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Stereotypd and other community members

also planned a community memorial service

for Nov. 28, 2 p.m. at Asheville’s O.Henry’s, 237

Haywood St.

Schultz helped to birth Stereotypd,formerly

known as Out in Asheville,after moving to the

mountain city from Florida in 2000. Under

Schultz’s leadership, the former Out in

Asheville newspaper grew tremendously in

both editorial and geographic coverage areas.

Stereotypd magazine is now distributed across

Western North Carolina and into portions of

the central Piedmont.

Under his drag persona, Stephanie Sinclair,

Schultz wrote a weekly community events and

nightlife column for the publication.

Shultz and Stereotypd were integral members

of the Asheville LGBT community. He and other

staff supported area non-profits and activism

causes and helped give rise to the new Blue

Ridge Pride festival held this year during

National Coming Out Day weekend.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Students offer free HIV testing

AIKEN — Student activists encouraged

their fellow University of South Carolina-

Aiken students to get free HIV testing on Nov.

19. Organized by the campus’ Unity Alliance,

the event brought together student leaders and

representatives from Sean’s Last Wish, an

LGBT education and hate crimes prevention

foundation started by Elke Kennedy after the

anti-gay killing of her son.

Neil Bridgers, Unity Alliance president,

said the event was a success.

“People seem to be getting tested, there’s a

line going, it’s surprising how much I’m not

having to educate,” he told WJBF News Channel

6.“People know they need to get tested.”

Bridgers told Q-Notes the event was his last

official campus activity as president of Unity

Alliance before he graduates in December.

SC Pride’s Wilson honored

COLUMBIA — The president of the South

Carolina Pride Movement was honored for his

activism and advocacy at the National

Philanthropy Day luncheon presented by the

local chapter of Association of Fundraising

Professionals.

“While we have made progress in the past

two decades, we still live in a country divided

by the idea of recognizing the legitimacy of

the marriage vows between persons of the

same sex and a state conflicted by an ad campaign

that once celebrated its status as ‘so

gay,’”Wilson said.“I am honored today, but I

know that others lit the torch long before me

and I am now proud to carry it forward.”

Holli S. Emore, principal of Emore

Development Resources, sponsored the

local luncheon.

“Ryan is an extraordinary young leader. It

has been my pleasure to call him both a colleague

and a friend and I look for great things

in his future,” said Emore.

Wilson holds a Master of Education,

Higher Education & Student Affairs from the

University of South Carolina. He has served as

SC Pride president for the past two years. ◗

info: Announce your community event in NC News Notes.

email: editor@q-notes.com.

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A R O L I N A S

$30K raised at Gala

GREENSBORO — Celebrating a year of

legislative success, more than 300 local

activists and statewide advocates met Nov. 14

for Equality North Carolina’s (ENC) third

annual Equality Conference and Gala.

On the campus of the University of North

Carolina-Greensboro, advocates spent morning

and afternoon hours networking and in

educational workshops on local activism,

LGBT issues on college campuses, the legislative

process, same-sex parenting and the law,

state hate crimes law, employment non-discrimination

and more.

In 2009, Equality North Carolina saw a

string of successes. Its biggest achievement

came when the General Assembly passed the

School Violence Prevention Act,requiring all

local school systems to adopt stringent antibullying

policies inclusive of sexual orientation

and gender-identity.

In the conference’s opening plenary,

Equality North Carolina Executive Director

Ian Palmquist, pictured, delivered his annual

“State of Equality” speech. He said the organization

also saw success in expanded access

to HIV/AIDS drug assistance, the passage of

a more comprehensive sex education program

statewide and was able to block an

anti-LGBT constitutional marriage amendment

for the sixth year in a row.

Despite an economic downturn, Palmquist

said, the statewide group was able to grow. He

attributed the group’s success to its organization

building and increased grassroots

activism and

outreach.

Linda Bush,

executive

director of the

Movement

Advancement

Project, also

spoke during the morning session.

Brian Bond, deputy director of the White

House Office of Public Liaison, was the organization’s

keynote speaker.

He told attendees President Obama was

committed to a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t

Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act and

said the president will stand by Winston-

Salem, N.C.-native Kevin Jennings, director

of the Department of Education’s Office of

Safe and Drug-free Schools, who has come

under attack by anti-LGBT groups for his

past work onn LGBT issues.

That evening more than 200 attended

ENC’s Gala, where Palmquist was honored for

his 10 years of service to the organization.

State Sen. Julia Boseman (D-New Hanover),

pictured, received the organization’s 2009

Legislative Leadership Award. Also honored

was Winston-Salem high schooler Kate Mabe

for her work in helping to raise awareness of

anti-LGBT bulling at her high school.

ENC raised more than $25,000 in contributions,

excluding ticket sales and an additional

$5,000 matching pledge from Winston-

Salem’s Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

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