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HIV/AIDS legislative action slated

RALEIGH — On June 4 at the N.C. Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St., join Equality NC and the NC AIDS Action Network (NCAAN) for HIV Advocacy Day to speak out on behalf of people infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. The event will last from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. A short orientation on the issues and …

The bathroom issue, part two

Transmissions

In last month’s column, we examined the mechanism of the bathroom issue. How does this manifest in real life situations? I cite examples, which have occurred, or are occurring, within the previous six months. These incidents are drawn from four different states: Maryland, Massachusetts, Iowa and Maine. The last involves schools and students and how …

Triangle youth party, lobby for change

iNSIDEoUT organizes opportunities for fun and learning

RALEIGH — iNSIDEoUT, an LGBT, queer and straight ally youth organization serving the Triangle area, recently held their annual youth prom and lobby day at the N.C. Legislature. Held the evening of May 17, Queer Prom was described as “an absolute blast” by organizers and was hosted at Calvary United Methodist Church, a supportive and …

Study: Gay youth want partners, kids

Relationship goals similar between gay, straight youth

NEW YORK, N.Y. — In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, social scientists have found that many lesbian and gay youth have expectations of spending their adult life in a long-term relationship raising children. More than 90 percent of females and more than 80 percent of males said they expect …

Anti-gay amendment introduced in N.C. Senate

N.C. State Sen. Jim Forrester introduced an anti-LGBT, anti-marriage constitutional amendment on May 14, as the state legislature returned for its biennial short session. RALEIGH — On May 14, anti-gay N.C. State Sen. Jim Forrester (R-Gaston) introduced to the N.C. Senate an anti-family, anti-marriage constitutional amendment. The state legislature returned to their biennial short session …

Referendum rascal

General Gayety

Michael Heath is so anxious to go back in time you’d think he expects to earn frequent flier miles for the journey. Heath, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, has initiated a referendum that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions and prohibit same-sex couples from adopting. It would also remove sexual …

HRC releases initial endorsements, fails to support Neal

Election 08 mobilizing efforts unveiled

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today unveiled their nationwide mobilizing effort for the 2008 election. The announcement came with the release of the organization’s first endorsements in the 2008 election in 14 Senate races across the country. Among the various endorsements, LGBT North Carolinians will notice a strange absence. HRC did not …

Candidates on the Carolina stump; blogger calls out Kay Hagan

Briefly Political

Candidates on the Carolina stump CHARLOTTE — Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are campaigning across the state. On Mar. 19 Obama stopped in Fayetteville, home to Fort Bragg, and the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, Obama’s remarks focused mainly on the nation’s prolonged presence in Iraq and other Middle Eastern nations. “In order …

Army OKs criminals, but not gays; Gov. stands up for equality

National News Notes

Army OKs criminals, but not gays WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Apr. 7 edition of USA Today featured a report on the rising percentage of Army recruits needing a waiver to join the service because of a past criminal record. The article stated that the percentage has more than doubled since 2004 to an unprecedented one …

Moore, Democrats top ENC 2008 endorsements

Organization announces new state employment protections

Citing his support of employment non-discrimination, EqualityNC endorsed Treasurer Richard Moore in North Carolina’s gubernatorial Democratic primary. RALEIGH — In the first two weeks of April, Equality North Carolina (ENC), the statewide LGBT advocacy organization, released endorsements for seven legislative primary races and six executive contests including the governor’s office. The endorsements, released under ENC’s …