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June 25, 2011 – Page 2 – QNotes

Anti-gay positions challenged

News Notes: Carolinas

North Carolina organizations confronted issues of homosexuality, “ex-gay” reparative therapies and religion recently. Exodus International’s “Reality of Grace” conference was June 8-11 near Black Mountain. In Asheville, organizers with the No Exodus Project hosted national and local speakers to counter the “ex-gay” comference and discuss the harm of religion-based discrimination, the “ex-gay” industry and more.

Western: Trans summit slated

News Notes: Carolinas

Mountain Area Health Education Center and TransHealth Coordinators are teaming up to bring the first of its kind Southeastern Transgender Health Summit-2012 to this progressive mountain town during August 2012.

Eastern: Inclusive faith group forming

News Notes: Carolinas

Rev. Micah Royal, minister with Diversity in Faith: A Christian Church for All People, is starting a Bible study group in a welcoming environment. He has has already developed one at the Lumberton church.

Regional: Novel exposes differences, Study volunteers sought, Campus Pride teams up

News Notes: Carolinas

Carter Taylor Seaton has recently released her second novel, “Amo, amas, amat…An Unconventional Love Story,” set against the backdrop of Asheville and Atlanta, with some jaunts to Charlotte as well. Plus: Campus Pride was selected as a national partner by the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the world’s first organization dedicated solely to combatting bullying, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation.

Triangle: Kimer gets seal, Etiquette book released

News Notes: Carolinas

Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer, Inc., (TECBK) has received certification as an LGBT-owned and operated business through the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s (NGLCC) Supplier Diversity Initiative (SDI). Plus: A former same-sex wedding expert for The New York Times, this syndicated etiquette columnist, along with writing essays for The Huffington Post, has just published “Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners For Every Occasion.”

Webby Awards honor Dan Savage

Highlighting a star-studded evening of Webby friendly five-word speeches, Dan Savage struck back at Tracy Morgan’s recent controversial remarks in his acceptance speech of a Special Recognition Award at the 15th Annual Webbys on June 13 at The Hammerstein Ballroom.

Britney’s coming to the Carolinas

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My Facebook alert was going off like the Bat Phone after a Gotham City prison break earlier this month letting me know that I had a message…and another…and another…and another…and — well, you get the idea. Hmmm, had the Prince Harry sextape I’ve been praying for finally come to light? Hey, hope springs eternal. No, it turns out that my gay male Fb friends were blowing up the internet over news that Britney Spears is bringing her Femme Fatale Tour to the Carolinas for two dates.

Out in the Stars: June 25-July 8

Remember when we moaned and groaned about the cold weather? Well, that is ancient history as steamy July gets underway. Volcanic retrograde Pluto grabs all the attention as it squares Uranus and Saturn and opposes Venus, Mercury and the Sun. Hold onto your sun hats, kids, and prepare for a scorcher.