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Anti-gay amendment introduced in N.C. Senate

N.C. State Sen. Jim Forrester introduced an anti-LGBT, anti-marriage constitutional amendment on May 14, as the state legislature returned for its biennial short session. RALEIGH — On May 14, anti-gay N.C. State Sen. Jim Forrester (R-Gaston) introduced to the N.C. Senate an anti-family, anti-marriage constitutional amendment. The state legislature returned to their biennial short session …

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Pride Charlotte announces date, looks for sponsors

CHARLOTTE — The Pride Charlotte Task Force has announced the date of its 2008 festival. Currently slated for July 26, 2008, the event’s date is a full month prior to its traditional August event. The festival will take place 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Gateway Village at Trade and Cedar streets, across from Johnson …

Vigil planned for anniversary of Kennedy murder

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A candle light vigil will be held this Friday, May 16, on the one-year anniversary of the murder of openly gay college student Sean Kennedy. The event is co-hosted by Sean’s Last Wish, Faith in America and the South Carolina Progressive Network. The vigil will begin at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Greenville’s …

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Washington Blade un-endorses Clinton

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, The Washington Blade, one of the nation’s leading sources of LGBT news, practically un-endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton in her bid for the Democratic nomination for president. On the paper’s website, Editor Kevin Naff said Clinton’s “time had come,” citing her defeat in North Carolina and her lackluster win in Indiana. …

ACLU condemns Supreme Court decision on domestic partner benefits

Originally published by The Michigan Messenger Wednesday (05/07) at 9:29 PM LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Supreme Court’s ruling which holds same-sex domestic partner benefits offered by public employers in the state violate the state’s Constitutional amendment, is being condemned by civil liberties advocates, elected officials and some of the people who stand to lose …

National ACLU takes control of S.C. chapter

COLUMBIA — The Free Times reports that the national body of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) voted to take over operational control of its South Carolina state affiliate. According to The Free Times, the national board voted 74-4 on April 27 to take control of the state board of directors, an action known as …

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Candidate plans fundraising ‘roast’

South Carolina News Notes

Candidate plans fundraising ‘roast’ GREENVILLE, S.C. — James Akers, Jr., an openly gay candidate for the Greenville County Council, is turning humor into campaign cash. Akers, 27, is planning a fundraiser for May 18, 2-4 p.m. at Cafe and Then Some. The event will be a “roast”of Akers and will allow supporters to see a …

Windmeyer receives top award

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Windmeyer receives top award CHARLOTTE — Because of his commitment to social justice, education development and training, Campus Pride founder and executive director, Shane L. Windmeyer, has been honored with the 2008 Voice of Inclusion Medallion from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) — College Educators International. The Voice of Inclusion Medallion recognizes an …

GLAAD takes stand for fairness

National News Notes

GLAAD takes stand for fairness SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) withdrew from a “Pride Rocks” event scheduled to take place this summer at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego because the property is owned by San Diego businessman Doug Manchester. He has publicly and financially supported a California …

Jamaican activist seeks asylum

Global News Notes

Jamaican activist seeks asylum QUEBEC, Canada — After the deaths of 13 of his activist colleagues, Gareth Henry, one of Jamaica’s leading LGBT rights activists, has fled the impoverished island nation to seek asylum in Canada. He has claimed refugee status because his life is in danger if he stays in Jamaica. Henry, a highly …