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The emotion roundup

General Gayety

I’m mad. I’m angry that Proposition 8 passed. I’m mad that Californians voted to ban same-sex marriage. They kicked gays and lesbians into the La Brea tar pits. Never before has a state yanked away gay marriage after it had been legalized. California has historically led in the area of social change. The state Supreme …

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Lockdown – You’re out!

[Ed. Note — Joseph Urbiniak is an inmate at Harnett Correctional Institution in Lillington, N.C., and is the plaintiff in a pending lawsuit against the N.C. Department of Corrections to secure the right of LGBT prisoners to possess non-sexual, LGBT-themed books, newspaper and magazines. Q-Notes is publishing a collection of Urbiniak’s writings in this exclusive, …

Election reactions

Reader reactions

Q-Notes readers reflect on the results of Nov. 4 • • • All I have to say, is thank God Obama is in office! It’s about time that this country has someone in office that is going to unite the people instead of divide them by race, religion and sexual orientation. I am excited to …

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talkback – Veterans’ Affairs

Letters to the editor and comments from Q-Notes Online. Web comments are not edited for grammar or punctuation. [Ed. Note — This is a response to the Nov. 1 QLiving feature, “Veterans’ Affairs.”] – – – advertisement – – – While I don’t want to take anything away from Albert’s and Robert’s service to our …

Access denied

General Gayety

My girlfriend Anne recently took a business trip to South Bend, Ind. While staying at a Hyatt, she decided to use one of the hotel’s public computers in the lobby to check out the offerings of the upcoming gay film festival back here in Seattle. The computer didn’t cooperate. Was a leprechaun from nearby Notre …

We remember…

T-Notes

It’s 3 a.m. in the morning — Wednesday, Nov. 5 — and I am still in a daze from last night’s election results. History was made and Nov. 4, 2008 will forever be recorded in history as the beginning of a new era. An overwhelming majority of both electors and voters has decided in favor …

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Gay rights on lockdown

An inmate details his ongoing court battle with the N.C. Dept. of Corrections

[Ed. Note: Joseph Urbaniak, an inmate at Harnett Correctional Institution in Lillington, N.C., is the plaintiff in a pending lawsuit against the N.C. Department of Corrections to secure the right of LGBT prisoners to possess non-sexual, LGBT-themed books, newspapers and magazines. In this exclusive feature, he gives his account of the circumstances that precipitated this …

Raleigh HIV case warrants news coverage

Staff Editorial

Since the publication of our Oct. 23 web story “Gay DJ put on house arrest for second HIV violation,” Q-Notes has received some pointed criticism. We welcome this exchange of ideas and want our readers to know the reasons we decided to publish the story online, why a version appears in this issue and how …

talkback — Crisis, Election

Letters to the editor and comments from Q-Notes Online. Web comments are not edited for grammar or punctuation. Op-ed not full story on ‘Crisis’ I was a little surprised to see you publish the October 4th guest commentary (“Ignoring the crisis at home?”, Brandon Greeson) suggesting I am “ignoring the crisis at home” about gay …

Crazed Christian candidate

General Gayety

When it seems like the USA is saturated with Christian fire-and-brimstone folks categorically consigning gays to hell, take heart: other countries are stuck with them, too. Canadian David Popescu is running for office and running amok in Sudbury, Ontario. He has just announced that he wants gays killed. How’s that for an inspiring platform? Popescu, …