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5 Trans workers protected

6 Gala speakers announced

10 Charlotte lawsuit dismissed

11 MCC celebrates 30

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on being a gay parent

by brett webb-mitchell :: qnotes contributor

The word is…

When I was a child, one of the favorite

game shows I watched with my grandmother

on her color television in her room in our house

was “Password.” It was a simple game show

with lots of laughter and witty banter, sometimes

with Betty White on as a contestant,

with her husband Allen Ludden as the emcee.

For those not fortunate to watch the show in

the 1960s, the rule was simple: there were two

couples vying for money. A couple comprised

a celebrity and a contestant from the general

public. One person was given a word that the

other person had to guess correctly. The trick?

The person who knew the word could give syllogisms,

but not the word itself, nor act out the

word while the other person tried to guess the

correct word. For me, I learned a thesaurus

amount of words while watching Hollywood

stars I thought were incredibly sexy.

The power of words to win a game show,

create worlds, shape viewpoints as we discover

their meaning, whether it is on a game

show or in our actual lives, was not lost on

me recently when my son was going over his

vocabulary words for his high school U.S. history

course. As I was cooking ground turkey in

a skillet, my son came up to me and said, “Hey

Dad, we learned the word ‘pogrom’ today,

talking about the Holocaust and Nazi Germany

in the 1930s. The Nazis carried out a pogrom

against Jews.” Affirming that I was glad he

was learning an important word in connection

to the atrocities of Nazi Germany and the pogrom

that brought about the annihilation of not

only Jews, but LGBT people, gypsies, people

with disabilities, he went back to his studies

and I finished cooking the meal.

After this brief conversation, I could

almost hear Ludden’s voice inside of me “The

word is…pogrom.”

After supper, and while watching part of

MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow” show, my son’s

divided attention to his homework and

Maddow’s coverage of the Ugandan bill

known simply as “Kill the Gays Bill,” the

proverbial “light bulb” of new thoughts and

new connections went on with a brilliance I

could not have scripted. My son drew the new

vocab word and the atrocities of the Ugandan

bill together quickly: “Now that’s a pogrom!

People who are

simply gay are

being killed by

the government

of

Uganda simply

because

they are gay?

That’s just like Nazi Germany with the Jews,”

he said with a certain level of amazement as

history was repeating itself. I quickly affirmed

his conclusion: yes, the government of

Uganda is threatening to carry out a pogrom,

which is technically an organized, often officially

encouraged massacre or persecution

of a minority group, this time being carried out

against lesbians, gays, bisexual or transgender

people in Uganda.

As an educator who believes that the best

way to teach and learn is in the middle of life’s

unexpected educational moments, which is

usually a serendipitous minute or two where

we can teach a lesson that will last a lifetime,

I grabbed this opportunity to connect the

dots. My son, partner and I discussed openly

about the anti-gay bill promoting the killing of

gay people for being gay and the members of

the secretive evangelical Christian group of

legislators — senators and representatives

alike — along with reparative therapy enthusiasts,

who are known as the “Family” who

live on “C St.” in Washington, D.C., who have

been supportive of the Ugandan government’s

legislative agenda. With incredulity rising in

his voice, my son reiterated the argument that

sounded more and more inane as he spoke,

“They want to kill gays for simply being gay?

Really? That’s horrible.”

We all experienced a lesson about a word,

connected with an ungodly situation that is

occurring today and it is a lesson that will last

a lifetime. I could not have planned this better

if I had tried. “Pogrom,” an historical word

learned for a U.S. History course, designated

for the killing of Jews in WWII, was re-born

and re-assigned to a modern atrocity of savagery

in our world today in the middle of our

already filled family life. But, we made room to

learn that word today.

The word is…“Pogrom.” : :

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the turn of

the year, the Obama administration, through

the Office of Personnel Management,

has started to list gender identity among

the classes protected by federal Equal

Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies. By

including gender identity as a protected class,

the government has taken a significant step

toward ending employment discrimination of

LGBT people in the federal workforce.

Although a long-standing federal law

prohibits any federal employment decisions

that are not based on merit and another law

prohibits sex discrimination, the new EEO

policy marks the first time that gender identity

discrimination has been explicitly banned

from the federal workplace.

The policy is now on the federal

government’s jobs website as a link from

more than 20,000 current federal job listings.

The American Civil Liberties Union praised

the Obama administration for initiating the

change in EEO policy and urged Congress to

continue to work for further protections for

LGBT Americans.

“This new policy is a very significant

development,” said Christopher Anders, ACLU

Senior Legislative Counsel. “The inclusion

of gender identity in federal EEO policies

is a very clear statement that the federal

government will not discriminate based on

gender identity. The Obama administration

is demonstrating a strong commitment to

an effective workforce by making clear that

the federal government will not discriminate

against transgender employees.”

The new EEO policy protects federal

employees and applicants for federal

employment, but federal legislation is still

needed to protect millions of LGBT employees

working for businesses and state and local

governments. The U.S. House and Senate

currently have versions of the Employee Non-

Discrimination Act (ENDA) pending. ENDA,

if passed, would be the first-ever federal

ban on employment discrimination of LBGT

Americans in the workplace.

“With this new policy and ENDA pending

in both the House and Senate, we have an

unprecedented opportunity to protect the

rights of all Americans at work,” said Anders.

“When Congress returns later this month, both

houses should make passing ENDA a priority.”

Transwoman named gov’t advisor

Amanda Simpson, who has served

on the National Center for Transgender

Equality’s Board of Directors for the past three

years, has been appointed by the Obama

Administration as a Senior Technical Advisor

to the Department of Commerce in the Bureau

of Industry and Security.

“I’m truly honored to have received this

appointment and am eager and excited about

this opportunity that is before me. And at the

same time, as one of the first transgender

presidential appointees to the federal

government, I hope that I will soon be one of

hundreds, and that this appointment opens

future opportunities for many others.”

Simpson brings considerable professional

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Federal trans workers protected

credentials to her new job. For 30 years,

she has worked in the aerospace and

defense industry, most recently serving as

Deputy Director in Advanced Technology

Development at Raytheon Missile Systems in

Tucson, Ariz. She holds degrees in physics,

engineering and business administration

along with an extensive flight background.

In 2004, the YWCA recognized her as one

of their “Women on the Move” and in 2005

she was given the Arizona Human Rights

Foundation Individual Award.

u WASHINGTON, D.C. — The long-standing

ban on HIV-positive visitors and immigrants

entering the country has been lifted. A

regulation promulgated by the Obama

administration last summer and finalized in

November went into effect Jan. 4, removing

HIV from the list of communicable diseases

that bar foreign nationals from entering the

U.S.

u NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Securities and

Exchange Commission has directed the Walt

Disney Company to accept a shareholder

resolution calling for a vote on inclusion of

ex-gays in Disney’s sexual orientation policies

and corporate diversity programs. Disney had

opposed the ex-gay resolution.

u WASHINGTON, D.C. — The D.C. Superior

Court has rejected a proposed ballot initiative

to roll back legislation recently passed by the

D.C. Council extending marriage in the District

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to same-sex couples. The ruling concluded a

challenge to the decision of the D.C. Board of

Elections and Ethics to bar the measure from

the ballot.

u TRENTON, N.J. — Lambda Legal is going

back to court to seek marriage equality for

same-sex couples after the New Jersey

Senate failed to pass a marriage bill this

session. In 2006, the New Jersey Supreme

Court ruled that gay couples must be treated

equally. Lambda says the state’s civil union

law does not meet that requirement.

u LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Openly gay actor

Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”)

and out screenwriter Dustin Lance Black

(“Milk”) have been elected to the Board of

Directors of the Trevor Project, the leading

national organization focused on crisis and

suicide prevention efforts among LGBT and

questioning youth.

u KAMPALA, Uganda — President Yoweri

Museveni appears to be backing down

from the international uproar over Uganda’s

proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which

would make homosexuality punishable by life

imprisonment or even death. According to

media reports, he has already hinted that the

death penalty component could be dropped

due to the widespread condemnation. In

the U.S., gay rights groups are calling on the

White House and Congress to increase

their pressure. : :

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Gala speakers,

award recipients

announced

RALEIGH — The Human Rights

Campaign’s (HRC) Carolinas Gala Committee

has announced that singer

Clay Aiken and actress

Meredith Baxter will be

guest speakers at the 15th

Annual HRC Carolinas Gala

on Feb. 27 at the Raleigh

Convention Center, 500 S.

Salisbury St.

Since coming to

national attention on the

second season of “American

Idol” in 2003 — where

he was the unexpected

runner up, only to become

the biggest selling male

artist the show has ever

featured — Raleigh native and resident Aiken

has toured nine times, authored a New York

Times bestselling memoir, sold more than six

million albums, produced and hosted television

programs, starred on Broadway (Monty

Python’s “Spamalot”) and devoted considerable

energy and resources to improving the

lives of children all over the world.

Baxter is an acclaimed television, film,

and stage actress, producer and advocate for

women’s rights and breast cancer research.

She recently came out as a lesbian on

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national television during an interview with

Matt Lauer on “The Today Show” and in an

interview in People Magazine.

She also just signed a deal

with Broadway Books to write

a candid and revealing memoir

of her personal life which, in

addition to her recent disclosure,

includes her diagnosis of

breast cancer in 1998, as well

as her professional life

HRC President Joe Solmonese

will also speak.

Gala Dinner co-chair Joni

Madison states, “We are

very excited to

announce our

speaker line up

for our Saturday

evening Gala. Our

guests will now

have the opportunity

to hear the

personal stories of

Mr. Aiken and Ms.

Baxter, as well

as HRC President

Solmonese.”

Tickets are

on sale $175 through Feb. 10. Price includes a

one-year membership and a subscription to

the quarterly HRC magazine.

In other news, the HRC Carolinas Gala

Committee and Steering Committee have

announced the recipients of their annual

Equality Awards, which will be presented at

the Gala.

This year’s awardees are Greensboro’s

Guilford Green Foundation (Equality Award,

Organization), Mary Elizabeth Lennon of

Charlotte (Trailblazer, Equality Individual

Award) and David Parker of Colfax, N.C.

(Legacy Award).

For the past 11 years, the Guilford Green

Foundation has promoted diversity and

inclusiveness throughout the greater Guilford

County community and distributed over

$550,000 to organizations serving the LGBT

community. Through programs such as the

“Triad Takeover” and “Green Queen Bingo,”

the Foundation has worked effectively to cre-

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ate both an awareness and appreciation of

the LGBT community through visibility, solidarity

and generosity.

Lennon, the youngest individual to ever

receive the HRC Carolinas Equality Award,

founded the Human Rights Alliance at

Providence Day School in Charlotte, the first

such organization to address LGBT issues at

a private school in the area and stood firmly

by her work and compassion as she rode out

the storm of controversy subsequent to the

group’s founding. Her work has since spread

to other private schools in the area.

Parker is being recognized for his work

with and on behalf of the transgender community,

not just in North Carolina, but nationwide

and for his work with PFLAG both locally

and nationally. Not only has he worked to be

an ally and an advocate, he has mentored,

counseled, and parented countless transgender

men and women serving to help them and

their families understand and cope with their

transitions.

For more information, or to purchase

tickets, visit hrccarolinas.org.

Charlotte Metro

Guild and ENC host gathering

CHARLOTTE — Equality NC (ENC) will

be hosting a free gathering in partnership

with the Charlotte Business Guild on Jan. 29,

6-8 p.m., at Blue Restaurant and Bar, Hearst

Tower, corner of 5th and College Sts.

Grab a drink and enjoy free appetizers and

great conversation. ENC’s statewide board

and staff will be in town and are eager to connect

with its supporters.

To attend, visit eqfed.org/equalitync/

events/clt0110/details.tcl, however, walk-ins

are welcome too.

Local Pride slated

SALISBURY — PFLAG NC State Coordinator

Mike Clawson, founder of the Salisbury-

Rowan PFLAG chapter, has announced the

Salisbury-Rowan Human Relations Council

(SRHRC) has voted to support and endorse a

Salisbury-Rowan PRIDE event for 2010.

“I’m proud and excited that the SRHRC

has stepped up and followed through in it’s

mission statement”, said Clawson. “We produce

several events each year to honor the

African-American, Hispanic and faith communities,

and for the Council to acknowledge

that we can celebrate Salisbury-Rowan’s

GLBT community as well is a huge step.”

The event will feature entertainment,

speakers, food, and organizational and

informational booths, all in beautiful, historic

downtown Salisbury. A date has yet to be

set. Clawson hopes a lot of the vendors and

groups that participate in Charlotte PRIDE will

come forward to be a part of Rowan’s first

PRIDE event. Vendors, organizations and/or

employers are encouraged to call 704-213-

0181 to get details.

Brunch!

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Afro

American Professional Lesbian Meetup Group

will be getting together for PALs Sunday

Brunch, Part 2, on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at 131 Main

Restaurant, 1315 East Blvd.

For more information, visit meetup.com/

Charlotte-Afro-American-Professional-

Lesbian-Meetup-Group/calendar.

All for the cause

CHARLOTTE — Join Buff Faye on numerous

occasions to help support local charities.

It’s food, fun and drag for the whole family.

On Feb. 12, head Uptown to Hartigan’s Pub

& Restaurant, 601 S. Cedar for Eat Your Heart

Out, a special dining experience from 7-10

p.m., with proceeds benefiting Regional AIDS

Interfaith Network and House of Mercy. Didn’t

get enough for one day, then bounce on back

on for a Sunday Drag Brunch on Feb. 14 from

12-3 p.m.

A fundraiser for Campus Pride and Time

Out Youth will take place on Feb. 25 at Myers

Park Baptist Church at 6 p.m. featuring

Mitchell Gold, author of “Crisis.” Afterward,

bop on over to Petra’s Piano Bar at 8 p.m.

to cap off the evening. There’s no cover, but

donations are welcome. Call 704-344-9335 for

more details.

Don’t want to get pinched? Then deck out

in green and head back over to Hartigan’s on

Mar. 14 from 12-3 p.m. for Get Lucky!? —

Luck O’ the Buff Faye. Proceeds will benefit

Campus Pride.

Hold on to a few bucks for after Tax Day.

On Apr. 18, it’s hee-haw time for Rise & Shine

—Country Barnyard Buff Faye from 12-3 p.m.

at Hartigan’s. Proceeds benefit the American

Cancer Society.

For more information, visit bufffaye.com.

Strike up the music

CHARLOTTE — It’s official. The Queen City

now has the beginnings of an LGBT band.

As a result of the outcome of the Jan. 14

organizational meeting, it seems that there

are about 20 people who are ready to jump on

board to help get this thing up and running.

Consensus has established Thursday

evenings as rehearsal night, with the first

one to be on Feb. 4, 7-9:30 p.m. at St. Martin’s

Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St.

Auditions were held on Jan. 21 and will be

available again on Jan. 28.

The band is looking for a music director.

To schedule an audition, to express

interest in leading the band or to get more

information on the band, email Don Niehus at

d_neihus@yahoo.com.

Triangle

Womyn time

RALEIGH — Chocolate Lovers Meetup

has scheduled some fun-filled events over the

next few weeks.

Join them on Jan. 24 as they take an

afternoon hike at William B.. Umstead State

Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave. at 2 p.m. They will

be jaunting along Sal’s Branch Trail which

is 2.75 miles and is in the easy/moderate difficulty

range. The hike will take approximately

90 minutes and will be graced with remnants

of days passed — stone bridges, picnic grills

built by farmers and old roadbeds. Attendees

are asked to dress appropriately for the

expected weather conditions, invited to wear

comfortable shoes and encouraged to bring a

water bottle.

In the event of inclement weather, this

event may be cancelled. Visit the group’s site

to be included in the email notification.

Next up is an afternoon on Feb. 7 at North

Carolina State watching the women’s basketball

team match up against Virginia Tech at

Reynolds Coliseum, 2411 Dunn Ave., at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $7. Parking is free.

For more information, visit meetup.com/

GBLT-Chocolate-Affair/calendar.

On Jan. 17, the group had an opportunity

to see “Don’t Go,” an independent LGBT film

featuring young, diverse groups of friends living

and working in Los Angeles at the Durham

County Library Main Branch in honor of MLK

Weekend. This film

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Afterward, during a live webcast, participants

were able to do a Q&A with the director,

Amber Sharp, and cast. Among the cast members

was Jamora McDuffie, a Durham native.

They also took the opportunity to view

the short film, “Dream in Color,” as a paring

with the screening. This short dealt with

sexuality and gender in the African-American

community.

For more information about the film, visit

dontgotheseries.com and for McDuffie, visit

janora-mcduffie.com.

Sing it out

DURHAM — A private Valentine’s Blast

will be held on Feb. 2 on “the other side” at

Steel Blue, 1426 S. Miami Blvd., at 8 p.m. as a

benefit for Common Woman Chorus. A contribution

of $10 is suggested.

The group had a kickoff potluck for new

and returning performers on Jan. 12 at Eno

River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. It’s

first open rehearsal was on Jan. 19. The next

open rehearsal will take place in September.

To make a contribution or for more information,

email infocwc@yahoo.com or visit

commonwomanchorus.net.

Western

CNN to quiz Gold

HICKORY — Mitchell Gold will be interviewed

on Jan. 28 by CNN anchor and special

correspondent Soledad O’Brien at Lenior-

Rhyne University during it’s Visiting Writers

Series. The free event will take place at 7 p.m.

in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

Gold is editor of “Crisis,” a compilation of

stories about numerous LGBT people from

across the country.

For more information, see visitingwriters.

lr.edu.

Regional

Survey time

CLEMSON — Phillip Lipka, a doctoral

student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology

program at Clemson University is currently

conducting research for his dissertation

which examines factors that can reduce the

negative effects of workplace heterosexism

for sexual minorities.

He is asking for participants to complete a

brief online survey, which should take about

20 minutes.

Visit surveymonkey.com/s/SDTYCJP to

join in.

ENC seeks assistance

RALEIGH — Pictures are worth a

thousand words, they say. So, ENC is taking

the time to collect photographs from area

residents to fulfill its initiative to educate the

public on what fairness is really about.

ENC wants to create a collection of images

to illustrate the dreams and aspirations

of LGBT North Carolinians.

They want to assemble an assortment of

pictures from all over North Carolina to demonstrate

exactly what our state hopes for.

With an emphasis on fairness, freedom

and family, let ENC know what equality mean

to you.

To participate, be creative and take a

photo of yourself, family and/or friends, telling

ENC what you want. Write it on a piece of

paper, on a chalkboard or however you like

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by leslie robinson :: qnotes contributor

The day things change

If you follow the news, you know that Jan.

1 was a big day in New Hampshire.

That’s the day recreational fishermen

needed to be registered to fish for smelt.

Days don’t come any bigger.

If you’re a smelt fisherman. Or a smelt.

Jan. 1 was also the day same-sex marriage

became legal in the Granite State. The

fight for and against gay marriage was vitally

important to many New Hampshirites and the

positive outcome a huge, happy deal to the

LGBT community across the country.

But from a statutory point of view, when

New Year’s Day came around, the monumental

change in marriage law didn’t stand alone.

No, indeed. Other alterations to state law

kicked in that day, each important to, well, at

least somebody.

Take that fishy law. Seacoastonline.com

reported that now most New Hampshire

saltwater recreational anglers and spear fishermen

must register to fish for “anadromous”

species, like smelt, in tidal waters.

I couldn’t find “anadromous” in the

dictionary, my grasp of fish is slippery and my

brain preferred to gloss over the dull facts and

instead imagine the story of Jonah and the

smelt.

But, I did get why this new law is important:

A registry will provide accurate data

helpful in protecting shared marine resources.

Makes sense to me. And, since I doubt smelt

marched to Concord to testify before the

state legislature, the new law made sense to

enough New Hampshire humans.

So did the new rule mandating carbon

monoxide detectors in homes built after Jan.

1. That one surprised me, given the state’s libertarian

tradition. I would’ve expected the bill

to collapse as some flinty legislator intoned,

“You’re infringing on personal freedom! If

somebody doesn’t want a carbon monoxide

detector, it’s his right to die!”

Similar concerns probably arose in the debate

over distracted driving. As of New Year’s

Day, drivers in New Hampshire may not send

text messages while behind the wheel. Ditto

for Twittering and typing on laptops. Getting

caught will cost $100.

So, anyone who attends a lesbian

wedding or fishes for smelt and becomes

emotional over either must wait to get home to

tweet about it.

Another change to state law must’ve had

an emotional component: There’s no more

statute of limitations on assisting or concealing

a murder. If you hid a murder and texted

about it while driving, you’re doubly in trouble.

Licensed physical therapists in New

Hampshire saw their world expand as of Jan.

1. They can now get special certification to

practice on animals. Whether most animals

supported or opposed this measure is hard to

say.

The law naming the Chinook as the official

state dog went into effect last August, but

Seacoastonline.com included the change in

its roundup of laws kicking in on New Year’s

Day. The folks behind the news site must still

be giddy with the dog’s elevation.

A sled and work dog, the Chinook is

the only breed to have originated in New

Hampshire. It’s joined such luminaries as the

ladybug and spotted newt as official state

mascots.

Who raised the dog to its present lofty

status? A group of seventh-graders. Their lobbying

got the job done. If we’d turned over the

fight for same-sex marriage to students from

the Ross Lurgio Middle School in Bedford

we’d have gotten it sooner.

Now other students are advocating for

apple cider to be named the official state

beverage. Maybe on Jan. 1 of next year that

law will go into effect and the gay couples

who married this Jan. 1 will drink a tart toast

to their first anniversary and their state.

The kids are lobbying for regular cider, not

hard cider. We got same-sex marriage, but we

can’t have everything. : :

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— “I Want” or “We Want” with a simple hope

or a picture or an image.

This project was initiated at the 2009

Equality Gala. ENC has been displaying the

results throughout the year.

It was inspired by a video created by

Basic Rights Oregon.

They want to collect as many photos as

possible. Email a picture or send a link to your

photo to shawn@equalitync.org. For more

information, visit equalitync.org.

Grants boost work

RALEIGH — The Equality NC Foundation

received a number of grants in December to

support its educational and advocacy efforts

to secure LGBT-inclusive, employment nondiscrimination

protections in North Carolina.

Grant-making organizations include:

• Tides Foundation’s State Equality Fund,

a philanthropic partnership that includes the

Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the Gill

Foundation and anonymous donors: two-year

grant of $90,000 to be paid in installments of

$50,000 in 2010 and $40,000 in 2011. This grant

will assist ENC in its efforts to secure workplace

protections for state employees and

work towards comprehensive anti-discrimination

laws.

• Triangle Community Foundation: $15,000

to support communications and community

organizing around non-discrimination work in

the Triangle.

• 2009 Crape Myrtle Festival: made an

unrestricted grant of $3,000 in support of

statewide HIV/AIDS advocacy work.

• The 300 Fund of the Community Foundation

of Western North Carolina: $3,000 to

support new community organizing activities

in the Asheville region. : :

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Carolinas News Notes.

email: editor@goqnotes.com.

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Anti-gay protester’s

Charlotte lawsuit

dismissed

Flip Benham, Operation Save America says they will appeal

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CHARLOTTE — The leader of an anti-

LGBT, anti-choice activist group said he will

appeal the dismissal of his federal, civil rights

lawsuit against the City of Charlotte.

On Jan. 8, U.S. District Court

Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr.

dismissed Flip Benham’s suit

against the city, saying the religious

leader had “not put forth

sufficient evidence” for his

claims the city had violated his

First Amendment rights to protest

and assemble at Uptown’s

Independence Square.

In 2006, Benham’s Operation

Save America, an anti-gay

street preaching and protest

group based in Concord, N.C.,

filed for a public assembly

permit for a Roe v. Wade Memorial

they wanted to hold at

the Square, located at the intersection

of Trade and Tryon Sts.

Permit official Emily Westbrook

denied Benham’s request.

According to court documents,

Westbrook told Benham his

event was a demonstration and

that, as such, it would fall under

the city’s picketing ordinance

and no public assembly permit was required.

The pro-life event was held successfully

that year. No arrests were made or citations

issued, although police did issue two noise

ordinance warnings.

Flip Benham, of the Concord, N.C.-based Operation Save

America, says Charlotte officials don’t want to recognize his

Free Speech rights

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At issue is the decibel level for sound

systems under the city’s picketing and noise

ordinances, Benham told qnotes.

“The sound ordinance says you cannot

use a speaker system above 75 decibels, but

the ambient sound out there [on Trade and

Tryon] is 60 or 70 decibels alone,” he said.

“The sound ordinance is totally ludicrous. You

have a sound system but you can’t even use it.

At 75 decibels we couldn’t hear anyone.”

Benham said his group filed for the public

assembly permit — which is also given to

community festivals — as a work-around

to the restrictions imposed by the sound

ordinance.

“We filed a festival permit because we

know that with the festival permit you can

have sound as loud as you want,” he said.

“All sorts of things go on down there at Trade

and Tryon and the festival permit allows us

free First Amendment rights while the sound

ordinance does not.”

Senior City Attorney Bob Hagemann told

qnotes the city’s ordinances do not violate any

individual freedoms.

“When we drafted the [picketing] ordinance

back in 2004 we did a lot of work on it

and involved, among others, the [American

Civil Liberties Union],” Hagemann said. “We

are pretty confident that the ordinance, as

written, is constitutional.”

Yet, Benham and others with Operation

Save America disagree. Represented in part

by the arch-conservative legal group Alliance

Defense Fund, Benham claims the ordinances

violate the First Amendment and city officials’

decisions regarding his event were different

when compared to those made on events he

says are similar to his pro-life memorial.

Pride Charlotte, the annual LGBT community

festival presented by the Lesbian

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On the precipice of change

Community, growth are the focus at MCC-Charlotte’s 30th anniversary

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In the late 1970s, there were few places

LGBT Christians in Charlotte could turn for

spiritual growth, support and family. A few

faith congregations in the area were welcoming

of gay members, but that support was

rarely publicized and limited. A chapter of the

LGBT Catholic group DignityUSA also existed,

but a void remained when it came to a fullyinclusive

and supportive faith community.

That all changed in 1980, when a small

group of LGBT Charlotteans set out to start

the area’s first Metropolitan Community

Church (MCC). After establishing a study

group and working to build its local organization,

the group received its church status from

the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community

Churches (UFMCC).

In the 30 years since, the Metropolitan

Community Church of Charlotte has grown

and met unique challenges — both internal

and external — while serving the LGBT

community in the spirit of Christian love and

inclusion.

In February, MCC-Charlotte will mark their

30th anniversary with 30 days of celebration.

Their anniversary observances start on Jan.

29 with a community celebration and joint

choir concert with members from One Voice

and the Gay Men’s choruses and the choirs

of MCC, Unity Fellowship and Caldwell

Presbyterian.

MCC-Charlotte pastor Rev. Catherine

Houchins says she is

happy to see the local

LGBT community and

other faith communities

join her congregation in

marking their anniversary.

Troy Perry, founder of

the first MCC and former

moderator of the UFMCC,

will also join the church

for a special worship

service the last Sunday in

February.

The road from small

study group to a hundreds-strong

congregation

has been both

rewarding and bumpy.

MCC-Charlotte Board

of Directors member

Isy Ross, who joined

the church in 2000 and has served on the

board off-and-on since then, says one of the

church’s greatest obstacles has been building

a strong, internal sense of community.

“One of the biggest challenges has been

the direct dealing with people, calling people

out on behavioral issues,” she says. “It is not

just an MCC of Charlotte thing or just MCCs

in general. All churches go through this stuff

— how do we deal with each other, encourage

each other and work with each other in

mature fashions to confront issues as they

come around? How do you confront them and

address them?”

These sorts of community-building

issues are as old as Christianity itself,

Ross points out. Christians of all stripes

have been asking themselves the same

questions since the first century. St.

Paul, the prolific writer whose works

compile much of the New Testament,

spent enormous amounts of time teaching

early Christians how to live in community

with each other and the world

around them.

Because of the unique role MCCs

play in Christian faith — serving LGBTs

who have often been rejected by other

Christians — Ross thinks the journey

toward sustained community and fellowship

is often harder and more complex

within MCC congregations.

“Our community, in and of itself, is a

hurting community,” she says. “A lot of

people come from religious backgrounds

where they have been bashed and rejected

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MCC

continued from page 11

and cast out. They come to us hurting and

have issues around that.”

But Ross says she’s seen her congregation

grow in exciting and rewarding ways.

She cites the leadership of current pastor

Houchins as an integral part of the movement

toward a more stable church community.

The stability the church experiences now

wasn’t always the norm. In its early days, not

long after its founding, MCC-Charlotte faced

its first internal challenge. In 1983, some MCC-

Charlotte members left the congregation to

start New Life MCC, which now finds its home

with the LGBT-inclusive Holy Trinity Lutheran

Church on The Plaza.

As the church grew, internal challenges

gave way to external challenges — some revealed

accomplishment, while others brought

rejection.

In the early 1990s, MCC-Charlotte, along

with other MCC congregations in North Carolina,

gained both acceptance and recognition

by many mainline and traditional Christian

communities. The North Carolina Council of

Churches was just the second state council to

accept MCC churches into membership.

Despite membership in the statewide

fellowship, the congregation still found itself

facing hostility from anti-gay faith-based

prejudice.

In 2003, MCC-Charlotte experience just

such a challenge from another local faith

group. When church congregants attempted

to volunteer their time to prepare and serve

meals to the homeless at the Charlotte Rescue

Mission they were rejected.

Rev. Tony Marciano, the Rescue Mission’s

executive director, never spoke to qnotes, but

he told other local press, “We cannot endorse

a church that openly teaches that homosexuality

is an acceptable lifestyle.”

Even after a personal conversation with

Marciano, Rev. Mick Hinson, MCC-Charlotte

pastor at the time, said the Rescue Mission

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hadn’t changed its mind.

“I told him that we weren’t looking for

them to support our church,” Hinson told

qnotes in an Oct. 25, 2003 article. “Just the opposite,

I explained that we wanted to support

them and their mission of feeding the hungry.

‘Well, we can’t support your church,’ he kept

saying. He never could get past that.”

Such anti-gay run-ins with other local faith

institutions are becoming rarer these days, as

the number of welcoming and LGBT-friendly

faith institutions are rising. MCC-Charlotte is

growing, too. So much, in fact, Houchins says

they need more physical room to do the growing

and MCC-Charlotte is selling their first

church building on Eastway Dr.

“There are a lot of people who had

emotional attachment to this building, but

we’ve come to realize it doesn’t meet all of our

needs,” she says. “If we are going to continue

to grow, we need a larger sanctuary.”

The church bought the property in 2000,

and was one of few MCC congregations in

their region to own their own worship facilities.

After a decade, the church’s physical

needs have outgrown what their current

space offers.

Houchins says folks are excited about the

impending move. They’ve got several organizations

interested in buying the building and

the congregation has looked at potential sites

for their future location.

Ross says the church’s mission will

always stay the same, no matter where they

meet. She says their current space is “just

a building” and thinks a new location more

suited to their needs will allow them to continue

to reach out to folks who’ve yet to find

a church home. She hopes the next decade’s

progress will be as exciting as the last.

“Only God knows how much we can grow,

but I’m excited about our next decade and the

decade after that,” Ross says. : :

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Benham will appeal

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& Gay Community Center of Charlotte, was one of

several events cited by Benham in his court filings. In

2008, then Pride co-chair Darryl Hall was required to

testify during depositions in the case. Pride Charlotte

has been annually targeted for protest by Operation

Save America and other local anti-gay organizations.

In 2006, Pride organizers were forced to move

their events to private property because of Benham’s

increasingly confrontational protests.

Pride Charlotte receives a public assembly permit

from the city and works with police and other officials

to shut down some streets during the festival. Benham

claimed the city’s decisions regarding Pride Charlotte

proved the city was engaging in viewpoint discrimination,

and argued Pride Charlotte was a demonstration,

not a festival, because of the presence of political

advocacy organizations at the event.

The U.S. District Court rejected Benham’s arguments.

For each event Benham cited, including Pride

Charlotte, Judge Conrad ruled his evidenced failed

to establish any pattern of discrimination by the city

against him or his organization.

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Regarding Pride Charlotte, Conrad said the events

were “not similar to [Benham’s] event in all relevant

respects” and wrote, “Although expressive activity,

such as political campaigning and advocacy for gay

and lesbian issues, took place, there were also commercial

activities, such as selling food, alcohol, and

t-shirts.”

Benham said his appeal should be filed soon, but

City Attorney Hagemann believes Conrad’s dismissal of

the suit is safe.

“We’re pretty confident that officials made the right

decisions in all those cases,” he said. “The U.S. District

Court agreed and there is nothing that has happened

since then that would change this view. Courts can

take an independent look at the case and if they do

appeal we’d hope and be reasonably confident that the

Fourth Circuit will uphold Judge Conrad’s decision.”

qnotes contacted Benham’s attorney, Frederick

Nelson, via phone and email.

Nelson did not return our requests for comment. : :

— Originally published at goqnotes.com on Jan. 15.

Haiti:

the LGBT response

On Jan. 12, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, its epicenter only

15 miles southwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince. Since then, millions of

dollars have poured into the Red Cross and other aid organizations.

The LGBT community has also been responding. The Rainbow World

Fund is an all-volunteer

international aid organization

run by LGBT and allied community

members. Based in

San Francisco, the group had

already begun relief efforts

in Haiti — one of the worlds

poorest nations — and had

already pledged $35,000 in

programming there before

LucasTheExperience

the earthquake hit.

Rainbow World Fund is looking to increase its giving after this disaster.

To learn more and to donate, visit rainbowfund.org. : :

Visit goqnotes.com/to/opinion for editor

Matt Comer’s take on the LGBT response to Haiti.

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arts. entertainment.

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spring a&e guide

‘Spring Awakening’ proves why it’s

Broadway’s best musical

Coming of age hit plays Charlotte and Durham in February, March

Based on Frank Wedekind’s banned play from 1891, “Spring Awakening” tells the timeless story

of teenage self-discovery and budding sexuality set to a rocking musical score by Duncan Sheik and

Steven Sater that won it a 2008 Grammy Award, along with eight Tony Awards including Best Musical.

“Spring Awakening” goes so much further than the traditional Broadway show. From the intense

and passionate gay kiss, to the masturbation scene, to the love scene showing bare boobs and butt,

this is not your parents Broadway show.

But this play is not about tits and ass either. It’s about schoolmate adolescents growing up in

sexually-oppressive pre-20th century Germany that could easily be 2010 Anywhere. These teens must

deal with quite a few issues onstage; sex, abortion, suicide, rape, masturbation and even S&M.

The very handsome Melchior instructs his friend Moritz Stiefel about the semantics of sexual

intercourse via an essay he wrote with diagrams. Moritz seeks answers to his own sexual

awakenings which has stupefied his emotions and distracted his ability to function in school.

Meanwhile, Hanschen is able to seduce his friend Ernst into what might be the most passionate

gay kiss seen on Broadway.

The songs are electrifying, fresh and

memorable with such titles as “Bitch of Living,”

“My Junk,” “Touch Me” and “Totally Fucked.”

It’s no wonder The New York Times said that

“Broadway may never be the same again!”

because of this show.

“Spring Awakening” is a major Broadway

Want to go?

“Spring Awakening” will play in Charlotte

(Feb. 2-7) and Durham (March 2-7).

For more information visit

blumenthalcenter.org and dpacnc.com.

play that not only connects with a younger crowd but is highly entertaining for both young and old

audiences alike. This show is so rocking that you cannot help but love it. Literally, I have to say that

this is one of the best shows I have seen on stage in a long time. : :

— Written for SeattleGayScene.com by “Bill W.” Reprinted with permission.

Actors Christy Altomare (Wendla) and Jake Epstein (Melchior) in ‘Spring Awakening.’

Photo by Joan Marcus 2009.

Helene Yorke and Marcie Dodd in ‘Wicked.’

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on stage

Spring A&E Guide

2/2-2/7 // Charlotte

3/2-3/7 // Durham

Spring Awakening

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte and the

Durham Performing Arts Center host this groundbreaking

Tony Award-winning fusion of morality, sexuality and rock &

roll featuring music by Duncan Sheik and Carolinas-area cast

members including Elon University’s Taylor Trensch and Matt

Shingledecker along with actors Jake Epstein of “Degrassi: The

Next Generation” and Seffi D, a top 5 finalist on “Canadian Idol”

in 2006.

blumenthalcenter.org

dpacnc.com

2/7-3/7 // Greensboro

Around the World

TriadStage presents the comic adventure, “Around the World in

80 Days,” adapted from the novel by Jules Verne. Don’t miss this

classic tale and fast-paced comedy appropriate for all ages!

triadstage.org

2/12-2/2 // Winston-Salem

Forever Plaid

Winston-Salem Theatre Alliances brings back, by popular

demand, the prequel to their sellout production of “Plaid

Tidings.”

wstheatrealliance.org

4/9-4/18 // Winston-Salem

Trailer Trash Wife

Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance presents “The Trials and

Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife” by Del Shores, creator

of the hit “Sordid Lives.”

wstheatrealliance.org

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4/21-5/16 // Durham

5/19-6/13 // Charlotte

Wicked

The familiar tale of the Land of Oz looks entirely different

from the other side of the fence. Spend some time with the

Durham Performing Arts Center and follow young Elpheba,

future Wicked Witch of the West, in her journey as a youth

and her eventual fall from grace — a story as classic as its

parallel “Wizard of Oz.”

dpacnc.com

4/29-5/16 // Charlotte

Evita

Queen City Theatre Company presents Andrew Lloyd

Webber’s “Evita.” The classic, award-winning musical

profiles the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón and

was adapted into a major 1996 film with Madonna and

Antonio Banderas in the starring roles.

queencitytheatre.com

summer sneak peek

6/6-7/4 // Greensboro

Providence Gap

From a small Blue Ridge farm and rolling hills and

mill villages of the Piedmont to the battle fields

of World War I, TriadStage’s “Providence Gap”

blends magic, myth and music into a regional tale

of fortune and fate, family jealousy and chance.

triadstage.org


RiverRun expands

Winston-Salem’s RiverRun International Film Festival, Apr. 15-25

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Started in 1998 in Brevard, N.C., the River-

Run International Film Festival has made its

home in the “City of the Arts” for most of the

past decade. The festival, hosted on the campus

of the University of North Carolina School

of the Arts, has grown each year. That growth

continues in 2010.

For the first time, RiverRun will stretch out

11 days and straddle two weekends. The festival

runs April 15-25.

“Over the past few years, we’ve been very

fortunate to receive continued support from

our audiences as we expanded the size and

scope of the Festival,” said Andrew Rodgers,

RiverRun’s executive director. “For the 2010

Festival, we are excited to grow RiverRun

even further by adding a second weekend,

which will allow us to offer more films and

screening opportunities for our audiences.”

For most of RiverRun’s history, the Festival

has been a three- or four-day event. In addition

to raising the Festival’s profile nationwide,

its expansion also dramatically impacted the

organization’s bottom line: From 2006 to 2009,

RiverRun’s ticket sales more than doubled

(from $42,146 in 2006 to $85,720 in 2009).

“Extending the run of the Festival to an

eleven-day event is a big step for us. It’s

something that we’ve talked about for a long

time,” said Rodgers. “Based on the feedback

we receive from our audiences and supporters

each year, we like to make adjustments so

that our Festival fits the needs and wishes of

the community. With that in mind, this move

to a longer festival — which should allow

more people to attend our films and events

— is an experiment that we hope will become

permanent.”

The 2010 RiverRun International Film

Festival will utilize many of the same Winston-

Salem venues it has for the past few years,

including the Stevens Center (405 W. Fourth

St.), the Ace Cinematheque Complex on the

campus of the University of North Carolina

School of the Arts (1533 S. Main St.), the Reynolda

House Museum of American Art (2250

Reynolda Rd.) and The Garage (110 W. 7th

St.). Additionally in 2010, RiverRun will use the

soon-to-be-completed a/perture cinema (311

W. 4th Street) in downtown Winston-Salem.

RiverRun is a competitive event that

annually showcases new films from both

established and emerging filmmakers around

the world. Each spring, RiverRun screens new

narrative, documentary, short, student and

animated films, offering both audience and

jury prizes in competition categories. : :

info: riverrunfilm.com

A University of North Carolina School of the Arts film student

Photo courtesy UNCSA and JDD85, via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons.

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concerts

Spring A&E Guide

2/12-2/13 // Charlotte

Rachmaninoff

The Charlotte Symphony presents

three classics from Verdi, Borodin and

Rochmaninoff, with the Oratorio Singers of

Charlotte and Christopher Warren-Green

conducting.

charlottesymphony.org

2/16 // Durham

Harry Connick, Jr.

Musician and actor Harry Connick,

Jr. and his orchestra take over the

Durham Performing Arts Center

stage with tunes from his new

collection, “For Your Songs,”

comprised of 14 classic and

popular songs.

dpacnc.com

2/23 // Columbia

Jimmy Buffett

The legendary Jimmy Buffett and

the Coral Reefer Band take over

The Colonial Life Arena.

livenation.com

3/8 // Charlotte

Dropkick Murphys

Don’t miss Dropkick Murphys’ stop

at the Fillmore Charlotte in their

2010 St. Patty’s Day worldwide tour.

livenation.com

and relief efforts for African children affected

by poverty and disease. Many of the choir’s

members have lost one or both parents to

AIDS and other poverty-related diseases.

Child admission free with full-priced adult

ticket purchase.

blumenthalcenter.org

3/12 // Durham

Gary Allen

You’ll hear no apologies from this

rocking Country star. Gary Allen

performs at Durham Performing

Arts Center.

dpacnc.com

3/15 // Greensboro

John Mayer

The sometimes crazy, always cool John

Mayer brings his “Battle Studies” tour to the

Greensboro Coliseum with Michael Franti

and Spearhead.

livenation.com

3/15-3/16 // Charlotte

African Children’s Choir

Comprised of children ages 7 to 12 from

several African nations, this choir is the main

fundraising branch of its parent organization,

Music for Life Institute, which funds education

John Mayer

Photo Credit: courtesy P. Keigan, via Flickr.

Licensed under Creative Commons.

3/19 // Charlotte

The Irish Tenors

Ovens Auditorium plays host the world

renowned Irish Tenors. The Tenors

joined forces in 1998 and have delighted

world audiences ever since with a mix of

contemporary and classic music like “Danny

Boy, “My Wild Irish Rose,” and “Fields

of Athenry.”

charlottesymphony.org

3/24 // Charlotte

Bitch

Lesbian electronic/folk singer Bitch takes the

stage at NoDa’s Evening Muse.

theeveningmuse.com

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dance

Spring A&E Guide

2/9-2/14 // Charlotte

Alvin Ailey American Dance

Charlotte native Constance Stamatiou performs with the famed

African-American culture and dance troupe straight from New York

City. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre grew out of a small group

of performers in the 1950s and celebrates the 20th year of Artistic

Director Judith Jamison’s tenure this season.

blumenthalcenter.org

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2/22 // Charlotte

Lord of the Dance

For one show only, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance comes to

Charlotte’s Belk Theatre. Featured cast members include Scott

Doherty and Michael McHugh, crowned world champions at the

World Irish Dance Championships. More than 100 million people

worldwide have taken part in Lord of the Dance’s Irish dancing

performances in sold out shows in over 67 countries.

blumenthalcenter.org

3/9 // Raleigh

Wonderboy/29 Gestures

Based in San Francisco, Joe Goode’s award-winning contemporary

dance company presents “Wonderboy,” a search for love and

belonging, created in collaboration with avant-garde puppeteer

Basil Twist. “Wonderboy” is an unexpected tale of a peculiar hero

isolated by his gift of sensitivity and an intuitive knack that sets him

apart from others. The program will include Joe Goode’s legendary

12-minute solo, “29 Effeminate Gestures,” an illuminating (and

hilarious) look at stereotypes of masculinity. Sponsored by the N.C.

State GLBT Center. Note: This program contains adult language and

themes.

ncsu.edu/centerstage

Jamar Roberts of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles

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television

Spring A&E Guide

‘Tobacco Road’ is a ‘Madhouse’

Queer race fans, you’d better set your

DVRs and clear your TV viewing schedule

Sunday nights this spring as The History

Channel zeros in on North Carolina and one of

the nation’s most popular sports

Back in July 2008, Winston-Salem Journal

columnist Tim Clodfelter wrote of a local

demo shoot for a series then tentatively titled

“Tobacco Road.” Wake Forest University grad

Grant Kahler, along with fellow executive producers

Tim Tracy and Aengus James, were

taking a look inside the world of modified

race car drivers at Winston-Salem’s historic

Bowman Gray Stadium, one of the nation’s

oldest and NASCAR’s first-ever certified race

car tracks.

Kahler’s “Tobacco Road” isn’t just a dream

or demo now. It premiered on The History

Channel in early January, but don’t look for

it under that name — “Tobacco Road” is

now “Madhouse,” airing new episodes on

Sundays at 10 p.m.

The show follows the lives of a select few

racers, including folks from longtime racing

families the Myerses and Millers. A mix of

auto racing tech and real life struggle and

rivalry, “Madhouse” could very well be a

guilty pleasure for anyone looking to wrap up

their weekends with a bit of learning and lots

of laughs.

The History Channel compares the

families’ rivalries to that of the Hatfields and

McCoys. They write in a press release: “At

the granddaddy of all NASCAR short

tracks in the U.S., rivalries between

racing families run deep and they

run hot. Bowman Gray Stadium, the

quarter-mile racetrack…locals call the

‘Madhouse,’ has a history going back

to the moonshine-running days of the

1920s. Then, the cars were made fast

in order to outrun the police. These

days, the families race to win for family

honor and to continue a longstanding

61-year feuding tradition. And because

they are settling scores and family

rivalries that go back generations, ageold

feuds like the Hatfields & McCoys

that have festered for years ramming,

spin-outs, high-speed crashes and

fistfights are what fans have come

to expect on Saturday night at the

‘Madhouse.’”

Some race fans have said the show

has set the sport back 20 years or

more. Others say it is full of caricatures

and makes a mockery of the dedication

many racers put into winning. But, hey,

I’m a Winston-Salem native and my

family loved Bowman Gray racing. I’m

not exaggerating when I say that any

and all of the “caricatures” in “Madhouse”

are almost true to the core and about

90 percent accurate.

So, maybe the show profiles some unsavory

parts of the amateur side of NASCAR

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Brothers Burt and Jason Myers are two of several Bowman Gray Stadium racers featured in

The History Channel’s ‘Madhouse.’

Photo Credit: Brian Spoor/History Channel

racing. Or, maybe the show plays up the

“hickishness” of the rural Piedmont and Winston-Salem.

But, come on now, how often do

you get to see Tar Heel rednecks race cars,

crash into each other and cuss up a storm on

national TV?

I think I’ve found my favorite, Sunday night

show for the the next few weeks. : :

— by Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.com

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television

Spring A&E Guide

Now playing // USA

White Collar

USA’s original series “White Collar”

opened up its second season on Jan. 19,

just a few days before this print issue hit

the streets. Maybe you missed the first

season, but it shouldn’t take you long to

catch up. All you need to know: actor Matt

Bomer is hot, and openly gay. Enough said.

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1/25 // FX

Damages

It’s all about the money. Glenn Close stars

as Patty Hewes in the third season of FX’s

hit series on the leading ladies of Wall St.

2/2 // ABC

Lost

The time has finally come for answers. Or,

at least that’s what we’ve heard. You’ve

been waiting forever and a day to figure it

all out. No more, “What the hell is happening”

moments. All eyes will be opened.

3/8 // The CW

Gossip Girl

The CW’s hit show of teen angst in the

world of New York wealth and privilege

returns with new episodes on Wednesdays

at 9 p.m., starting March 8. All grown up,

the teens have left high school behind

them. Off to college, a future of more scandal,

secrets and backbiting awaits.

4/11 // Showtime

The Tudors

Really, what’s not to like? Half-naked, beefy

English guys grappling for power, groveling

for favor. The gays, and the gals, just love this

show. But you’ve only got one last chance to

books

Spring A&E Guide

Within each of us…

Author and motivational speaker Jonathan

Craig has been living with HIV for 27 years.

After his diagnosis he was faced with a lifealtering

moment of truth and forced to look

inward for the strength to live life to its fullest.

Craig’s small, yet powerful book, “You

Are The Reason,” is his attempt to share that

personal journey to find hope, peace and inner

purpose. Believing every person on earth

“holds the keys to personal happiness and

success within,” Craig says those searching

for that lasting, truest reason to live will find the

most precious gift of all: yourself.

“You Are The Reason” combines Craig’s

personal testimony for life and happiness with

the wisdom of sages past. At the beginning

of each of the 10 chapters, and sprinkled

throughout the book, are kernels of knowledge

imparted from the likes of Lewis B. Smedes,

Walt Whitman, James Allen, Epicetus, C.S.

Lewis and Charles Dickens.

info:

“You Are The Reason” by Jonathan Craig.

2009, Borderline Publishing. $9.95. 96 pages,

includes personal journal space.

Matt Bomer stars as Neil Caffrey in

USA’s ‘White Collar’

Photo Credit: USA Networks

see Jonathan Rhys-Myers in this final season

of “The Tudors.”

4/13 // Fox

Glee

Sing out to your heart’s delight. All the drama.

All the passion. All the high school, hormonal

emotion. After a fabulous first season, “Glee”

returns with more great tunes and laughs.

Sex and life

Picture yourself in the 1970s. The arts

scene is exploding. The Sexual Revolution has

changed and is continuing to change the role

of women in society and the place of LGBTs. In

this time, pioneer film and video artist Barbara

Hammer brought new and intimate portrayals

of lesbian sex, menstruation and female

orgasm into public consciousness as never

before. Her radical lesbian cinema has served

as inspiration to decades of filmmakers and

continues to garner new fans. Hammer is still

around, too, making groundbreaking films on an

incredible variety of subjects today.

“HAMMER! Making Movies Out of Sex

and Life,” is a candid look at how sexuality

transformed Hammer’s work and art, and the

way cultural politics have propelled her into

new subjects, methods and ways of thinking

about cinematic expression. As much a story of

Hammer’s artistic history, the non-fiction is also

a personal look into the history of the queer

women who helped to shape the modern-day

LGBT movement.

info:

“Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life,”

by Barbara Hammer.

2009, The Feminist Press. $19.95. 274 pages,

including appendices.

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tell trinity

by trinity :: qnotes contributor

Gays or homosexuals: What’s the difference?

Dear Trinity,

You often refer to gay men and homosexual

men as if they were different.

What’s the difference?

Technically Confused : St. Louis, MO

Dear Confused,

When a man lies with or lies about

sleeping with another man, then goes

home to his wife, mother or closet to

represses his sexuality, he’s a “homosexual.”

But, when he finally smells the

latte, accepts himself with pride and lives

openly with his homosexuality then he’s

“gay.” Pumpkin, some homosexual men

don’t realize their divine “gay” sexuality until late in

life because they’re trapped inside the morals of heterosexuality.

But, there are over 400 homosexual animal species (check

YouTube) and only one gets to be fabulous

— humans! Isn’t life wonderful!

Dear Trinity,

I’m gay with a healthy dating life. I try not to

have sex before the first few dates, but no

matter what, inevitably gay men don’t want

companionship or relationship, just sex. Are

all men rogues or is it just a gay thing?

Gay Rogues : Eugene, OR

Dear Gay Rogues,

Yes, gay men love sex. Some even “live”

for it. But, it’s that way with all monsters, I

mean men. Straight women don’t let their

men get away with it as much as gay men. But, honey, keep

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being you, keep holding out and keep getting back on the

horse when you fail. Oh, and try to accept men for what they

are…oink, oink! (My cartoon sure tells it like it is!)

Hello Trinity,

I was dating a great guy who didn’t tell me he had a partner

“for 10 years.” Even though his partner lets him have affairs,

since I found out I haven’t talked to him in months. But, he

keeps emailing me. What should I do or not do?

Married Date : Toronto, Canada

Hello Married Date,

Just when you think you’ve found “the one,” you suddenly discover

“the spouse!” It happens to me all the time. It seems that

all the really good single men are also really married. Sweetie,

if you’re up for it, email him back and send him a “last goodbye”

because you’ve vowed to have “No More Drama In My

Life!” And after that, go and find your own unmarried partner.

Hey Trinity,

I thought I knew good from bad and sane

from insane. But recently, I met this gorgeous

girl who says the most insecure,

weird things. She’s very confusing. How

can I know when I’m dating someone

crazy or when it is just me?

Date Crazy : Charleston, SC

Hey Date Crazy,

Isn’t life just one big psych ward! As soon

as you think you’ve figured it all out…

you haven’t. After interviewing many

professional daters and asking them how

they detect “crazy” here are:

Trinity’s Sane Tips For Knowing When You’re

DSC (Dating Someone Crazy)

1. When someone is overly, unimaginably, inhumanly picky

— DSC.

2. When you say, “Look at that nice tree.” and she says,

“Honey, do you think I’m blind?” —DSC

3. When sudden change in plans turns a rational Dr. Jekyll into

an outraged Mr. or Miss Hyde — DSC.

4. When you say, “Want some more coffee?” and he says,

“Honey, if I wanted more coffee I’d ask!” — DSC.

5. When you yourself begin to think that your own sense of

judgment and reality has become distorted, irrational and

crazy — DSC.

6. When he constantly gets upset over the simplest of things.

— DSC.

7. When she constantly questions your actions i.e., “Why

are you talking to me” or “taking me to dark restaurants?”

— DSC.

8. When a night on the town means six hours in a nightclub,

high on drugs — DSC.

9. When you say, “I’d love to meet for dinner,” and he (seriously)

says, “What’s wrong with lunch?” — DSC.

10. Lastly, when you say, “I’m running late (for the first time in

months)” and she replies, “Why must you always torture

me?” — DSC. : :

— With a Masters of Divinity, Reverend Trinity was

host of “Spiritually Speaking,” a weekly radio drama,

and now performs globally.

info: www.telltrinity.com . Trinity@telltrinity.com

Tell Trinity, P.O. Box 23861 . Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33307

Sponsored by: Provincetown Business Guild

800-637-8696 . www.ptown.org

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Events

Jan. 24 • Charlotte

Buff Faye’s Sunday Drag Brunch

Join Buff Faye for her “Jailhouse Rock”

Sunday Drag Brunch with proceeds benefiting

the Human Rights Campaign. Hartigan’s Irish

Pub, 601 S. Cedar St. Noon. BuffFaye.com.

Jan. 28 • Charlotte

Family Feud

Petra’s Piano Bar and Cabaret hosts

107.9 The Link’s Matt and Ramona

for a special game of “Family Feud.”

Proceeds will benefit RAIN. After

the game, catch the local radio

personalities in the Petra’s

Sound Lounge for a meet and

greet. Petra’s Piano Bar and

Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth

Ave. 8:30 p.m. $5.

Jan. 28 • Hickory

Visiting Writers: Gold

CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien

will interview Mitchell gold, editor

of the book “Crisis: 40 Stories

Revealing the Personal, Social

and Religious Pain and Trauma

of Growing Up Gay in America.”

Admission to the event is free

and open to the public. P.E.

Monroe Auditorium, Lenior-

Rhyne University, 625 7th Ave.

NE. 7 p.m. visitingwriters.lr.edu.

Jan. 28-31 • Charlotte

GayCharlotte Film Fest

The Lesbian & Gay Community Center of

Charlotte presents its second annual GayCharlotte

Film Festival, featuring all-time LGBT film

classics, new film festival circuit arrivals and

other features. Don’t miss “Little Ashes” starring

Robert Pattinson of “Twilight” fame. For more

information, including a forthcoming film schedule,

visit gaycharlottefilmfestival.com. Lesbian &

Gay Community Center, 820 Hamilton St., Suite

B-11. gaycharlotte.com.

Jan. 28-Feb. 13 • Charlotte

Grey Gardens, The Musical

Queen City Theatre Company presents the

Complexions

Jan. 28 • Raleigh

N.C. State University’s Center Stage presents Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Under the direction

of former Alvin Ailey principal dancers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, “Complexions” is

one of the hottest dance companies to be found. Contemporary ballet, classical and modern dance

converge in high-energy, impassioned choreography. And, yes — this is the same Dwight and

Desmond whose sexy work you’ve seen on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Stewart Theatre, 2610

Cates Ave. 8 p.m. $26-$30. ncsu.edu/centerstage.

treasured, cherished “Grey Gardens — The

Musical,” based on the groundbreaking, 1975

cult classic documentary by Albert and David

Maysles. Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square,

345 N. College St. Various times.

Various prices. queencitytheatre.com.

Jan. 29 • Charlotte

ENC in the QC

Equality North Carolina and the Charlotte

Business Guild invite you to a free gathering to

celebrate our progress together, mingle with

other supporters of equal rights and welcome

ENC’s statewide board and staff to Charlotte.

Blue Restaurant & Bar, Hearst Tower, 5th and

College Sts. Free. Cash bar. equalitync.org.

charlottebusinessguild.org.

Jan. 31 • Charlotte

Miss Scorpio Pageant

Scorpio hosts The Legendary Miss Scorpio

Pageant featuring Miss Scorpio 2009 Beverly

Iman Johnson. Brooklyn Dior serves as your

emcee. The Scorpio, 2301 Freedom Dr. 10 p.m.-1

a.m. scorpios.com.

Feb. 5 • Charlotte

Country Night

Orphaned since the closure

of the Charlotte Eagle (although they’ve resumed

Wednesday night lessons at Petra’s), Southern

Country Charlotte hosts a special, one-time

Country Club Night at Hartigan’s Irish Pub, 601 S.

Cedar St. Doors open at 9 p.m. SCC members

get in free until 11 p.m. $3 cover. hartigans.com.

Feb. 5 • Durham

Vagina Monologues

Help a good cause and visit Steel Blue for a

special showing of “Vagina Monologues.”

Proceeds benefit the Durham Crisis Response

Center. Steel Blue, 1426 S. Miami Blvd. 8:15 p.m.

$10. 919-596-5876. clubsteelblue.com.

Feb. 5-7 • Boone

NC Gay Ski Weekend

Join your friends and family, and Takeover

Friday, at the NC Gay Ski Weekend in Boone.

From cocktails and receptions to dance parties

and skiing, this weekend is sure to be a blast.

For more information on ski packages pricing,

events schedule and accommodations visit

ncgayskiweekend.com.

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Feb. 5-7 • Hickory

Anniversary time

Carolina Bear Lodge holds its “Sweet 16 Anniversary.”

Weekend includes a banquet dinner,

variety show, breakfast, after-hours dance

party and Sunday church service. For more

information on events and accommodations visit

carolinabears.com.

Feb. 6 • Spartanburg

Speed Dating

Hit up the new Club Illusions for Speed Dating

night, a fundraiser for Upstate Pride.

Club Illusions, 996 Asheville Hwy. 7 p.m.

upstatepridesc.org.

Feb. 11 • Spartanburg

Straightlaced

The local PFLAG chapter hosts a screening of

“Straightlaced,” exploring how rigid gender

expectations and homophobia are interwoven

and impact students’ and youth dress, activities,

jobs and relationships. Spartanburg County

Public Library, Barrett Rooom, 151 S. Church St.

6:45 p.m.-8 p.m.

Feb. 12 • Durham

Valentine’s Blast

Join the ladies of Common Woman Chorus for a

Valentine’s Blast at Club Steel Blue. 100 percent

of proceeds for the night benefit the chorus.

Club Steel Blue, 1426 S. Miami Blvd. (Hwy 70). 8

p.m. $10 suggested donation. clubsteelblue.com.

Feb. 12-18 • Winston-Salem

Forever Plaid

One of the most popular and successful

musicals in recent memory, this revue centers

on four male singers killed in a car crash in the

1950s on the way to their first big concert, and

now miraculously revived for the posthumous

chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the

show that never was. Winston-Salem Theatre

Alliance, 1047 Northwest Blvd. Various times.

Various prices. wstheatrealliance.org.

Feb. 13 • Salisbury

Marc Adams

Author and activist Marc Adams speaks about

his experiences growing up as the gay son of a

conservative Baptist minister. PFLAG Salisbury-

Rowan hosts. Haven Evangelical Lutheran

Church, Fellowship Hall, 207 W. Harrison St. 10

a.m.-12 p.m. salisbury-pflag.org.

Feb. 14 • Charlotte

Buff Faye’s Sunday Drag Brunch

Join Buff Faye for her “Eat your heart out”

Sunday Drag Brunch with proceeds benefiting

RAIN and House of Mercy. Hartigan’s Irish Pub,

601 S. Cedar St. Noon. BuffFaye.com.

Feb. 17 • Charlotte

Charlotte Newcomer

Scorpio hosts the Miss Charlotte Newcomer

Pageant competition for drag performers new to

the scene (less than two years). Entry fee of $20

and categories include evening gown and talent.

For entry information, contact Tiffany Storm at

704-891-4073. The Scorpio, 2301 Freedom Dr. 9

p.m.-1 a.m. scorpios.com.

Feb. 25 • Charlotte

Believe in Youth

Campus Pride and Time Out Youth present North

Carolina furniture maker and philanthropist

Mitchell Gold, editor of the book “CRISIS: 40

Stories Revealing the Personal, Social and

Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in

America.” Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900

Queens Rd. 6 p.m. 704-344-8335.

timeoutyouth.org.

Feb. 25 • Charlotte

Believe in Youth, part 2

Campus Pride and Time Out Youth host

Mitchell Gold at Petra’s Piano Bar and

Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 8 p.m.

704-344-8335. timeoutyouth.org.

Feb. 26-28 • Raleigh

HRC Carolinas

Grab your tickets, book your hotel rooms and

pick out your fabulous dinner wear. The 15th Annual

HRC Carolinas Gala hits downtown Raleigh

on Feb. 27. Join other LGBT North and South

Carolinians for a weekend’s slate of events,

including a Friday “Takeover at Tantra” (310 S.

West St., 8 p.m.-11 p.m., free admission),

Saturday Gala and Silent Auction (Raleigh

Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St.) and

After-parties galore! For more information, visit

hrccarolinas.org.

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The radiant Sun steps

into Aqueerius. Look

around you. Personal

goals take on a new

hue and push in a

strong direction from an

unshakable force. Carry your dreams to the next

level, but also know when to stop and smell the

flowers and enjoy your gotten gains.

AQUARIUS (01.21-02.19) Aqueerians can let loose

and just enjoy themselves. You are too good to be

true with overdoses of charm and charisma. (If

you could only bottle and store it for a rainy day!)

Display your merchandise and see who buys.

Launch new projects and meet many new folks. If

you can view life from a different angle, the sky is

the limit. Pack a protractor and get going.

PISCES (02.20-03.20) Is life feeling dull and meaningless?

Revitalize by graciously offering your time

and energy to a worthwhile charitable cause. Volunteerism

and spiritual redemption are highlighted

which means that you should give now to reap

impressive rewards later. Bonus time — expect

great things when the planets empty out your

closet. Talk about a breath of fresh air! Whew!

ARIES (03.21-04.20) Get ready for a wild social

fest. Gay Rams seek the company of friends and

acquaintances who can reinforce their goals and

direction in life. But, don’t let the group-think lead

you down a primrose path where you feel out of

place. Hold firm to your ideas and opinions and be

who you are, warts and all. Real friends love you

for your entire package, not just the ribbons.

TAURUS (04.21-05.21) Don’t despair of not

being properly recognized for your professional

achievements. You can still bring home the bacon

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out in the stars

by charlene lichtenstein :: qnotes contributor

January 23 - February 5

in a big way in your career. Gay Bulls should use

this time to their advantage by courting power and

presenting their best ideas to those with the ability

to help launch them. Examine your life’s direction

and see if you are on the right track. If not,

change trains.

GEMINI (05.22-06.21) Pink Twins are energized to

explore and experience foreign places and folks.

Pack those bags and explore parts unknown. It’s

an excellent time to feast upon the spicy and learn

by doing. The knowledge that you acquire now

may be of especially good use down the road.

Even lawsuits take a turn for the better, but only if

you’ve done your homework and remain focused.

CANCER (06.22-07.23) Gay Crabs are inspired and

can become perspired. Sexual intimacy is stirred

and you are shaken. Your hot tub goes from cool

to full boil. Enjoy every steaming minute. For those

higher-minded types, introspection or meditation

on certain issues could result in great psychological

breakthroughs. Clear the mental clutter to

make room for the physical shudder.

LEO (07.24-08.23) Relationships are accentuated.

Even independent proud Lions can get the warm

and fuzzies with partners. This is a good time to

share future plans and mutual feelings. If you are

still trawling for your dreamboat, send out a few

search parties. You never know who will cruise by

and rescue you. Ahoy, sailor!

VIRGO (08.24-09.23) Even rats on a treadmill get

a coffee break every so often. And, now, even

hardworking queer Virgins smell the java. Sip

and relax; you have struggled too long and hard

without much reward. Day-to-day jobs ease up

a bit or, at very least, you begin to see the light at

the end of the tunnel. Ah, but could it be the lights

of an oncoming train? Stay tuned.

LIBRA (09.24-10.23) Proud Libras must admit that

life is much nicer. Opportunities to enjoy creative

pastimes increase your energy and frame of mind.

As things progress, your party train gets ready to

roll and takes you to new social events. Anything

(or anyone) you try will get you one step closer to

where you eventually want to be. So, where do

you really want to be?

SCORPIO (10.24.11.22) Gay Scorps plant their feet

firmly on home plate. Explore your roots to see if

they are strong, enduring and provide you with

the firm support you seek. One of your greatest

attributes is your sense of justice. Use it to right

a wrong and strengthen a weakness. Is there a

political cause that needs some attention? Pick up

the flag. You won’t be carrying it alone.

SAGITTARIUS (11.23-12.22) Speak out, gay Archer.

You will upend the landscape and boost your public

persona. Chalk up this fortuitous turn of events

to good timing. Gather up your thoughts; It’s time to

fire off a compelling letter to the editor or a representative

or five. Your words pack a punch. Make

them loud, proud and uncompromising. Remember,

every year is an election year for someone.

CAPRICORN (12.23-01.20) What do pink Caps

value most aside from their own good taste and

breeding? Financial issues move from the back

chorus to the center stage as money becomes the

driving concern of the moment. If you need it, you

find new and ingenious ways to earn it. You are as

you spend …or so it seems right now. Big bucks

can make a big splash in your current social pool.

Everybody dive in! : :

© 2010 Madam Lichtenstein, LLC. All Rights

Reserved. Entertainment.

info: Visit www.TheStarryEye.com for

e-greetings, horoscopes and Pride jewelry. My

book “HerScopes: A Guide To Astrology For Lesbians”

from Simon & Schuster is

available at bookstores and major booksites.

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Howdy, folks,

and Happy New

Year! Where to

begin? By the

time this Rag

comes out, I’ll

be on my Central American voyage, but that’s a

completely different story. It’s all about starting

a new year off flawlessly — in some warmth

with (hopefully) some brown-skinned babies!

So much to reflect on…where to begin? I

would suggest everyone get ready to check out

the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” if

you have Logo. Go to the show’s website and

see the new impersonators who are going to let

us have it (or not) this go ‘round. One of those

contestants, Shangela, has just won the firstever

Miss California EOY, with 2 runners-up who

are known in larger drag circles: Chad Michaels

and Shae Shae LaReese. But at press time, only

the winner will compete nationally. Maybe that

will change? I understand it was a night full of

big names. Alec Mapa of “Ugly Betty” hosted.

Some of the judges included “RuPaul’s Drag

Race” producer Matthew Rose, Aubrey O’Day,

Shanna Moakler, Calpernia Addams, Holly

Madison and New York (of “I Love New York”

fame), along with former Miss EOY Nina West

and the reigning Miss Gay America (and former

Miss U.S.ofA.) Alyssa Edwards. I know I would

have been just stupid-starstruck if I had been

there. Y’all know me!

To mention the holiday parties that I promised

at the end of the last Rag, my thanks again

to Macy Alexander and her partner Jason for

the standing invite to their holiday gala. They

really out-do themselves each year and the

food and liquor — oh my! It has become one of

my favorite holiday gatherings, complete with

commentary by Elaine Davis. Ha! We know she

loves an audience! It would take me until the

next Rag to mention who all I bumped into there,

but suffice it to say the majority of the big names

in this area were there.

I left and went to a smaller gathering with

my sisters Brooke and Brandonna after we had

spent the night before together for my birthday.

Slight change of plans, though, thanks to

Mother Nature — we didn’t terrorize any Latino

bars, we had a quiet homemade dinner. At that

smaller gathering, I did get to chat with our Miss

NC America, Detra Penucci, about her great

experience at Miss America this past fall; as it

turns out, she’s ready to go back after she got

some great feedback from some judges and

formers. Here’s wishing Detra a great year as

our state’s “Symbol of Excellence.”

drag rag

by miss della :: qnotes contributor

What a wild, wonderful year, already!

Shortly after Christmas, I finally went to

check out a show at Petra’s and had a nice time

with Ron, Tracy, Gypsy and Emery. Miss Roxy

C. Moorecox hosted and did a number and was

joined by Carmendy, Sierra Santana, Miss Charlotte

Pride Felicia Monet and Miss Petra’s Pride

Brandi Andrews, my newest little drag sister.

Petra’s is a nice bar and they always have something

going on in ‘da neighborhood! Imagine my

surprise at the end of the show when former

Miss Scorpio Big Mama B came bouncing in

with a group of good-looking kids. I sure wish B

still did shows!

I’ve just gotten back from a quick trip to

Asheville with friends Brooke, Brandonna,

Karlos and David — we made the trek up that

mountain to see the show at Hairspray. Former

Miss U.S.ofA. Classic flew in from California to

do the show. It was fabulous to see her, as well

as Adara McDaniels and Briana Love Michaels

onstage. That crazy Natalie Maria Smalls emceed

and was very hospitable and introduced

anyone who was anyone to the audience. Lord,

she’s a handful, but a true gem of a person.

Speaking of this past birthday, Linwood

Dean, aka Talya Kohl, treated me to an exquisite

dinner as we discussed drag business. It seems

they have named her the Miss Unlimited at

Large emeritus and they are planning the first

national contest from June 3-6, tenatively,

in Hickory at Club Cabaret. You’ll find on the

company’s website, usaunlimited.org, that the

categories will be Personal Interview, Creative

Sportswear, Talent and Evening Gown. Reach

the ole gal at missunlimitedat

large2009@hotmail.com and tell her I sent ya!

In closing, I actually have a few contests to

chatter about — like Miss and Mister Holiday,

which took place at Club Odyssey in Winston-

Salem. The winners were Paisley Parque and

Cassius Vain and their runners-up were Miss

Spotlight and Keoki. Raven Wood has already

had her first prelim, which was a double crowning

— Victoria Victors won Winter Wonderland

and her RU was Ciera Fontaine and Dior won

Sweetheart and her RU was Vanity Michaels.

I am still trying to get specifics on this

Showtime special that (I guess) is a spin-off of

“Trantasia.” I believe Cassandra Cass, Maria

Roman and Tierra Russell did it, but my old

friend Tamalah Taylor had to decline — seems

she’s married with children instead. You better

work, sis! More details to follow about the

show, I promise. : :

info: Drop me a line, OK?

TheTeaMissD@yahoo.com

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