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State ensures gay hospital visitation rights

RALEIGH — North Carolina hospital patients will soon have a new right, ensuring they can receive the visitors who matter most to them regardless of the legal status of their relationship. A new statewide rule will help ensure that same-sex partners and other loved ones will be treated the same as immediate family. The rule …

Openly gay S.C. candidate to hold town halls

Anti-gay baiting already part of campaign

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Greenville County Council candidate James Akers, Jr. (D) will hold two town hall meetings within the next week. “An election should be about the concerns of the citizens, not about who is a big money candidate and raises the most money,” Akers said in a Tuesday press release. “It is important for …

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Carolina PFLAG chapter hosts regional gathering

Organization receives $3,000 grant

SALISBURY, N.C. — PFLAG-Salisbury chapter will play host to the national organization’s North Carolina/South Carolina Leadership Conference this week. On Saturday, April 26, more than 50 participants, as well as PFLAG national officers, will descend on this sleepy hometown of regional grocery store giant Food Lion. The event will be hosted at Haven Lutheran Church. …

Violently ill

General Gayety

I’m so sick of violence I want to hit someone. I’m having one of those moments when it feels like the amount of violence in the world is just plain overwhelming. But if I respond by tuning out the news, I’ll have nothing to write about but my own life and that could lead readers …

Raleigh teacher accused of sex with 18-year-old female student

Digital photo shows teacher kissing student

RALEIGH — A teacher is being accused of improper sexual relations with a female student. According to WSOC TV (Charlotte), 33-year-old Shannon Best is accused of having sex with one student who  spent the night at her house one night prior to a scheduled track meet. Another female student also spent the night. The WSOC …

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Spirituality: Spring into the labyrinth

Health and Wellness

Throughout the world there are religions that celebrate the arrival of spring as a time of renewal. It is easy to understand why this season inspires awe in our spirits: In places where there are four distinct seasons, spring is the time when the world seems to burst into green, life and light after months …

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Out on DVD: Surveillance 24/7

Tom Harper and Sean Brenden Brosnan star in ‘Surveillance 24/7.’ A hot leading man and an intriguing premise make the gay paranoid thriller “Surveillance 24/7” watchable, but just barely. An inconsistent style and a script that contradicts itself make the British film more confusing than suspenseful. Tom Harper, a hottie in the Colin Farrell mold, …

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As a part of our new online presence, Q-Notes is searching for up to three online staff bloggers. These volunteer contributing writers would work with the editor to determine their specific coverage area (”beat”) and topic. Writers would be responsible for at least two submissions/posts per week. Persons of color, women, gender-variant people, seniors and …