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Durham passes pro-gay resolution

Vote is unanimous

In the works since March, the Durham City Council finally took up the matter of a pro-gay marriage resolution at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 17. After no debate and little public comment, the council passed the resolution unanimously. Presented by Durham resident Joshua Lee Weaver, the resolution calls upon the State of North Carolina …

Syphilis on the rise

Officials urge more testing

CHARLOTTE — The Mecklenburg County Health Department is urging more testing as a dramatic rise in syphilis cases puts the sexually transmitted disease back on the department’s high priority list. Other areas across the state are also dealing with a surprising increase in cases this year. In Mecklenburg County, new cases of the STD have …

Floor scare makes for humorous evening at Crape Myrtle

Leslie Jordan, attendees 'go with the flow'

RALEIGH, N.C. — Organizers and attendees at this year’s Crape Myrtle Gala on Saturday, Aug. 1 were treated to a scare of humorous proportions. As community members entertained themselves listening to comedian Leslie Jordan in the old All Saints Chapel sanctuary above and chatting away in the reception room below, some of the historic venue’s …

Newcomer Guide and QGuide team up to serve you

Editor's Note

The Q-Notes staff is so excited about this special issue and our first ever LGBT Carolinas Newcomer Guide. We hope you’re excited, too. Last fall, when we were mulling over ideas for our 2009 editorial calendar, we were inspired to do some sort of special issue for newcomers and those newly out of the closet. …

Crape Myrtle takes it back

Annual event chair excited to incorporate past, present

Since 1981, Raleigh’s Crape Myrtle Festival has worked to support and give back to the community and those affected by and living with HIV/AIDS. In almost 30 years of service, the organization has raised over $1 million dollars for area charitable organizations. Despite the tough economic climate, this year’s organizers say they’ll be working hard …

Carolinas groups receive non-profit honors

Websites rank top LGBT charities

Two Carolinas-based religious organizations earned top ratings in the GreatNonprofits 2009 Pride Choice Awards. Across the country, local LGBT non-profits focusing on education, service, and advocacy received more positive ratings than large national nonprofits. Religious organizations, surprisingly, also made a strong showing in the list of winners. Raleigh’s Gay Christian Network and Columbia’s Whosoever magazine …

Hats off to Revolution

Kudos goes out to Revolution Restaurant in Durham. This new restaurant has taken the initiative to reach out to the LGBT community for job openings. In a time when most LGBT folks can be fired for the sexual orientation and gender-identity, it’s a welcome change to see a businesses go looking specifically for LGBT employees. …

Perdue signs two controversial, historic bills

Anti-bullying, sex ed bills praised by advocates

While LGBT community members celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots this June, political advocates, insiders and state legislators were working hard to hear and pass two historic, yet highly controversial, bills, the School Violence Prevention Act and Healthy Youth Act. Both have huge implications for LGBT students, both were fought bitterly by “traditional …

Queerly faithful

MCCs around the Carolinas growing, changing

Since St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) — the first MCC in the Carolinas — set up shop in 1976, the face of LGBT faith institutions has continually grown. Decades later, nine MCC congregations dot the Carolinas map. Each are making in-roads among their surrounding communities and offering places of spiritual refuge for folks looking …

Timeless Pride, Part Two

A two-part history timeline of the LGBT Carolinas

Below is part two of Q-Notes’ exclusive Timeless Pride, covering events from 1987 through 2005. To view part one of the exclusive, with years 1971 through 1986, click here. January 1987 — In an editorial published in Q-Notes, editor Don King makes one of the first public calls for a community center in Charlotte. His …