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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 …

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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 …

No comparison between Wright, McClurkin

North Carolina 2008

The recent public airing of statements made by presidential candidate Barack Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, opened a Pandora’s box surrounding the underlying racial tensions that still exist between the black and white communities in the 21st century, as well as the continued existence of institutional racism. The LGBT community has quickly inserted …

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Guest Commentary: Obama deserves our support

North Carolina 2008

On Apr. 17, 2008, Q-Notes let down North Carolina’s LGBT community by refusing to endorse either of the remaining Democratic presidential candidates (www.q-notes.com/2008/04/17/primary-concerns/). It makes no sense for Q-Notes to expect North Carolinians to “get out there and work your rear off” for the eventual nominee, while at the same time declaring your own support …

Guest Commentary: Clinton deserves our support

North Carolina 2008

As First Lady and U.S. senator, Hillary Clinton has championed efforts to improve the lives of LGBT Americans. Hillary has many accomplishments championed on behalf of the LGBT community. Hillary fights against Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) In 2004 and in 2006, Hillary worked to defeat the FMA. As chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and …

Violently ill

General Gayety

I’m so sick of violence I want to hit someone. I’m having one of those moments when it feels like the amount of violence in the world is just plain overwhelming. But if I respond by tuning out the news, I’ll have nothing to write about but my own life and that could lead readers …

Behind the macho mask

Gay therapist speaks out against homonegativity

Most men experience pressure to be “all man.” Except no one’s really sure of what it means to be a man. Being a man in Europe is different than being a man in America. Even here in the U.S., being a man in L.A. is different than being a man in New York. Heck, even …