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February 4, 2012 – QNotes

Groups to gather for convo

Campus groups to meet with faith-based network

The GLBT Center and the GLBT CommUNITY Alliance student organizations at North Carolina State University will gather for a dialogue with the Gay Christian Network (GCN) at 307 Harrelson Hall on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

Author visits High Country

Controversial book highlighted in dialogue

BOONE, N.C. — Author Lesléa Newman will share her journey writing “Heather’s Mommies Get Married: Homophobia, Censorship and Family Values” on Feb. 21, 7 p.m., at Appalachian State University’s Blue Ridge Ballroom as part of its Diversity Speaker Series. During her dialogue, she will explain why she wrote the book, what challenges she had getting …

Let’s talk about sex!

Talking shop with a local public healthcare worker

Since this is our annual “Love & Lust” issue, of course, we are going to talk about sex! Sex is everywhere. Sex sells. Regardless of your gender or your sexual orientation, sex is something we all think about. Today, sex is more accessible than ever. With smart phones and the internet, practically anyone can find someone for quick “no strings” fun. Looking for a quick lunch break hook-up? There’s an app for that!

Waiting for the right one

A gay virgin explains his desire for commitment

We’ve all certainly heard the stereotypes, the rumors and the innuendo. If you’ve listened to any of the rhetoric from the religious right you’ve heard it, too: Gay men are sexual predators, promiscuous and diseased. The prejudice-laden stereotype of gay male sexuality has done real damage to our movement for equality. It stands at the crux of many folks’ beliefs on LGBT equality and, in particular, marriage equality.

FDA to consider HIV prevention pills

Truvada would be first antiviral indicated to reduce risk of HIV infection

The drug company Gilead Sciences has applied to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow the drug Truvada to be prescribed to prevent HIV-1 infection. Truvada was approved to treat HIV-1 infection in 2004.

LGBT advocates are ‘on the road’ for equality

Organizers kick off official campaigns against anti-LGBT amendment

Organizers of the effort to defeat North Carolina’s proposed anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment officially kicked off their campaign on Jan. 18 at a press event at the North Carolina General Assembly. In addition to traditional campaign organizing, the activists also plan to take their message directly to the people.

20 Questions: O’Neale Atkinson, Charlotte

Welcome to our new column, “20 Questions.” This is the place where we ask a member of our community a series of questions to find out more about them through their answers. The column is meant to be entertaining above all else so the questions will rarely be deep or hard-hitting, but rather will be fun, offbeat, sometimes titillating and occasionally just plain weird.

Hate and marriage, can’t have one without the other?

Transilluminations

My dictionary teaches me that marriage is 1) a formal union recognized by law, 2) a combination or mixture of two or more elements. Don’t you just love recombinant forms? Romeo and Juliet, warring sides joined by love. Species hybridize, becoming more than themselves. I think marrying differences is living well.