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Anti-gay ‘Senator No’ passes away (video)

Helms leaves legacy of hatred, homophobia, says HRC prez

RALEIGH, N.C – At the age of 86, former Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) passed away at 1:15 a.m. on July 4, according to John Dodd, president of the Jesse Helms Center. During his three decades of service in the U.S. Senate, Helms quickly attained the moniker of “Senator No,” because of his history of opposing …

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Gay-inclusive anti-bullying bill upheld by N.C. House

Originally posted: July 1, 2008, 5:22 p.m. Updated: July 2, 2008, 7:30 p.m. RALEIGH, N.C. – On Wednesday afternoon, July 2, the N.C. House voted not to concur with the Senate version of the School Violence Prevention Act (HB 1366) by a vote of 60 to 56. The vote upholds the original House version of …

The tide turns in N.C. politics

A look at the races for president, governor and senator

Photo Credit: DSCC The general consensus among political pundits is that North Carolina is primed for its most competitive elections for local, state and national offices in history. It very well could be that for the first time since arch-conservative television commentator Jesse Helms took his seat in the U.S. Senate, the Tar Heel state …

College project hopes to curb gay domestic violence

UNCG's Project Safe Love currently seeking research study participants

GREENSBORO — Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG), aided by funds from the Guilford Green Foundation, are working for a second year to develop resources to offer those in the domestic violence service field information on preventing, supporting and rehabilitating victims and perpetrators of same-sex domestic violence. The initiative, called Project Safe Love, …

Fire in the Hole!

Carolina-raised author David Sedaris releases new essay collection

Photo Credit: Anne Fishbein – – – advertisement – – – In David Sedaris’ latest collection of humorous essays, “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” (Little, Brown and Company), the North Carolina-raised, openly gay humorist shares laugh- and cringe-inducing experiences involving longtime boyfriend Hugh Hamrick, sex-obsessed cab drivers, airplane passenger drama, quitting smoking in Japan, …

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Highfalutin’ Hollywood queers

Editor's Note

I was recently angered by a phone conversation I was privy to regarding a certain television star popular with the LGBT community. I won’t go into details, but what upset me — and still upsets me now — was learning about the reaction this bisexual star has to requests to attend Pride festivals. The star’s …

Hissing at kissing

General Gayety

I’m the only person in Seattle who hasn’t weighed in on the Ballpark Kissers. Time for me to step up to the plate. The case of the two lesbians ordered to stop smooching at a Seattle Mariners game has not only engrossed the local media and blogging types, but has popped up in newspapers from …

Gay millionaire tax objector facing jail

N.C. native Charles Merrill’s IRS trial set for November

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Openly bisexual millionaire Charles Merrill (pictured) might be facing jail time for his decision to protest gay inequalities in the U.S. tax code. Merrill — who lived in Hendersonville, N.C. for a few years this decade and originally hails from Southern Pines, N.C. — decided in 2004 to withhold his income …

Alternative realities: Part one


As if the trans community has not suffered enough from the exclusion and disenfranchisement resulting from the ENDA fiasco, the latest news is another blow in the struggle for trans rights and trans autonomy. In May, the American Psychiatric Association, publisher of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders” (DSM), issued a press statement …