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Kinsey defeats openly gay Sutkowski

By the numbers: Kinsey and Sutkowski

Originally published: Sept. 15, 2009, 9:48 a.m. Updated: Sept. 15, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CHARLOTTE — Incumbent Patsy Kinsey carried the day in the hotly contested Democratic primary for the City Council’s District 1 seat, beating openly gay Owen Sutkowski 67 percent to 33 percent. Kinsey’s win in the Sept. 15 primary ensures she’ll serve a …

Charlotte ‘throuple’ on MTV doc

Reruns to air Wednesday, Thursday

Three young gay men in a polyamorous relationship were featured on MTV’s “True Life” on Monday, Sept. 14. Exploring the topic of multiple partner relationships, the network profiled Charlotteans Jim Messaros, 20, Thomas Freyre, 21, and Chris Morgan, 22, and four other individuals living in New York City. Jeremy Eudy, 22, of Midland, N.C., was …

Observer endorses Sutkowski

Kinsey is 'out of touch,' paper says

CHARLOTTE — The young challenger to Patsy Kinsey’s District 1 City Council seat picked up a prized endorsement on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Siding against incumbent Democrat Kinsey, The Charlotte Observer tapped 26-year-old Owen Sutkowski as its choice for the district’s next council member. “He is pushing transparency and accessibility of city government and seems to …

MeckPAC announces primary endorsements

Both Kinsey, Sutkowski chosen

CHARLOTTE — Voters here head to the polls for their primary election on Sept. 15. This year’s municipal elections mark an historic change in local politics and a local LGBT political action committee has weighed in with their choices for city council candidates. The Mecklenburg Gay and Lesbian Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) held its pre-election …

Award winners transform altruism into action

Guild to award community members Sept. 15

Annually, Charlotte’s LGBT community gathers to honor the leaders and community members who excel at positive action, visibility, growth and advocacy for all. This year, the Don King Awards, to be presented by the Charlotte Business Guild on Sept. 15, honor four community members who have helped to shape and grow the Queen City’s LGBT-positive …

I’m from Florence, S.C.

A new website, imfromdriftwood.com, allows LGBT community members to write short stories about their hometowns and growing up LGBT. Below is a short story by actor Corey Spears (“Traffic,” “Journey of Jared Price”), who was born in Florence, S.C., and spent time as a child in Columbia and Charlotte. Spears’ story is just one of …

Kinsey, Sutkowski endorsed

MeckPAC releases primary choices

MeckPAC Primary Endorsements Legend E — Endorsed R — Receptive to LGBT concerns W1 — Failed to return MeckPAC candidate questionnaire W2 — Candidate does not support LGBT equality Mayor — Republican Martin Davis W2 John W. Lassiter W1 Jack Shelton Stratton, III W1 At-Large, City Council — Democratic Raphael Basisa R Susan Burgess E …

Service interrupted

Veterans speak in Charlotte

Julianne Sohn feels right at home in the Carolinas. She spent many years serving her nation in the Tar Heel and Palmetto States, first at Camp Lejune and then at Paris Island. That service ended in 2007, when she was discharged under the anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy codified into law under President Bill …

Literary Festival returns to NoDA

Featured speakers include gay-friendly spiritual leader Michael Bernard Beckwith

CHARLOTTE — After a two year stint in Uptown, organizers of the Charlotte Literary Festival say it is time to take the event back to its roots. This year, the festival heads home to its native NoDa arts district. Featured speakers at this year’s event, Sept. 5-6, include Dr. and Mrs. Michael Bernard Beckwith and …

Thousands celebrate Pride in Uptown Charlotte

Despite anti-gay protests, organizers say event is success

Thousands of LGBT community members from across the Carolinas gathered at Uptown’s Gateway Village for the 2009 Pride Charlotte festival on Saturday, July 25. Organizers said the event was a success, despite vocal anti-gay protests from religious leader Dr. Michael Brown and his Coalition of Conscience. Event co-chair Clay Smith said police estimates put attendance …