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Charlotte lesbian pastor to become bishop

National Unity Fellowship conference meets to consecrate two female bishops

Bishop-elect Tonyia Rawls, of Unity Fellowship Church of Charlotte, will be consecrated a bishop on Sunday, Apr. 27. CHARLOTTE — The national mid-year conference of the LGBT-affirming Unity Fellowship Church Movement will meet here Apr. 21-27. During the conference, Charlotte-based pastor Tonyia Rawls, as well as another female pastor, will be consecrated as bishops in …

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Thai Red Cross ends blood ban

Global News Notes

Thai Red Cross ends blood ban BANGKOK, Thailand — Activists have succeeded in their bid to amend the screening form required for blood donation. To date, questions on the form have asked about high-risk sexual behavior, but only related to same-sex behavior, and all gay men have been prohibited from donating. The questions will be …

Army OKs criminals, but not gays; Gov. stands up for equality

National News Notes

Army OKs criminals, but not gays WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Apr. 7 edition of USA Today featured a report on the rising percentage of Army recruits needing a waiver to join the service because of a past criminal record. The article stated that the percentage has more than doubled since 2004 to an unprecedented one …

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Companies team up to reach LGBT travelers

Facebook offering interactive utility for users to share experiences

Openly gay Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes said the popular social networking site was always meant to be gay-friendly. Online social networking companies are teaming up with leading travel and transportation agencies in an effort to reach out to the LGBT traveler. The most recent companies to jump into the fray include Facebook, PlanetOut, American Airlines …

Flip loves Matt and other odd Ozark tales

OSA descends on small Arkansas hamlet

Operation Save America’s Flip Benham was unsuccessful in ‘saving’ LGBT community during Diversity Weekend. Photo Credit: Lainey Millen EUREKA SPRINGS, Ar. — From Apr. 3-6, this Northwest Arkansas town played host to one of its seasonal Diversity Weekend celebrations. This resort town only has 2,300 residents. Over one-third of the population is gay, lesbian, bisexual, …

Southern Law Center reviews year of hate

Number of U.S. hate groups rose to 888 in ’07

The seal of one hate group associated with the KKK, based in North Carolina. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) profiles a year of hate groups’ actions in the latest issue of The Intelligence Report, the organization’s quarterly investigative news magazine monitoring the radical right. In a feature article on the rising …

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Moore, Democrats top ENC 2008 endorsements

Organization announces new state employment protections

Citing his support of employment non-discrimination, EqualityNC endorsed Treasurer Richard Moore in North Carolina’s gubernatorial Democratic primary. RALEIGH — In the first two weeks of April, Equality North Carolina (ENC), the statewide LGBT advocacy organization, released endorsements for seven legislative primary races and six executive contests including the governor’s office. The endorsements, released under ENC’s …

Day of Silence sparks outcry

Carolina conservatives gear up to protest gay students

REGIONAL — On Friday, Apr. 25, thousands of LGBT and straight ally students in the Carolinas and across the U.S. will participate in the National Day of Silence, a day-long vow of silence to represent how LGBT people are forced to live invisible lives. In response, national right-wing groups including the American Family Association (AFA) …

Artists sought; Boone Pride; and bullying survey

N.C. News Notes

Charlotte Singers, musicians, spoken word artists sought CHARLOTTE — Pride Charlotte 2008 is looking for LGBT and supportive established acoustic-style performers (vocal, instrumental, and spoken word) to perform on the Community Stage (a second smaller stage) at its annual event on July 26 at Gateway Village in Uptown Charlotte. They are looking for local and …