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Carolinas see black rainbow

S.C. Black Pride ‘one big family’

The S.C. Black Pride Committee COLUMBIA — As five days of South Carolina Black Pride came to an end with an awards ceremony on June 29, Ra’Shawn Flournoy was glowing with excitement. “It was phenomenal, seeing the love,” Flournoy said, as he tried to describe his feelings during the first Pride of his life, which …

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Time Out Youth CEO resigns

Board will be ‘deliberate’ in search for new agency head

CHARLOTTE — Time Out Youth CEO Janine K. Eustache resigned her position with the support and advocacy organization for LGBT and questioning youth on June 17. Her departure came three days after a Q-Notes investigative article revealed serious allegations by ex-interns and youth members suggesting the agency’s leader was uncomfortable working with the LGBT community …

School board votes for GSAs

Adopted policy deemed ‘dramatically better’ than alternatives

IRMO, S.C. — South Carolina Equality and 11 other organizations in the Community United for All Youth coalition are lauding a decision by the Lexington-Richland District 5 School Board to allow gay-straight student organizations in the schools under its jurisdiction. Commonly referred to as gay-straight alliances, or GSAs, the organizations offer support to LGBT and …

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Moller to serve three years for killing

Elke Kennedy: ‘There was no justice for Sean today’

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Stephen Andrew Moller pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter on June 11 in connection with the death of Sean Kennedy last year. The 20-year-old defendant, a native of Taylors, S.C., will serve just three years for the slaying. Moller attacked Kennedy outside the bar formerly named Brews on May 16, 2007. He punched …

OutWilmington Center to close building

COASTAL   OutWilmington Center to close building WILMINGTON — The board of directors of OutWilmington Community Center have decided to move out of their building on Dock St. and close their traditional physical location. Citing a need to reach out more in the community and to focus on community events, the board has decided having …

City moves parade after threats

Global News Notes

City moves parade after threats SOFIA, Bulgaria — A recent Pride event was relocated to a different section of the city after organizers and city officials were made aware of threats. The Bulgarian National Alliance (BNA), a right-wing extremist anti-gay hate group, had declared it would be present at the local Pride parade scheduled to …

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Equality for gay clergy advances

National News Notes

Equality for gay clergy advances SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Presbyterian Church (USA) capped its 218th biennial General Assembly, held here the last week in June, with a historic decision moving the church toward full acceptance of lesbian and gay clergy. By a margin of 54 to 46 percent, the General Assembly passed an ordination …

Anti-gay ‘Senator No’ passes away (video)

Helms leaves legacy of hatred, homophobia, says HRC prez

RALEIGH, N.C – At the age of 86, former Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) passed away at 1:15 a.m. on July 4, according to John Dodd, president of the Jesse Helms Center. During his three decades of service in the U.S. Senate, Helms quickly attained the moniker of “Senator No,” because of his history of opposing …

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 …

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, …