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February 19, 2011 – QNotes

HRC Carolina brings out the stars

Singer Niki Harris, HGTV’s David Bromstad, local pol Mark Kleinschmidt to appear

When the Human Rights Campaign Carolinas Gala comes to Raleigh on Feb. 26, they’ll bring with them a home design hottie, an actress and singer known for her work with the best divas of the past half-century and the mayor of the largest city ever to elect an openly gay executive.

HRC weekend travel made easy

Three ready-made weekend get-aways in Raleigh as the Human Rights Campaign Carolina Gala comes to town

Are you heading to Raleigh for this year’s Human Rights Campaign Carolina Gala on Feb. 26? Interested in experiencing all the city has to offer? Try out one of our pre-planned bundles to round out your experience! See there, we love you so much we made your travel plans for you. No stress, just fun: Take them as a whole or mix-and-match. It’s up to you!

If vaginas could talk!

‘Vagina Monologues’ a great addition to HRC Gala weekend

Screaming orgasms. Angry rants. Stories of sensuality and shame, physicality and emotion, self-discovery and relationship. For over 15 years now, Eve Ensler’s landmark work “The Vagina Monologues” has left the hearts of audiences sexed, shaken and stirred by widely varied and creatively performed soliloquies of women’s sexual experience.

Poetry and song unite in ‘AIDS requiem’

One Voice Chorus to perform at Myers Park

One Voice Chorus and other local musicians including Jenny Chen will perform the AIDS requiem, “When We No Longer Touch,” on March 25 and 26 at Myers Park Baptist Church’s Heaton Hall.

‘Lavender lobby’ on the defense

Equality NC continues conversations, expands as threat grows

It was anti-gay, Gaston County Sen. Jim Forrester (R) who first called Equality North Carolina and its team “lavender lobbyists.” Forrester meant it as a jab; little did he know that LGBT journalists, bloggers and activists would later claim the phrase as their own.

Prom slated for Charlotte

Event billed as 'second chance' for LGBT couples

LGBT Prom Charlotte 2011 will be held on April 16 at the American Legion #380, 4235 W. Tyvola Rd., from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The “A Dream Come True” prom is being dedicated to all LGBT suicide victims and survivors.

OutRaleigh festival seeks vendors

OutRaleigh, LGBT Center of Raleigh gearing up for May event

OutRaleigh, a day-long, family-friendly festival will be held downtown on May 14 in an area that includes City Plaza through Martin St. Organizers have announced that vendor space applications are now being accepted and can be downloaded online.

Bits-n-pieces

Editor's Note

There’s a lot going on these days. For me, my personal and professional lives are jam-packed, especially after returning to college again this semester. The community is moving full-steam ahead on many fronts nationally, statewide and locally. It’s hard to fit everything in, but I’m gonna try.

Where no gays have gone before

General Gayety

Brannon Braga, who produced many of the episodes and feature films in the “Star Trek” universe, told AfterElton.com that the franchise’s lack of gay characters was “a shame.” His new show, “Terra Nova,” so far also has no gay characters.