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Youth center finds funding source

National News Notes

Survey finds increased support NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Pulse of Equality survey, a new study commissioned by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), reveals that majorities of Americans now favor a broad range of policies and legal protections for LGBT people. The key findings include: • Three-quarters of U.S. adults (75 percent) …

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Chapel Hill votes to support marriage

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Less than a week after the town council of Carrboro voted to support marriage equality for same-sex couples, the Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously approved a similar resolution. Presented by Tom Greene, a teacher at Chapel Hill High School who moved to North Carolina with his partner, the resolution was adopted …

Carrboro passes pro-marriage equality resolution

Act calls on state, nation to support equal rights for LGBT families

CARRBORO, N.C. — For the second time in two years, members of the Carrboro Board of Alderman have passed a resolution calling on the state and nation to stand up for equal rights for LGBT families. The resolution was passed unanimously on Dec. 2 by those board members present; two members, John Herrera and Joal …

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Carolinas Prop 8 protests draw thousands

Community members share in outrage over California, other states’ anti-gay ballot initiatives

Almost 3,000 LGBT and straight North and South Carolinians joined in protests over California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 across the two states on Nov. 15. The protests ranged from as small as 30 participants in Greenville, N.C., to as large as 1,400 participants in Raleigh. Planned with less than a week’s notice, community members used social …

Advocates gather for second statewide Equality Conference

Gala raises more than $13,000 for EqualityNC

DURHAM — Over 300 advocates and EqualityNC supporters gathered at Duke University’s Bryan Student Center on Nov. 15 for the organization’s long-anticipated, second annual N.C. Equality Conference and Gala. The statewide event attracting participants from locations as far as Boone and Wilmington was held the same day that thousands of citizens across the state gathered …

Job bias claims match sex, race

National News Notes

Job bias claims match sex, race LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A new study by the Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law reveals that laws prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace are used as frequently by LGBT workers as laws prohibiting sex and race discrimination are used by women and …

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Changes for LGBT people in India come at cost

Blackmail, coerced marriages, depression and suicide rampant

The Washington Post and Nashua Telegraph reported mid-November on the state of equality for LGBT people in the world’s largest democracy. Profiling one gay Indian, Mahesh, 24, writer Emily Wax delved into various issues, including gay fears of blackmail, criminal prosecution and the resulting pains of depression, suicide and coerced marriage. After being blackmailed by …

Honoring those passed

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Honoring those passed CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Gender Alliance, in conjunction with the LGBT Community Center, held a Transgender Day of Remembrance Program on Nov. 20 at the Center. Speakers addressed hate crimes against the transgender community. Featured guest speaker was Elke Kennedy, founder of Sean’s Last Wish and mother of slain Greenville college …

Economy continues to hurt S.C. non-profits

Highly-anticipated ‘Glitter Ball’ canceled

COLUMBIA — The slumping economy has already hit one South Carolina non-profit. In mid-November, Q-Notes reported that SC Equality needed to raise $30,000 by the end of the year or face closure. Now a local AIDS services foundation has been forced to cancel its large-scale New Year’s gala fundraiser. AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina …

WSSU gay student group to hold lecture

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The newly formed LGBT student group at the historically black Winston-Salem State University will hold a lecture exploring race and sexuality in corporate life on Dec. 4 The Gay-Straight Student Alliance (GSSA), formed this fall, is partnering with WSSU’s Black Men for Change (BMC) to present Brandon G. Major, talent management manager …