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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Lesbian co-mom wins joint custody fight

Groundbreaking decision from N.C. appellate court

RALEIGH — In a ruling on an issue it had not previously considered, the North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld a decision by Durham County District Judge Ann McKown to award joint custody of a child to JoEllen Mason and Irene Dwinnell, former lesbian partners. In the May 6 ruling on what is known in …

LGBT advocacy day dawns in the U.S.

'Healthcare and Homosexuality' is this year's theme

An anti-homophobia awareness day begun in Canada is making its way across the border into America. The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), a project of the Fondation Émergence, a Canadian LGBT foundation, is set for May 17. The day received a promotional boost recently when Parents, Families and Friends (PFLAG) pointed its blog readers and …

Push for DADT repeal gains muscle

House vet, Joint Chief speak out; opposition mobilizes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The battle over a possible repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy is heating up on Capitol Hill. During the first weekend of May, two Navy admirals, one retired and one the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke out on the issue of repealing the 1993 …