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Guest Commentary – Page 11 – QNotes

Can we imagine a local community that supports itself?

Guest Commentary

by Monica Simpson A dear community organizer, Shane Windmeyer, wrote an incredible guest commentary (“Imagine: $700,000 for local LGBT advocacy & support,” March 21), in which he raised the question as to why the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) does not give money back to local communities. He stated that over $700,000 (approximated figure) was raised …

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Writer responds to criticism

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I would like to thank Matt Comer for his editorial in the Jan. 10 issue. He made some very good points about me and the purpose of my writing. I would also like to thank Kevin Scott for taking the time to write his commentary, voicing his opinion in the same issue. Mr. Scott made …

Stop publishing writings from prisoner

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After reading the most recent column from convicted child molester Joseph Urbaniak in Q-Notes, I felt compelled to voice my concerns to the editors. I have been a long-time reader of Q-Notes and have always appreciated the fact that the Carolinas have a source for LGBT news. I am however worried that the continued printing …

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Entertainers, united, can make real differences

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I was once told that having privilege comes with great responsibility. With that thought in mind, let me begin by wishing you a joyous holiday season and hoping that you, your family and loved ones celebrated a time of giving and a time of sharing. As an entertainer in this great community for the past …

Guest Commentary: Message to the religious right

This isn’t just about marriage, it’s about histories

I keep hearing all of this nonsense about us LGBTs attacking people, about us using intimidation and violence to oppress people, about us somehow being ugly aggressors. Newt Gingrich (who wrote the book on deceptive messaging during his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives) actually accused us of being “secular fascists.” Gingrich’s attack on …

Growing up trans-friendly in a trans-ignorant world?

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For the past few years, I have sought the ideal babysitter. Like other parents, I wish for sitters who are responsible, child-loving individuals whom my six-year-old Blaine, my spouse and I all like. Living in Watauga County, I also need to ensure that the babysitter won’t be appalled if my child comes out with a …

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Play censoring typical of LGBT coverage

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Ed. Note — The following guest commentary is a response to the Oct. 4 commentary, “No support for censored play,” by Norman Flowers. Ryan Wilson is the president of the South Carolina Pride Movement. What happened to “Naked Boys Singing” with The State newspaper is truly typical of how The State paper treats most of …

I support Obama

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I am supporting Obama because I respect him and am excited about his plans to help the people of our country, not because Palin is a frightening and offensive woman who wants to take my daughters rights away. It is not because McCain is an erratic and frightening man with bad judgment. While that could …