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March 19, 2011 – Page 2 – QNotes

GOP will defend DOMA

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

Plus, new SLDN communications director hails from South Carolina, Lesbians ‘burned’ by insurance company, Obamas host anti-bullying conference and more.

N.C. poll shows positive trend on marriage rights

News Notes: Carolinas

An Elon University Poll released on Feb. 28 showed that a majority of North Carolinians support marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples and oppose a constitutional amendment to prevent same-sex couples from marrying. The poll also revealed significant increases in public support for LGBT equality in just the last two years.

Carrboro alderwoman, partner sign DP registry

News Notes: Carolinas

CARRBORO — Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle and Alicia Stemper signed the town’s domestic partnership registry on March 4. But, they did not take this step lightly. They did it to “protest a push for legislation that would ban such unions in North Carolina,” the News and Observer reported. Stemper is an investigator for the state capital …

Charlotte: Cabarrus teens say school not supportive

News Notes: Carolinas

Teens say school not supportive CONCORD — FOX Charlotte reported on March 8 that a group of students who formed a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at Central Cabarrus High School were being subjected to bullying and harassment for a better part of the 2010-11 school year. The club’s president Jessyca Blair has reported being attacked by …

Triad: Adam Foundation opens grant season

News Notes: Carolinas

Winston-Salem’s Adam Foundation opens their grant season. Greensboro’s Guilford Green Foundation raises thousands at their Women’s Party. Plus, the 13th annual RiverRun International Film Festival returns to Winston-Salem April 8-17.

When I get older, Losing my hair…

On Being a Gay Parent

In 1967, the Beatles came out with their wonderful album (yes, I mean LP, vinyl disk), “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band.” I was 12 years old, on the edge of entering my teenage years, in Maplewood, N.J., and I saved my money for this album with an incredibly intricate, psychedelically colorful cover. While my parents tolerated (barely) parts of the album, the one song they enjoyed was the honky-tonk “When I’m 64!” In many ways, it was a musical bridge for my parents and me, in which our generations met each other.