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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, …

Spaulding honored

Durham, N.C.-based blogger Pam Spaulding has been honored with an award from the Women’s Media Center. Spaulding, who operates the acclaimed progressive LGBT blog PamsHouseBlend.com, was one of 11 female journalists and media personalities honored at a reception held June 17 at the Women’s Media Center offices in New York City. The “blogmistress,” as she …

Gay DJ put on house arrest for second HIV violation

Raleigh man admits to failing to use condom

NOTE: See the updated story as published in Q-Notes‘ Nov. 1 print edition: House arrest for gay DJ’s second HIV violation. Gay DJ Joshua Waldon Weaver, 23, has been sentenced to six months of electronically-monitored house arrest after violating probation orders stemming from an August conviction for violating state HIV transmission regulations. RALEIGH — A …