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October 30, 2010 – QNotes

Average Joe: a phoenix rising

Bears in gay culture yearn for wider cultural change

For the Oct. 30, 2010 print edition cover story, editor Matt Comer shares his thoughts on bears, modeling trends and ‘Average Joe,’ and speaks to members of North Carolina’s bear community.

Masturbation, Sin, and Showers

A North Carolina native's personal essay on the fundamental guilt of growing up gay

Bilerico.com writer Nathan Stang shares his personal story with QNotes: “I would masturbate in my bed at night…my mother would often knock on my door: ‘Nathan, I know what you are doing. Is that right in the eyes of the Lord?'”

HRC issues 2010 Congressional Scorecard

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

The Human Rights Campaign has released its Congressional Scorecard for the 111th Congress that rates members of Congress on their support for issues of LGBT equality.

Western: Trans doc filmed

News Notes: Carolinas

ASHEVILLE — Actress Andie MacDowell has joined forces with filmmaker Rod Murphy of 614 Films to produce a documentary about the Gay Miss Latina Transgender Pageant, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. The Ashevile-based Mexican immigrant transgender beauty pageant will be held on Nov. 6 at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Sq., and will …

Triad: Isaacson highlights Gala

News Notes: Carolinas

Sara Isaacson, a University of North Carolina ROTC student, will be a featured workshop co-leader at the upcoming Equality Conference & Gala on Nov. 13. She will be sharing information on how college students can lobby their legislators.

Raleigh: NCSU tunnel gets a new face

News Notes: Carolinas

The Free Expression Tunnel at North Carolina State University has recently been given a fresh coat of white paint, with the exception of an area devoted to Marvin Malecha, dean of the College of Design, in a mural motif.

Charlotte: Pageant wins for Scorpio, Von Ent’ment

News Notes: Carolinas

Von Entertainment was awarded the Best State Preliminary in the Miss Gay America system on Oct. 17 at the Lifestyles Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio, at the national pageant held there. Owners Larry Tyger and Terry Eason, along with outgoing Miss Gay America Coco Montrese presented the honors. Von also captured the Best Set Design designation as well.

Regional: Colleges highlight suicide prevention

News Notes: Carolinas

North Carolina State University (NCSU), the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University (ASU) held awareness events in October to pay homage to the recent suicide deaths of LGBT youth across the nation.

Out in the newsroom

Editor's Note

As much as we’ve become accustomed to mostly positive coverage of LGBT people and issues by national and local news networks and publications, there was once a time when positive coverage might very well have been no coverage at all.