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mittee in Charlotte, expanding efforts to help
defeat Jesse Helms. In 1991, Tonda Taylor
formed Time Out Youth. That same year,
Charlotte hosted the international conference
for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians
& Gays (PFLAG).
In 1992, as RAIN and the Guild booted
up, local activists began working toward the
adoption of an LGBT-inclusive public accommodations
ordinance. Though the effort would
ultimately fail, being voted down by the city
council in November 1992, it was a significant
first step toward expanded legal rights
for local LGBT citizens just four years after
Charlotte’s first gay advocacy group, First
Tuesday, was founded.
Other community achievements would coneditor’s
by Matt Comer
Charlotte’s community is growing up
This year marks platinum anniversaries
for not one, but two different community organizations
here in Charlotte. For two decades,
the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN)
and the Charlotte Business Guild have served
community members in untold and myriad
ways. No doubt, qnotes has long covered both
groups’ events, successes and achievements,
but no amount of paper and ink will ever accurately
tell the story of how these groups, and
others in Charlotte and across the Carolinas,
affect people in positive, life-changing ways.
Both RAIN and the Charlotte Business
Guild were founded in 1992. It was one of
several landmark years in Charlotte’s LGBT
history in the early 1990s. In 1990, the Human
Rights Campaign set up its first field com-
tinue. In 1994, students at Winthrop University
in nearby Rock Hill, S.C., formed their LGBT
student organization. The same year, NC Pride
brought its festival and parade to the streets of
the Queen City.
In the years to follow, Charlotte took a turn
to the not-so-pleasant. Years of regressive
politics resulted in controversies over the gaythemed
play “Angels in America” and local
arts funding. State Sen. James Forrester from
nearby Gaston County introduced and then
successfully passed the state’s Defense of
Marriage Act. Community empowerment and
capacity-building took a back seat as LGBT
citizens put their advocacy into defense mode.
In the face of such opposition, outcries
for change were prompting growth again.
New advocacy groups like the Mecklenburg
LGBT Political Action Committee were created.
As the millennium came and went, local
citizens began to push again for expanded
civil rights and changes in local law and
policy. The LGBT Community Center of
Charlotte was founded.
Groups like RAIN and the Charlotte
Business Guild, among others, have been
through the thick of both the good times and
the bad times. Scores of community leaders,
professionals and volunteers have worked
with the organizations, striving to keep people
alive, to keep gay business flourishing and to
provide support for those most in need.
Our history and the history of organizations
like RAIN and the Charlotte Business
Guild are all intertwined. They tell a story of a
changing society. They mark the ebb and flow
of political culture, of discrimination, of loss,
of challenge. More importantly, however, they
share the collective experience, knowledge,
wisdom, passion and commitment of real
people with real courage working in the face
of real obstacles toward real, lasting and
positive change. That’s the real story. That’s
what really counts. That’s what will shape the
future. That is what history will remember.
Charlotte’s LGBT community is growing up.
Our organizations are becoming long-lasting
institutions. With reminders of the past and
remembrance of those who came before, we
each will continue to move forward with unity
— for the betterment of ourselves, our city
and our world. : :
I woke up on Wednesday morning, Nov.
7, 2012, almost leaping out of bed with a big
smile on my face, because I knew who was
going to be president for the next four years.
It is President Barak Obama, the nominee I
volunteered for during the last two months.
Along with this good news, I was elated to
see how many other Democratic U.S. senators
were elected, especially among women,
and the new Democratic governors. I was
disheartened about Gov.-elect Pat McCrory’s
election, but that’s a topic for another column.
I quickly opened up my computer and got
onto the various websites that I check daily to
see how the states where marriage equality
was on the ballot were fairing. Lo and behold,
Maryland and Maine voters approved marriage
equality. Soon, Minnesota would do what we in
North Carolina did not succeed in doing: they
voted down an amendment outlawing marriage
equality. They are now in-line to be a state
that welcomes marriage equality. A few days
later, Washington state voters also approved of
marriage equality. And, with that, the evil spell
was broken. Voters across the board of both
political parties and independents voted for
marriage equality. The National Organization
for Marriage (NOM), Family Research Council
and the American Family Association forces
had lost. The onerous hex was gone! After 33
states amended their constitutions to deny
people marriage equality, four states heralded
a new day in America. And, the last state to
amend its constitution, perhaps in the history of
the United States? North Carolina.
The mastermind who perfected the art of
amending state constitutions that denied my
partner and me the right to choose to marry or
be in a domestic relationship was the nefarious
Karl Rove, e.g., “Bush’s brain,” “Turd bloson
being a gay parent
by Brett Webb-Mitchell :: qnotes contributor
North Carolina: The last state that
amended its constitution with the
purpose of outlawing marriage equality
and institutionalized hate
som.” Rove used marriage amendments as a
“wedge issue,” part of a conservative strategy,
placing marriage equality on statewide ballots
during a presidential year. In language that was
non-offensive, but hate-filled, these amendments
were meant to be a “get out the vote”
dog-whistle among conservative voters whom
he assumed were largely homophobic and of
the “Christian right” variety, or what columnist/
blogger Andrew Sullivan calls “Christianists.”
My home state of Oregon was one of those
states who amended their constitution to take
away marriage equality in 2004. This same
tactic was taken by the Republicans in the
N.C. General Assembly as they originally tried
to get the vote to amend the state constitution
on Nov. 6, 2012, during the presidential
election, thus getting more people to vote for
the Republican nominee from both among the
African American community, Republicans and
Christianist party members. However, as a last
minute agreement to get a veto-proof majority
in the General Assembly, the legislators
who drove this amendment without debate,
compromised and let the vote be taken on
the day of the primary elections, May 8, 2012.
Again: North Carolina is the last state to amend
its constitution, joining with the other states of
the former Confederacy and beyond in denying
people rights and privileges others can freely
participate in and use.
What does this feel like to live in North
Carolina now? U.S. Sen. John Kerry, then a
young soldier, once asked, “How do you ask
a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam?”
at the end of the war. As a citizen of North
Carolina, I find myself living in a place that may
be the very last state to amend its constitution
with words of exclusion rather than inclusion,
with homophobia and anti-“gay marriage”
being the dying war. As a gay parent in North
Carolina, I shudder in the knowledge that
my state — the state that gladly receives my
taxes without treating me as an equal citizen
as a straight parent and denies me the right to
choose to be married or be in at least a domestic
partnership — is the last state to amend its
constitution on the issue of marriage. North
Carolina is not my home state. Those who
voted to amend the constitution embarrass me,
but more sadly embarrass themselves, driving
away new businesses and cultural opportunities,
let alone revenue from weddings, receptions
and honeymoon locations. It most likely
will take another vote of the populace to undo
this mark of shame in the state constitution. It
is a dark stain of hate locked in the very fabric,
the very laws, of the state. : :
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Bruised not beaten:
N.C. gay activists see new roads to equality
Equality NC wants to focus on local equality initiatives following anti-LGBT amendment and legislative losses
by Matt Comer :: firstname.lastname@example.org
GREENSBORO — Leaders
with Equality North Carolina,
the statewide lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) advocacy and education
organization, said at their
annual conference at the
University of North Carolina-
Greensboro on Nov 17, that
they will begin shifting their
focus to increase their support
of equality initiatives on the
local level in North Carolina.
Stuart Campbell, executive
director of Equality North
Carolina, told a crowd of over
300 conference attendees that
his group would begin to work
on passing employment nondiscrimination
laws in cities
and towns across the state.
“We’re going to have to
grow the base,” Campbell said
in his morning address, “by
creating coalitions and working
with folks on the local level with
lots of different communities.
We’ll be building a movement
that will ultimately lead to a
The move comes after a divisive constitutional
amendment battle and November elections
handed more control to Republicans.
In May, 61 percent of Tar Heels voted to
approve an anti-LGBT state constitutional
amendment. The campaigns for and against
the amendment racked up millions of dollars
in expenditures in a statewide campaign that
brought newspaper, radio and television advertising
and on-the-ground outreach to both
rural and urban parts of the state.
After the election, Equality North Carolina’s
prospects for LGBT-inclusive legislation are
dimmer. Republicans strengthened their
majority in the General Assembly and former
Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory was elected the
state’s first Republican governor in 20 years.
Campbell said the group will be working to
ensure support from new Republican allies.
“Republicans in the legislature need
exactly zero votes to pass anything they
want,” Campbell said. “If we want to stop
anything bad we’re going to have to find some
Republicans to work with us. If we can’t find
them, we’re going to have to recruit them.
We’re going to need to find fair-minded candidates
of any party to support us.”
With LGBT advances in the legislature
practically dead-on-arrival for now, the
statewide group’s local focus will take the
organization to cities small and large. They
want to work on local ordinances and policies
prohibiting anti-LGBT employment discrimination,
extending domestic partner benefits and
“We plan to look at between two and four
cities a year and expand on the ground at the
local level if the laws are already there or enact
them where they are missing,” Campbell said.
Equality NC Communications Director Jen Jones, right, presents Salem College student
Sammi Kiley, left, with the organization’s inaugural Student Leadership Award at the Equality
NC Gala on Nov. 17.
Lessons from a neighbor
Equality North Carolina’s shift to more
local issues mirrors the strategy of other
advocacy groups across the South faced with
Activists in South Carolina faced their own
anti-gay amendment in 2006. It passed with
78 percent approval. Advocates there have
also been long-accustomed to working with
South Carolina Equality’s focus on local
equality initiatives has been successful.
Several cities and counties there include LGBT
protections for public workers and citizens in
a variety of employment, housing and public
accommodations laws, including state capital
Columbia and beach port city Charleston.
Ryan Wilson, executive director of SC
Equality, hopes successes on the local level
will eventually move statewide legislation.
“In a state where 50, 60 or 70 percent of
the state is protected by some of these ordinances,”
Wilson said, “then you can go back
to the legislature and say, ‘Look, the world
has not come to an end. This is what our local
communities want.’ Then maybe you can pass
a law statewide.”
SC Equality’s local work hasn’t come at the
expense of State House lobbying.
“Last year, the safe schools bill went all
the way through one of the houses of the
State House and was on its way through the
second one before it encountered the end of
the session,” he said.
Like Equality NC, SC Equality has seen the
importance of identifying allies in Republicanled
“Definitely, relationships were built with
moderate Republicans on things like safe
schools,” Wilson said. “There are places
where you can find common ground on bullying
or workplace discrimination.
to sort of work beyond
the ‘R’ and the ‘D’
designations and start
finding folks regardless
of party affiliation
who will care… They
exist. It is just a matter
of building those
from their districts to
have a voice.”
Carolina activists see
a variety of positive
said his group will use
to their advantage.
that we are a
Campbell said of
the amendment fight.
“We came together. We worked really hard.”
The amendment loss “awakened a sleeping
giant,” Campbell said. “We turned out over
800,000 people who stood with us. We’re not
as alone as it sometimes feels.”
That power will come in handy when it is
time to mobilize supporters again, Campbell
said. ”We have to find a way to tap into that
feeling of fairness and equality our friends and
neighbors have and expand upon that.”
Barber schools gala
attendees in social justice
Following their annual conference, supporters
of Equality North Carolina gathered
at downtown Greensboro’s Empire Room
for a night of fundraising, reverie and calls
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president
of the North Carolina NAACP, was among
several attendees honored with awards this
year. He was also the gala’s keynote speaker.
He called those present to action and unity on
matters of social justice.
“We might lose the battle, but
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Guild to bestow awards
CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Business
Guild (CBG), a member of the Charlotte
Chamber Diversity Action Council, is hosting
its 20th Anniversary Gala on Dec. 1, 6:30-11:30
p.m. at the Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark
Hotel, 5501 Carnegie Blvd.
Long-time activist Don King will be the
The event will feature a cocktail/networking
cash bar hour, followed by a plated dinner
with choice of entrée, as well as entertainment,
dancing and door prizes.
During the evening, the guild will present
its annual Community Service Award to unannounced
recipients in the LGBT community
leader, LGBT-friendly business and straight
Founded in 1992, the guild has managed
the annual awards since 2004.
Admission is $65 per person and can be
obtained online at the guild’s website at
CHARLOTTE — Grassroots Leadership
will honor two Queen City leaders at a special
event on Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m., at Unitarian
Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N.
Sharon Amity Rd.
Mecklenburg County Commission member
Jennifer Roberts and Unity Fellowship Church
pastor Bishop Tonyia Rawls will be given the
Community Leader Award for their “enduring
dedication to the common good.”
Executive Director Bob Libal and founder
Si Kahn will make the presentations.
The function will also serve as a fundraiser,
benefiting the work of Grassroots
The organization began in 1980 and helped
to train and support “leaders, organizers, organizations,
networks and coalitions that will
make long-term positive change inevitable.”
To reserve a spot, call 704-332-3090 or
For more information, visit
Chorus brings out reindeers
CHARLOTTE — One Voice Chorus will
present “The Reindeer Games” on Dec. 7-8 at
7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N.
Sharon Amity Rd.
This holiday concert’s theme is a tribute
to the London Olympics. Audience members
can compete for glory or cheer on their
favorite “OV-lympian, the promoters said. A
Tickets are $20, evening shows, and $15
for adults and $10 for children for the matinee.
Proceeds go to support One Voice Chorus.
Other concerts in the 2012-13 season
are “Telescopic Hearts” on Feb. 17; “Songs
of Wisdom” on April 5-6; and “Hollywood
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Squares: British Invasion” on June 6-8. Details
will follow in subsequent qnotes’s issues.
The chorus is also engaged in a challenge
campaign that ends on Nov. 30.
Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte Director
John Quillin and Rick Haffner, said that if
$2,500 is raised by the deadline date that
they will match it. No contribution is too
large or small.
Outreach programs slated for December
include performances for residents at the
Charlotte Men’s Shelter, neighbors visiting
Urban Ministries Center, foster families in the
region, and public advocates working with the
Community Building Initiative.
For tickets, to make contributions or for
more information, visit onevoicechorus.org.
Checks may also be mailed to One Voice
Chorus, P.O. Box 9241, Charlotte, NC 28299.
Chorus celebrates 14th season
WINSTON-SALEM — Triad Pride Men’s
Chorus (TPMC) will hold a winter concert,
“Celebrate,” on Dec. 8, 8 p.m., in Greensboro
at Greensboro Day School, 5401 Lawndale
Dr., and Dec. 15, 8 p.m., in Winston-Salem at
Wake Forest University, Wait Chapel, 1834
Wake Forest Rd., as part of its 14th season, A
Season of Pride.
The concert also marks the end of an
era for the chorus as its conductor, Woodson
Faulkner II, steps down to pursue other
TPMC will also be sponsoring a food drive
for Triad Health Project in Greensboro and
AIDS Care Services in Winston-Salem. Bring
extra dried or canned goods when attending
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at
For tickets or more information, visit
Gender-neutral housing approved
CHAPEL HILL — Members of the
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Board
of Trustees approved a proposal on Nov. 15
that would allow students to choose their
dormitory roommates regardless of gender.
The flagship public school becomes the first
UNC System institution to approve the new
housing option, which will be available to
students next fall.
The proposal was initially denied by
Chancellor Holden Thorp earlier this year. A
committee of several trustees unanimously
backed the plan during the week of Nov. 12.
Students at the school have been campaigning
for the change for some time. They
say being given the option to choose their
own roommates will increase safety. Many
LGBT students, they say, have faced bullying
and harassment living with unfriendly or
Foundation to launch in December
CHARLOTTE — Twelve In Twelve
(twelveintwelve.org), the non-profit
organization founded by J.D. Lewis
that took his two sons, Jackson and
Buck, around the world for 12 months
doing relief work on all seven continents
and 12 countries, will launch The
Twelve In Twelve Foundation at Harvest
Moon Grille at The Dunhill Hotel, 237
N. Tryon St., on Dec. 12 from 5:30-7:30
p.m. Admission is free and the public is
Lewis, an accomplished actor,
playwright, acting coach and commercial
talent who moved to Charlotte in
2007 to open an Actor’s Lab office and
to raise his children, has established an
official 501(c)(3) for Twelve In Twelve
to facilitate other families making such
international humanitarian trips and to
continue to raise money and awareness
for the organizations Lewis and
his sons helped on their journey. qnotes
featured the family prior to their journeys
in its May 28, 2011 issue (goqnotes.
Twelve In Twelve was created because
J.D.’s 13-year-old son came home
from school one day and said, “Dad, we have this great life…How come we aren’t doing more
to make a difference in the world?” That sparked an idea that would change their lives forever.
They created a not-for-profit organization and held grassroots funding-raising events to
finance the cause. In July 2011, they headed out on a journey of a lifetime. At the time, they
did not know that it was a world record, the first family to do humanitarian work on all seven
continents in one year.
The family traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, where they volunteered in an orphanage
for children with Down Syndrome. In Chiang Mai, Thailand, the father and his boys volunteered
at The Elephant Nature Park, helping elephants rescued from abuse. The family say
the Dalai Lama speak for four days and then took up English lessons for Tibeten refugees. In
Nairobi, Kenya, they volunteered at an HIV clinic.
The family even traveled to Antarctica, where they volunteered on The Ushuaia Ship
and assisted scientists and crew. But, they didn’t forget about home. They traveled to the
Deep South, volunteering with Operation Upward, a food program for inner-city kids in
The Foundation will help raise awareness, donations and supplies for the organizations
they worked with worldwide.
J.D. Lewis created an extensive photographic and film library along his journey. The
13,000 photo images and film footage will be developed into a documentary and will include
interviews with those the family met along the way.
The ultimate mission of Lewis’ Twelve In Twelve is to establish a local office, website and
network of organizations, helping to guide other individuals and/or families interested in volunteering
to positively impact the global community. Twelve In Twelve also seeks to inspire
both children and parents to engage in the issues that are impacting the world by promoting
the efforts of Twelve In Twelve volunteer families.
For more information, visit twelveintwelve.org.
— from press releases
“No one should feel unsafe,” senior
Zaina Alsous, one of the campaign’s student
organizers, told The News & Observer.
“Dorms are rites of passage, and no one
should miss out.”
Chapel Hill becomes the first public college
or university in North Carolina to offer
a gender-neutral housing choice. Nearly 100
other schools across the country already
offer similar housing choices, including
North Carolina private schools Duke
University, Guilford College and Warren-
For more on the story and links to further
coverage from The News & Observer, visit
Photo Credit: Blyte Spirit Photography
ALFA plans AIDS remembrance
HICKORY — The AIDS Leadership
Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA) will host a
World AIDS Day HIV/AIDS awareness event,
“Universal Access to Care and Human
Rights,” on Dec. 1 at First United Methodist
Church, 311 3rd Ave. N.E. During the day’s
programming, it will commemorate those lost
and celebrate victories in treatment and prevention
services. A reception will be held at 3
p.m., with a service following at 3:30 p.m.
For more information, call 828-322-1447,
ext. 224, email email@example.com or visit
Gay marriage by the numbers
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — On Election
Day, the residents of Maine, Maryland and
Washington affirmed that their states will
recognize marriages for lesbian and gay
couples. An analyses of Census 2010 data
conducted by the Williams Institute suggests
that approximately 35,000 same-sex couples
live in these states and that over 17,000 will
marry in the next three years. Many of these
couples are raising children, ranging from 14
percent of same-sex couples living in Maine
to 20 percent in Maryland.
After the vote, same-sex couples can now
marry in nine states in the U.S. and the District
of Columbia. As a result, 20 percent of samesex
couples now live in states where they can
marry. Overall, 16 percent of the U.S. population
lives in states where same-sex couples
If the U.S. Supreme Court affirms or let’s
stand the 9th Circuit opinion striking down
Proposition 8 in California, 35 percent of
same-sex couples in the U.S. will live in states
where they can marry; and 28 percent of the
U.S. population will live in states where samesex
couples can marry.
Business index shows growing support
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the 2013
Corporate Equality Index, released Nov. 14,
a record 252 businesses achieved the top
rating of 100 percent, earning the coveted
distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT
Equality.” As a point of comparison, 13 businesses
earned a 100 percent in the inaugural
CEI 11 years ago, demonstrating that a new
normal has arrived. The policies, benefits
and practices companies must implement
to earn a perfect score are best-in-class
demonstrations of corporate commitments to
LGBT workers. The top-rated businesses span
across industries, geographies, and size.
This year’s report at a glance (available in
full at hrc.org/cei):
• A record 74 major businesses and law firms
publicly supported pro-equality legislation at
the state and federal levels.
• The 2013 CEI saw the largest growth in the
survey’s history with 54 new businesses participating.
The number of employers officially
rated in the CEI has skyrocketed from 319 in
2002, to 688 this year.
• This year’s CEI marks the first time a majority
of Fortune 500 companies have nondiscrimination
policies that cover gender identity
(from 50 percent to 57 percent), while an
astonishing 84 percent of overall CEI participants
cover gender identity.
• Transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage
continues to rise. Now in its second year as
a mandatory criterion for a company to earn
100 percent, 287 participating companies (42
percent) offer comprehensive healthcare
coverage to their transgender workers, up
from 19 percent last year.
Trans observances held in Nov.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Trans Awareness
Week was observed earlier this month. It is
a time devoted to raising visibility of trans
people and the issues affecting their lives.
The week culminated on Nov. 20 with the
Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to
honor those who have lost their lives to transphobic
violence. To mark the Week, LGBT
media watchdog group GLAAD released four
new videos in the “I AM: Trans People Speak”
video series. GLAAD says the video campaign
“can help us better educate people about
what it means to be transgender and build
understanding that leads to equality.”
Business leaders attend summit
LONDON, England — On Nov. 13, at the
first Out on the Street: Europe Leadership
Summit, chief executives from some of the
world’s largest companies came together
with senior leaders from Bank of America
Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse,
Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan
Stanley and more to discuss how the financial
services industry can advance LGBT
equality. This is the first time that so many
senior leaders have convened to work for
LGBT equality, in Europe.
The event builds on the successful Out
on the Street summits, held annually in New
York, which earlier this year brought together
over 200 senior leaders from across Wall
Street, including the CEOs of Bank of America,
Goldman Sachs, KPMG and Elliott Capital.
The summit focused on a number of topics
of global interest to LGBT employees, straight
allies and their companies, including: a crossindustry
discussion on the importance of LGBT
equality from a client perspective; the role and
importance of having straight allies and how
best to engage and “activate” them; and an
in-depth comparative discussion of women’s
experiences, both gay and straight, in banking.
UPS pulls Boy Scout funding
ATLANTA, Ga. — United Parcel Service
(UPS), a corporate donor of the Boy Scouts
of America, has announced a new policy that
will cease all future
funding to the Boy
Scouts until gay
Scouts and leaders
are welcome within
Zach Wahls (pictured),
Scouts for Equality,
campaign on Change.org just days after Intel
Corporation, one of the Boy Scouts largest
corporate donors, affirmed the company is no
longer supporting the Boy Scouts of America.
Like Intel, UPS gave hundreds of thousands of
dollars to the Boy Scouts in 2010, despite the
organization’s anti-gay policy.
Nov. 24-Dec. 7 . 2012 qnotes 7
20 years of service
From the end of AIDS Crisis to today, Regional AIDS
Interfaith Network founder and staffers devoted to
life-changing relationships and service to community
by Matt Comer :: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trained as a minister and having worked in several congregations,
the Rev. Deborah Warren didn’t foresee herself leading
an HIV/AIDS organization. All that would change in the early
1990s as Warren was faced with the realities of the lingering
effects of the harrowing AIDS Crisis.
Warren had just begun an internship at Carolinas Medical
Center. There, she met AIDS patients face to face. She heard
their stories. She felt their pain.
“I didn’t know that much about AIDS and, certainly earliest
on, had that same kind of fear of contagion that other people
had,” she says. “I would meet people who were going home
from the hospital and most of the people I saw in the hospital
didn’t really have enough support. You can imagine: a very sick
person going home and trying to fend for themselves.”
What she experienced pulled on her heartstrings. She wondered
why more people of faith just like her weren’t doing more
to help those who, at this time, needed more support than ever.
In the 20 years since, Warren has turned her passion
for service and care into a career and the organization she
founded in 1992, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, or RAIN,
has served literally thousands and thousands of those affected
and infected by HIV.
This year, the group celebrates two decades of community
service and lives changed for the better. And, though the organization
celebrates, its leaders are quick
to pause and remember that growth for
their group hasn’t come without its share
of hard times.
“I was at the hospital training as
a chaplain and I also became the first
chaplain assigned to the infectious disease
clinic,” says the Rev. Debra Kidd,
RAIN’s senior director of programs.
“Just to watch the loneliness, the pain.
Patients would come in for their visit
and walk in. The next time you saw them
they were using a walker or a cane. The
next time they were in a wheelchair and
the next time they couldn’t show up. It
was just devastating.”
Warren and Kidd, affectionately dubbed “the Debbies” by
those who know them, have patiently persevered since those
sometimes-horrific days. They say attitudes have changed.
Medicines have effectively killed the notion that AIDS is a
death sentence. Families are growing into much better acceptance
of their loved ones.
Warren says she’s also proud of the relationships RAIN has
helped to build.
The community service of RAIN and its staff has long been essential — and rewarded.
Ten years ago, several staffers at RAIN were honored for their service. Pictured here on
the front cover of the Oct. 26, 2002, print edition of qnotes are: (l-r) Rev. Amy E. Brooks,
regional program director; Rev. Stephanie Speller-Henderson, minority program
director; Rev. Deborah C. Warren, founder and executive director; and
Rev. Debra K. Kidd, program director.
“A lot of different communities started coming together,”
she says. “I’m most proud that we’ve brought so many different
people together. That was not the intent when we were
founded, but the commonality we’ve all found is that we care
about AIDS, whether you are gay or straight, African-American
or Caucasian, liberal or conservative, if you live in the wealthy
Myers Park area or an area with fewer resources.”
Warren says RAIN has opened the door to “cross-boundary
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experiences” and says life-changing relationships have been built.
In their daily work, Warren and Kidd are on guard against changing
funding models and other challenges facing those tasked with prevention
and education. The biggest change, Warren says, is a shift from national and
governmental funders from a broad-based prevention strategy to one targeting
only HIV-positive people.
“Earlier on we had a much more robust community education program,”
Despite the challenges, Kidd says RAIN has stuck to it. Their record sometimes
surprises people, she says, who might not have guessed the organization
would live so long.
Warren is confident the organization will continue to grow. Her dream: full
care for those with HIV.
“I look forward to developing a model with a clinical partner where we truly
serve all the needs of people with HIV,” Warren says. “We’ll have strong medical
treatment and medication with the wrap-around supportive services.”
Kidd knows the future will bring changes. She and Warren, along with
other RAIN staff, are ready.
“”We’re going to keep going,” she says. “We’ll show you. It’s hard. It might
morph and do something else or different and it’s already done that in 20 years
and had to. I look forward to the challenges what that’s going to be.” : :
Under new leadership,
AAS-C continues service
The Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina (AAS-C)
continues its more than 20-year service to the
Triangle area as they continue to welcome new
executive director Stacy Duck into its fold.
Duck was hired on Aug. 6 and brough with her a
wealth of experience from her service as executive
director of the Chatham Social Health Council in Siler
Duck has 22 years of experience in mental health
and five years of experience with HIV prevention and
education, including 12 years with the State of New York’s Developmental
Disabilities Services Office. Duck has also contributed to numerous scholarly
articles on Latino men and their sexual health in conjunction with ongoing
research at Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine.
AAS-C serves people living with HIV/AIDS, their loved ones, caregivers
and communities at large, through compassionate and non-judgmental care,
prevention, education and advocacy.
Dating back to a 1989 consolidation of a number of grassroots AIDS
service organizations in the Triangle, AAS-C currently provides an array of
services to people living with HIV/AIDS in an eleven-county region. These
services include medical and non-medical case management, pastoral
counseling, nutritional counseling and a food pantry, prevention, testing and
For more information on AAS-C, how you can get involved as a volunteer
or for more information on services, visit aas-c.org. : :
— compiled from press release
special coverage presented by
HIV in the United States:
At A Glance
CDC estimates 1.2 million people in the United
States (U.S.) are living with HIV infection. One in five
(20 percent) of those people are unaware of their infection.
Despite increases in the total number of people in
the U.S. living with HIV infection in recent years (due
to better testing and treatment options), the annual
number of new HIV infections has remained relatively
stable. However, new infections continue at far too
high of a level, with approximately 50,000 Americans
becoming infected with HIV each year.
In 2010, an estimated 47,129 people were diagnosed
with HIV infection in the 46 states with confidential
name-based HIV infection reporting since at least
January 2007. In that same year, an estimated 33,015
people throughout the U.S. were diagnosed with AIDS.
Since the epidemic began, an estimated 1,129,127
people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with AIDS.
An estimated 17,774 people with AIDS died in 2009,
and nearly 619,400 people with AIDS in the U.S. have
died since the epidemic began.
By Risk Group
Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with
Men (MSM) of all races and ethnicities remain the
population most severely affected by HIV.
• CDC estimates that MSM account for just 2 percent
of the U.S. population, but accounted for 61 percent
of all new HIV infections in 2009. MSM accounted for
49 percent of people living with HIV infection in 2008
(the most recent year national prevalence data are
• In 2009, white MSM continued to account for the largest
number of new HIV infections of any group in the
U.S. (11,400), followed closely by black MSM (10,800).
• Young, black MSM were the only risk group in the
U.S. to experience statistically significant increases in
new HIV infections from 2006-2009 — from 4,400 new
HIV infections in 2006 to 6,500 infections in 2009.
• Since the epidemic began, almost 300,000 MSM with
AIDS have died, including an estimated 6,863 in 2009.
Heterosexuals and Injection Drug Users also
continue to be affected by HIV.
• Heterosexuals accounted for 27 percent of estimated
new HIV infections in 2009 and 28 percent of people
living with HIV infection in 2008.
• Since the epidemic began, more than 80,000 persons
with AIDS, infected through heterosexual sex, have
died, including an estimated 4,434 in 2009.
• HIV infections among women are primarily attributed
to heterosexual contact or injection drug use. Women
accounted for 23 percent of estimated new HIV infections
in 2009 and 25 percent of those living with HIV
infection in 2008.
• Injection drug users represented 9 percent of new
HIV infections in 2009 and 17 percent of those living
with HIV in 2008.
• Since the epidemic began, more than 175,000 injection
drug users with AIDS have died including an
estimated 4,759 in 2009.
• Blacks continue to experience the most severe
burden of HIV, compared to other races and ethnicities.
Blacks represent approximately 14 percent of
the U.S. population, but accounted for an estimated
44 percent of new HIV infections in 2009. Blacks
accounted for 46 percent of people living with HIV
infection in 2008.
• Since the epidemic began, more than 250,000 blacks
with AIDS have died , including 8,782 in 2009.
• At some point in their life, approximately 1 in 16 black
men will be diagnosed with HIV infection, as will 1 in
32 black women.
• In 2009, the estimated rate of new HIV infections
among black men was six and a half times as high
as that of white men, and more than two and a half
times as high as that of Hispanic/Latino men and of
black women. In the same year, the estimated rate
of new HIV infections among black women was 15
times that of white women and over three times that
of Hispanic/ Latina women.
Hispanics/Latinos are also disproportionately affected
• Hispanics/Latinos represented 16 percent of the
population but accounted for 20 percent of new HIV
infections in 2009. Hispanics/Latinos accounted for 17
percent of people living with HIV infection in 2008.
• Since the epidemic began, an estimated more than
95,000 Hispanics/Latinos with AIDS have died, including
2,853 in 2009. : :
— Last modified and reviewed on March 14, 2012,
by the Centers for Disease Control Division of
HIV/AIDS Prevention (cdc.gov/hiv) and the National
Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB
Nov. 24-Dec. 7 . 2012 qnotes 9
New advances could help keep
HIV at bay
Truvada, OraQuick newest tools for prevention efforts
by Matt Comer :: email@example.com
special coverage presented by
Two new advances in HIV/
AIDS prevention and testing
could mean big changes for
those at-risk of infection. This
summer, the Federal Drug
Administration offered their
approval to new uses of AIDS
medicine Truvada and to an athome
Dale Pierce, practice
manager and Ryan White
Program director at Rosedale
ID in Huntersville, says the two
new advances offer plenty of
hope for prevention. Yet, he
describes both as a sort of
Pierce, who is HIV-positive,
said his experience taking HIV/
AIDS medications played a
crucial role when he and his
partner, who is HIV-negative,
discussed Truvada. His partner
had considered using the medicine
for its newly-approved
prevention method. Known as
a pre-exposure prophylaxis,
or PrEP, Truvada can be taken
daily by an HIV-negative person
to help reduce the risk of HIV
OraQuick’s new at-home HIV test will benefit some who might find it uncomfortable to visit health centers or other public
spaces for free HIV testing events.
Photo Credit: Agência Brasil, licensed under Creative Commons.
“As someone who has gone through having to take the medications
and dealing with its side-effects and how the medicine alters your lifestyle,
it wasn’t something we were willing to try,” Pierce says. “At this
point, we are more focused on practicing safer sex and being aware of
what’s going on.”
Though Pierce and his partner have opted not to use Truvada, he says
it can be of practical use to those at-risk. He offers some warning, hoping
that the potential reduction in infection risk doesn’t give some a false
sense of security. Safer sex practices, he said, are key to prevention.
Pierce says he’s more hopeful about OraQuick, the new at-home
HIV test from OraSure. He has his worries — chief among them the
availability of medical and psychological counseling in the aftermath
of a positive result. Generally, though, the test is a good step toward
increasing the availability of HIV testing for more people.
“It is easer access to testing for those people who might be fighting
the stigma, who may not want to go to free testing events or the health
department,” Pierce says.
At the end of the day, Pierce is glad to see the improvements. But,
he’s quick to remind: “There is no 100 percent sure-fire means to stop
[HIV] transmission,” he says. Knowledge, awareness and safer sex
practices need to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. : :
— Compiled from the Federal Drug Administration and from
information provided by the AIDS Community Research
Initiative of America (ACRIA).
Approved by the FDA in July to reduce the
risk of HIV infection among uninfected individuals.
Recommended for use by those who
are at a high risk of infection or those with
HIV-positive sex partners. Used daily as a preexposure
prophylaxis (PrEP). Must be used in
combination with safer sex practices. Shown
to reduce HIV infection among MSM by as
much as 42 percent and among heterosexuals
by as as much as 72 percent. Available by
prescription only. Critics have concerns that
availability of the new drug could discourage
safer sex practices. For more information, visit
Approved by the FDA in August. A rapid
home-use kit used for self-testing. Provides
results within 20-40 minutes. Test uses sample
of fluid from moth. One line appears on stick
if test is negative. Two lines indicate HIV antibodies
were detected. Follow-up confirmation
testing with more robust, lab-based testing
methods is recommended to confirm result.
Unable to determine HIV infection within
the first three months of potential exposure.
False negatives possible after three months.
Available for sale in stores and online to all
people age 17 or older. Critics have concerns
that the in-home testing leaves individuals
without immediate or effective counseling,
referral care and the psychological impact of
testing among casual sex partners or in other
adverse situations. For more information, visit
oraquick.com. : :
10 qnotes Nov. 24-Dec. 7 . 2012
special coverage presented by
Rosedale ID fundraiser
HIV/AIDS clinic provides food pantry, free testing
by Matt Comer :: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearly 350 people attended a special
evening of music, awards and fundraising
in early November at Rosedale ID’s annual
Evening of Hope and Inspiration. The event,
featuring gospel singers Christy Sutherland
and Lynda Randle also featured their annual
Inspiration Awards presented to radio hosts
Matt Harris and Ramona Holloway and youth
activist Jordan Mitzel.
manager and Ryan
White Program director,
said the event was a
will benefit their food
pantry, named in honor
of Jeanne White Ginder,
the mother of 1980s
AIDS victim Ryan White.
Ginder was also present
at the event.
“We took donations
prior and through sponsorships,
we had a lot of
up,” Pierce said of the
support. “We’re looking
at, after expenses,
$5,000-$6,000. It doesn’t
sound like a lot in the
big scheme of some of the larger fundraisers
in town, but helping people with $30 or $35 gift
cards can have a huge impact on people who
might not have food for the holidays.”
Pierce said the event also served as a way
to raise awareness. The diversity of the audience
was astonishing, he said. Many people,
he said, had not heard of Ginder or her son.
“We got a lot of really good responses
hearing feedback from people who had never
heard Jeanne speak, which I thought was really
important for people who might not have known
who Ryan was or the significance of the Ryan
White Program or the effect his mom had on the
Youth activist Jordan Mitzel, who has
raised thousands of dollars for the
Regional AIDS Interfaith Network’s
Charlotte AIDS Walk, speaks after
receiving an Inspiration Award.
Network President Debbie Warren,
an Inspiration Award recipient in
2011, stands in the background.
Photo courtesy Dale Pierce
movement,” Pierce said. “It really opened this
generation’s eyes to what people really went
through during the early stages of the fight.”
Pierce said education and awareness are
becoming increasing important as time slowly
moves further and further away from the challenges
of the 1980s AIDS Crisis.
“We are starting to see a rise in cases of
younger gay males coming in
to Rosedale and finding they
are HIV-positive,” he said. “It
doesn’t seem like it has the
same weight that it did back
He added, “The great thing
is that it is manageable and
there are great treatments and
people are living longer…but
the fact is that there still is no
cure and people are still dying.
It does alter your lifestyle.”
Rosedale, a medical clinic
which offers full treatment and
care to those with HIV, has
begun to offer free testing every
Tuesday at their Huntersville
offices. Soon, he said, they might
expand their free testing. Several
attendees at their fundraiser
asked if Rosedale could do testing
events at their churches or
other organizations. Others also learned about
different ways they could be involved.
“We did a good job this year of … driving
home the awareness factor and getting
people more educated,” he said. “Several
people talked to me…and didn’t know there
was a Charlotte AIDS Walk. They wanted to
know when it was and how to get involved.
There were people who came just for the
music portion of the event and then signed up
to volunteer with us.”
You can learn more about Rosedale ID,
their services and their food pantry at
rosedaleid.com. : :
Nov. 24-Dec. 7 . 2012 qnotes 11
Carolina HIV/AIDS resources
AIDS Service Organizations in North Carolina
North Carolina is blessed to have a plethora of community resources and
programming for those living with HIV/AIDS. Several groups throughout the
state work to keep the public educated, provide testing and counseling and
support and case management to those who test positive. To the right are
resources for the Triad, Triangle and Charlotte.
special coverage presented by
AIDS Care Service
206 N. Spruce St., Winston Salem, NC 27101-2747, 336-777-0116
AIDS Care Service provides housing, food pantry services, client services, Ryan White HIV case
management and a variety of support services for Latino and people of color clients.
Triad Health Project
801 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405, 336-275-1654
Triad Health Project provides case management and other client support services, HIV testing
and prevention outreach, medical, social service and legal referrals, food pantry and nutritional
resources and education, support groups and education, art and exercise programs.
Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina
324 S. Harrington St., Raleigh, NC 27603, 919-834-2437, email@example.com
Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina provides case management, HIV/STD testing and counseling,
emergency assistance for rent and utilities, transportation assistance, housing information and
referrals, mental health, substance abuse or support group resources, referrals and programs.
Carolinas CARE Partnership (formerly Regional HIV/AIDS Consortium)
7510 E. Independence Blvd., Suite 105, Charlotte, NC 28227, 704-531-2467, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolinas CARE Partnership provides free HIV/STD testing and counseling, housing assistance,
peer training, case management and other services, prevention and education. Carolinas CARE
Partnership also houses the popular D-UP program, a peer education outreach effort among
young men of color who have sex with men.
House of Mercy
701 Mercy Dr., Belmont, NC 28012, 704-825-4711
House of Mercy provides end-of-life nursing, housing and medical care for persons living with
advanced AIDS. Services include physical therapy and medication assistance.
Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN)
P.O. Box 37190, Charlotte, NC 28237-7190, 704-372-7246, email@example.com
RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network), founded in 1992, engages the community to transform
lives and promote respect and dignity for all people touched by HIV through compassionate care,
education and leadership development. Services include CARE Management, Peer2Peer support
& outreach, support groups for youth, faith-based training, chaplain services and caring volunteers
who provide practical support to persons living with HIV and AIDS. RAIN also provides HIV
awareness and prevention education programs to thousands of people each year and is the only
HIV non-profit in the Charlotte metropolitan area providing direct client services.
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Nov. 24-Dec. 7 . 2012 qnotes 13
LeMond E. Hart, Charlotte
by David Stout :: firstname.lastname@example.org
14 qnotes Nov. 24-Dec. 7 . 2012
In a typical day LeMond Hart wears several
different hats…and sometimes several
different shirts, pants and shoes, too. You see,
in addition to being a student, a partner in a
long-term relationship, a father figure and a
veteran, he’s also a model. And, he just turned
40 on Nov. 22.
LeMond graduated from Charlotte’s
Independence High School in 1991. He gave
the military eight years, then resettled in the
Queen City with his life partner Jerry Crayton.
Currently, LeMond is in school pursuing a
degree in Health Information Technology. He’s
also an in-demand model for photographic
and runway work. We wanted to get to know
this well-rounded man a little better so we
did what we do. Now you do what you do and
What do you enjoy for breakfast that’s not a
traditional breakfast food?
A cup of coffee, a banana and a Muscle Milk.
Which pair is more obviously a couple: Yogi
Bear & Boo Boo, Dr. Quest & Race Bannon or
Mr. Peabody & Sherman?
Yogi Bear & Boo Boo, of course. Always at
rest areas and in the woods! Jus’ sayin’.
Are you happier with 95-degree days or
95. Like Nelly says, “It’s getting hot in here…”
What’s your favorite song from the disco era?
Do you make your bed everyday?
It’s a must! Being prior military and having a
little bit of OCD, my whole day would wrecked
if the bed did not get made.
How do these films rank based on the number
of times you’ve seen them: “The Avengers,”
“Fantastic Four,” “The Incredibles,”
“X-Men,” “X-Men,” “X-Men” (see the sexiest
action hero question below) and “The
Incredibles,” because it was cute!
Which circus act would you most like to
learn to perform?
I want to be shot from the cannon!
Have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?
No, but I have jumped out of an airplane.
Would you attend a pole dancing
Attend one? I think I could teach one! LOL!
Which old skool rap act is your favorite?
It’s gotta be Wu-Tang Clan, particularly on the
Are there more ink pens, safety pins or thumb
tacks in your home?
There are ink pens galore in here…I’m in
Have you ever been bitten by fire ants?
In the military, I sat on an anthill in the woods.
That was no fun!
Who’s the sexiest action movie star ever?
Hugh Jackman…hands down! I am married
to Wolverine in my gay cartoon life. Don’t
judge me! LOL!
How often do you wear cologne?
Err duh! I’m gay.
Which “culture challenged” TV family
would you rather live beside: Al and Peg
Bundy, Dan and Roseanne Conner or Fred
and Lamont Sanford?
I guess Dan and Roseanne. I would already
know that she was “family” from her attire;
Fred G. Sanford and I would fall out over that
dirty yard; and, Peg would get on my nerves!
Chicken McNuggets, chicken salad or
Chicken salad, please! I hate livers and processed
Which is greater, your ring finger size or your
My shoe size is bigger. ;-)
Did you ever have a jheri curl?
Did I? I was Lil Michael Jackson! Mine was
not too moist though. “Juices and Berries!”
Have you ever played “Spin the Bottle”?
Yeah and I’m shy!
What’s your go-to word or phrase to express
frustration or anger?
This is working on my nerves!! : :
Photo Credit: Mert Jones Photography
ENC sets new course
continued from page 5
we’vealready won the war…by pulling on
the right strings of justice, love and humility,”
said Barber, who was an instrumental ally in a
coalition of groups which opposed the state’s
anti-LGBT constitutional amendment.
The amendment, among other issues,
Barber said, was a wake-up call for young
“Young people who have been tought that
North Carolina was reasonable and progressive,”
Barber said, woke up on May 8 to a
figurative “ice-cold water shock.”
“Even here in North Carolina — though
our black and Latino brothers and sisters have
always known it — the Tar Heel soil is fertile
for hate and fear,” Barber said.
The civil rights leader called forcefully for
a new politics of change.
“We must have a 21st century fusion politics
where we stand together not sometimes
but all the time,” Barber said, calling for stronger
and more united stands against anti-LGBT
discrimination and on prison reform, health
care, education, immigrant rights and voting
rights, among other topics.
“If we stay together long enough and
strong enough, we will win,” Barber said.
Barber called out divisive religious leaders
who he said are misleading followers and
abusing the teachings of the Bible.
“You go and tell Franklin Graham,” he
said of the son of evangelist Billy Graham,
among others, “you want a real conservative
and you ask them why they say so much of
what God said so little and so little of what
God said so much.”
Barber’s keynote was followed by
award presentations. Durham Democratic
state Rep. Larry Hall received the group’s
Legislator of the Year award. Salem College
student Sammi Kiley was the group’s inaugural
student leader honoree. Recipients
of this year’s Bob Page Equality Champion
Awards included Asheville’s Rev. Jasmine
Beach-Ferrara, Charlotte’s Chris McLeod &
Krista Tillman, the Triad’s Rev. Julie Peeples,
Durham blogger Pam Spaulding and
Wilmington’s Sherre Toler. : :
The Common Market
Neighborhood store prepares for 10th anniversary
For those looking for a bit of the unusual, a bit of the hip or a
bit of that small-town general store feeling, there’s no other place
like The Common Market. Owners Blake and Cress Barnes have run
the business for a decade this year, expanding from their one original
Plaza Midwood location to a second in South End. The owners say their
award-winning deli, their craft beer and wine, cheeky gifts and a warm sense of
community keep customers, as diverse as the neighborhood around them, coming back
for more. The Common Market is currently offering a variety of special events and sales as
it gears up for its 10-year anniversary part on Dec. 8, including a “Hell of a Day” wine sale, a
break dance competition, local arts displays, sampling for locally-made food and performances by
the band Shana Blake and the Pivotal Souls as well as special acts from fire throwers!
Visit Common Market: 2007 Commonwelath Ave. and 1515 S. Tryon St.
Learn more: commonmarketisgood.com
Nov. 24-Dec. 7 . 2012 qnotes 15
by Miss Della
It’s tea time at the pageant scene!
16 qnotes Nov. 24-Dec. 7 . 2012
As I sit down to write another tardy Drag
Rag, it occurs to me, as it does every once in
a while, that I have not rounded up much tea
this time. It seems the pageantry calendar is
dry about this time, with the exception of a
few tidbits. Pageant enthusiasts notice this
every once in a while and it seems like it happens
before and after the holidays. Don’t ask
I mentioned to you all that I would eventually
round up the names of the runners-up
from Mr. and Miss Unlimited from a couple
months ago. Our handsome Mr. Unlimited
My’Kel Knight-Addams was happy to
oblige. His runners-up included Raquan
Demornay and Charlotte’s Scooby Damone
Knight-Addams. For the ladies, runners-up
to Alexis Nicole Whitnmey included Dorae
Lorenz and Charlotte’s London Nicole Dior.
Also, there was a Miss West Virginia United
States at Large held recently and although
a judge’s scores got missing and it was not
originally called out this way, after the dust
settled, Paisley Parque won Evening Gown,
Talent and Americana Sportswear. She was
crowned and Charlotte’s Cierra Nicole was
first runner-up and she won On-Stage Q & A.
I do know the Miss America prelims are
not scheduled to start up until around March,
but hopefully a tour will be scheduled for
the new MGA, Sally Sparkles, so she can
tip through NC sometime soon. By the next
time we meet up here, we will have an EOY
prelim or two to talk about and, hopefully,
some Continental and U.S.ofA. stuff as well.
I understand the reigning Miss U.S.ofA.,
LaWanda Jackson, has been visiting and
working a good bit in Raleigh at Legends.
LaWanda, do get to the Queen City sometime
as well, my dear!
This time, our promo is of the newest Miss
Gay U.S.ofA. At Large, Dorae Saunders, who
is also the reigning Miss Scorpio at Large (and
is a former Miss Scorpio, along with a million
other titles, it seems). Surely many readers
remember she was a finalist a couple years
ago on “America’s Got Talent” and she also
appeared in the movie “Trantasia,” based on
the Most Beautiful Transexual pageant held in
Las Vegas a few years ago. It will be good to
see her again the next time we run into each
other at a pageant or a show somewhere. I’m
sure she’ll be beaming, as I’ve watched her
Dorae S. Saunders of Columbia, S.C.: the newly
crowned Miss U.S.ofA. At Large
compete (and judged her a time or two) for
years now and she has come into her own.
Just a couple weeks ago, the All-American
Goddess prelims took place at Scorpio.
Promoter Brooke Divine-Storm LaReese was
spread thin playing hostess to everyone —
and spent a pretty penny, too. Many titleholders
were in the building to be presented or to
perform or both. Many were mentioned in the
previous Rag, but I was disappointed to learn
that Dena Cass nor Alexis Nicole Whitney
would be joining us. It was good to see several
folks, including Savannah Leigh, Shae Shae
LaReese and head judge Jennifer Warner
who reigns as Miss United States Icon. I can
say I was blown away by the professionalism
exhibited by both All-American Goddess
titleholders, Whitney Paige and Asia O’Hara.
One can really tell Whitney gained a lot of
her training from the days of competing in
the Miss America system, that’s for sure. Top
notch and pure drag all the way! Before coming
to Charlotte, Whitney stayed in Nashville
with friends Brandy Andrews and her roomie
Mo and they were in awe of this drag legend.
(And, Brandy loved cooking for her!)
Oh yeah — the results! Tia Douglas is
the new NC All-American Goddess and her
runner-up was Aria B. Cassadine. For the At-
Large girls, Nina Fierra won and her RU was
Before going to press, I heard from a dear
old friend of mine, my little sis Brandonna
DuPree, now making her home back in
Minnesota by way of a short stint in DC. She
was in DC for a pageant, Miss United States,
and she was calling to pour some pageant tea,
as she had just placed as 1st RU there and
won Interview, Gown and Most Beautiful. She
told me she travelled with the ever-popular
Tiffany T. Hunter of Continental fame, who
now also makes calls Minnesota home. I had
no idea! Anyway, the winner was Mercedes
Munro of California. she won Talent. Aunye
Diamond of Maryland was 2nd RU and she
won presentation. The pageant was held at
Hopefully next time, we’ll have a lot more
pageant tea to be thankful for! Happy Belated
Turkey Day! : :
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out in the stars
by Charlene Lichtenstein :: qnotes contributor
November 24 - December 7
The Sun enters affable, honest Sagittarius.
Our hopes and aspirations know no bounds
even if a few of the niceties fall through the
cracks. So, while we may not be the smoothest
of operators, we still know how to maneuver
SAGITTARIUS (11.23-12.22) Things right now
highlight your glowing personality. People of
influence gather around you and anxiously
await for your ideas. Use this hot intensity for
niceness instead of nastiness. The temptation
may be to settle an old score, but wise, gay
Archers understand that revenge is one of
the few dishes that is best eaten cold, along
with potato salad.
CAPRICORN (12.23-01.20) Think beyond your
own petty concerns. The universe demands a
more humanitarian effort from you. So rather
than continue to view life from the sidelines,
volunteer, donate and get involved in any worthy
cause. What a change of pace for you!
And, yet, smart pink Caps also realize that the
more they give, the more they get. No not in
AQUARIUS (01.21-02.19) Compadres are mere
putty in your hands. Folks gravitate to you as
you command the group dynamic. This is fine
as long as you don’t let the party turn into a
great performance. There is a time for the
conquering diva and a time for democratic
camaraderie. Choose the latter, Aqueerius.
Life moves on and the blush will soon be off
your particular rose.
PISCES (02.20-03.20) Guppies are not ones to
kow tow to the rich and powerful. It almost
seems beneath them. But, if you were to think
of it as “greasing the wheels” to your eventual
success, it may be a bit more palatable. And, it
will be so easy for you to do now. Really, what
is the harm in oiling a few large cogs? It is fine
as long as you don’t do it with your tongue.
ARIES (03.21-04.20) Even if you are no longer a
student, you can still learn a thing or two. Your
curiosity is piqued and you yearn to expand
your knowledge. Good. Don’t be lazy, gay Ram.
Get off your duff and scratch your itchy hooves
through school or travel. You can snare a
foreign comrade in this wild journey. Two travel
as cheaply as one if they bunk together.
TAURUS (04.21-05.21) Queer Bulls can charm
the pants off just about anyone now. You simmer
in your sexuality, so try to blow a few fuses
as you increase your voltage. Choose your conquests
wisely; you may not know when enough
is enough and it would be a shame to waste
energy on liaisons who are bull dozing guzzlers.
Then again, it could be rather fun.
GEMINI (05.22-06.21) Feel free to discuss
any nit picky issues with partners now. But,
be warned — when pink Twins become too
comfortable in relationships, they may begin
to take partners for granted. As charming as
you think you are, remember to be especially
caring and thoughtful now. If not, ask for
forgiveness with buckets of champagne and
crates of attention.
CANCER (06.22-07.23) It’s a time of great
accomplishment in your day-to-day job.
Gay Crabs should make the best use of this
beneficent energy by unleashing new ideas,
beginning prized projects and planning your
best moves at least three moves ahead. Also,
use this time to revamp your diet and exercise
regime. It is never too early to prepare for festive
nude holiday celebrations.
LEO (07.24-08.23) Unleash your creative, gay
muse. Paint, dance, write or create something
beautiful. If you’re no Picasso, then put your
juices to work planning a delightful party or
five. It is a time for romance, so add a dash
of fun into an otherwise monastic life. Proud
Lions needn’t stay home nursing their memories.
Get out there and flip your tail around
VIRGO (08.24-09.23) Queer Virgins often
decorate their homes in early functional office
style. This time period demands a warmer,
charming and comfortable home decor. So,
trade in your modern, steel highback chair
for something a bit more cushy and inviting.
When you begin to feel cuddly, who knows
who you can lure into your web to snuggle
with you. How fly is that?
LIBRA (09.24-10.23) If you have something…
anything…meaningful to say, say it with conviction.
Proud Libras can sugarcoat any harsh
comments and be diplomatic with almost
anyone. Create connections and rebuild any
frayed ties. If you give even the most beastly
folks a chance to redeem themselves, you
may even find something genuinely nice about
them. And, then again.
SCORPIO (10.24-11.22) They say you should
never count your chickens before they’re
hatched and, yet, you can now hatch a very
clever investment strategy. Even secretive
strategists offer you tantalizing tidbits of fiscal
information. Make good use of every snippet
of advice, do your homework and carefully
invest your dough. Gather those nest eggs and
sit on them a while, proud Scorp. : :
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on the map
Barbeque & Bloody Marys, Bar at 316
free BBQ from 3-6 p.m.
The Sunday Social Spades/Card Games &
House Muzik, Nickel Bar
from 5 p.m.-Midnight
House Cast Show, The Scorpio
with DJ 4Real. 11:30 p.m.
Woodshed Sundays, The Woodshed
free dinner buffet served at 6:30 p.m.
karaoke, 9 p.m.
Movie Night, Bar at 316
starts at 9 p.m.
Monday Madness, Chasers
pool tournament at 11:30 p.m. $25 cash prize
and $25 bar tab.
Boxing & Monday Night Football, Sidelines
Free Pool, The Woodshed
Karaoke with Metro Mike, Bar at 316
starts at 9 p.m.
Pool Tournament, Central Station
Twisted Trivia, Chasers
with Tiffany Storm & Brooklyn Dior.
Showtime at 12:30 a.m.
Trivia Tuesdays, Marigny
hosted by Roxxy C. Moorecox 7 p.m.
Midwood Madness, Petra’s
half-price bottles of wine
Karaoke, The Woodshed
starts at 9 p.m.
Game Night, Bar at 316
Team Trivia and Line Dancing, Hartigan’s
starts at 8 p.m.
hosted by Rachel Houdek. 9 p.m.
Wicked and Wild Wednesdays, The Scorpio
featuring Tiffany Storm with DJ 4Real. 11 p.m.
Pool Tournament, The Woodshed
starts at 10:30 p.m.
Thursday Night House Party, Bar at 316
Pool Tournament, Central Station
Rockin’ Well Thursdays, Chasers
with Valerie Rockwell. Show starts at 12:30 a.m.
Free HIV Testing, Connections
the 2nd Thursday of every month. 8-10 p.m.
Karaoke Night, Hartigan’s
hosted by Roxxy C. Moorecox. 9 p.m.
Team Boystown, Marigny
starts at 10 p.m. $10 cover after 11 p.m.
SpeakEasy Thursday Open Mic Night,
from 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Karaoke Night, The Rainbow In
free for members. $5 guests. $6 under 21.
Underwear Night, The Woodshed
House DJ and Dancing, Bar at 316
Free HIV Testing, Connections
the 4th Friday of every month. 8-10 p.m.
A-List Fridays, Marigny
hosted by SugaWalls Entertainment. 10 p.m.
Feel Good Fridays Dance Night, Nickel Bar
from 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Live Performances, Petra’s
Roxy’s Rainbow Review, The Rainbow In
starts at 11p.m.
Life’s a Drag, The Scorpio
with Tiffany Storm. 11:30 p.m.
House DJ and Dancing, Bar at 316
The Angela Lopez Show, Chasers
show starts at 12:30 a.m.
Live DJ, Hartigan’s
Krewe Saturdays, Marigny
Sexy Saturdays Special Events, Nickel Bar
from 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Live Performances, Petra’s
Urban Variety Show, The Scorpio
with Elaine Davis. Midnight showtime.
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2 Central Station
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4 Hartigan's Irish Pub
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6 Nickel Bar
2817 Rozzelles Ferry Rd.
Marigny Dance Club
1440 S. Tryon St., Suite 110
8 Petra's Piano
Bar & Cabaret
1919 Commonwealth Ave.
9 The Scorpio
2301 Freedom Dr.
10 The Woodshed
3935 Queen City Dr.
11 Blue Bar
2906 Central Ave.
12 Cathode Azure
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20 qnotes Nov. 24-Dec. 7 . 2012
by Trinity :: qnotes contributor
Being neat can go a ‘tidy’ bit overboard?
My roommate’s very anal. She likes the kitchen
and bathroom kept clean a certain way and
that’s not all. How do I get her to be less anal and
A Pain in the Butt, NYC, NY
Hey A Pain in the Butt,
Anal, being obsessively attentive to detail, is
only a problem when
someone else wants
to have things done
their way. Very successful
to detail, i.e., a good
lawyer or architect.
to your roommate in a
timely manner and try
to compromise. One
day you may end up on the other side.
My live-in lover of three years hardly talks to me
anymore. Now, I found out he has mail sent to his
mom’s house. I feel like he’s hiding something.
How can I get him to talk?
Speak No Evil, Savannah, GA
Dearest Speak No Evil,
You could snoop around for more clues and try
to investigate, but if you weren’t born a Sherlock
Holmes or Watson then think E=mc2 or Energy
equals Mass, times (2)Acceleration. In other
words think a solution (energy), introduce the
problem to him (mass) and then
force a meeting (acceleration).
However, sweetie, before stirring
up the energy, make sure you’re
ready to discover that he, a) may
have fallen out of love with you, b)
is having an affair, c) doesn’t know
how to communicate well or d)
needs to be tied up, drugged and
made to talk. Be aware, be careful
and take action before a bomb gets
dropped on you! (You can get some
sound hints when you check out
My boyfriend likes hanging around the house in
his underwear. I hate it, for many reasons. How
do I keep him dressed?
Underwear Blues, Miami Beach, FL
Dear Underwear Blues,
In most homes of taste and style, what he’s doing
is a big faux pas, a no-no, a virtue confined to
hillbillies and trailer trash! Nowadays, you can
buy tastefully bi-useful underwear that passes
for acceptable day wear, even nicer. Buy some
and fill his drawers with them and slowly over
bleach the white ones. And, if that doesn’t work,
put him on steroids, place web cam’s everywhere
and make some money, honey! Smile for
Recently, at a party, the hostess pulled me aside
and told me to stop asking her guests so many
personal questions. She said, “Your embarrassing
everyone, including yourself!” Trinity, what’s so
horrible about being inquisitive?
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Reno, NV
Hello Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,
Nothing, except, when you’re in public there are
questions that are not appropriate! But, darling,
just in case you’re still clueless here’s…
Trinity’s Memorable Tips For
Questions Never To Ask In A
1. Lindsey, you look great! But, can you show
my friends your face lift and liposuction
2. When you’re at the gym Johnny, do you still
lock yourself in the toilet stall and do “you
3. Kyle we’re all dying to
know, after you were
on “America’s Most
Wanted,” how did you get out of that kidnapping
and murder charge?
4. Do you still cheat on your taxes, Terry? And,
where on earth do you hide all that money?
5. Andy, I heard you’re an illegal alien. Why
don’t you tell everyone how you slipped past
6. I know you stopped having sex, Steve,
because of all the arrests, but why’d you stop
7. Eddie, is it true that when you have extramarital
activities your partner likes to watch?
8. Now remind me again, Dave, when you have
sex, are you a dominant top or a submissive
9. Danny, do you have any marijuana to sell
me? I heard you’re a dealer now.
10. By the way, Leslie, you look so androgynous
lately! Are you still taking hormones and thinking
about having “the” surgery? : :
— With a Masters of Divinity, Reverend Trinity
hosted “Spiritually Speaking” a weekly radio drama
performed globally and is now minister of WIG:
Wild Inspirational Gatherings.
telltrinity.com . Trinity@telltrinity.com.
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Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics
1825 Eastway Dr., Charlotte NC 28205
Myers Park Baptist Church
1900 Queens Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207
Holy Covenant United Church of Christ
3501 W. WT Harris Blvd., Charlotte NC 28269
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
1900 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205
New Life MCC
1900 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205
Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church
9704 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262
Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church
600 Seigle Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
1510 E. 7th St., Charlotte NC 28204
St. Peter’s Catholic Church
507 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Spiritual Living Center
1025 E. 35th St., Charlotte, NC 28205
Temple Beth El
5101 Providence Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28226
Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte
234 Sharon Amity Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211
Unity Fellowship Church
2127 Eastway Dr., Charlotte, NC 28205
Wedgewood Baptist Church
4800 Wedgewood Dr., Charlotte, NC 28210
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Two for Twenty
Charlotte Business Guild 20th Anniversary
Dec. 1 • 6:30 p.m.
The Charlotte Business Guild will host its 20th Anniversary Gala on Dec. 1, 6:30-11:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark
Hotel, 5501 Carnegie Blvd. Tickets are $50 for individuals, $90 for couples and $400 for a table of 10. Late registration after Nov. 20 is $65
for individual tickets. Celebration includes a cocktail and networking hour with a cash bar, plated dinner, annual Community Service
Awards presentations and music. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit charlottebusinessguild.org.
Regional AIDS Interfaith Network 20th Anniversary
Dec. 8 • 7 p.m.
The Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) celebrates 20 years of service. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Special guests include Jack
Mackenroth of Project Runway and Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron-Jackson. Tickets are $75 for individuals, $65 for congregation
tickets and $45 for young social leaders. CenterState @ NoDa, 2315 N. Davidson St. 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets,
Dec. 1 • Hickory
The AIDS Leadership Foothools-area Alliance
(ALFA) will host a World AIDS Day remembrance
event. First United Methodist Church,
311 3rd Ave. N.E. 3 p.m. Free. For more
information, call 828-322-1447, ext. 224, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit alfainfo.org.
Dec. 1 • Charlotte
Charlotte’s only Levi/Leather club meets
the first Saturday of every month at The
Woodshed Lounge, 4000 Queen City Dr. 6 p.m.
Dec. 2 • Greensboro
Winter Walk for AIDS
Triad Health Project will hold its 21st annual
Winter Walk for AIDS. The event is a
fundraiser for the organization. It will be held
at War Memorial Stadium. For more information,
contact Ken Keeton or Shana Carignan at
336-275-1654 or visit triadhealthproject.com/
Dec. 3 • Charlotte
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
and TedxCharlotte present a special viewing
party of TEDxWomen, a conference addressing
issues important to women. Speakers
include “The Vagina Monologues” writer
and playwright Eve Ensler, photographer and
activist Tillet Wright and International Criminal
Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and
others. Limited seating. Free tickets available
Foundation For The Carolinas, 220 N. Tryon St.
Dec. 3 • Winston-Salem
Dining with Friends
AIDS Care Service kicks off its Dining with
Friends fundraiser. Events can be planned
anytime between Dec. 3, 2012, and Feb. 3,
2013. For more detailed information on how
you can get involved, call Development
Officer Rivkah Meder at 336-777-0116, ext. 103,
email email@example.com or visit
Dec. 7-8 • Charlotte
One Voice Chorus presentes their winter
concert. The theme is a tribute to this London
Olympics. For more information on the
concert, the chorus’ other upcoming events
or the group’s fundraising campaign, see
our story on page 6. Unitarian Universalist
Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Rd.
Dec. 7-8, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. $20/evening
shows. $15/adult matinee. $10/child matinee.
Dec. 7 • Charlotte
The Bechtler Museum kicks off the holiday
spirit with a performance by Ziad Jazz Quartet
featuring Noel Freidline and jazzy renditions
of songs like “The Christmas Song,” “Frosty
the Snowman,” “Winter Wonderlan,” “Little
Drummer Boy” and more. The Bechtler
Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. 6-8
p.m. Free/members. $12/members. Cash bar.
Tickets can be purchased online at bechtler.
org or by phone at 704-353-9200 or at the
museum’s visitor services desk.
Dec. 8 • Greensboro
Triad Pride Men’s Chorus presents their annual
holiday concerts. Mix of traditional, pop
and funny holiday favorites. Greensboro Day
School, 5401 Lawndale Dr. 8 p.m. $15/advance.
Dec. 12 • Charlotte
Twelve In Twelve
J.D. Lewis and his two sons, Jackson and
Buck, will launch their new foundation to support
volunteerism, following their worldwide
journey which took them to 12 countries in 12
months for relief work. The foundation will exist
to raise awareness, donations and supplies for
organizations with which they worked across
the globe. For more on the family and the event,
see our feature on page 6. The Dunhill Hotel,
Harvest Moon Grille, 237 N. Tryon St. 5:30-7:30
p.m. Free. twelveintwelve.org.
Dec. 13 • Charlotte
Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer
Roberts and Unity Fellowship Church pastor
Bishop Tonyia Rawls will be honored
with the Community Leader Award from
Grassroots Leadership. Unitarian Universalist
Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Rd.
Reservations can be made at 704-332-3090 or
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 14-15 • Charlotte
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte presents
“The Last Big Gay Christmas Ever.” Traditional
Christmas classics with Hannukah comedy
from the Maccabeats and a new commission
from Eric Lane Barnes, “The Shouldn’t Be
Carols.” St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1510 E.
7th St. 8:04 p.m. $20. gmccharlotte.org.
Dec. 15 • Charlotte
Twirl to the World 2012
Just Twirl parties up the holidays with their
fourth annual Twirl to the World holiday party
starting with a social hour at 8 p.m. followed
by a night of dancing at 10 p.m. Admission is
$5 with a new unwrapped toy or $15 without.
Marigny Dance Club, 1440 S. Tryon St., Suite
Dec. 15 • Durham
Jingle Balls Bingo
AAS-C brings a bit of holiday flair to their
popular Drag Bingo series. Join staff, volunteers
and community members for this merry
time of fundraising and fun! Durham Armory,
220 Foster St. 6 p.m. $20. aas-c.org.
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