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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Braving the heat of summer

The Small Screen

As the days of summer come upon us, I know some of you will be going to various Pride events (Happy Pride Month!) and some of you will be traveling. But since a gallon of gas is more than my college tuition, it might be best to stay in, save money and stay cool. I …

Male rape victim shares his story, Part Two

Part Two: Alleged victim's dealings with assistance agencies

HICKORY, N.C. — The first half of this two-part series, published in the May 31 issue of Q-Notes, began with some eye-opening statistics. To recap: The U.S. Justice Department reports that one in every 10 rape victims is male. A national study found that three percent of American men (2.78 million) have been the victim …

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British victim decries gay bashing

Global News Notes

British victim decries gay bashing LONDON, England — Police are investigating the anti-gay beating of a man who was attacked by three teenagers as he was walking home alone at night. The attackers, thought to be minors in their late teens, repeatedly kicked and punched Stephen Scott while shouting insults. Scott received treatment at a …

S.C. teen a national PFLAG scholar

South Carolina News Notes

Teen a national PFLAG scholar BLUFFTON — On June 4, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) announced the winners of their national scholarships. Totaling more than $30,000, the 13 students from across the country and a U.S. military base in Japan have all made significant contributions to equality in their schools and …

ACLU organizing Charlotte chapter

North Carplina News Notes

Charlotte ACLU organizing chapter CHARLOTTE — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is in the process of reinstating a Queen City chapter, says Samantha Geller who serves on the steering committee along with other individuals, to activate this long-dormant activist organization. Currently, the committee is in the early stages of preparations so they can assist …

Out-of-state marriages OK’d in NY

National News Notes

Out-of-state marriages OK’d NEW YORK, N.Y. — New York Gov. David Paterson (pictured) issued a directive May 29 instructing state agencies to change their policies and recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples performed in other jurisdictions, such as Massachusetts, California, Spain and Canada. Paterson first announced his intention to grant the directive in a …