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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 …

Raleigh reaches out

“Dynamic. Smart. Unexpected. Celebratory.” Those are words the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau say visitors use to describe the Tar Heel State’s capital city. And, they want LGBT visitors to walk away with the same feelings and excitement. Marking National LGBT Pride Month, the bureau launched its first LGBT visitors microsite at www.visitraleigh.com/glbt/. The …

Conservative Perdue appointment cause for concern?

Editor\'s Note

On June 30, N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed Judge Eric Levinson to the seat of Resident Superior Court judge for Mecklenburg County. Levinson is replacing Judge David S. Cayer, who has accepted a position as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. Levinson isn’t a newcomer to the state’s judiciary and he …

Triangle chorus auditions

The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus will hold auditions for their upcoming year on Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m., at Calvary United Methodist Church, 304 E. Trinity Ave., in Durham. Audtions are relaxed, with no prepared selection required, and are for voice section placement only. For more information, or to schedule an audition, please email membership@tgmchorus.org.

Timeless Pride

A two-part history timeline of the LGBT Carolinas

The history of the LGBT community is a tough subject to study. The community has been oppressed and maligned for so long, that much of the history is forgotten. In most schools, LGBT youth never learn about the legendary events and people who helped to shape the queer community, the entire nation and its political …

Sartain announces Raleigh council run

Second openly gay city council candidate in state this year

Another openly gay man has announced his intention to run for a city council office in North Carolina. Lee Sartain, a Charlotte native and N.C. State University alumnus, made the announcement in early June. He’s running to fill one of two at-large seats on the Raleigh City Council. In a telephone interview with Q-Notes, Sartain, …