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Nomenclature: What really matters

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At the end of September a South Carolina gentleman sent out a letter to local LGBT leaders and news publications. His “beef” was with the recent announcement that the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement had officially requested its board of directors for permission to legally change its name to the South Carolina Pride …

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South Carolina’s on the right track

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South Carolina. The land of the Dixiecrats. Strom Thurmond and the Confederate Flag. The KKK and a “House of Homophobia.” And in the middle sits a blue oasis in a desert of red: The City of Columbia. The 2008 SC Pride Festival and Parade in the Palmetto State’s capital city went off without a hitch. …

New HIV numbers should spark action

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Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding new estimates on yearly HIV infections and transmissions should spark action in the Carolinas’ LGBT communities. As reported in this issue (see story), the CDC estimates that among the more than 56,000 new HIV infections each year, African-American gay and bisexual men and …

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Where is Q-Notes?

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Recently, an email landed in my inbox asking a very simple question: “The mainstream media is there. Where is Q-Notes?” The reader had a concern that we hadn’t covered what he thought was important news out of the Raleigh area. I could understand his frustration not seeing a big gay news story in the big …

False idols and the death god

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There’s something strange in the air. Do you smell it? Can you taste it? Christianity is changing, my friend. Well, maybe it’s more like a regression than anything else. The death god is making a comeback. Goodbye newly revealed understandings of the divine! Hello, Dark Ages! Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama is scheduled to speak …

Open interaction is the key to change

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Almost every Thursday a group of co-workers and I steal away from the office for about an hour or so. We head over to one of our local diners and feast on their scrumptious chicken pot pies. We’ll sit and chat while we eat, taking time to catch up on the last week. The diner …

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Sanford is so stupid

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The recent flap over the “South Carolina is so gay” British ad campaign has left the heads of LGBT citizens in the Carolinas spinning. What the hell happened and how’d it happen so fast? One minute, South Carolina’s going about its “Dixie”-whistling ways and the next it’s busting out with Barbra Streisand show tunes and …

A truly beautiful tragedy

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Hardcore. Metal. Punk. Emo. Indie. I don’t know what the differences are between these music styles — hell, I grew up listening to Country and Southern Gospel. But, I can say without the tiniest doubt that some of the absolutely fabulous band members in these genres are among the hottest creations on God’s green earth. …

Highfalutin’ Hollywood queers

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I was recently angered by a phone conversation I was privy to regarding a certain television star popular with the LGBT community. I won’t go into details, but what upset me — and still upsets me now — was learning about the reaction this bisexual star has to requests to attend Pride festivals. The star’s …

Communal frustrations

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This issue marks the end of my eighth month at Q-Notes. Three-fourths of the way to a full year’s work and the newness has begun to fade. I’m finding my opportunity here both rewarding and challenging. Unfortunately, frustration is an emotion I’m getting to know rather well through my job. Let me explain. Q-Notes covers …