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Historic gay shop to close

National News Notes

Historic gay shop to close NEW YORK CITY — The nation’s oldest gay and lesbian bookstore has announced it will close as the American and global economies continue to spiral out of control. Oscar Wilde Bookshop, just yards from the Stonewall Inn on Christopher St. in Greenwich Village, opened in 1967. Since then it has …

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Rowan Co. board to vote on marriage resolution

Item added to consent agenda, not up for public comment

Update: More than 100 people turned out to the Monday, Feb. 16 evening meeting of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners as elected officials took up the issue of same-sex marriage. In a standing-room-only board chambers, members of the board voted unanimously to approve a resolution urging the North Carolina General Assembly to pass a …

Transgender worker sues Charlotte for job discrimination

City attorney says gov't won't take responsibility

CHARLOTTE — A former city worker says she was fired due to her supervisor’s “gender stereotype” and has sued the City of Charlotte for job discrimination. According to The Charlotte Observer, Anne Marie Clukey worked for the city for two years. She was fired in December 2006. – – – advertisement – – – According …

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Local, nat’l groups to challenge ‘ex-gay’ Charlotte conference

Author, activist Wayne Besen to visit Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — Local and national groups will soon converge on Charlotte, all of them holding events involving the LGBT community or set against it. On Feb. 21, the anti-gay Focus on the Family and Exodus International will hold their so-called “ex-gay” conference Love Won Out at Central Church of God. Their event coincides with the …

S.C. denies parole for Sean Kennedy murderer

Moller will serve rest of term

COLUMBIA, S.C. — This morning the South Carolina Parole Board denied early parole for Stephen Andrew Moller, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the May 2007 death of openly gay Sean Kennedy. Moller will serve the rest of his sentence and be released July 7, 2009. His original release date had early been moved …

Thousands-strong anti-gay rally slated for March

March 3 rally follows Feb. 22 'Marriage Sunday'

RALEIGH — A coalition of anti-LGBT, fundamentalist churches has announced it will hold a rally at the North Carolina Legislative building in support of “traditional marriage.” On March 3, churches across the state will bring busloads of rally participants to Halifax Mall, the green park behind the building where state legislators meet daily for legislative …

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2009 HRC Gala: ‘Imagine’ the possibilities

Gala week brings trans protests, coincides with protests of ‘ex-gay’ Charlotte conference

CHARLOTTE — With a star-studded attendee list including some of the most well-known movers and shakers in the Carolinas LGBT community, the 2009 Human Rights Campaign Gala returns to Charlotte once more before heading to North Carolina’s capital city in 2010. – – – advertisement – – – The week-long series of events has sparked …

HRC Gala events

The Human Rights Campaign 2009 Gala, “Imagine,” comes complete with a series of fabulous events all week. Here’s your guide for the complete series of events in Charlotte, Feb. 15-22. – – – advertisement – – –

Meck. County on its way to offering DP benefits

Commissioners vote to begin study

CHARLOTTE — In a move community advocates have been waiting on for years, members of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners voted Jan. 29 to begin official study of offering domestic partner benefits to county employees. Meeting at a private retreat in Charlotte, commissioners voted 6-3 along party lines to instruct the County Human Resources …

Could new board make-up endanger gay students?

New Char-Meck school board members could make difference for LGBT-inclusive policies

CHARLOTTE — When the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved an LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying policy last March, the three Republicans on the governing body were the only members to vote against the proposal. With the addition of another Republican and an upset in the once-Democratic controlled body, future policy decisions on LGBT-inclusion and safety might not be …