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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. …

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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. – – – advertisement – …

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?

Opinion

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 …

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

Transmissions

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 …