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Update – Newly installed Sen. Kay Hagan to offer keynote at HRC Gala

Updated: Jan. 12, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CHARLOTTE — The Human Rights Campaign Carolinas Gala has announced that newly installed U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) will offer the keynote address at this year’s dinner. Gala co-chair Michael Holmes told Q-Notes on Friday that the dinner committee was awaiting comment from Hagan’s offices. – – – advertisement …

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Gay nights at local bar end

Owner claims lack of profit, bias charged by community members

SALISBURY — The LGBT-themed nightly events at a local restaurant and bar in this small city along North Carolina’s I-85 have ended among claims that the bar owner bowed to anti-gay pressure and gay event organizers failed to uphold their end of the business deal. In the Dec. 13 issue, Q-Notes profiled some of the …

What’s ahead in 2009

The LGBT community can probably expect a roller-coaster ride this year. While the economy is in shambles, political figures are focused on saving the nation’s financial system, turning an almost blind eye to social issues. As we pull through what might shape up to be the biggest recession (and, hopefully, not a depression) since the …

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A New Year plan for marriage equality

National organization offers New Year’s Resolutions for the marriage equality movement

Marriage Equality USA is a national, grassroots organization working to achieve equality in marriage for same-sex couples. In recognition of the New Year, they’ve offered up some resolutions for the marriage equality and LGBT movements. – – – advertisement – – – “To win marriage equality, we must empower and enlist the grassroots in each …

Court recognizes gay parents

National News Notes

Court recognizes gay parents NEW ORLEANS, La. — In a major victory for same-sex parents nationwide, U.S. District Court Judge Jay Zainey ordered Louisiana State Registrar Darlene Smith to recognize the New York adoption of a baby boy by a same-sex couple, saying her continued failure to do so violated the U.S. Constitution. Oren Adar …

Facebook deletes extremist anti-gay groups

Serbian sites contained death threats

by Matt Comer and Andy Harley BELGRADE, Serbia — Please protect us. That was the plea from gays and lesbians in Serbia to their government, the police and the wider world during the 2008 holiday season. The staff and contributors of the Serbian gay and lesbian website Queeria Center, are constantly receiving death threats and …

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A plethora of upcoming N.C. events

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte It ain’t Montey Hall CHARLOTTE — Join Roxy C. Moorecox as she emcees the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Diner: Let’s Make A Deal on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at Alley Cat, 314 N. College St. This event helps to launch the second installment of the 2009 HRC Carolina’s Gala theme of Imagine. It …

Gay man wants to improve Charleston community

CHARLESTON, S.C. – After helping to organize a November protest against California’s Prop. 8, Joseph Fennel says he’s heard people saying gays doesn’t do much to help the broader community around them. He told The Charleston Post-Courier he’s seeking to change that. Fennel, 25, a Charleston native, has taken the initiative to start a local …

Grant will benefit play documenting 1996 culture wars

Wesley Mancini Foundation supports Community Center, youth chorus in 2009

CHARLOTTE — A foundation supporting local LGBT non-profits and causes has announced the beneficiaries of its 2009 grants. The winners include local community organizations and a play exploring Charlotte government’s censorship of a gay-related play in the 1990s. The Wesley Mancini Foundation will grant $4,000 to the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. In the spring, they’ll …

Popular N.C.-based blog taken off-line by hackers

PamsHouseBlend.com back online as of Wednesday afternoon

DURHAM, N.C. — Pam Spaulding’s years-long work as the “blogmistress” of PamsHouseBlend.com came crashing down late last night. Hackers managed to break into at least one server on the SoapBlox network, the blogging platform Spaulding used to publish her internationally-popular LGBT and progressive website. She had hundreds of thousands of page views per month. “It …