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Religious rebels

General Gayety

Although some Methodist ministers are breaking the Book of Discipline to bless same-sex unions, the denomination is holding fast to its traditional stands. Soulforce, an interfaith organization working to combat religious prejudice, gathered for their own 10 year anniversary, conference and direct action in Ft. Worth, Texas, at the same time as the United Methodists …

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John McCain doesn’t believe in my family

Guest Commentary

Alan O’Brien-Myers and his younger brother Jacob. Photo credit: Renna Communications As someone who was adopted by two lesbian moms, I was certainly disappointed to find out that John McCain, a candidate for president of the United States, doesn’t “believe in gay adoption.” What’s not to believe in? Many gays and lesbians adopt children and …

Sanford is so stupid

Editor's Note

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 …

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The future of Jesse Helms

General Gayety

It’s a popular notion that, after we die, we get what we deserve. So let’s assume that’s precisely what’s happening to Jesse Helms, the longtime U.S. senator from North Carolina who expired on July 4. As I picture things, after Helms died he immediately passed into a spiritual realm. He found himself in front of …

Historic hearing addresses trans issues

Transmissions

Note: This month’s intended column, “Alternative Realities, Part 2: Reparative Therapy” will appear next month to allow coverage of this groundbreaking event. Never has it been easier to be proud of both the Trans community and our elected leaders. On Thursday, June 26, history was made. The Congressional Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, …

Letter: Top 10 ‘Gay Ghettos’

A recent Q-Notes article reported that Charlotte, N.C. was deemed to be one of the “top 10 Gay Ghettos.” (“Charlotte, Raleigh among top 10 ‘Gay Ghettos’”) The number of Gay folks moving to a city, living there or requesting information does make any city a Gay Ghetto. For Charlotte the opposite is true. We do …

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We are just as deserving

Guest Commentary

Frank Benedetti and Gary Trowbridge at their 40th anniversary re-commitment ceremony in Winston-Salem, N.C. Last month The Winston-Salem Journal ran a survey on same-gender marriage, which was opposed by 66 percent of the participants — mostly on a “religious” basis. This negative backlash is not unusual. After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned laws against interracial …

A truly beautiful tragedy

Editor's Note

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. …

Do not forget Helms’ real legacy

Guest Commentary

It was a bit stunning to wake on Friday, July 4 and read that former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms was dead. My first thought was, finally. My second thought was, look at the misery this one man caused in the course of his 30 years in U.S. Senate. And, finally, I cried. Not for …

The ugly campaign phase begins

Anything But Straight

For a brief moment, it looked as if the LGBT community might escape gratuitous gay baiting in the 2008 presidential campaign. Unlike the past few election cycles where the strategy was to secure the base at all costs, McCain and Obama were vigorously vying for moderate and Independent swing voters. The pro-gay Obama was competing …