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January 7, 2012 – QNotes

Naked Twister

QNotes writer strips down for the inside story

If not for the fact that we are all undressed, this could be any mixer I’ve ever been to. It occurs to me how comfortable I have become with my own naked body in such a short period of time. It’s one of those wonderful “a-ha” moments.

New TOY director wants to provide voice of support, advocacy

Rodney Tucker comes to organization with experience, education

In December, Time Out Youth (TOY) hired a new executive director, Rodney Tucker. Long-known for his involvement and work with the community in a variety of ways, Tucker says he’s looking forward with optimism and excitement for TOY’s future growth.

Y alternatives bonus for community

Still some Ys across the state embrace diversity, inclusion

QNotes reported on July 9 in a News Notes brief, “Protections top concern in merger” and updated on Aug. 6, “YMCA alternate recommended” that serious concerns were expressed that some of the YMCAs in the area would no longer be LGBT-family friendly and that alternatives had been recommended by community members.

State organization opposes amendment

Same-sex marriage denial damaging to mental health

The North Carolina Psychological Association released an opposition statement on the Defense of Marriage amendment in September. Equality North Carolina lauded the position.

Local PFLAG receives national honor

Salisbury-Rowan chapter awarded at national convention

The Salisbury-Rowan chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) received the PFLAG National Chapter Award for Advocacy recently at the organization’s annual convention in Washington, D.C.

A New Year for change and growth

Editor's Note

Three… two… one… Happy New Year! Yes, it’s time for well wishes, resolutions and new beginnings. I do it. You do it. We all partake in the annual wish-making and dreaming that is New Year. With a new calendar comes hopes for change, progress and success. And, as much as we each wish better for ourselves, here’s to new hopes that our community and world experiences better days as well.

Archbishop’s KKK remark condemned

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George ignited a firestorm when he compared advancing LGBT equality to the Ku Klux Klan in a television interview with Fox Chicago a few days before Christmas. Cardinal George said: “You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”