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Time Out Youth: Adding insult to injury

Staff Editorial

[Note: Editor Matt Comer was not involved in the writing of this editorial. — Assoc. Ed.] Since its founding in 1991, Time Out Youth (TOY) has been one of the Charlotte LGBT community’s most important organizations and one of its finest resources. Thousands of LGBT and questioning youth have been guided through the challenging process …

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Talk of murder

General Gayety

The leader of The Gambia delivered a lulu of a speech recently. President Yahya Jammeh said he intends to behead gays. Not the finest policy statement I’ve ever heard. Speaking at a political rally, President Jammeh announced gay people had 24 hours to leave the West African nation, the BBC reported. He told the crowd …

My life on the ‘T’ list

The following was submitted by a Q-Notes reader who wishes to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the information he shares. At the beginning of December 2006, I was in perfect health. Looking forward to Christmas and the New Year, I was working hard, playing hard and hanging out with friends and a …

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All the news that fits

General Gayety

I know it’s hard for you. What with the Democratic drama, Myanmar mess and other big stories to keep track of, it’s tough to stay abreast of LGBT news as well. I’m here to help. I can’t recount every piece of recent gay news for you, but I can offer a selection of items guaranteed …

The bathroom issue, part two

Transmissions

In last month’s column, we examined the mechanism of the bathroom issue. How does this manifest in real life situations? I cite examples, which have occurred, or are occurring, within the previous six months. These incidents are drawn from four different states: Maryland, Massachusetts, Iowa and Maine. The last involves schools and students and how …

Communal frustrations

Editor's Note

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 …

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Queer eye for poll time

Editor's Note

The North Carolina Primary has come and gone. The TV ads, the robo-calls and canvassers are things of the past. The candidates and their campaigns have, for the most part, packed up their bags and headed on to the next battleground. The next battleground!? Yes — you heard me correctly. The race for the White …

Singapore sins

General Gayety

The island nation of Singapore has a population of about four-and-a-half million people. The country’s media watchdog is resolved that not one of those people will see homosexuals on TV. The Media Development Authority (MDA) just spanked a television station for showing the unthinkable: a gay family. At 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 of …

Referendum rascal

General Gayety

Michael Heath is so anxious to go back in time you’d think he expects to earn frequent flier miles for the journey. Heath, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, has initiated a referendum that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions and prohibit same-sex couples from adopting. It would also remove sexual …

The bathroom issue

Transmissions

Remember those old and worn out saws we’ve heard for years? Gay men present a problem to society because they are more likely to be sexual predators. Or, how about this nugget: Gay Straight Alliances (GSA’s) will result in higher HIV rates among students and the only object of these “clubs,” anyway, is to recruit …