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Northwest charm meets outdoor wonderland in Portland

Queer Travelogue: Enjoy the Sights and See 89-Year-Old Drag Queen Perform

Portland, Ore. makes for a perfect vacation that combines the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest with great food and libations — and a vibrant, hip scene where LGBTQ life is integrated into the mainstream (albeit offbeat) culture.

How four gender-nonconforming youth made their stage debut

My play ‘The Mermaid Hour’ asks theatres to cast only trans or gender-nonconforming performers in the lead role. Here’s how they, and the teens, including one from Charlotte, rose to the occasion.

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte executive director Chip Decker said, “We put everything we could think of out into the universe,” including connecting with a support group for parents of trans youth.

U.S./World: Network and founder separate

Beyond the Carolinas

On July 19, The Gay Christian Network (GCN) announced that its board of directors had reached an agreement to an amicable separation with Founder and Executive Director Justin Lee due to irreconcilable differences. This became effective on May 4.