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Triangle youth party, lobby for change

iNSIDEoUT organizes opportunities for fun and learning

RALEIGH — iNSIDEoUT, an LGBT, queer and straight ally youth organization serving the Triangle area, recently held their annual youth prom and lobby day at the N.C. Legislature. Held the evening of May 17, Queer Prom was described as “an absolute blast” by organizers and was hosted at Calvary United Methodist Church, a supportive and …

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Black Gay Pride slated for July

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte CNCBGP slated for July CHARLOTTE — Charlotte NC Black Gay Pride (CNCBGP) is set to host its fourth annual Pride celebration, “Legends, Statements & Superstars,” from July 17-20. The weekend begins on Thursday with a town hall meeting sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) that will discuss the topic, “Racism in the LGBT …

Gay Iranian wins asylum in U.K.

International News Notes

LONDON, England — As a follow-up to a story previously reported in Q-Notes, Mehdi Kazemi, a 19-year-old Iranian exile in the U.K., has won his bid for asylum. Kazemi feared he would be executed if forced to return to Iran after hearing that his former partner had been tried for sodomy and hanged. Kazemi was …

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Group rallies to support Irmo GSA, demand principal firing

Originally posted: May 26, 2008, 4:20 p.m. Updated: May 27, 2008, 12:20 p.m. IRMO, S.C. — Members of SC Equality rallied in front of Dutch Fork High School last night to demand Lexington-Richland School District 5 immediately fire Irmo High School Principal Eddie Walker or force his immediate resignation. The school board met last night …

SC Equality pushes for principal’s termination

Principal Eddie Walker issued resignation over gay club

Updated: May 22, 2008, 5:40 p.m. EST Irmo High School Principal Eddie Walker (left) stands with a community member and students IRMO, S.C. — The principal of Irmo High School, located just minutes to the northwest of Columbia, announced to the school today his intentions to resign at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. …

Greensboro leader charged with embezzling sales tax

John Johnson a former board member and officer of Triad LGBT non-profit

John Worth Johnson (Credit: N.C. Department of Revenue) GREENSBORO, N.C. — The former manager of the Biltmore Greensboro Hotel and a former officer on the board of directors of Alternative Resources of the Triad/OutGreensboro.com, was charged Tuesday with one count of embezzling state sales tax and one count of embezzling Guilford County sales tax. John …

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Hundreds turn out for Kennedy one year vigil

GREENVILLE, S.C. — On Friday, May 16, 2008 hundreds of LGBT and straight ally community members turned out at Main Street Plaza to celebrate the life of openly gay college student Sean Kennedy, slain in an anti-gay hate crime May 16, 2007. The crowd joined Kennedy’s mother, Elke Kennedy, in remembering the life and spirit …

‘Damned Queens’ go to prom

Gay youth prom first-ever in Myrtle Beach area

The Center Project Youth Director Gloria Williams poses with Brian Hollon, Rainbow Beach Film Director. MYRTLE BEACH — Rainbow Beach, the LGBT youth group at The Center Project of Myrtle Beach (TCP), hosted the first gay youth prom in the history of Myrtle Beach and Horry County. The May 3 event marked a giant step …

Students excused for skipping gay day

Watauga school superintendent cites safety concerns

BOONE — More than a third of the 1,500 students enrolled in Watauga High School were absent April 25, the day set aside for the National Day of Silence. Under the direction of Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bobbie Short, all of them received excused absences. On the other hand, LGBT and allied students who …

Veteran activist Frank Harr passes away

Wilmington community mourns loss

WILMINGTON — Veteran activist and community leader William Franklin Harr, known to friends as “Frank,” passed away May 8 at the age of 56. Harr leaves behind his life-partner of 32 years, Ken Cox. The pair were mainstays of the local LGBT community. Both men were founding members of Gay Resources of Wilmington (GROW) and …