Gay program chairs at Charlotte Art Institute talk school, local art, culture
by Matt Comer :: firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: Ron Crider, Charles Easley and Richard Withem.
Photo Credit: Art Institute of Charlotte
It’s not uncommon to see LGBT people involved
in art. We are, after all, a creative bunch. Take just a
quick glance at the art world: in every genre, we’re
there. And, you can’t really have a good art school
without some gays, can you
Ron Crider, Charles Easley and Richard Withem
have each worked with the Art Institute (AI) of
Charlotte or at other AI locations for several years.
Each chairs a particular program area, having
worked their way up from faculty. In all, four of the
school’s seven programs find these three gay men
at their helm. Crider heads up the school’s fashion
marketing and management program. Easley chairs
the digital filmmaking and video production program.
Withem leads two: graphic design and web
The Art Institutes, a system of more than 45 arts
schools nationwide, specializes in several focus areas
ranging from fashion and culinary arts to advertising
and TV and film media. The Charlotte school
was founded in 1973 as the American Business &
Fashion Institute; in 1999, it joined AI and changed
its name. It now has about 1,200 enrolled students
The three program chairs each say AI is unique
in its almost singular focus on career and success.
“The number one difference between our
school and traditional four-year campuses is that
we have a much more blended program of theory
plus practicum; by that I mean we have a much
more hands-on approach to learning,” says Crider.
“Graduates from our programs leave with a portfolio
that evidences they actually know how to create
Witham agrees that AI has a unique difference
with traditional colleges.
“We are an arts school,” he says. “That’s
our demographic. That’s our people. That’s our
faculty. It’s about the fine and applied arts. We’re
all like-minded people; you’re not going to find a
cheerleader or a football team here. If you do find
an Arts Institute with a sports team, you let me
Like Crider, Easley thinks AI’s nature is specifically
beneficial to students.
“We don’t have a liberal arts education,” he
explains. “We’re specifically career-based, in that
students who come here
will learn specific skill sets
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Sept. 3-16 . 2011 qnotes
In the past few years, and especially
after the election of incumbent Democratic
Mayor Anthony Foxx, Charlotte has seen
substantial changes in the way LGBT citizens
and residents are treated and recognized by
First, the chief of the Charlotte-
Mecklenburg Police Department held an
open forum at The LGBT Community Center
of Charlotte. He was soon followed thereafter
by Mayor Foxx. Both forums were historic
achievements in the civic life of the city and its
by matt comer
Charlotte candidates are friendly,
but need education
LGBT community, representing the first time
both the police chief and mayor had openly
and publicly met with our community to discuss
issues important to us and our families.
In addition, we’ve seen — for the first time
— official inclusion of “sexual orientation” in
city policy. Though there is a long way to go
(preferably inclusion of both “sexual orientation”
and “gender identity” in an ordinance),
City Manager Curt Walton’s change to the
city’s current employment policies was a
During the end of July and beginning
of August, qnotes collected responses to a
detailed questionnaire from candidates running
for Charlotte City Council. A total of 29
candidates are running for re-election or are
challenging incumbents. Questionnaires were
also sent to incumbent Democratic Mayor
Anthony Foxx and his challenger, Republican
qnotes issues our endorsement of several
candidates in their Sept. 13 primary elections
below. We have also listed candidates
we could not endorse, but who we think are
receptive to broader questions and conversations
on particular issues asked in our
candidate questionnaire. Please, note that
these endorsements, along with indications
that a candidate is “receptive,” reflects only
their positions as outlined in their questionnaire
responses and, occassionally, any
past statements or actions on specific LGBT
issues. In cases where two candidates are
endorsed in the same race and district, we
encourage readers and voters to explore each
candidates’ positions on other important, but
David Howard (D) (i)
Edwin B. Peacock III (R) (i)
Alexander G. Vuchnich (L)
Receptive: Claire Fallon (D), Curtis Watkins (R)
Cameron Webb Gardner (D)
LaWana Mayfield (D)
Receptive: Svend H. Deal (D)
Receptive: Larry Shannon (D)
John Autry (D)
Darrell Bonapart (D)
Receptive: Dennis Peterson (R)
qnotes’ endorsements for the general
election will be published in our Oct. 1 print
edition. Read each of the candidates’ full
responses online at goqnotes.com/clt111/.
(D) - Democrat. (R) - Republican. (L) - Libertarian. (i) - Incumbant.
Endorsements were not made in races where incumbents face no challenger.
This progress is quite astonishing given that
this city was, until relatively recently, a place in
which LGBT people were officially ignored and
where all but a rare handful of brave elected
officials dared to be seen publicly with LGBT
people. Fourteen-year veteran Mayor Pat
McCrory couldn’t even bring himself to undertake
as simple and routine a task as writing a
welcome letter to LGBT community events like
the annual Human Rights Campaign Carolina
Gala or annual Pride activities.
Charlotte is moving forward, though the
journey continues to look like a long one. Our
slow march toward equality is caused by none
other than ignorance and a lack of education
and a need for broader conversations and
dialogue on issues important to LGBT citizens
This education problem became overwhelmingly
apparent when our staff set
out to collect responses to a four-question
candidate questionnaire sent to each of the
individuals running for Charlotte City Council
and for mayor. Candidates’ answers and
participation were used to form the basis of
our primary election endorsements; we’ll use
the same responses to inform our decision for
the general election. The primary is scheduled
for Sept. 13; the general election will be held
on Nov. 8.
Of 29 council candidates and two mayoral
candidates, only 12 returned their surveys and
neither Foxx nor Stone participated.
Several candidates’ answers to our questions
were shockingly absent of the understanding
we had hoped they might have about
our issues. Some seemed not to recognize the
importance of an on-the-record vote of the
council on an issue like an equal employment
ordinance (as opposed to a policy) and one
candidate in particular told us she thought
federal and state laws already forbade discrimination
on the basis of sexual orientation
and gender identity.
But, it was candidates’ answers to the
fourth question in the questionnaire that
intrigued us the most. Candidates were asked
their position on several potential items
that could be added to the city’s legislative
agenda, the council’s list of prerogatives and
priorities they’d like to see state and national
lawmakers address either on the city’s behalf
or for the betterment of city policy. We asked
about public accommodations and public
housing law changes, opposition to the state’s
1996 Defense of Marriage Act, a statute that
bans marriage rights for same-sex couples,
and opposition to a proposed constitutional
amendment that would ban marriage, civil
unions, domestic partnerships and, potentially,
other types of both legal and private relationship
statuses for same-sex couples.
Many candidates had answers that were
overwhelmingly positive to these legislative
agenda items. Among those, however, who
were opposed to these proposals, there was a
common theme: “These are not local government
issues and therefore not appropriate
items for the City’s legislative agenda,” wrote
one incumbent Democratic candidate. The
reality is quite different and we disagree
wholeheartedly with candidates who believe
these are not important issues for the city.
Though the city has no power to change
public accommodations and housing ordinances
absent permission from the General
Assembly, it has every right to make such
a request with the city’s and county’s state
legislative delegation who could, on behalf of
the city, seek to change state law or provide
exceptions or exemptions through a local
bill for the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg
County. Similarly, requests that the delegation
and other lawmakers work to repeal the
1996 Defense of Marriage Act and oppose a
proposed, anti-LGBT constitutional amendment
are both fair game; both the law and the
proposed amendment affect Charlotte citizens
and residents and have an effect or potential
effect on the city’s ability to operate as a truly
world-class city where all of its residents are
treated equally under law and fully included in
civic and public life.
Our endorsements for the primary election
appear on this page. On Oct. 1, we’ll publish
endorsements for the general election.
In the meantime, we hope constituents will
reach out to those candidates and incumbent
council members who could benefit from
more conversation and discussion on these
issues. Education will be the key to permanent
and lasting changes for our local LGBT
community. : :
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by leslie robinson
Same gender means some problems
You might enter into a same-sex relationship
thinking you know all the troubles that lie
ahead. Discrimination, rejection by family and
friends, spending eternity in hell — none of
that is news.
But, I’ll bet you never considered the
bundle of difficulties caused by being in a
relationship with someone who’s a lot like you.
Someone with whom you share everything
from chromosomes to conditioner.
Here’s an example of what I mean: My
partner and I have the same name. Her first
name is Anne, which is also my middle name.
It took me a while to get comfortable saying
her name. I felt like I was calling myself and
having attacks of egomania.
Opposite-sex couples can experience
this trouble too, of course. A woman named
Jordan can marry a man named Jordan or
a Jean can connect with a Gene. But, the
chances of twin names are much increased
with gay couplings.
We all know a Mike and a Mike or a Sarah
and a Sarah. The other day I heard a lesbian
couple referred to as “the Rachels.” Anyone
who’s adamant about maintaining individuality
might have to rethink this gay thing.
I suppose preventive action is a possibility.
A lesbian could legally change her name
before starting a relationship, pick a name
that no other woman is likely to share. Like
Augustina. Or Pittsburgh. Or Cementmixer.
Then there’s the issue of clothing. Back
when I was in a straight relationship, my
boyfriend was too tall and too male to borrow
Now all bets are off.
Anne has borrowed everything from bras
to hats. She so covets a shirt of mine she
whimpers a little when I wear it. I’ll soon know
what it means to give someone the shirt off
She and I aren’t the same size, nor do we
have identical taste. For these reasons, I know
my entire wardrobe won’t go missing.
But, I can imagine what it must be like for,
say, a femme couple with similar proportions
where one woman is constantly pilfering and
the other can never find what she planned to
wear. On a morning when the latter can locate
nothing to wear to work but pumps and a
nightgown, the fur will fly.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that sometimes
it’s a boon, clothing-wise, to be in a same-sex
couple. You can double your wardrobe. But,
only if you have like builds and taste. I suppose
there are women out there who assess
a potential partner for kindness, respect and
to-die-for pencil skirts.
Turning to accessories, our friend Susan
recently told Anne and me that she has begun
carrying a purse again. The problem is her
partner Joyce uses a purse that looks the
same. Now each woman can find herself
leaving the house with the wrong life.
Straight couples don’t have this trouble.
On another subject, while anti-gay activists
argue that male and female genitalia were
meant to go together, they’re ignoring a more
compelling biological argument. Two women
going through menopause should never live
Between us, Anne and I have every menopause
symptom going. When she’s having
a hot flash, I’m too busy obsessing over my
weight gain to notice, let alone sympathize.
In straight households where the woman is
experiencing menopause, it’s the man’s job to
be sympathetic — when he isn’t driving his
girlfriend around in his new Ferrari.
Anne and I don’t get sympathy, but we
aren’t being cheated on, so I guess it’s a
wash. Overall, though, I feel it’s only right for
young people to be alerted to the complications
inherent in same-sex relationships. If
the prospect of hell doesn’t scare twinks, the
prospect of sharing hair gel might. : :
LesRobinson@aol.com . generalgayety.com
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Mayfield a fierce, tireless
I’m a 30-year old lesbian who grew up
in the state of Maine. My decision to attend
law school in Charlotte and make Charlotte
my home was, in part, because I was looking
forward to living the “city life.” Only
after moving here did I realize that living in
Charlotte is difficult for lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender (LGBT) people. Not only
does the city lack basic protections against
discrimination for based on sexual orientation
and gender identity, but the LGBT community
has little representation on the city council
and local boards.
LaWana Mayfield is running for city
council in District 3 in southwest Charlotte. If
elected, LaWana would be the first openly gay
LGBT council member, and one of possibly
two women on city council. LaWana has been
a community organizer and active advocate
for LGBT, HIV/AIDS and racial justice issues
for over 15 years.
I urge anyone in District 3 who cares
about LGBT issues in Charlotte to get out and
vote in the Sept. 13 primaries. It is critical
that we elect people who care about making
Charlotte a better and easier place for LGBT
people to live. LaWana would be a fierce and
tireless advocate not just for our community,
but for the community as a whole. I urge you
to get out and vote for LaWana on Sept. 13./ : :
— Sarah Demarest, Charlotte, N.C., letter
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Gay Christian Network provides
Struggles make for a stronger community
by Lainey Millen :: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2001, little did Justin Lee, a recent graduate
from Wake Forest University and 23 at
the time, realize what a monumental contribution
he would make to LGBT Christians
around the globe.
Born in Marietta, Ga., his family moved to
Raleigh when he was four. He came from a
loving and supportive
family. When he was
19 he came out, but
felt confused and
tried to go straight.
He had felt for years
that gays should be
straight and took
a sojourn in the
but felt it was alien
to his upbringing.
He shared that the
stand was that kids
who came from
were more inclined
to be gay or lesbian. This was totally not true
for him. His were the complete opposite. He
had tried to get answers from his church and
friends. His background had been along the
So, he abandoned this ship and set sail for
other ports. He began to write on the internet
about issues. He wanted to make sure that
there was a place that was welcoming and
provided a sense of community for gay and
lesbian Christians and their allies. And, this
grew into a worldwide attention-grabbing
From that seed, the Gay Christian Network
(GCN) was born. Participants came from a
wide range of people. Ministers wrote to him
asking questions for their own use and to support
their clerical responsibilities.
A decade later, this religious support
group is doing its part to help bring about
change within Christian communities. They do
this by bridge-building and changing mindsets
about being gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
With 18,000 members
and growing, it works
with individuals, faith
friends and the
broader church to garner
support for more
the years, it developed
(“Through My Eyes”),
YouTube videos, podcasts
(which is coming
back online soon
through GCN Radio)
targeted at providing a
positive experience for
those who utilize these tools.
On Aug. 17, GCN, a non-profit ministry,
celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Lee says that his work is vital to the health
of people and church bodies. With the use of
the documentary, he is working to get it out to
every church across the country. It tells the
story from those who have wrestled with the
issues surrounding self discovery. He feels
that working on the local church level will
help them write inclusivity into their bylaws.
This falls in line with GCN’s mission, “Sharing
Christ’s light and love for all.” They have a
five-core component direction: Promoting
spiritual growth; cultivating safe community;
supporting family and friends; educating and
encouraging the church; and engaging the
wider LGBT community and the world.
Staff includes Lee who serves as executive
director, along with board of directors
Bill Caldwell, Ling Lam, Mark Lawrence,
Ryan Kuseski and Michael Zwiers. With the
support of a director of operations, community
manager and a plethora of volunteer
team leaders, it covers the gamut of Christian
communities worldwide. They abide by the
group’s statement of faith, which includes:
“We believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender Christians are full participants in
God’s kingdom, and that the ways of holiness
and the ways of sinfulness are equally available
to them as to others.…”
GCN uses its website to disseminate
information and serve as a point of contact
for those who are seeking answers or support.
They also are engaged in social media
through Facebook and Twitter.
As far as the type of response they get
from fellow Christians who are not gay and
may not fully understand why inclusion is
important for the church, Lee says that he
hears that people think that they can’t be gay
and Christian, don’t understand the issues,
are frustrated over the level of dialogue that
they have found, experienced antagonism in
respective churches and want to learn more
in open dialogue. Even parents are jumping
into the fray and getting the support they have
been searching for.
The organization reaches out to both
potentially welcoming and unwelcoming
faith institutions. They send representatives
to conferences and work on coordinated
efforts. They are constantly engaged in
private conversations behind the scenes with
unwelcoming groups to help bridge build. This
year they received an Arcus Foundation grant
so that they could go to 20 universities, mostly
in the Bible Belt, to provide training to create
change in these communities. This will be
their pilot program. Next year they hope to be
able to go to Christian schools and hope to get
funding to achieve this expansion.
They also set up at public events, such
as NC Pride and Wild Goose, and work to
network with affiliate groups. They have been
in touch with Rev. Mel White over the years
and want to do more with Faith in America.
Currently, there are no projects on the table,
but Lee says that there is mutual respect
among all of them.
The website is the best place to gather
information, Lee states. It includes daily Bible
passages and Bible study, book recommendations,
audio and video resources, message
boards, calendar, a store and giving options.
Being headquartered in Raleigh makes
sense for GCN, Lee says. He feels that since
North Carolina is not as progressive as other
states, it helps to keep them connected,
grounded and aware of the work that needs
to be done.
For more information, visit gaychristian.net
and facebook.com/gaychristiannetwork. To
keep up with dialogue follow GCN at twitter.
gaychristiannetwork. : :
From Jan. 5-8, 2012, an annual
conference will be held DoubleTree by
Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando,
Fla. Last year over 400 attended.
Speakers include blogger Misty Irons,
former ex-gay organization founder
Jeremy Marks and Lee. Until Sept. 30,
cost is $115, $135 until Dec. 3 and $160
onsite. Scholarships are available by
request only. Family and friends may
also attend at $35 each.
Tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches
by Matt Comer :: email@example.com
As Sept. 11 approaches, the nation prepares to hold remembrances
and memorials for those lost during the Sept. 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks 10 years ago. For those too young to remember
Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy or King assassinations and other
tragic dates now seared into national memory, the attacks a
decade ago have served as watershed life- and culture-defining
moments for an entire generation. Above and beyond those
killed that day, thousands of young men and women have
ventured into Afghanistan and Iraq never to return home. Nearly
every person in the nation has been touched by 9/11; many lost
friends that day and others have lost siblings, children, friends or
parents to the battlefield.
For the LGBT community, in particular, the decennial anniversary
of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks gives us pause
to reflect on those of our own who died that day. We also reflect
on those LGBT servicemembers who served and died in the line
of duty, fighting bravely for a nation that refused to give them full
rights of citizenship.
In the days and weeks following the attacks, LGBT media
and organizations began reporting on LGBT victims. Among the
most high profile were a Catholic priest, Father Mychal Judge,
and Mark Bingham, who helped to thwart United Airlines Flight
Judge, 68, was a chaplain with the New York Fire Department.
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Through the 1980s, he worked to comfort AIDS victims and
presided over many funerals. He was also an ardent support of
Dignity, an LGBT Catholic organization. On Sept. 11, 2001, Judge
died while ministering to injured firemen at the World Trade
Center. His memory lives on in the Mychal Judge Act, signed by
President George W. Bush in 2002, which granted federal money
to survivors of 9/11 victims, including same-sex partners.
Bingham, 31, was a public relations executive. On Sept.
11, 2001, he was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 and
aided in stopping hijackers from taking over the plane. The
flight ended tragically in Shanksville, Penn. A resident of San
Francisco, he played on the city’s Fog Rugby Football Club team.
In 2002, the club founded the Bingham Cup in honor of 9/11 hero.
The cup is a biennial, international, gay rugby tournament.
Judge and Bingham have certainly been among the most
well-known gay 9/11 victims, but there are others.
David Charlebois, a member of the National Gay Pilots
Association according to the Washington Blade, was the copilot
of American Airlines Flight 77. Charlebois’ plane was flown
into the Pentagon.
A gay couple, Ronald Gamboa, 33, and Dan Brandhorst,
42, and their three-year-old son, David, were also among the
victims. The couple and son were passengers on United Airlines
Flight 175 heading from Boston to their home in Los Angeles.
Fifty-one-year old Shelia Hein, an employee at the U.S.
Army’s management and budget office was killed when the
Pentagon was attacked. Her partner, Peggy Neff, was among
the first same-sex partners of 9/11 victims to be recognized by
the government and receive survivor benefits, after being refused
recognition as anything other than “friends” by Virginia’s
Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund, according to 365gay.com.
These victims were just a handful of dozens of gay and
lesbian people killed on Sept. 11, 2001. Many of our LGBT brothers
and sisters who died 10 years ago or those who have died
in service since then will likely remain unknown to all but their
closest friends and family members. Regardless, their memory
lives on collectively as each of remember that day and its events
in our own individual and unique ways.
Our nation has faced many challenges in our history; without
doubt, we’ll continue to face more. As we do, however, we move
closer and closer to a society that values, respects and includes
— legally, civically, socially, culturally and religiously — each
of its members, regardless of sexual orientation and gender
identity. In that, we are the victors; radical terrorists attempted
to destroy us from the inside out, but we have proven that even
in the face of tragedy, America’s values and ideals live on to
prove that our “great experiment” can continue to produce
good results. : :
Wells Fargo to celebrate
Event on Oct. 29 features free museum
Fall A&E Guide
Wells Fargo is getting ready to make its
grand entrance into the Charlotte market.
Though a past sponsor of Pride Charlotte, you
didn’t see Wachovia’s name anywhere at the
Aug. 27 event in Uptown. Wells Fargo, it seems,
is here to stay. But,
that isn’t a bad thing.
The new kid on
the block is introducing
itself in various
ways. On Oct. 29,
the bank will help to
present the Wells
the conversion of
Wachovia signs and
banking locations to
Wells Fargo in North
Carolina, as well as
the opening of the
Wells Fargo History
Museum in Charlotte.
The event will transform Center City Charlotte
into a free arts and cultural festival, as well as
provide free Saturday admission,
underwritten by Wells
Fargo, to many of Charlotte-
Mecklenburg’s arts, science and
“We are excited about Wells
Fargo taking the lead on this
important celebration and being
one of their partners,” said Arts & Science
Council President Scott Provancher. “The
Wells Fargo Community Celebration shows
their commitment to the cultural sector and
will provide amazing arts, science and history
experiences that will entertain and educate
thousands of individuals,” said Provancher.
“Plus, with the opening of the Wells Fargo
History Museum, Charlotte’s ‘cultural mile’
along Tryon Street
has gained another
major highlight will
include free Saturday
admission on Oct. 29
to Bechtler Museum
of Modern Art,
of the New South,
The Mint Museum,
McColl Center for
Visual Art, The Light
Factory and more. A
free outdoor concert,
live art demonstrations,
LEGO sculptures, chalk art and more will
also be available. In addition, be sure to catch
free performances by the Actor’s
Theatre of Charlotte, Charlotte
Symphony Orchestra, Carolina
Voices, Charlotte Chamber
Music, Charlotte Children Choir,
Charlotte Youth Ballet, Children’s
Theatre of Charlotte, Maha’s
Dances of India, Many Voices,
North Carolina Dance Theatre and more.
For more information about the Wells
Fargo Community Celebration, visit
CharlotteCultureGuide.com. : :
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Foundation makes changes
CHARLOTTE — The Wesley Mancini
Foundation has changed its grant application
requirements. Beginning this year, the
Foundation will pick an annual theme for which
the LGBT community
has a current need to
address. Only grant
the year’s theme
will be considered.
resources that we
have to give back to
our community, we
wanted to make sure
we target a specific issue each year,” said
Wesley Mancini. “The ‘theme’ will change from
year to year based on the needs of the LGBT
community. Our board is very excited about our
new direction and what it can mean to not only
the Charlotte LGBT community, but also the
community at large.”
Grant applications must develop a project
that will raise the profile of the local LGBT community
in front of a national audience during
the Democratic National Convention Sept. 3-6,
2012 and partner with at least one non-LGBT
organization to accomplish the grant’s goals.
The Foundation is a non-political entity.
Applications must not deal with politics,
but focus on the awareness that the local
community exists during this time when the
world’s eyes will be upon Charlotte.
Applications are being accepted until Nov.
15 for the grant cycle of Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2012.
Foundation grants are awarded to fund
specific projects and are not awarded to
cover general operating expenses.
Federally-tax exempt organizations or
those with tax-qualified sponsors interested in
receiving a grant application should contact
Bob Scheer at 704-375-4275, ext. 11 or by
email to email@example.com.
Protest held at church
WILMINGTON — On Aug. 14, a protest
was held outside Sea Gate Community Chapel
to challenge that church’s decision to place
an anti-gay message in it’s church sign. The
sign read “God loves gays, but He hates
perverted life style, turn or burn” and had ba
een erected the prior week.
Vandals removed the last portion of the
wording and left it reading, “God loves gays,
but He hates sin” and spray painted a heart
over the “but He hates sin” portion. This
“turn or burn” instruction had been omitted.
Pastor David Heuring was not happy. Church
members then added the “but He hates sin”
back onto the sign.
Wilmington Pride organized the peaceful
protest, saying that they wanted the people
who attended the church to know that if they
were struggling with their sexuality, there
was hope. Afterward, a man driving a Ford
Taurus took a hammer and smashed the sign,
according to witnesses.
According to the WWAY-TV 3 website,
Wilmington Pride President T.R. Nunley
posted a comment saying that when they left
that morning from the protest, the sign was
okay. When he returned at 6 p.m. for a station
interview, it was destroyed. He shared his regret
that this had been done and said that his
organization did not “condone the actions.”
Heuring and protestors dialogued during
the protest and he shared drinks with them.
Gay-friendly list ruffles feathers
WILMINGTON — The University of North
Carolina at Wilmington’s LGBTQIA Resource
Office issued a guide in July that listed gayfriendly
businesses, health clinics, churches
and other institutions. This publication was
passed out by the resource office’s Amy
Schlag to staffers.
Now, Professor Mike Adams is taking the
initiative to task saying it was silly and a “government
waste,” FoxNews.com reported. This
atheist-turned-Christian teaches criminology.
Adams ridiculed this action in an article
for TownHall.com entitled “Separation of Gay
Church and State.” He went on to say that
“homosexuality…It is unequivocally sinful …
God wants you to avoid homosexuality…”
He even has gone so far as to ask that
LGBT groups be abolished on campus.
Time will tell if his wishes will be taken into
serious consideration. The school felt validity
in publishing its list.
New exec hired
GREENSBORO — Guilford Green
Foundation has announced the appointment
of Shane Burton as executive director. Burton
replaces Ivan Canada, who has been serving
as interim executive
director and will
remain in a transitional
role working on
special projects over
the next year.
recently served as
director of development
Health Project. He
brings a wealth of experience in both the
public and private sectors, having worked in
various administrative capacities with area
non-profits and in senior sales positions with
Belgian-owned Unilin Flooring and U.S.-based
Mohawk Industries. His civic involvement
includes serving on the Community Advisory
Board of the University of North Carolina
Center for AIDS Research; the University of
North Carolina at Greensboro Community
Advisory Board for the Office of Leadership
and Service Learning; two-term president of
the Guilford County Directors of Volunteers in
Agencies; and a one year appointment on the
Board of the North Carolina Association of
For more information, visit ggfnc.org.
Kids program slated
DURHAM — iNSIDEoUT, a youth-led organization
that serves lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, intersex, questioning, queer and
allied youth in Wake, Durham, Orange, Vance,
Person, Franklin, Granville and Warren counties,
will be starting a program in the Triangle
for children ages 7-12 years old this coming
fall. The program is especially for children of
diverse gender identities and expressions and
children of same-sex parents or other alternative
The group will hold bi-monthly meetings
every other Sunday afternoon from 3-5 p.m.
beginning in the Fall of 2011. Meetings will
include a variety of fun, social, educational,
activist and support-related events and
occasional outings to fun places around the
Triangle. Children will also have the option to
participate in an indoor overnight retreat. Cost
is $30-60 per child based on a sliding scale.
Meeting location will be sent to registered
participants. A parental release form which
can be downloaded online must accompany
payment via mail to iNSIDEoUT, 1303
Clarendon St., Apt. B, Durham, NC 27705.
To register or for more information, call
919-923-7884, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit insideout180.org.
BLOWING ROCK — Two gay philanthropists
were honored on Aug. 17 for their longtime
advocacy on behalf of North Carolina’s
Bob Page, founder and CEO of
Greensboro-based Replacements, Ltd., and
life partner Dale Frederiksen were the guests
of honor at a luncheon sponsored by Faith
in America and the Human Rights Campaign
and hosted by Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer
at the Westglow Resort & Spa. Page and
Frederiksen are vast supporters of the Human
Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT
civil rights group, and Faith in America, a
Hickory-based non-profit organization working
nationally to educate the public about the
personal, social and religious pain and trauma
that is inflicted upon LGBT individuals,
Dr. Jack McKinney, a national spokesperson
for Faith in America and former Southern
Baptist minister who today counsels LGBT
youth and families, told luncheon attendees
that the commitment shown by people like
Page and Frederiksen is key to countering the
emotional and psychological toll LGBT people
and their families experience as a result of
the moral and religious stamp of disapproval
placed on them by anti-gay leaders.
Mitchell Gold, founder of Faith in America
and longtime civil rights advocate, told
guests that the couple’s passion for improving
the lives of LGBT Americans has been
an inspiration to him and others who are
working toward honoring human dignity and
full equality for LGBT people. Chely Wright,
country singer and songwriter and member
of Faith in America’s board of directors,
performed at the event.
Gala looking for champs
STATEWIDE — Equality North Carolina is
seeking nominations for its Equality Champion
Awards to be given out at the Equality NC
Foundation’s 2011 Equality Conference & Gala
held at the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro’s Elliott University Center (conference)
and at the Empire Room (gala).
Know someone who exemplifies what it
means to be a champion Nominees should
embrace the ideals of working toward securing
equality across North Carolina.
Along with the Legislative Leadership
Award, these will be a surefire way to recognize
those who are digging deep into the
trenches to lead the cause for freedom.
Nominees may come from the Western,
Charlotte, Triad, Triangle and Eastern regions.
Beat the Sept. 15 deadline and send in
nominations via email to Kay Flaminio at kay@
equalitync.org. In the subject header, write
Equality Champion. Be sure to include your
name, email address and phone number, as
well as that of the nominee, along with the
regional designation. Finally, tell the selection
committee about the nominee in 250 words
Blue Devils welcome students
DURHAM — Duke University’s Center for
LGBT Life has announced a host of activities
for returning and new students to campus.
“Our Lives: Up Close and Personal” discussion
groups will take place at the center
on Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8, 6:30-
7:30 p.m., at 2 West Union Building.
This is being held in conjunction with the
Blue Devil United blog to augment LGBT and
ally student life, which is a first for the community.
Membership and topics are confidential.
Additionally, two presentations are
planned for the first week in September.
On Sept. 6, 4-6 p.m., Justice Edwin
Cameron will share “Constitutionalism and
Diversity: Sexual Orientation in South Africa”
in Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105. Cost is free.
South African Constitutional Court Justice
Cameron will speak on efforts in South
Africa to guarantee rights for LGTQ citizens
post-apartheid. He will refer to “Somewhere
Over the Rainbow Nation: Gay, Lesbian and
Bisexual Activism in South Africa” by Ryan
Richard Thoreson. For more information, call
Robin Kirk at 919-668-6511.
The next day, Sept. 7, Cameron will deliver
a global health seminar, “Stigma and AIDS:
The Personal and the Political” from 4-5 p.m.
in the John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240.
Cameron is a sitting justice on South
Africa’s Constitutional Court. His legal work
and personal experience as an HIV-positive
public figure have been instrumental in
improving access to antiretroviral therapy
and de-stigmatizing the disease in his home
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country. A catered reception will follow the
talk. For more information, call Emma Finley at
To keep up with the latest news on the
center, visit studentaffairs.duke.edu/lgbt.
Deportation policy a step forward
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama
Administration is implementing new procedures
for assessing deportation and removal
cases. The changes are expected to aid immigrants
with U.S. citizen spouses and children
who pose no threat to national security or
public safety. Gay equality activists say this
prosecutorial discretion may provide some
protection and relief for LGBT immigrants and
Homeland Security will conduct case-bycase
reviews of the nearly 300,000 current
deportation and removal cases. “Too many
of these cases involve LGBT immigrants who
have U.S. citizen spouses and children. The
new procedures, which are LGBT-inclusive,
should keep immigration officials from unnecessarily
tearing apart bi-national same-sex
couples, and provide an opportunity for LGBT
immigrants to emphasize their ties to a U.S.
citizen spouse in removal proceedings,” said
Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, a staff attorney with
“This is a step in the right direction, but the
new procedures do not change the legal landscape
for most LGBT immigrants. Because of
DOMA, bi-national same-sex couples are still
unfairly denied the right, afforded to differentsex
couples, to request immigration protection
and relief for a foreign-born spouse. Next
step: DOMA should be declared unconstitutional
Youth home settles trans lawsuit
PHILADELPHIA — Lambda Legal has
settled the discrimination complaint it filed
with the Philadelphia Commission on Human
Relations against the city’s Department of
Human Services and the Youth Study Center
among others. The group filed the complaint
on behalf of L.P. a now 18-year-old transgender
woman who was physically attacked by
other residents and verbally abused by staff
every day for almost a year and a half when
she lived in the youth facility.
Despite a 2008 Family Court order mandating
that L.P. be given access to appropriate
medical treatment for Gender Identity
Disorder and that her female gender identity
be respected, YSC staff and administrators
continually subjected L.P. to ridicule and degrading
treatment. Even worse, they allowed
abuse by residents on a daily basis.
Catholic Charities rebuffed by court
CHICAGO — On Aug. 18, the Circuit Court
for the Seventh Judicial District held that
the State of Illinois could decline to renew
its contracts with four dioceses of Catholic
Charities that refuse to place foster children
with same-sex couples. On June 1, the Illinois
Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act took
effect, providing couples who enter a civil
union the rights of marriage on a state level.
The dioceses of Springfield, Peoria, Joliet
and Rockford refused to recognize the law on
religious grounds. They filed suit June 7 in a
bid to force the state to continue funding their
foster care services. The court issued a swift
decision on procedural grounds that the state
acted within its rights.
About the decision Lambda Legal
Marriage Project Director Camilla Taylor
stated, “This is the right result. … Illinois
correctly determined that this practice was
bad for kids, could deny many of them their
best opportunity for a better life, and that the
state’s obligation was to make the transition to
other providers as seamless as possible.”
Trevor honored by Administration
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Aug. 25, the
Obama Administration honored The Trevor
Project as a leading innovator in the realm of
suicide prevention as part of its “Champions
of Change” initiative. The Trevor Project was
the leading organization selected for this
honor specifically representing youth suicide
prevention and crisis intervention among
LGBT and questioning youth.
Accepting the honor and speaking with
Administration officials about priorities for
improving suicide prevention nationally was
David McFarland, interim executive director
and CEO of The Trevor Project. The ceremony
was held 10 days prior to National Suicide
Prevention Week, Sept. 4-10, 2011.
College admission question lauded
ELMHURST, Ill. — Elmhurst College, a
private four-year liberal arts college, is the first
U.S. institution of higher education to ask a demographic
question about identity on the basis
of sexual orientation and gender identity on a
college admission form. Their decision reflects
a conscious choice by administrators at the
college to actively include LGBT students in the
broader life of the college and its campus.
“The move by Elmhurst administrators to
include this question represents a distinct and
unique paradigm shift in higher education to
actively recognize out LGBT youth populations
and to exercise greater responsibility for
LGBT student safety,” said Shane Windmeyer,
executive director of the Charlotte-based
Campus Pride. “For the first time, an American
college has taken efforts to identify their LGBT
students from the very first moment those students
have official contact with them. This is
definite progress in the right direction — and
Dutch fund major AIDS plan
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — The
Netherlands has launched the world’s largest
international HIV/AIDS program aimed at
LGBT people, drug users and sex workers.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reserved
35 million euros to help the three targeted
groups in 16 countries access information,
condoms, antiretroviral treatment and care.
The program will start in September and be
implemented by seven Dutch organizations.
Along with the government grant another 11.7
million euros has been raised for the campaign
from other sources.
Supporters said The Dutch government’s
decision to reserve funds for the project is
critical because it means a continuation of
the “Dutch approach” to international AIDS
relief, where access to prevention and care in
combination with the decriminalization of drug
use, homosexuality and sex work is central.
The 16 targeted countries include territories
in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin
America (Brazil, Costa Rica and Ecuador).
Sept. 3-16 . 2011 qnotes
Plays and musicals
Fall A&E Guide
10/28 - 11/12 // CHARLOTTE
‘For the Love of Harlem’
This acclaimed musical documenting
the best and brightest African-American
and LGBT artistic geniuses of the
1920s and 1930s Harlem Renaissance
makes its return to Charlotte. Written by
Jermaine Nakia Lee. Produced by On Q
Productions. “For the Love of Harlem”
celebrates the courage, achievement,
frailty and hardship of these creative
ones; whose artistic contributions
have had profound impact not only on
African-American culture but redefined
how America, and the world, views
the African-American. “For the Love of
Harlem” takes us on a musical journey
that shadows these brave artists who
refused to be inauthentic, no matter what
the black public or white public thought.
Duke Energy Theater. Various prices.
9/9-25 // CHARLOTTE
‘The Music Man’
An affectionate tribute to Smalltown, USA,
this acclaimed Broadway classic follows
fast-talking salesman Harold Hill as he cons
the citizens of River City, Iowa into buying
instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band
he vows to organize. His plans to skip town
with the cash are spoiled when he falls for
Marian the librarian, who transforms him
into a respectable citizen. Theatre Charlotte.
9/14 - 10/1 // CHARLOTTE
‘In The Next Room’
Humorously called “The Vibrator Play,” “In
The Next Room” won a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for
Drama finalist and was a 2010 Best Play Tony
Award nominee. A funny, touching, and dare
we say, stimulating story set at the dawn of
the age of electricity! In a seemingly perfect
Victorian home, Dr. Givings innocently invents
an extraordinary new device for treating “hysteria”
in women (and men!). While treating his
patients, his wife wonders exactly what he is
doing “In The Next Room.” This play is a provocative,
laugh-out-loud look at love! Actor’s
Theatre of Charlotte. Various prices.
10/11-16 // CHARLOTTE
‘The Addams Family’
The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly
delightful life in “The Addams Family.”
This magnificently macabre new musical
comedy is created by “Jersey Boys” authors
Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama
Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa
(“The Wild Party”), choreographer Sergio
Trujillo (“Jersey Boys”) and Olivier Awardwinning
director/designers Phelim McDermott
and Julian Crouch (“Shockheaded Peter”)
with creative consultation by four-time Tony
Award-winner Jerry Zaks. This is definitely
not the same old song and dance. Ovens
Auditorium. Various Prices.
10/19-29 // CHARLOTTE
Set in Victorian Africa and contemporary
London, Caryl Churchill’s comic, inventive
and surrealistic look at sexual and racial oppression
and role conditioning broke ground
when it premiered in 1979, winning Churchill
an Obie Award in 1981. Clive, a white man,
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imposes his ideals on his family; Betty, his
wife, is played by a man because she wants
to be what men want her to be; and Joshua,
their black servant, is played by a white man
because he wants to be what whites want
him to be. The play confronts sexual taboos
and gender stereotypes head on, flaunting
extreme behavior for both its humor and its
instruction. For mature audiences. Presented
by UNC-Charlotte. Various Dates. Various
11/1-6 // CHARLOTTE
‘West Side Story’
More than 50 years ago, one musical
changed theater forever. Now it’s back, and
mesmerizing audiences once again. From
the first note to the final breath, “West Side
Story” is the greatest love story of all time.
Directed by David Saint, using Tony Awardwinning
librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway
direction, “West Side Story” remains as
powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The
new Broadway cast album of “West Side
Story” recently won the 2010 Grammy Award
for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein
and Sondheim score is considered to be
one of Broadway’s finest and features such
classics of the American musical theatre as
“Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,”
“I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” Belk
Theater. Various prices.
11/3-5 // CHARLOTTE
Prospero, Duke of Milan, is exiled to an
enchanted island with his daughter Miranda,
where he harnesses the powers of magic and
masters the spirits and creatures that dwell
there. With the help of the spirit Ariel he raises
a storm at sea, bringing within his grasp the
enemies who robbed him of his dukedom. This
culminating masterpiece of Shakespeare’s
career pits the desire for revenge against the
demands of love and forgiveness. The production
features five actors who play multiple
roles from the touring company Actors From
The London Stage and is co-sponsored by the
Shakespeare-In-Action Center. Presented by
UNC-Charlotte. Various prices.
11/10-27 // DURHAM
‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular’
The grandest holiday show of all time comes
to the Triangle for the first time ever! Fill your
heart with Christmas as the world-famous
Radio City Rockettes travel to Durham. Adults
will love the precision of the Rockettes in
numbers such as Parade of the Wooden
Soldiers and Christmas in New York. Children
will love Multiplying Santa’s and the elves in
Santa’s Workshop. Everyone will be inspired
by the stunning reenactment of the very first
Christmas in The Living Nativity. Durham
Performing Arts Center. Various prices.
11/29 - 12/7 // CHARLOTTE
‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’
This hilarious story of overachievers’ angst
chronicles the experience of six adolescent
outsiders vying for the spelling championship
of a lifetime. Even in the throes of puberty, and
overseen by grown-ups who barely managed
to escape childhood themselves, they learn
that winning isn’t everything and that losing
doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. A Tony
Award-winning show, it features a quirky yet
charming group of young people for whom
a spelling bee is the one place where they
can stand out and fit in at the same time.
Presented by UNC-Charlotte. Various dates.
Various prices. performances.
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that will hopefully help them have a seamless transition from
being a student to a being a professional.”
Easley, Crider and Withem all say they’ve experienced a
culture of welcoming and affirmation at AI. That celebration of
diversity also makes AI special, they say.
“We celebrate diversity of all kinds and I prefer not to boil
it down to just the LGBT community,” Crider says. “We have a
diverse group of professors, staff, faculty and students. I think
that reflects the spirit of the creative world which sees things
through multiple lenses and not just a single lens.”
The school’s welcoming culture has always been a constant,
but Withem and Easley say they’ve seen progressive
change in their time there.
“It’s been an evolution,” Easley says. “I think we and other
people have been able to begin to shift and create a culture
of not only being inclusive, but being open in terms of your
life and lifestyle and partners, which was something that was
kind of ironic that you were an arts school, but maybe were
not as progressive.”
“Six years ago when I got here it was welcoming, but
people would ask, ‘Are you married” and I’d look at them and
say, ‘No,’” Withem recounts. “The three of us have done a better
job in terms of educating the general public.”
Easley add, “What’s wonderful is that it’s not only changed
the culture for faculty and staff, it’s also created a kind of openness
and willingness for students to again step into their own
and walk in their own truth.”
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AI’s career-minded focus for students means that faculty
like Crider, Easley and Withem are constantly pushing community
involvement to their students, though in a city like Charlotte
that can be easier said than done. The art scene here, they say,
is lacking some of the unique features that make other cities’
arts communities more vibrant and dynamic.
Withem says the city lacks an all-important street culture.
In return, the city loses out on the collective creativity it might
otherwise experience. Easley, a former board member for the
now-defunct OutCharlotte LGBT arts and cultural festival, says
the local art scene has always felt corporate and mainstream.
“On paper it all looks good, but when you begin to dig down
it all comes down to accessibility,” Easley says. “To me that’s
when a city has truly embraced its commitment to art, when it’s
politics and culture aren’t just about those who are Uptown and
who live and work in that environment. It’s when you can be a
student at Garinger and grow up on the eastside in a marginalized
community and feel that not only am I a part of this culture
and contributing to it but that I also have access to it.”
That mix of art, culture and politics is reflected in the movement
for LGBT equality, the three men say. Crider, in particular,
feels as though social affirmation and dynamic creativity go
“I do think they are directly correlated; cities that offer a
lot of artistic freedom tend to be cities most accepting of LGBT
people,” Crider says. “The community tends to gravitate toward
centers where they do feel an ability and freedom to express
themselves as out and proud people. A lot of artists and creative
people fall into that category.”
Easley says Charlotte’s local arts scene and the level of
acceptance for LGBT people will continue to shift and change,
especially as the city continues to experience an influx of new
residents moving from the northeast or the west coast. Withem
agrees and says those newcomers are bringing more open
ideas that are becoming a part of a new city-wide culture.
“There are so many people here from everywhere else,”
he says. “Major corporations are bringing people in from large
metropolitan areas who have a different take on the issues. It’s
not unusual for people to come in and ask, ‘Are you gay’ or ‘Do
you have a partner’ or ‘When can I meet him’”
Crider, too, already sees much positive groundwork already
laid. Equality and vibrancy are here, he says. Like the best of all
grassroots movements, it’s starting at the bottom and growing
its way to the top.
“I think of all the cities I’ve visited, Charlotte at its core is
a very accepting city,” he says. “It’s just Charlotte’s governing
powers are the ones who aren’t quite as accepting.”
Crider adds, “This place has seen huge changes. We’re just
at the cusp and we’re not even beginning to understand how
much better Charlotte can be as we become more open to different
ideas and more people move here from different parts of
the world. All that makes Charlotte a great place.” : :
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People who are taking the negative out of being positive
by Dale Pierce ~ Practice Manager
This installment of Positive Profiles, as always,
talks about a person living the most positive life
with their HIV diagnosis. Usually, we honor our
patient’s privacy and keep their name private,
but this person you may already know: my friend
and business partner, Olympic Gold Medal diver
and activist, Gregory Louganis.
In 1988, several months before the Olympic
games in Seoul, Louganis had himself tested for
the HIV virus. Greg’s test was positive, and at
the time he even considered giving up on his
Olympic hopes. Thankfully, for all of us, Greg
went on with training, sought sound medical advice,
started medication and went on to win two
gold medals, despite his infamous dive during
trials, when he hit his head on the board.
After that moment in Seoul, Greg came to
the realization that he could no longer hide his
lifestyle or his disease from the public that so
adored him. Like many of us, Greg’s struggles
with HIV were not just those that were medical.
He has openly admitted that he felt alone, had a
feeling of “who will want to be with me” — fears
that many of us face. Greg rebuilt his confidence
after leaving an abusive relationship and got
himself out in the public eye in other ways,
He publicly acknowledged his sexuality for
the first time at the 1994 Gay Games in New
York City. Greg went into great detail about all
his struggles in his New York Times best-selling
autobiography, “Breaking the Surface,” released
in 1995. Since then, Greg has used his celebrity,
passion and determination to achieve so many
great things in many fields.
Greg feels that dogs are man’s best friend.
Since his “retirement” from diving in 1988,
although he is still active in training and coaching
and diving, Greg focused on a new passion:
dog training and agility. Greg has written books
on the subject, traveled around the country with
his dogs competing and now he is embarking
(no pun intended) on a new canine passion.
When I met with Greg in 2008, we immediately
struck a friendship that I am so thankful
for in my life. Greg came to Charlotte to deliver
the keynote speech at AIDS Walk Charlotte and
together he and I produced “An Evening with
Greg Louganis,” a question and answer stage
forum here in Charlotte at the Booth Playhouse.
Greg, his partner Daniel, myself and my husband
Ed had some long talks over dinners about our
desires and passions for a charity that could help
people with HIV and their pets. We all strongly
believe that pets bring healing, and anyone
who has HIV and is suffering and struggling
financially should not have to choose between
medications for themselves or taking care
of their best friend.
Just this last month, our dream became
a reality! The Greg Louganis Positively Pet
Fund is now an official non profit and will
be kicking off fund raising and services
in the fall of this year. We are hoping to
start small in the area, with the assistance
of our first “supporting” partner, Rosedale
Infectious Diseases, PLLC. Our goals are to
establish a baseline of “need” in the area
and develop a strategic plan that will help
us in meeting the area. It will most likely begin
with basic vet care, medications, and
food. We have high hopes that the project
will grow to include walking/visitation
services, grooming, and even adoptions.
Currently Greg hopes to come to the
Charlotte area in the fall to do as much
promotion and “hands-on” research as
he can to help make this a successful
project for the HIV community in Charlotte.
We will update you here when volunteer
opportunities present themselves, where you can
start making donations, and possibilities of city
wide fund raising events to come.
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Concerts & operas
Fall A&E Guide
9/21-23 // CHARLOTTE
Die Roten Punkte
Back by popular demand to “Rock-Bang”
Charlotte, Die Roten Punkte (Otto and Astrid
Rot) pump up the musical intensity in their
high-powered “return concert.” At least
they would, if they could ever get all the
mikes, guitars and stools working at the
same time. Otto and Astrid’s attempts to
perform numbers from their first album are
constantly interrupted by technical hitches,
and it’s impossible to figure out which are
real and which are feigned. Whatever the
truth, the brother-sister act is always amusing,
trying to keep up a rock ‘n’ roll appearance
while endlessly bickering. There’s
something intensely funny about their
German accents, their suspiciously close
relationship, Otto’s lipstick and eye shadow,
and Astrid’s antics with drumsticks.
Duke Energy Theater.
10/7 // CHARLOTTE
Following the success of their last four
shows, the new Celtic Thunder show
Heritage accentuates the musical culture
of Ireland. Celtic Thunder features performances
by fan-favorites Damian McGinty,
Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, George Donaldson
and the newest member of the ensemble,
Emmet Cahill. Delivering stirring and showstopping
performances, Celtic Thunder
returns to their distinct Irish roots with this
inspired collection of songs, including the
sweet and tranquil “Kindred Spirits,” the
rousing jig, “A Place In The Choir,” the seductive
“Black Is The Color” and the upbeat
“Whiskey In The Jar,” to name a few.
woman whose mother, at the behest of di
Luna’s father, was burned at the stake for
practicing witchcraft. Bent on revenge she
stole the count’s younger brother at birth
and raised him as her son. Little does the
impassioned and honorable Manrico know
that he will be the chief agent in a vow of
vengeance that will destroy everything
he holds dear. This is a tale where sweet
romance is devoured by a force far more
rapturous. This time it is the bitter promise
that rests beneath every tongue, lingers on
every lip. Various prices.
11/11-12 // CHARLOTTE
The text of Mozart’s Requiem reads “Death
and nature will be astounded, when all
creation rises again, to answer the judgment.
A book will be brought forth, in which
all will be written, by which the world
will be judged.” The final piece the composer
wrote before death, this stirring work
speaks of eternal rest and final judgment.
Featuring the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte,
join the Charlotte Symphony and conductor
Christopher Warren-Green for this all-
10/15-23 // CHARLOTTE
Opera in Italian with English subtitles. On
opposite sides of a political conflict, and
rivaling for the affections of the same woman,
the Count di Luna and the troubadour
Manrico have no idea they are brothers.
Lady Leonora is the woman of their dreams
but another would be the sibyl of their
inescapable nightmare — Azucena: a gypsy
Sept. 3-16 . 2011 qnotes 13
out in the stars
by charlene lichtenstein
September 3 - 16
14 qnotes Sept. 3-16 . 2011
Actions create lucky, and even lovely opportunities,
that are expansive and full of possibilities.
Your cup overflows as lovely Venus trines lucky
Jupiter and sextiles zesty Mars. What will you
do with all that spillage Maybe you should dive
VIRGO (08.24-09.23) The world is your oyster. So,
why are you sitting around in a stew Gather up
some good friends and take off on a jaunt to see
some new places and people. If money and time
are tight, explore around your neighborhood. Try
a new restaurant, see a foreign film, take a class.
The important thing is to get out of your old skin
and into someone elses.
LIBRA (09.24-10.23) There is someone powerful
who is secretly working on your behalf. And,
their actions can take you to new impressive
professional heights. Deservedly so. Keep up the
pressure and continue to do what you need to
do to get ahead in your career. But, anticipate a
lucky break along the way. Are you ready for your
close-up Better check your teeth for spinach.
SCORPIO (10.24-11.22) If you are seeking a
special love connection, you might find that connection
electronically either through an online
matchmaker or through social media. But, those
gay Scorps who are currently in a relationship
find that there is nothing quite so wonderful as
having your special someone to share special
moments. Sharing expenses is not too bad either.
SAGITTARIUS (11.23-12.22) Feisty, gay Archers
attract a few admiring glances from a few new
admirers. So, strut your stuff at the gym or around
the office or wherever life takes you. As hard as
it might be to do, look sharp and wear your very
best. There is someone who will figure prominently
in your life whom you will first encounter
now. Don’t encounter in orange polyester sweat
CAPRICORN (12.23-01.20) Strive for cooperation.
You need the help of others to get what you want.
That means compromise, a sunny disposition
and the ability to find a common purpose. Pink
Caps are “do-it-yourselfers,” but, unless you
prefer parties for one or vacationing alone, you
will want a bit of congenial company for your assorted
antics. How congenial is entirely up to you.
AQUARIUS (01.21-02.19) Combining work with
pleasure can make the work part a little more
pleasurable and almost like fun. It will also
have great impact on any long-term projects.
Aqueerians benefit from exercise and a change
to their diet. That, in turn, can increase your sexiness
and make you the apple of someone’s eye.
That is great, unless you prefer cherry.
PISCES (02.20-03.20) Find something creative to
do. And, that can mean anything from the arts
to accounting. Amuse yourself with your gay
muse and ramp up the romantic possibilities. Let
your mind expand and soar. Get creative and
experimental. Too, too soon the planets move on
and your stardust turns to dust bunnies. For now
however, all is magical and delightful.
ARIES (03.21-04.20) Jealous folks have made
it clear that they think that all your hard work
around the office is just apple polishing and
grandstanding. But, now you find that your
actions are rewarded in meaningful, profitable
ways. Ha! Build that home extension, get yourself
an in-ground pool or new media center. Let the
bad mouthers press their noses on your window
from the outside.
TAURUS (04.21-05.21) It isn’t what you say, but
how you say it that has everyone talking. Queer
Bulls can become the doyennes of the party
scene who can make even a tired event exciting
and buzz-worthy. So, how does all of this benefit
you The secret is to place yourself right out in
front. Gather in all the attention and let the press
in. It guarantees your place on the party season
GEMINI (05.22-06.21) New revenue streams that
might have been percolating in the background
suddenly burst forth and cascade into your
wallet. How lucky is that However, it is even
better for you if you channel some of this largess
into charitable causes. You never know who will
notice your generosity. They may even contribute
to the “Take a Gemini to Dinner” charity cause.
CANCER (06.22-07.23) Gay Crabs are eloquent
and charming. Make the most of your fleeting,
glib gift of gab. Get in front of important and powerful
people and maneuver yourself into new and
important social circles and organizations. You
have a short window of opportunity before the
winds change. Now you are a fresh new breeze.
Ah, but who knows about tomorrow
LEO (07.24-08.23) Proud Lions have been careful
with their money and have been very adept at
sussing out the political landscape at work to
their advantage. Everything is in place. Now,
you have to do a bit of back-office, behind-thescenes
arm twisting to get exactly what you want
and go exactly where you want to go. Is there
someone trying to trip you up Now, you can trip
them back! : :
© 2011 Madam Lichtenstein, LLC. All Rights
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.
You know Trinity,
All this complaining and inside fighting between the gay men,
lesbian and bisexual community over the “transgender” community
makes gay rights so much less
powerful! Don’t you agree
Transgender Rights, Portland, OR
You know T.R.,
Long ago, there was a time when gays,
lesbians and bisexuals wouldn’t even
talk together, never mind fight together.
And, being frightened of transgender
people was also the norm. Today, the
LGBT movement is still young, trying
to sort out the queens from the kings,
trying to find itself and fight together
to fight the enemy. Yes, inside fighting
makes “gay” rights less powerful, but,
at least, we’re together fighting! Aren’t
we all transgender in some way, anyway
Thus, G plus L Plus B equals T!
Why can’t we all just
You have written before about raising children as gay parents.
But. do you have any suggestions as to how to teach children
about gay culture and life
Rainbow Parents, Hartford, CT
Hello Rainbow Parents,
Children only know what we teach them. They sense what’s
innately right and wrong within themselves and within you. So,
don’t hide for too long. Be proud, patient and read them
plenty of those educational children’s books, which
focus on gay themes. P.S.: I adopted triplet boys when
they were 14, in 2005. And, it has been a great journey!
(Check out my cartoon to find out about what’s heads
and tales on this subject!)
When dating someone you really like, can you tell them
“too much” about yourself
Too Much, Miami, FL
Dear Too Much,
Yes, yes and yes again! The
biggest challenge of dating
is to keep coming up with
new and interesting things
to do and say about yourself,
otherwise, if you give it all
away too fast, there’s nothing
to keep someone interested.
It’s always best to keep a bit of
mysteriousness about yourself.
Mystery evokes intrigue and
excitement! Remember, adults
have secrets, children tell
their parents everything! Now
My best friend does not want
to be friends anymore because
he’s now “gay” and I’m not. He says, “Were not compatible
anymore.” Do you think gay and straight people should teach
each other or always stay in our own communities
Together But Different, Columbia, SC
I definitely think that gays and straights were put together
on this planet for a reason. Besides decorating and fixing
Trinity’s Savvy Tips For What Gay Men
Would Advise Straight Men And Visa
Versa About Life
Gay Men Advising Straight Men:
1. At least 3-5 times a week, hit the gym, have a fabulous
brunch or meet your friends (ex-lovers) for happy hour.
2. Once a week, go to a play, ballet, opera, Broadway show or
3. Once a month, have a male cosmetologist wax, shave and
groom your eyebrows, legs and or genitalia.
4. At least every few months, travel to a foreign destination,
i.e., Thailand, New Zealand or Fort Lauderdale.
5. Once a year, do drag, attend a circuit party, take your
mother on a trip and have a makeover.
6. Lastly, at least once in your lifetime, get really high and
sleep with all your (good-looking) friends.
Straight Men Advising Gay Men:
1. At least 3-5 times a week, watch ESPN, have your buddies
over for poker or down a brewsky after work.
2. Once a week, go to a bowling alley, pool hall, car wash,
sports bar or strip joint.
3. Once a month, have a barber give you an old-fashion shave,
a trim and top it off with his special aftershave.
4. At least every few months, stay home and watch the Home
Improvement, Discovery or Travel channels.
5. Once a year, do a rodeo, a rock concert, take your wife and
kids to Disney and have your baseball hat cleaned.
6. Lastly, at least once in your lifetime, get really drunk and
sleep with your wife’s (young) girlfriends. : :
— 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
Sponsored by: Provincetown Business Guild
800-637-8696 . www.ptown.org
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by miss della
Oh, kids, I swear. This Rag is going to look
like a list of Who’s Who in contests, I guess. It
shall be chocked full of info. I wonder what I
save for the next time Let’s see.
I’ll start with the two most recent contests
with national prelims — the EOY ones — and
the Miss & Mr. Unlimited. Congrats are going
out to a most gorgeous Aurora Sexton who won
the Miss Entertainer of the Year. Just a knockout
she is, my gosh! Her runners-up included
Trinity Taylor and the painted, bodacious
Kristina Kelly. Others in finals were Sabin, Paris
Campbell, Jadein Black, Savannah Stevens,
Nikki Chin, ObSINity and Tatianna de la Rouge.
Hats off to Vanessa DeMornay for a great year!
I am bitter I missed Tasha Kohl who made an
appearance. Yes, in drag! That same weekend,
Sure are a boat-load of pageants!
they had the Mr. contest. Mykul J. Valentine
won (what a cutie patootie!) and his RUs were
Xavier Cole and our own David Bryant from
Greensboro (and an EOY promoter). EOY also
introduced their king contest this year (for male
impersonators) and Spacee Cadet won the
first-ever! His RUs were Richard, Victor/Victoria
and Joey. All hail the EOY royal court!
And, speaking of EOY, a former Miss by
the name of Dee Ranged recently won the
Universal Show Queen pageant in Hawaii.
Aloha, mama! Their RUs are named differently,
so bear with me: World Showqueen is Jaiyah
West Williams, National Showqueen is Bebe J.
and Island Showqueen is Lupita Amparo.
As for the Unlimited contests, I spent
another weekend in Hickory, where I was
treated like gold. That Glenn Moore and Jeff
Reeves know how to treat a queen. I wanted
for nothing, basically, and they know I will try
to go back anytime I get the chance, for sure.
The new Miss is our own Raven Wood and her
RUs were a stunning Takiya Valentino Winters
(wardobe down) and a new dancing queen
on the scene, San Antonio’s Odyssey Nicole
Whitney. For the guys, Cielo Whitney won and
his RUs were Rocky Graziano and Troy Michael.
Troy is a new favorite of Miss Della’s, you see.
You’ll be seeing and hearing that name again,
my sweeties. Trust!
Imagine the surprise my neighbors felt
when a big black limousine pulled up recently
in the barrio and Brooke Storm-LaReese Divine
yelled at me, Get in, mama! She treated Tiffany
Storm and company to dinner at a nearby
establishment and there I was with those two
ladies, Tara Storm, Mikey Rhinehart, Brooklyn
Dior and Kiana Lane pulling off into the sunset.
Now, that was a great night!
Some of you may know there was filming of
a movie recently here in Charlotte initially called
the “Artemis Project.” As it turns out, Kristen
Collins was named head make-up artist on the
set and there was Jami Michaels working by
her side. All right for the Hickory girls getting
some exposure and movie credits! Hell-O!
On the U.S.ofA. scene, the 10 dancing toes
of Luscious have taken her recently to two
havens of the brown-skinned men for prelims:
Puerto Rico and Texas. Kim Moore won Miss
Puerto Rico and Angel Saez Amador won the
Mr. A former Miss Scorpio and an honorary
North Carolinian LaWanda Jackson won Miss
Texas. Her RU was Adecia Iman.
I am just coming off a busy weekend here
since we had the 33rd Miss NC America at
Scorpio. I served as auditor/tabulator for the
3rd year in a row. Don’t ask me about the
pageant — I was locked in a closet, looking
at numbers! Ha! Jessica Raynes Starr won.
Her RUs were Angela Lopez, Brittney O’Brien,
Starla DaVinci and Valarie Rockwell. Other
finalists included Jade Paris, Paris Nicole
Brooks (never got to mention her as winner of
Raleigh America!), Carmen Banks, Carmendy
Starr Sinclair, Andrea Carlisle, Felicia Monet
and Jayda Clyne.
Next go ‘round, we’ll talk more prelim
winners. : :
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Good news from my home: My 18-yearold
son has begun his first year of college
and loves it, finding his groove among a new
group of friends, new course of activities and
discovering the joys (and drawbacks) to living
in a dorm. One fraternity has approached him
about joining (no way) and he is making time
in his schedule to join the lacrosse “club” (not
quite an official team, yet). He is supposed
to find a very part-time job to help pay for
additional expenses. He misses his girlfriend,
though they remain in touch once a day, if not
more often (she is at school in North Carolina).
He sends out an occasional request for more
money (normal), as well as weather forecast
on being a
by brett webb-mitchell
My children, your children
for the Miami area, just in case Hurricane Irene
suddenly swerved inland as it passed by Florida
and headed straight for NC!
My son is in my daily thoughts as I begin
another semester of teaching at North Carolina
Central University (NCCU) . My English composition
and ethics classes are filled with students
who are around the age of my son and daughter.
In my students I can only wonder what is
going on in the life of my children and vice versa.
This sense of wonder was most pronounced
in the first days of the fall semester, as the
university welcomed the sons and daughters
of straight and LGBTQ parents, grandparents
and guardians. The first opportunity to meet the
incoming students was over a “welcome party”
of sorts, hosted by NCCU’s LGBTQ student
group, COLORS. The first year students were
welcomed by the COLORS current members,
with the lure of free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream
and a T-shirt that had simply-drawn human
figures reflecting all the various relationships
that are present in this world: male with male;
female with female; and female with male.
What was fantastic was not only the incredible
turnout of students (around 50 or more, in
which I simply lost count), but also the number
of faculty, administrators and staff, straight and
LGBTQ alike who were there. Still new to this
school, I was emotionally moved by the powerful
witness of so many of my colleagues present
and out, letting new students who may or may
not be self-identifying as LGBTQ know that they
are not alone. This is especially helpful for those
students who may be first generation college
students, who are literally heading out on their
own, a first for their family of origin.
On the first day of my English composition
and ethics classes, I also tell students who I am,
without apology. In English, this comes about
as I regale the students with my background as
a writer, letting them know my writing background.
In ethics, I discuss the moral quandary
that the modern world finds itself in, denying
most LGBTQ people the basic human right of
living healthy, life-giving relationships as they
demonize us at the same time.
Amid opening day parties and first day
of classes, I keep thinking of my son, hoping
that someone in his university is being equally
transparent and passionate in his or her
teaching, making his learning experience richly
rewarding. Likewise, I see my son in the eyes
of my students, hoping that I am creating an
atmosphere of safety and hope in my teaching
and advising, so that my students will grow
to love learning for the sake of learning more
about the world in which they play a vital role.
My hope That the next generation of adults
will live in a world that is more open, accepting
and celebratory about the incredible diversity
of ways of being in this changing world than
my contemporaries. : :
qomunity qonexions u
Sept. 3-16 . 2011 qnotes 17
Art in motion
Fall A&E Guide
10/7-8 // CHARLOTTE
STREB began in 1985 with Elizabeth
STREB’s stubborn investigation of Action,
ranging from every day movements to
the Extreme Action of sports, the circus
and thrill rides; the impulse to action that
is in our souls. Since then the company
has evolved into a world class entertainment
phenomenon that remains true to
its scientific and populist roots. STREB
invents action ideas that are daring, yet
understandable, that soar past our critical
senses and land in our hearts. Now,
in FORCES, STREB bands together with a
whole new cadre of . . . theater specialists
to create a show based on all the questions
STREB has historically asked; questions
that are Newtonian in nature and that veer
into quantum mechanical impossible zones.
Knight Theater. Various prices.
10/13-30 // RALEIGH
Carolina Ballet presents “Dracula” and
“The Masque of Red Death,” just in time for
Halloween! When the “Prince of Darkness”
and the “Master of Horror” debuted last
season, the double feature played to soldout
houses and left audiences anticipating
the pair’s next visit. Both will return this
season for a strictly limited Halloween
engagement with J. Mark Scearce’s music
performed by a live orchestra conducted
by Music Director Alfred E. Sturgis. The
Tony-nominated Broadway and television
star Alan Campbell reprises the role of Dr.
Seward in Dracula. Progress Energy Center,
Fletcher Opera Theater.
11/3-12 // CHARLOTTE
NC Dance: Innovative Works
New works in a new venue! Experience NC
Dance Theatre in an all new way at the 200-
seat, 701 N. Tryon Theater at the Company’s
home in Uptown Charlotte. This intimate
theater is the perfect venue for Innovative
Works, giving audience members an upclose
and personal view of the dancers’
athleticism and passion. Hear the dancers
breathe and feel the intensity of their
movements as they perform new ballets
by choreographers Mark Diamond, David
Ingram and Sasha Janes, and an existing
work by Dwight Rhoden. This performance
not only includes contemporary dance, but
audience members will also be treated to
culinary delights throughout the evening,
concluding with dessert with the dancers.
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Rally in Raleigh
Sept. 13 • Raleigh
Equality North Carolina rally
The statewide LGBT advocacy and education group Equality North Carolina teams up with a coalition of partnering
organizations from across the state to host a special rally on Halifax Mall, 300 N Salisbury St., noon-1:30 p.m. at the
North Carolina Legislative Building. The rally, slated for the second day of the legislature’s special September
session, aims to give LGBT and ally citizens the chance to speak out against a proposed anti-LGBT constitutional
amendment on marriage. For those who can’t make it, special hometown vigils are planned the night before in cities
across the state. For more on individual vigils, see our calendar listings below. For more details on the Raleigh rally,
Sept. 3 • Columbia
The annual SC Pride Parade and Festival
lights up downtown Columbia and Finlay Park.
For more information, visit scpride.org.
Sept. 5 • Charlotte
Labor Day Parade
Come see the annual Charlotte Labor Day
Parade uptown on Sept. 5 at 11 am, featuring
unions and politicians. Tryon St. 11-11:45 a.m.
Sept. 7 • Raleigh
Equality North Carolina hosts a special night
of bowling for members, friends and supporters.
AMF Pleasant Valley, 5501 Commercial
Ave. For more details, visit equalitync.org.
Sept. 8 • Charlotte
The Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action
Committee (MeckPAC) hosts a special
reception for local mayoral and city council
candidates. The organization will announce
their endorsements for the Sept. 13 primary
election. Morehead Inn, 1122 E. Morehead St.
Sept. 8 • Research Triangle
Reducing Harm & Building Communities:
Addressing Drug Use in the South
The South’s first comprehensive Harm
Reduction conference, focusing on advocacy
strategies for individuals and communities
impacted by drug use, sex work, HIV, Hepatitis
and overdose, including LGBTQI communities.
Sept. 8-9. RTI International, 3040 E. Cornwallis
Rd. For more information on the conference,
Sept. 10 • Hickory
Pop Star Bingo
Not Your Mama’s Bingo is an HIV/AIDS
awareness and fundraising event benefiting
ALFA. Participants are encouraged to dress
up to match the theme. Consider yourself
warned; players must pay attention to the
hostesses and follow the “unique set of
rules.” If not, you will find yourself called out
and on stage before you know it. Tickets to
Not Your Mama’s Bingo are $20 and include
admission, game sheets and daubers. A special
50/50 game sheet is an additional $5 and
is the only game played for money; all other
game winners will receive prizes. 470 Hwy 70
W. 7-10 p.m. notyourmamasbingo.com.
Sept. 16 • Greensboro
Guilford Green Foundation’s “Green Queen
Bingo” celebrates HBO’s acclaimed drama,
“True Blood.” The Empire Room, 203 S. Elm St.
6-10 p.m. ggfnc.org.
Sept. 17 • Charlotte
Off White Party
Sponsored by Charlotte Pocket Rocket and
presented by Just Twirl, this White Party after
party features DJ Seth Cooper. Celebrate
with this years theme, “Fire & Ice.” Visulite
Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Sept. 17 • Hickory
ALFA Dining for Friends Finale
Dining for Friends (DFF), traditionally held
in June, is now planned for the month of
September. DFF is a combination of highenergy
individual parties and a community
celebration benefiting ALFA. All of the proceeds
from Dining for Friends support ALFA’s
mission to improve the lives and health of
those affected by HIV/AIDS while preventing
transmission through education and testing.
Dining for Friends has two major fun factors:
Individual parties and a community celebration,
the Dining for Friends Finale. Market on
Main, 335 Main Ave. SW. 8 p.m.-midnight.
Sept. 20 • Charlotte
Center: Mara Keisling
Mara Keisling, executive director of the
National Center for Transgender Equality,
hosts a reception and community forum at
The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, 820
Hamilton St. Suite B11. 6:30 p.m. gaycharlotte.
com. Sponsored by The Center, Campus Pride,
Carolina Transgender Society and the Human
Sept. 23-25 • Charlotte
Campus Pride 10-year Anniversary
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the
Charlotte-based national non-profit Campus
Pride with BeBe Zahara Benet, winner in
season one of Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race”.
More event details TBA. For more details, visit
Sept. 24 • Dallas
Piedmont Pagan Pride Day
Come out and enjoy foot races, children’s activities,
music, workshops, rituals, divinations,
demonstration altars and shrines, martial arts
demos, a roundtable discussion with leaders
in the Piedmont area Pagan community,
and tons of fun. The Piedmont Pagan Pride
Day strives to foster pride in Pagan identity
through education, activism, charity and
community. Biggerstaff/Dallas Park, 144
Leisure Ln. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sept. 24 • Durham
The annual NC Pride Fest and Parade takes
over Duke University’s East Campus. Join
thousands of LGBT North Carolinians for the
parade and hang out throughout the day with
vendors from across the state. ncpride.org.
Oct. 8 • Winston-Salem
OUT at the Movies, Winston-Salem and North
Carolina’s GLBT film series will screen the
2011 drama, “Circumstance.” UNCSA School
of Filmmaking, 1533 S. Main St. 7-8:30 p.m. For
more info, visit OUTattheMoviesWinston.org.
arts. entertainment. news. views.
ENC Vigils for Equality
On Sept. 12, Equality North Carolina and
community organizations across the
state will partner to present vigils and
demonstrations in opposition to a proposed
anti-LGBT constitutional. Check
the listings below for your community’s
event. For the most up-to-date information
and listings, see equalitync.org.
(New cities and events might also be
added; check the organization’s website.)
Vance Monument, Pack Square
800 E. 3rd St.
Cross Creek Park
216 Green St.
Guilford County Courthouse Plaza
Greene St. side
201 S. Eugene St.
1 E. Edenton St.
601 S. College Rd.
Grace Court Park
931 W. 4th St.
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