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Blogger’s reaction to DJ’s anti-gay remarks leads to apology

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A popular radio disc jockey has issued on-air and written apologies for anti-gay and offensive remarks he made on the air Tuesday, April 15. CJ of 96.1 The Beat in Charlotte, N.C., made several remarks regarding openly gay Perez Hilton kissing pop star John Mayer, including calling two men kissing “disgusting,” “sick,” …

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Charlotte school board defeats anti-gay proposals

Day of Silence activities saved from proposed ban by conservative board members.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Tuesday, April 15, the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools (CMS) Board of Education defeated member Kaye McGarry’s proposal to excuse anti-gay and conservative students’ absences on the annual National Day of Silence, Friday, April 25. The board also defeated an attempt to ban all Day of Silence activities in Charlotte schools. The proposal to …

Man in drag crashes into store

DETROIT, Mich. — According to The Charlotte Observer, a man in drag repeatedly crashed his car into a lingerie store in Detroit. Jeremy McIntosh, 27, was arrested Saturday, April 12. According to authorities McIntosh was wearing ” “facial makeup, lipstick, blue Capri pants, red flip-flops, a flowery blouse and a matching flowery women’s bra.” McIntosh …

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Charlotte lesbian pastor to become bishop

National Unity Fellowship conference meets to consecrate two female bishops

Bishop-elect Tonyia Rawls, of Unity Fellowship Church of Charlotte, will be consecrated a bishop on Sunday, Apr. 27. CHARLOTTE — The national mid-year conference of the LGBT-affirming Unity Fellowship Church Movement will meet here Apr. 21-27. During the conference, Charlotte-based pastor Tonyia Rawls, as well as another female pastor, will be consecrated as bishops in …

Thai Red Cross ends blood ban

Global News Notes

Thai Red Cross ends blood ban BANGKOK, Thailand — Activists have succeeded in their bid to amend the screening form required for blood donation. To date, questions on the form have asked about high-risk sexual behavior, but only related to same-sex behavior, and all gay men have been prohibited from donating. The questions will be …

Army OKs criminals, but not gays; Gov. stands up for equality

National News Notes

Army OKs criminals, but not gays WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Apr. 7 edition of USA Today featured a report on the rising percentage of Army recruits needing a waiver to join the service because of a past criminal record. The article stated that the percentage has more than doubled since 2004 to an unprecedented one …

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Companies team up to reach LGBT travelers

Facebook offering interactive utility for users to share experiences

Openly gay Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes said the popular social networking site was always meant to be gay-friendly. Online social networking companies are teaming up with leading travel and transportation agencies in an effort to reach out to the LGBT traveler. The most recent companies to jump into the fray include Facebook, PlanetOut, American Airlines …

Flip loves Matt and other odd Ozark tales

OSA descends on small Arkansas hamlet

Operation Save America’s Flip Benham was unsuccessful in ‘saving’ LGBT community during Diversity Weekend. Photo Credit: Lainey Millen EUREKA SPRINGS, Ar. — From Apr. 3-6, this Northwest Arkansas town played host to one of its seasonal Diversity Weekend celebrations. This resort town only has 2,300 residents. Over one-third of the population is gay, lesbian, bisexual, …

Southern Law Center reviews year of hate

Number of U.S. hate groups rose to 888 in ’07

The seal of one hate group associated with the KKK, based in North Carolina. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) profiles a year of hate groups’ actions in the latest issue of The Intelligence Report, the organization’s quarterly investigative news magazine monitoring the radical right. In a feature article on the rising …

Moore, Democrats top ENC 2008 endorsements

Organization announces new state employment protections

Citing his support of employment non-discrimination, EqualityNC endorsed Treasurer Richard Moore in North Carolina’s gubernatorial Democratic primary. RALEIGH — In the first two weeks of April, Equality North Carolina (ENC), the statewide LGBT advocacy organization, released endorsements for seven legislative primary races and six executive contests including the governor’s office. The endorsements, released under ENC’s …