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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. – – – advertisement – – – I’m here to help. I can’t recount every piece of recent gay news for you, but I …

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 …

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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. – – …

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. – – – advertisement – – – The next battleground!? Yes — you heard …

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. – – – advertisement – – – At …

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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. – – – advertisement – – …

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 …