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July 10, 2010 – QNotes

Youth of today. Leaders of tomorrow.

Carolinas LGBT, queer youth discuss community, politics, culture and identity

After the passage in 2008 of California’s Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that banned recognition of same-sex marriage there, the nation’s LGBT community experienced a reawakening. For the first time in years — at least since the time of ACT UP — massive numbers of LGBT people took to the streets in big cities and …

Charlotte youth honored as White House guest

Youth activist among several hundred at White House Pride reception

[Ed. Note — Please see our special note on gender-neutral pronoun usage.] Amazed. That’s how Loan Tran described hir emotion when ze received the invitation. On June 22, Tran had the special honor of attending President Barack Obama’s LGBT Pride Month reception at the White House. Ze was there among a few hundred other LGBT …

Sexy and cash-strapped

Peddlers of the world’s oldest professions are getting hit by the economy, too

The stock market is down, real estate prices are 60 cents on the dollar and my 401(k) is tanking. An economy like this makes me think about what really matters: Have adult film stars begun to buy generic baby oil? Have strippers started to hand out “buy one-get one” coupons for private dances? How has …

Greensboro man alleges racial, anti-gay discrimination at KFC

Jobless since mid-May, man files complaint with EEOC

Originally published: July 2, 2010, 3:41 p.m. GREENSBORO, N.C. — A white, gay man has alleged racial discrimination and sexual harassment against his employers at a local KFC restaurant and has filed his complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). [Ed. Note — This news story contains language some might consider offensive or obscene.] …

State budget passes with ADAP funding intact

Additional $14 million will reopen service to some on waiting list

Originally published: June 29, 2010, 11:38 a.m. Updated: June 30, 2010, 6:03 p.m. RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers and Gov. Bev Perdue approved the state’s final budget on Wednesday, with critical new funds for the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) left intact. The final budget includes original recommendations Perdue for an additional $14.1 million …

Campaign improves educators’ response to bullying

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The secondary school training component of the New York City Department of Education’s Respect for All initiative increased staff competency at addressing name-calling, bullying and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, and creating safer school environments for LGBT students, a GLSEN report has found. More than 9 …

Gold rings for Carolina couple

News Notes: Carolinas

Mitchell Gold and Tim Scofield have tied the knot. Their marriage ceremony was conducted on June 19 at the Des Moines Art Center. Iowa is only one of five states that permit same-sex marriage. According to an article in The New York Times, the couple said their vows in the witness of 92 guests with …

Triangle: ENC welcomes interns

News Notes: Carolinas

RALEIGH — Equality NC has announced it Summer 2010 class of interns. These students help to increase ENC’s capacity while learning grassroots advocacy basics from a non-profit perspective. The interns are: Brandon Hicks, a junior at North Carolina Central University; Matthew McGibney, a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Devin …

Triad: Warhol’s legacy lives on

News Notes: Carolinas

Warhol’s legacy lives on GREENSBORO — Andy Warhol, gay pop icon to the hippie and flower child era movement, made a big spash during the 1960s and 1970s and continued well into the 1980s with his wildly outrageous artistic style. And, that has never waned. His influence is still seen today culturally, as well as …