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SC Pride revs up for 2009 after biggest fest ever

Events attended, hailed by local politicians

Click here to see more SC Pride photos in Q-Notes‘ online photo galleries. Photo Credit: JC Digital Photography Works COLUMBIA — South Carolina Pride organizers re-elected youthful president Ryan Wilson to start planning next year’s festival while he worked to wrap up this year’s finances. “We’re in the black,” said Wilson, indicating there will be …

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Candidates forum, Palin slammed, Guv ‘honored’

South Carolina News Notes

Sanford given ‘So Gay’ award COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Pride Movement will present Gov. Mark Sanford with a “So Gay” Award in recognition of his infamous involvement with pulling gay-targeted advertising during London’s Gay Pride festivities. The award is presented to “The Not-So-Honorable Governor Mark Sanford” and says that it is “to point out …

Retreat, conferences slated

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte   It’s a real drag CHARLOTTE — Lip Service, the Queen City’s only open mic for the mature and creative LGBT community, is kicking off Masquerade Month on Oct. 1 with B Who Ya Wanna B at Faces Nite Club, 2815 Crisman St. Doors open at 8 p.m. and participants must sign up to …

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Replacements to hold fundraising yard sale

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte QC calls it quits CHARLOTTE — TheQC, based on Carolina Rainbow News (CRN), has decided to “stop before it got going,” said Publisher Jeff Schmehl. Citing the lack of time, energy and financial support, the listserv battled against a plethora of other web alternatives. Schmehl had a successful run between 1997-2004 with CRN, when …

S.C. paper says ‘No way’ to ‘So gay’ Broadway

COLUMBIA — When Michael Bailey set out to place small classified-type advertising for his company’s new production and its casting calls, he hardly thought he’d soon find himself embroiled in a controversy over “community concerns.” The production, “Naked Boys Singing,” has been well-received internationally and at home, after being performed on and off Broadway for …

Diner event a deal breaker, GGF begins campaign

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte   Diner event a deal breaker CHARLOTTE — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Carolinas has announced its first 2009 Gala “Let’s Make a Deal” Diner event to be held on Aug. 26 at Alley Cat, 314 N. College St., at 7 p.m. This soirée will help launch the theme of “Imagine.” For two years, …

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AFFA’s Next Ten Pledge

South Carolina News Notes

‘Next Ten Pledge’ CHARLESTON — The Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) is challenging community members and AFFA supporters to help them raise $10,000 by Sept. 30. The organization has operated in the Charleston area for 10 years. In that time, the group has garnered more than 1,600 members, created an award-winning TV, radio, print and …

State officials’ emails released in ‘So Gay’ ad flap

Director, others scrambled to fix situation

COLUMBIA – In response to Freedom of Information Act requests, the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) released during the last week of July several emails pertaining to the “South Carolina is so gay” ad controversy. The emails show that top-level SCPRT officials might have known about the ad campaign as early …

Local bar sued, Imani opens membership class

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte   Local bar sued CHARLOTTE — The Garden & Gun Club, which is scheduled to open this summer in the NC Music Factory complex, has been served with a lawsuit, alleging trademark infringement. According to The Charlotte Observer, the dance club’s owners TwoDalGals received notice that a Charleston, S.C.-based lifestyle magazine filed a suit …

Triangle: PFLAG fundrasing, Raleigh Center board slated

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte   Batter up CHARLOTTE — A group of women are interested in playing some ball, but are open to expanding to volleyball and/or soccer as well. This gathering would be held either once a week or every other week depending upon participants’ schedules or desires. Time and place is left to be determined. For …