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Candidate plans fundraising ‘roast’

South Carolina News Notes

Candidate plans fundraising ‘roast’ GREENVILLE, S.C. — James Akers, Jr., an openly gay candidate for the Greenville County Council, is turning humor into campaign cash. Akers, 27, is planning a fundraiser for May 18, 2-4 p.m. at Cafe and Then Some. The event will be a “roast”of Akers and will allow supporters to see a …

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Windmeyer receives top award

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte Windmeyer receives top award CHARLOTTE — Because of his commitment to social justice, education development and training, Campus Pride founder and executive director, Shane L. Windmeyer, has been honored with the 2008 Voice of Inclusion Medallion from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) — College Educators International. The Voice of Inclusion Medallion recognizes an …

GLAAD takes stand for fairness

National News Notes

GLAAD takes stand for fairness SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) withdrew from a “Pride Rocks” event scheduled to take place this summer at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego because the property is owned by San Diego businessman Doug Manchester. He has publicly and financially supported a California …

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Jamaican activist seeks asylum

Global News Notes

Jamaican activist seeks asylum QUEBEC, Canada — After the deaths of 13 of his activist colleagues, Gareth Henry, one of Jamaica’s leading LGBT rights activists, has fled the impoverished island nation to seek asylum in Canada. He has claimed refugee status because his life is in danger if he stays in Jamaica. Henry, a highly …

Business Guild celebrates 15th year in Columbia

S.C. Gala features openly gay comedian ANT

ANT will be the featured performer at Columbia’s Business Guild gala. COLUMBIA — What do you get when you mix scores of LGBT people, a nationally respected, openly gay comedian, the mayor of a state’s capital city, food and dancing? The S.C. Gay and Lesbian Business Guild Gala, of course. On May 16, the Guild …

Q-Notes Online gets makeover

RSS, commenting, daily news alerts and more

Regular visitors to Q-Notes Online have already noticed a change in our online presence. A week prior to this current issue, Q-Notes staff rolled out our website’s new design. The new Q-Notes Online features daily news, RSS feeds, article talkbacks, staff blogs, a daily email news update and more. The new site and its behind-the-scenes …

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Students have run-in with anti-gay preachers

UNC-Charlotte LGBT group wants 'Fighting Words' policy expanded

UNC-Charlotte students walk past Belk Tower, where LGBT students say they were verbally attacked by anti-gay preachers. CHARLOTTE — When LGBT and allied students affiliated with the University of North Carolina-Charlotte’s PRIDE student group held their Day of Silence observances, they were confronted with loud and disruptive protests from anti-gay preachers. The events and their …

Blogger takes local DJ, radio station to task

96.1 The BEAT apologizes for on-air anti-gay comments

CHARLOTTE — As first reported on Q-Notes Online, a popular radio disc jockey was forced to issue written and on-air apologies after making anti-gay remarks on his show broadcast Apr. 15. CJ of 96.1 FM The BEAT made the remarks while discussing a reported kiss between openly gay gossip blogger Perez Hilton and pop star …

Mother, trans son embark on Soulforce journey

Family to visit Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church

BUNN, N.C. — Mary Helen Phelps, 43, calls herself a “reformed redneck.” Her journey toward accepting her female-to-male transgender son, Angel Collie, has taken her from valleys of worry and despair to mountain tops of joy and reconciliation. Phelps and her son will soon join Soulforce’s American Family Outing, a national event wherein families with …

‘Naked Boys’ banned from state-operated facility

Gay-popular musical told 'no' by SECCA, state officials

WINSTON-SALEM — The Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance’s production of the gay-popular musical “Naked Boys Singing” has been postponed after state officials with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts (SECCA) told the company they could not produce the musical at SECCA’s performance venue. According to Alliance organizers, SECCA and N.C. Department of Cultural Resources officials gave the …