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January 22, 2011 – Page 2 – QNotes

Generational change in the new GOP?

Guest Commentary

President Obama created a stir last month when he reiterated that while he doesn’t support gay marriage, he still struggles with the issue. He said his views are “constantly evolving.” In the Republican Party, the fracture over issues concerning homosexual individuals revealed itself more clearly in the vote for repeal of the 17-year-old “Don’t Ask, …

Gay elf says end ‘discriminatory’ policy

General Gayety

It’s always quiet at Santa’s Workshop in the first half of January. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are in Hawaii and the elves are sleeping. But not one elf. Smizzle, the lead choo-choo train builder, kept his eyes open long enough to call for an end to “Shut Up, Make Toys” (SUMT), Santa’s long-standing policy on gay and lesbian employees.

Cover of the Year 2010: Magnetic Attraction

Thanks to the HUNDREDS of qnotes readers who participated in our online QPoll voting for 2010’s Cover of the Year. We’d like to congratulate photographer Jimmy Cobb (JC Digital Photography Works) and thank him for his phenomenal photo in the Nov. 27, 2010, print edition. If you missed it, be sure to catch up on …

Obama Administration defends DOMA

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

In December, President Barack Obama said his views on gay marriage equality were “evolving.” However, his personal position stands in stark contrast to his administration’s recent decision to defend in court the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples.

Triad: Second lesbian pastor hired

News Notes: Carolinas

Wake Forest Baptist Church has hired a second lesbian pastor to join its clergy. Dr. Angela Yarber comes to the Tar Heel state from a spot as associate pastor of San Francisco’s Shell Ridge Community Church of Walnut Creek.

All will be well

On Being a Gay Parent

Much of our attention in this society is about the “me” that is coming out to the world around the individual who is LGBTQ. The entire coming-out process is a journey that lasts an entire life. This is due, in large part, because in this society, where being “straight” is still the norm and being LGBTQ is considered the “abnorm,” we are called to be consistently, patiently and lovingly explaining to those around us and strangers: “Yep, I’m gay. It’s part of who I am. And, if you don’t mind my asking, you are…?”

It’s a star-studded time out there!

Drag Rag

Happy New Year, kiddies! I hope this finds everyone off to a great start. As 2011 rolled in, I was at The Asylum in Gastonia (which has since closed) with my 2 sisters Brooke Divine LaReese and Brandonna Dupri as they did a show with Serena Nox of Johnson City, TN. Nothing like welcoming a new year in with friends you’ll probably spend much time with in the coming days.