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Two black Prides for the Carolinas

Every summer, LGBT North and South Carolina people of color flock to the two black gay Pride festivals held in each state: Charlotte and Columbia. Q-Notes provides a sneak peak into the events for each below. South Carolina Pride Festival June 25-29, 2008 Columbia, S.C. www.southcarolinablackpride.com Featuring a town hall, a “Night Out With the …

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All in the family

Late-June production highlights family, race, sexuality

GREENSBORO — The Old North State has an enduring, proud legacy of the oral tradition. Whether through the strong voice of the family patriarch or the wise words of an aging matriarch, the oral tradition has long blended fact with fantasy, folklore with ghost tales and legend with timeless honor and values. In its production …

Marriage gains are a two-edged sword

Carolinas LGBTs could face backlash from California ruling

In 1970, two gay students at the University of Minnesota attempted to obtain a marriage license. When they were denied, they took their case to the state’s court system. When the suit reached Minnesota’s Supreme Court, the students lost. Forty years later, the push for basic marriage rights for same-sex couples has eclipsed employment non-discrimination, …

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‘Dykes’ goes on hiatus

On May 10, “Dykes To Watch Out For” cartoonist Alison Bechdel announced her signature cartoon series would be going on an “indefinite hiatus” while she works on her forthcoming book. “Dykes” has long been a favorite of Q-Notes and other LGBT publications’ readers for many, many years. While we wish Bechdel the best of luck …

Learning to control your uncontrollable obsessions

Tell Trinity

Dear Trinity, How does one know when they are obsessed versus when they are strongly attached to someone? And, how do you control obsession? Obsessions, Albany, N.Y. Dear Obsessions, Everyone obsesses and I mean everyone! How well you control it versus how much it controls you distinguishes a “crazed” or obsessed desire from a healthy …

Black Pride parties to a different beat

Cultural exclusion fuels growth of the movement

What started out in 1990 in Washington, D.C., as the only Black Gay Pride event in the country has grown to more than 35 gatherings nationwide. Starting in April and going through October of each year, LGBTQ people of African descent rev up for a weekend of social and cultural events. Just last year, more …

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Out in the Stars: June 14-27

Venus enters Cancer and infuses our hearts with mushy thoughts of love. But don’t lie back and wait for a delivery. Our ardor has new zing. So, let’s set our sights on the highest brass ring as we ride this crazy carousel. Grab for it. GEMINI (05.22-06.21) Pink Twins find themselves counting their pennies and …

Spirituality: St. Joseph sets a high standard

We can learn a great deal from the relationship between Joseph and Jesus

St. Joseph raised a child who was not his own, setting a standard of caring and acceptance that looks beyond traditional family relationships. Father’s Day is approaching, and Health & Wellness has cycled through to spirituality at an opportune time. At first I was going to consider the ways that God (whatever his name may …

What a fierce pageant scene out there, kiddies!

Drag Rag

The pageants have been as hot as the South in the summer! Imagine! I’ll start off with two corrections from the last Rag…the first runner-up at Miss NC FFI At large spells her name Thalya and the 1st RU at Miss Classique was Natalie Cole of Detroit; next in line were Scarlett Dailey and Petite …

Happy Father’s Day?

LGBT children often have challenging relationships with their dads

What if you don’t want to buy dad a tie? It’s that time of year again. And as horrible as it sounds to your friends and family who enjoy calling their fathers, you have admitted (yet again) that you hate the obligation of talking to dear old dad. And why shouldn’t you? Even television has …