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Clinton campaign to host LGBT N.C. social on Thursday

Article Updated 3:00 p.m. 4/26/2008 CHARLOTTE — The Clinton campaign will host an official social for the LGBT community on Thurs., May 1, 6-9 p.m., at The Forum in Uptown Charlotte with featured guest Ellen Greene, the original Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors” and a cast member of the hit ABC television show “Pushing …

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Barack Obama to launch two-day N.C. tour

Article updated 2:20 p.m. 4/26/2008 RALEIGH — Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) will embark on a two-day tour across the state on Mon., Apr. 28 and Tues., Apr. 29. Currently the candidate with the most pledged delegates for the National Democratic Convention, Obama will host town hall meetings on the economy Wilmington and Wilson and attend …

State ensures gay hospital visitation rights

RALEIGH — North Carolina hospital patients will soon have a new right, ensuring they can receive the visitors who matter most to them regardless of the legal status of their relationship. A new statewide rule will help ensure that same-sex partners and other loved ones will be treated the same as immediate family. The rule …

Openly gay S.C. candidate to hold town halls

Anti-gay baiting already part of campaign

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Greenville County Council candidate James Akers, Jr. (D) will hold two town hall meetings within the next week. “An election should be about the concerns of the citizens, not about who is a big money candidate and raises the most money,” Akers said in a Tuesday press release. “It is important for …

Carolina PFLAG chapter hosts regional gathering

Organization receives $3,000 grant

SALISBURY, N.C. — PFLAG-Salisbury chapter will play host to the national organization’s North Carolina/South Carolina Leadership Conference this week. On Saturday, April 26, more than 50 participants, as well as PFLAG national officers, will descend on this sleepy hometown of regional grocery store giant Food Lion. The event will be hosted at Haven Lutheran Church. …

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Raleigh teacher accused of sex with 18-year-old female student

Digital photo shows teacher kissing student

RALEIGH — A teacher is being accused of improper sexual relations with a female student. According to WSOC TV (Charlotte), 33-year-old Shannon Best is accused of having sex with one student who  spent the night at her house one night prior to a scheduled track meet. Another female student also spent the night. The WSOC …

AFFA celebrates year of achievement

Charleston group succeeds on many levels

The Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA), a Charleston-based organization focused on promoting LGBT “Acceptance Without Exception,” has been extremely active the last year. Aside from building coalitions with the NAACP, Camp Hope (a program for at-risk children), the S.C. Progressive Network and the Unitarian Universalist Church, AFFA grew 12 percent and now has between 450 …

Blogger’s reaction to DJ’s anti-gay remarks leads to apology

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A popular radio disc jockey has issued on-air and written apologies for anti-gay and offensive remarks he made on the air Tuesday, April 15. CJ of 96.1 The Beat in Charlotte, N.C., made several remarks regarding openly gay Perez Hilton kissing pop star John Mayer, including calling two men kissing “disgusting,” “sick,” …

Charlotte school board defeats anti-gay proposals

Day of Silence activities saved from proposed ban by conservative board members.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Tuesday, April 15, the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools (CMS) Board of Education defeated member Kaye McGarry’s proposal to excuse anti-gay and conservative students’ absences on the annual National Day of Silence, Friday, April 25. The board also defeated an attempt to ban all Day of Silence activities in Charlotte schools. The proposal to …