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The case of the raging grandma

General Gayety

Joyce Beddell will not be winning Grandmother of the Year. Right now she’s just trying to win her freedom. The 61-year-old from Reading, Pa., was arrested by police for beating the daylights out of her granddaughter after finding the 16-year-old in bed with another girl. Apparently Beddell has a strong opinion about lesbianism and a …

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Can gun-toting solve gay-bashing?


In a 5-4 decision handed down June 26, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own a gun for personal use. While the debate will continue as to whether the Second Amendment really means that Americans only have the right …

Highfalutin’ Hollywood queers

Editor's Note

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 …

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Hissing at kissing

General Gayety

I’m the only person in Seattle who hasn’t weighed in on the Ballpark Kissers. Time for me to step up to the plate. The case of the two lesbians ordered to stop smooching at a Seattle Mariners game has not only engrossed the local media and blogging types, but has popped up in newspapers from …

Alternative realities: Part one


As if the trans community has not suffered enough from the exclusion and disenfranchisement resulting from the ENDA fiasco, the latest news is another blow in the struggle for trans rights and trans autonomy. In May, the American Psychiatric Association, publisher of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders” (DSM), issued a press statement …

Can a Morehouse man be openly gay?


Morehouse College in Atlanta has been noted as the bastion of black male leadership since its inception in 1867. Embodying W.E.B. Dubois’s theory of “The Talented Tenth,” that stated “exceptional black men” would be the ones to lead the race, Morehouse College has produced unquestionably a pantheon of noted black men. However, nowhere in its …

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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 …

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 …

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 …