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Gay-inclusive anti-bullying bill upheld by N.C. House

Originally posted: July 1, 2008, 5:22 p.m. Updated: July 2, 2008, 7:30 p.m. RALEIGH, N.C. – On Wednesday afternoon, July 2, the N.C. House voted not to concur with the Senate version of the School Violence Prevention Act (HB 1366) by a vote of 60 to 56. The vote upholds the original House version of …

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College project hopes to curb gay domestic violence

UNCG's Project Safe Love currently seeking research study participants

GREENSBORO — Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG), aided by funds from the Guilford Green Foundation, are working for a second year to develop resources to offer those in the domestic violence service field information on preventing, supporting and rehabilitating victims and perpetrators of same-sex domestic violence. The initiative, called Project Safe Love, …

Fire in the Hole!

Carolina-raised author David Sedaris releases new essay collection

Photo Credit: Anne Fishbein In David Sedaris’ latest collection of humorous essays, “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” (Little, Brown and Company), the North Carolina-raised, openly gay humorist shares laugh- and cringe-inducing experiences involving longtime boyfriend Hugh Hamrick, sex-obsessed cab drivers, airplane passenger drama, quitting smoking in Japan, run-ins with people he despises and even …

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Gay millionaire tax objector facing jail

N.C. native Charles Merrill’s IRS trial set for November

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Openly bisexual millionaire Charles Merrill (pictured) might be facing jail time for his decision to protest gay inequalities in the U.S. tax code. Merrill — who lived in Hendersonville, N.C. for a few years this decade and originally hails from Southern Pines, N.C. — decided in 2004 to withhold his income …

North Carolina-based gay wedding publication plans California expos

Rainbow Wedding Network, Magazine plans for free, public events

ASHEVILLE – Rainbow Wedding Network, the publishers of Rainbow Wedding Magazine, are gearing up for a summer full of same-sex wedding and marriage expos in cities across California. To be held in July, the four back-to-back GLBTQ Wedding and Family Expos and the Same Love, Same Rights Mobile Marriage Summit, will make stops in San …

Calif. marriage brings economic windfall

National News Notes

Marriage brings economic windfall LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law has released a new study analyzing the economic gains that same-sex couples’ weddings will bring to California. According to the report, the state’s wedding industry will receive a substantial $683.8 million boost in direct spending by same-sex couples over …

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Jim Neal selected as NLGJA panelist

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte   One, two, three, four… CHARLOTTE — Lez Be Fit Boot Camp (LBFBC) has begun! A preliminary session was held on May 31 as a warm-up preview of what to expect in this kicking four-week series that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Workout lasts an hour. No equipment is needed. Participants …

Bishop rebukes vicar for wedding

Global News Notes

Bishop rebukes vicar for wedding LONDON, England — Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, has strongly renounced the validity of the same-sex wedding between two priests conducted by the vicar of Saint-Bartholomew-the-Great, Rev. Martin Dudley (pictured). The Bishop has declared that the ceremony carried out by Dudley is illegal under current codes within …

Gay Dems victorious, Hospital visits guaranteed

South Carolina News Notes

Gay Dems victorious STATEWIDE — On Tuesday, June 10, two openly gay candidates sailed to victory in their respective South Carolina primaries. Real estate agent James Akers, Jr. won his primary for a seat on the conservative Greenville County Council and Linda Ketner won in her bid to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Henry Brown of …

Irmo GSA stays put, with restrictions

IRMO, S.C. — The Gay/Straight Alliance at Irmo High School will be able to stay alive after the Lexington-Richland School District 5 board voted Monday to allow extra-curricular, student-initiated clubs. The clubs, including the GSA and such groups as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, will be considered non-school sponsored and will have new restrictions, including …