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Let’s Go Camping

Gay Campgrounds Offer Additional Appeal During COVID-19

The sounds of nature are calling as we slowly venture out after months of lockdown. Campfires and cookouts. Quiet nights gazing into the night sky.

Pandemic-Appropriate Day Trip Destinations

Waterfalls, Beaches, Mountains, and More

The coronavirus has affected just about every aspect of life for millions of people around the globe. And with North Carolina’s statewide efforts to keep the spread of the coronavirus under control by implementing certain, necessary precautions, having a worthwhile family day trip may be a bit challenging.

Stand Up! Show Up! Wherever You Travel

Spiritual Reflections

What does travel look like this summer? The year 2020 presents unusual circumstances in the midst of global civil rights protests and the COVID-19 pandemic. In late May and early June, the murders of African-Americans at the hands of whites played out on televisions, cell phones, tablets, computers and other devices around the world.

SCOTUS Decision Shocks Local Gay Community

Employment Playing Field Changed, Protections Affirmed

No one saw this coming. The fight to protect LGBTQ individuals in the workplace seemed unwinnable, especially in this judicial era. But to everyone’s surprise, the U.S. Supreme Court declared discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity illegal on Monday, June 15.

Voting in America

How LGBTQ Organizations have Mobilized the Community

The Stonewall Riots were a response to police brutality and a system of oppression against LGBTQ people that had gone on for years. It was sparked by the bravery of black and brown young people and became a pivotal moment of visibility launching the modern gay rights movement and bringing our community out of the shadows and the closets that had been built around us

COVID, Closure and Clubs

The State of Local LGBTQ Bars

For months, in response to Gov. Roy Cooper’s decree for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, all the bars and private clubs in the state have been closed. In the last decade, there had already been a noticeable decline in the number of LGBTQ establishments nationwide, and this public health crisis only adds to the pressure these businesses face.

Remembering a Leader: Larry Kramer

In Memoriam: 1935-2020

We lost a great leader with the death of Larry Kramer. Larry was an accomplished man, earning a degree from Yale, an Academy Award nomination as a screenwriter, a two-time Obie winner, Pulitzer prize nominee and activist.

Live and More

An Interview with Ruthie Foster

Out singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster has the kind of voice that can give you chills and warm your heart at the same time. Soulful, sassy and as powerful as a transformer, it doesn’t matter if she’s singing one of her marvelous original compositions or putting her distinctive touch on a standard, the result is always a delight.

Friendship, Interrupted

Disconnection in the Era of COVID-19

Earlier in the day, he had invited me and my husband over for dinner at their apartment. In the spirit of social distancing, I responded by suggesting maybe we do something outdoors — perhaps a picnic or a walk in the park?