North Carolina’s House Bill 2 may have been repealed in name, but its legacy lives on in imitation legislation pushed by conservative lawmakers in other states. The Texan version of the infamous “bathroom bill” was left unheard when the state’s House of Representatives ended its special session — but Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick hasn’t given up the issue.
Hypocritical. Judgmental. Homophobic. Mean-spirited. For decades, the so-called mainline church has been in decline in part because those who leave it use these and other adjectives to describe their experience with Christianity. Now, as Christendom looks itself squarely in the mirror, it faces the reality that up to one-in-three millennials do not claim a religious affiliation.
“The Christians” will hold its North Carolina premiere during Sept. 13-Oct. 1, OUT to the Polls will offer free early vote shuttle service on Aug. 26, the entertainment industry has new options for LGBTQ patrons in the Queen City, Lara Americo created an Indiegogo crowdfunding page to gather funds for her Comic Girl Coffee & Books and RAIN’s Empowering Positive Youth (EPY) program continues to be a vital resource.
The North Star LGBTQ Community Center, 930 Burke St., has announced that its director Rayce Lamb is stepping down, effective Oct. 8, the 2017 Greensboro Pride celebration will take place on Sept. 16, Guilford Green Foundation will hold its Bingo Under the Stars on Sept. 15, Winston Salem Theatre Alliance will hold auditions for its 2018 season on Oct. 28, One Step Further is searching the area for families with LGBTQ youth to volunteer for its pilot Family Factor Program and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Salisbury/Rowan, along with its Scholarships Advisory Committee, have announced the winners of its annual scholarship awards.
The LGBT Center of Raleigh will hold its Annual Awards Gala, “Strength Grows Here,” on Oct. 6, the Miss Hispanidad 2017 Pageant will be held on Aug. 25 and on July 23 St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church held a Celebration of Life for Rev. Carlton Dale Mutts Rutherford, LCSW, M.Div., who died on July 15.
The 2017 Pridepalooza festival will be held on Sept. 2, Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) has announced that Attorney David Gantt was selected as the recipient of the Honorary Chair Award and Western NC Community Health Services was presented with a $10,000 grant by the Campaign for Southern Equality.