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October 27, 2012 – QNotes

InFocus: 2012 Community Assessment Survey

QNotes publishes its annual survey of community non-profit organizations’ budgets, strengths, needs and concerns. In a show of community-wide transparency and accountability, nearly every organization queried for the project opted to participate in the annual survey.

InFocus: The arts are alive

Queen City LGBT arts groups thrive

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If is true that the hills are always alive with the sound of music, it must also be true that the City of Charlotte is among that bountiful hill land.

InFocus: Taking note of the need

Community groups share their wish lists

Community organizations who were invited and opted to participate in our 2012 Community Assessment Survey were given the opportunity to provide their wish lists.

InFocus: Community groups report successes and struggles

Local and regional non-profit groups share needs, strengths and concerns in annual survey

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nearly a dozen local and regional LGBT non-profit organizations in Charlotte and across the state are sharing their concerns and needs in response to qnotes’ third annual Community Assessment Survey. The survey is a yearly check-up on organization strength, financial well-being and commitment to transparency.

Perfectly normal

On Being a Gay Parent

“Gay and Lesbian Parents are Perfectly Average,” screamed the headline on salon.com. In an article by Katie McDonough, the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (another social scientific study) reported that “’high-risk’ children adopted from foster care do just as well when matched with gay, lesbian, or straight parents.”

Beyond the Carolinas: DOMA Pt. 1: Court sides with equality

Beyond the Carolinas

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York ruled Oct. 18 that Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it discriminates against married same-sex couples. N.Y. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman had filed a friend-of-the-court brief together with Vermont and Connecticut arguing that DOMA violates same-sex couples’ right to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution and should be more closely scrutinized because it constitutes a sweeping intrusion into the States’ regulation of marriage.

Anti-hate training available

Carolinas News Notes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Campus Pride, a non-profit that works toward equality and safety for students on college campuses, has shared that its “Stop The Hate Training for Trainers” program is available for campuses nationwide.

Charlotte: New church enters Queen City

Carolinas News Notes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — ReBirth Church Charlotte made its home at Metropolitan Community Church of Charlotte’s campus at 1825 Eastway Dr. in May 2012 and held it first service there on July 29.