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ENC welcomes community organizer

Rebecca Mann will be based out of Raleigh and High Point

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization is welcoming a new staff member. Rebecca Mann, pictured right, is joining Equality North Carolina as the group’s first full-time Community Organizer. As a part of her duties, Mann will work with communities across the state to build support for progressive legislation that includes protections on …

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Gay Dems win in S.C. primary

Akers, Ketner now face November battles

GREENVILLE/CHARLESTON, S.C. — On Tuesday, two openly gay candidates sailed to victory in their respective South Carolina primaries. Real estate agent James Akers, Jr. won his primary for a seat on the conservative Greenville County Council and Linda Ketner won in her bid to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Henry Brown of the 1st Congressional District. …

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SC Equality to host fundraising party

COLUMBIA — SC Equality wants you to join them for a special fundraising party this Friday, June 13, 7 p.m. The organization, raising funds for its critical work around the state, is hosting the party at the Grovewood Plantation with special guest Suzanne Westenhoeffer, the first openly gay comedian in the country. Tickets are $75 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …