder of the Family Research Council and a board member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), George Rekers has been a relentless leader of the Christian right for decades. He lifted the banner of anti-gay activism, but now he can’t lift luggage. That’s the reason …

The politics of fear and the ‘ick factor’

T-Notes

What drives people to inhuman behavior? Hate and violence are usually a product of fear and ignorance, which often manifest in an inability to comprehend and a failure to communicate. Fear arises when people are confronted with anything outside their “normal” and anticipated field of vision and many persons’ actions become reduced to a level …

UNC ROTC member discharged, billed

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

On May 11, UNC-Chapel Hill student Sara Isaacson was on Capitol Hill meeting with North Carolina Congressional offices to discuss her recent ROTC discharge by the government for being gay. Isaacson was attending the university on a full Army ROTC scholarship, which the government now says she must pay back. The amount she owes, they …

RAIN exec visits White House

News Notes: Carolinas

CHARLOTTE — Rev. Deborah C. Warren, founder and CEO of Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) participated in a dialogue on the role of public/private partnerships in the Obama administration’s forthcoming National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) on May 13. The National AIDS Fund selected RAIN to participate in a major new HIV/AIDS initiative to break down barriers …

Charlotte: One Voice’s ‘School Bells’

News Notes: Carolinas

CHARLOTTE — The “School Bells,” One Voice Chorus 20th anniversary concert, will be held on June 19 at Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. The chorus is one of the longest-standing LGBT organizations and performing arts groups in the Queen City. This event culminates the 2009-10 season. It takes a humorous look back to high …