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DA drops sodomy charges on Raleigh men

Statute used despite unconstitutional status

Originally posted: May 25, 2008, 2:27p.m. Updated: May 31, 2008, 11:34 a.m. RALEIGH, N.C. — On Friday, May 30, the Wake County District Attorney’s office cited the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Lawrence v. Texas (2003) decision in dropping crimes against nature charges against two men. The two men had been originally charged on May 25 …

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Male rape victim shares his story

Part One of this two-part series details the alleged crime

The U.S. Justice Department says one in every 10 rape victims is male. According to a national study, about three percent of American men (2.78 million) have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape. Around 60 percent of these men identify as gay or bisexual. Despite the sobering figures, the Rape, Abuse and …

SC Equality demands termination of anti-gay principal

Educator cited religious convictions in public outspokenness on gay student club

IRMO, S.C. — As originally reported at Q-Notes Online, the principal of Irmo High School, located just minutes to the northwest of Columbia, announced May 21 his intent to resign at the end of the 2008-09 school year. His resignation is a response to an order from the Lexington-Richland School District 5 superintendent to allow …

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Former ART leader arrested for embezzlement

Triad group looking into any potential improprieties

Photo Credit: N.C. Department of Revenue For 20 years, Alternative Resources of the Triad (ART) has been a fixture in Triad-area LGBT organizing, support and education. Founded in 1988 by a former executive director of Triad Health Project, ART was at one time among the largest and most effective LGBT organizations in an area encompassing …

Pride: Not just for state capitals anymore

Festivals popping up in locales across the Carolinas

In 1981, gay and transgender North Carolinians celebrated their “day out” at the first statewide NC Pride festival in Durham. The same year, Charlotte had its first local Pride gathering, on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. The Queen City event would return two years later, while the statewide Pride would be held …

California Supreme Court legalizes marriage

Conservatives rally to issue stay, amendment initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The Supreme Court of California ruled 4-3 May 15 in favor of legalizing marriage for same-sex couples and knocked down the state’s ban on gay marriage. The court also ruled that domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for the extension of full marriage rights. The case was brought by …

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Spoleto returns with another glittering season

One of the most important arts festivals in North America brings international artists to Charleston

CHARLESTON — Spoleto, Italy, is an ancient city near the geographic center of the peninsula. It was founded by the Romans as a colony and, although not mentioned much in history, was an important ally to Rome, serving as a military, trade and arts partner. Throughout its history it has been a tenacious city (being …

Step up! Advocate!

HIV/AIDS legislative action slated

RALEIGH — On June 4 at the N.C. Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St., join Equality NC and the NC AIDS Action Network (NCAAN) for HIV Advocacy Day to speak out on behalf of people infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. The event will last from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. A short orientation on the issues and …

Queer as a three dollar bill

Managing money as a couple doesn’t have to be hard

It’s at the top of the list of things about which couples fight. Matters certainly aren’t made better when considering gay and lesbian couples face even more challenges. Indeed, finding a system for managing money that works for both individuals can help couples achieve both financial and personal harmony, no matter the financial and legal …

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General Gayety

I know it’s hard for you. What with the Democratic drama, Myanmar mess and other big stories to keep track of, it’s tough to stay abreast of LGBT news as well. I’m here to help. I can’t recount every piece of recent gay news for you, but I can offer a selection of items guaranteed …