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Gay program chairs at Charlotte Art Institute talk school, local art, culture

by Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.com

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

each year.

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

industry-standard material.”

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

Vol 26 No 09

Dancers Marcelo Martinez

and Lilyan Vigo star in Carolina

Ballet’s presentation of

“Dracula,” Oct. 13-30. See more

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Dance, page 18.

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news & features

4 Charlotte primary endorsements

6 Gay Christian Network

6 Somber memorials: 9/11

8 News Notes: Regional Briefs

opinions & views

4 Editor’s Note

4 QPoll

5 General Gayety

5 TalkBack

a&e / life&style

1 Leaders of the pack

7 Wells Fargo cultural celebration

10 Fall A&E Guide: Stage

13 Fall A&E Guide: In song

14 Out in the Stars

15 Tell Trinity

16 Drag Rag

17 On Being a Gay Parent

18 Fall A&E Guide: Dance

19 Q events calendar





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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

city government.

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


editor’s note

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

welcome sight.

Charlotte Primary


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

Scott Stone.

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

non-LGBT issues.


David Howard (D) (i)

Edwin B. Peacock III (R) (i)

Alexander G. Vuchnich (L)

Receptive: Claire Fallon (D), Curtis Watkins (R)

District 2

Cameron Webb Gardner (D)

District 3

LaWana Mayfield (D)

Receptive: Svend H. Deal (D)

District 4

Receptive: Larry Shannon (D)

District 5

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

and residents.

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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general gayety

by leslie robinson

qnotes contributor

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

my clothes.

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

my back.

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



Letters to the editor and comments from goqnotes.com.

Web comments are not edited for grammar or punctuation.

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

Sept. 3-16 . 2011 qnotes


Gay Christian Network provides

safe harbor

Struggles make for a stronger community

by Lainey Millen :: lainey@goqnotes.com

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

Southern Baptist

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

“ex-gay” movement,

but felt it was alien

to his upbringing.

He shared that the

“ex-gay” leaders’

stand was that kids

who came from

overbearing parents

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

evangelical lines.

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

communities, families,

friends and the

broader church to garner

support for more

acceptance. Over

the years, it developed

a documentary

(“Through My Eyes”),

YouTube videos, podcasts

(which is coming

back online soon

through GCN Radio)

and conferences

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.

Somber memorials

Tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches

by Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.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

93’s hijackers.

Judge, 68, was a chaplain with the New York Fire Department.

qnotes Sept. 3-16 . 2011

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

community, culture

Event on Oct. 29 features free museum

admission, performances

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

Fargo Community

Celebration, marking

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

history institutions.

“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


The celebration’s

major highlight will

include free Saturday

admission on Oct. 29

to Bechtler Museum

of Modern Art,

Discovery Place,

Levine Museum

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

applications addressing

the year’s theme

will be considered.

“With the

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 bscheer@wesleymancini.com.

— L.M.


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.

— L.M.

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.

— L.M.


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.

Burton most

recently served as

director of development

with Triad

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

Volunteer Administrators.

For more information, visit ggfnc.org.

— L.M.


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 insideoutamy@gmail.com

or visit insideout180.org.

— L.M.


Philanthropists honored

BLOWING ROCK — Two gay philanthropists

were honored on Aug. 17 for their longtime

advocacy on behalf of North Carolina’s

LGBT community.

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.

— M.C.


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

or less.

— L.M.

Campus Scene

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.

— L.M.


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

their families.

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

Lambda Legal

“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

or repealed.”

— D.S.

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.

— D.S.

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.”

— D.S.

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.

— D.S.

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

deserves praise.”

— D.S.


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).

— D.S.

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.

Various prices.


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

‘Cloud Nine’

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,


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

prices. performances.


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

‘The Tempest’

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.


Leaders of the pack

continued from page 1

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.”

10 qnotes Sept. 3-16 . 2011

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.” : :

Sept. 3-16 . 2011 qnotes 11

Positive Profile

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,

including acting.

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.

Don’t forget to visit our website at

rosedaleid.com and friend us on Facebook

for community and clinical updates.

— Sponsored Content —

12 qnotes Sept. 3-16 . 2011


In song

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.



Celtic Thunder

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.

Belk Theater.


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.

Belk Theater.

blumenthalarts.org. operacarolina.org.

11/11-12 // CHARLOTTE

Mozart: Requiem

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-

Mozart performance.

Belk Theater.


10/15-23 // CHARLOTTE

‘Il Trovatore’

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

qnotes contributor

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

right in.

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

A List.

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

Reserved. Entertainment.

info: Visit www.TheStarryEye.com for

e-greetings, horoscopes and Pride jewelry. My

book “HerScopes: A Guide To Astrology For

Lesbians” from Simon & Schuster is

available at bookstores and major booksites.


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!

tell trinity

by trinity

qnotes contributor

Why can’t we all just

get along

Hello Trinity,

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!)

Dear Trinity,

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


Dearest Trinity,

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

Dearest Together,

I definitely think that gays and straights were put together

on this planet for a reason. Besides decorating and fixing

cars here’s:

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

cruise area.

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

Sept. 3-16 . 2011 qnotes 15


drag rag

by miss della

qnotes contributor

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. : :

info: Drop me a line, OK


16 qnotes Sept. 3-16 . 2011


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

gay parent

by brett webb-mitchell

qnotes contributor

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: Forces

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.

Various prices.

blumenthalarts.org. ncdance.org.

18 qnotes Sept. 3-16 . 2011

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,

visit equalitync.org.

Sept. 3 • Columbia

SC Pride

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

Gay Bowling

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

Candidate Reception

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,

visit nchrc.net/NCHRC/Conference_on_Drug_


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

True Bingo

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.

$20. justtwirl.com.

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

Rights Campaign.

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

NC Pride

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

‘Circumstance’ Screening

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.

Qqnotes events


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

7-8 p.m.


Marshall Park

800 E. 3rd St.

7-10 p.m.


Cross Creek Park

216 Green St.

6-8 p.m.


Guilford County Courthouse Plaza

Greene St. side

201 S. Eugene St.

6:30-8 p.m.


Bicentennial Plaza

1 E. Edenton St.

7-10 p.m.


UNC-Wilmington clocktower

601 S. College Rd.

6-9 p.m.


Grace Court Park

931 W. 4th St.

7-8:30 p.m.

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