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Helms created our ‘Stonewall’

N.C. Senate Vote 90 was a defining moment for queer N.C.

At the 40th Anniversary of the March on Washington, D.C., in 1963: Matt Foreman, Mandy Carter and Coretta Scott King. Photo credit: Mandy Carter – – – advertisement – – – Mandy Carter leaps onto the comparison like a cat pouncing on a cricket. “Yes, I so agree,” she says excitedly. “That was a defining …

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Year-by-year: Jesse Helms

Youth: 1921-1939 1921 — Helms is born in Monroe, N.C. 1938 — Helms graduates from high school and decides to attend Wingate Junior College. 1930 — He is forced to get a job sweeping at the local newspaper to help his family during the Great Depression. His exposure here has been credited with sparking his …

Gay Charlestonians hear wedding bells in Golden State

Crosscountry chapel run

Originally published in the July 9 issue of The Charleston City Paper. When Bryan and Michael decided to leave California in 2005 and relocate to suburban Charleston, they didn’t realize they’d be heading back to the West Coast three years later to tie the knot. – – – advertisement – – – On June 14, …

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High school drama, new play debuts in August

Charlotte's Yellow Bird Theatre to produce LGBT-themed plays

CHARLOTTE — Yellow Bird Theatre, a new Charlotte theater company created with a focus on LGBT issues, will premiere its first production, “Play on Words,” on Aug. 8. Founded by Greensboro College sophomore Benjamin Brian McCarthy, who is also directing “Play on Words,” Yellow Bird is almost entirely student-run and managed. In the production, actors …

Military leaders: ‘Don’t Ask’ ban counterproductive

Former top brass call for repeal

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A new report from the University of California-Santa Barbara’s Michael D. Palm Center, led by a team of retired senior flag and general officers from the U.S. military, has concluded that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on openly gay service members is counterproductive and should end. The report marks the …

Malaysia: Reform leader arrested again

Global News Notes

Reform leader arrested again KUALA LAMPUR, Malaysia — This Southeast Asian nation is experiencing heightened political divisions and tensions resulting from a gain in power by opposition forces seeking to wrest control from the ruling parties. This past Spring, Anwar Ibrahim led the opposition People’s Justice Party to a stunning electoral victory, breaking the National …

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Triangle: PFLAG fundrasing, Raleigh Center board slated

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte   Batter up CHARLOTTE — A group of women are interested in playing some ball, but are open to expanding to volleyball and/or soccer as well. This gathering would be held either once a week or every other week depending upon participants’ schedules or desires. Time and place is left to be determined. For …

GLSEN: Schools settle bullying cases

National News Notes

Schools settle bullying cases NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network said two recent settlements reaffirm the potential liability for schools that ignore anti-LGBT bullying and harassment. In California, the Upper Lake Union School District agreed earlier this month to implement comprehensive steps to protect students from anti-LGBT bullying and bias …

John Amaechi to visit Charlotte

Openly gay former NBA player to speak at conference

On Sept. 11, openly gay former NBA player and author John Amaechi will be a featured speaker at the Executive Leadership Summit of the National Organization for Diversity in Sales and Marketing, an organization founded in 2003 to foster effective, diverse sales and marketing strategies within corporate America, as well as within the small business …

Teen charged with false report, SLW raising funds

South Carolina News Notes

‘Baseball bat’ teen charged with filing false police report ANDERSON, S.C. — On July 22, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department charged an 18-year-old gay man with filing a false police report after he accused his father of assault. In two reports filed July 16, Dwight Clark Ables accused his father of chasing him, punching him …