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editor’s note

by matt comer

matt@goqnotes.com

McCarley’s sad legacy

a reminder of inequality

There is one thing for which City Attorney

Mac McCarley will be remembered by many

LGBT and straight ally Charlotteans when

he departs his job at the end of the year.

(See story, “Charlotte city attorney to retire,”

on page 9.) Though I have no idea how he

personally feels about LGBT people — and,

therefore, cannot call him a bigot — one thing

is clear: McCarley’s actions and legal opinions

have significantly harmed our community

and prevented any substantial and concrete

forward movement on LGBT inclusion in city

policies and ordinances. In short, McCarley is

an enabler of continued bigotry, discrimination

and prejudice.

McCarley’s stubborn hardheadedness in

the face of LGBT progress — or lack thereof

— in the Queen City is a blemish on what

might otherwise be a stunning legacy after his

34 years of public service in North Carolina.

It’s like beating a dead horse, you know. It

can be very tiring writing about the same old,

same old lack of progress here in Charlotte.

More than two decades after our state capital

and it’s neighboring city took steps toward

LGBT inclusion, Charlotte remains dead last.

Obviously, gay and transgender citizens,

voters and taxpayers don’t rank high on

Queen City politicians’ list of concerns. We

never have. I’m starting to think we never will.

All this frustration can be blamed primarily

on just a handful of people: city council members,

McCarley and Mayors Pat McCrory and

Anthony Foxx.

We’ve already ousted McCrory. McCarley

is leaving at the end of the year. Perhaps it is

time for a change in Democratic leadership on

the council this year, as well.

Come November, the city will again elect

a new council and mayor. And, nearly two

years after LGBT Charlotteans were promised

change by Foxx and other current city

officials, we continue to wait. Will we see

progress between now and November I hope

so. If we don’t, at least I know which candidates

won’t be receiving my vote.

There’s nothing we can do about

McCarley. The damage he’s caused is done.

His legacy, however, can serve as a reminder

of our continued inequality in this city. We can

use it to inspire movement and change, if only

we care enough to make that commitment.

As city election campaigns ramp up in

the following weeks and months, don’t be

afraid to ask tough questions of incumbents

and challengers. Reserve your endorsements

and contributions for folks who make bold

and public commitments for equality. Strip

your support away from those who, lacking

political courage and conviction, failed to take

action when they had the opportunity. This,

my friends, is democracy at it’s finest. We can

make a difference.

Fortunately, McCarley will no longer be

waiting in the wings ready to smack down any

opening at progress. With the right council

and mayor, Charlotte won’t have to be dead

last any longer.

‘Sex in the park’ critics

need primer on logic

In our print edition on April 2, qnotes published

an investigative commentary exploring

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

(CMPD) records on charges and arrests for

soliciting a crime against nature. (See “Sex in

the park” at goqnotes.com/10621.)

The inquiry was prompted by local news

station WBTV’s outlandish and sensationalistic

tabloidism, in which they took to a local

Charlotte park to stir prejudice and fear while

armed only with anonymous postings from a

hook-up website. Unlike WBTV’s sorry excuse

for ethical journalism, qnotes actually took the

time to review dozens of records and interview

police officials before publishing our story.

Our results were astonishing: Of 325

charges for soliciting a crime against nature,

only 15 arrests were made as the result of

men who have sex with men (MSM) in a

public place like a park or the airport overlook.

What’s more, the bulk of charges and arrests

were linked to narcotics and heterosexual

prostitution activity. And, of the 15 arrests of

MSM, none occurred in James Boyce Park,

which WBTV claimed had a serious problem.

Despite all our efforts at engaging in real

journalism, we still had our critics. Steve

Parker, who publishes Carolina Christian

News and who identifies as “ex-gay,” took to

qnotes’ comment threads. He cited our interview

with CMPD Vice & Narcotics Unit Leader

Sgt. B.D. Hollar and concluded that low arrest

numbers indicated a lack of enforcement

rather than a lack of a real problem.

“In other words, the reasons there haven’t

been a great deal of arrests is because the

police have not been enforcing these laws

in the parks, choosing instead to focus on

prostitution,” Parker wrote. “Anyone with

any knowledge of the subject is well aware

that there are a great many men seeking sex

with one another at rest areas, public rest

rooms, and, yes, public parks. To deny this is

ludicrous.”

Parker added, “…to act as though it

doesn’t exist is demonstrates the same lack

of journalistic integrity of which the author

accuses WBTV.”

Parker conveniently chose to ignore

several other portions of Hollar’s interview,

specifically Hollar’s statement that his unit

is primarily complaint-driven. In fact, Hollar

specifically mentioned Kilborne Park as a

place where police had recently responded to

several complaints. Arrest records corroborate

Hollar’s statements.

Despite Parker’s claims and taking into

account Hollar’s full statements would it not

stand to reason that complaint-driven law enforcement

might receive complaints about an

“alleged” large amount of open sexual activity

in James Boyce Park Would it not stand to

reason that area police would act upon such

complaints And, would it not also mean that

such complaints might turn up at least one

arrest in the park in question during more than

a year’s time

Yet, there were no significant complaints.

No recorded arrests. Even after WBTV’s and

qnotes’ coverage there’s been just one call

for service for prostitution-related loitering

in the James Boyce Park area. Even that one

complaint yielded no arrest.

Do the math and you come to a solid conclusion.

There is no substantial problem with

MSM sexual activity in Mecklenburg County’s

public parks.

Unlike Parker, I won’t go so far as to

accuse him of a lack of integrity. I’ll simply

assume he wasn’t intending to twist facts

into a dishonest conclusion; though, it is clear

that someone either didn’t take basic-level

philosophy lessons in high school or failed

them miserably.

In the face of such strong evidence and

logic, Parker would be wise to remember:

“The truth shall set you free.” : :

talkback

Letters to the editor and comments from goqnotes.com.

Web comments are not edited for grammar or punctuation.

Anti-gay tyranny

In response to the Matt Comer’s April 2

column, “Marching backward to the beat

of a despotic drum” (goqnotes.com/10604),

readers say:

And on another domestic front, the dominionists

in Iowa removed three state supreme

court justices to punish them for upholding

principles of equal protection. Don’t these

cretins realize that once you hamstring equal

protection principles in application to one

group, you hurt protections for yourselves

We are all minorities in someone else’s

scheme.

— Marco Luxe, web, April 2

You sound like a lunatic. This article represents

one of the many reasons why the vast

majority of Americans oppose gay marriage

(and yes, they do, despite the bogus polling a

few firms have decided to release). A radical

conservative, the opposite from you, could just

as easily create a nightmare fantasy scenario

describing what may happen if gay marriage

or homosexuality in general were to become

more accepted in our society. Of course,

that would be silly, just like all the nonsense

that you wrote. ... I am gay, and I oppose gay

marriage, as do many normal gay people. I will

work hard to have my point of view heard here

in NC, so that we can finally pass a marriage

amendment here. I grew up in Massachusetts

and really don’t feel like seeing my new home

state slide downhill as well.

— Steve, web, April 2

@Steve — There are most certainly

radical theocratic forces in North Carolina

actively seeking to marginalize the LGBT citizens

of North Carolina and the current limited

rights of LGBT North Carolinians.

For evidence, visit christianactionleague.

org or ncfpc.org or returnamerica.org.

These groups (Christian Action League,

NC Family Policy Council, Return America)

lobby the legislature, file lawsuits, and produce

“educational” materials to further their

bigoted ends.

These are simple facts evident and

trumpeted on their own websites. It is not

hyperbole to note their actions and self-proclaimed

aspirations.

— Appellation, web, April 3

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We Americans like to express ourselves

with our chests.

I’m not speaking of Jane Russell or even

Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I’m talking about our proclivity for wearing

T-shirts with slogans on them. Americans

have been human billboards for decades.

The slogans on T-shirts celebrate, advocate,

advertise, unify, decry and polarize.

Americans have lots to say — on shirts made

in Honduras.

So, it makes sense that one part of the

gay story in this country is being played out in

cotton/polyester blends. Over the past years

high school students and younger kids on

both sides of the gay issue have been wearing

their hearts on their sleeves. And, getting

sent home for it.

The latest shirt-skirmish is still unfolding

at a middle school in DeSoto Parish in

Louisiana. Student Dawn Henderson wore

a shirt reading “Some Kids are Gay. That’s

OK.” Principal Keith Simmons ordered her to

change her shirt or go home.

It occurs to me that any kid aiming to get

out of a test at school doesn’t need to fake

qpoll

Federal courts

have ruled consistently

that

students’ rights to free

speech and expression

while at school extend to

their wardrobe. LGBT students

have benefited from

these rulings, but should

other students be allowed

to wear clothing with anti-

LGBT messages

general gayety

by leslie robinson :: qnotes contributor

The fabric of our lives

the flu — just don a controversial T-shirt and

in minutes you’ll be back home watching

“Judge Judy.”

According to the ACLU of Louisiana,

DeSoto school officials claimed the shirt

was “distracting.” The ACLU sent Simmons

a letter arguing that Henderson has a First

Amendment right to express her opinion

across her chest, as long as the school allows

clothing with slogans.

If the school decides to forbid clothing

with slogans, it might be hearing from Nike.

In another T-shirt to-do, which actually

began back in 2006, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court

of Appeals ruled a month ago that students

at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville,

Ill., could wear T-shirts saying “Be Happy,

Not Gay.”

The court maintained a “school that

permits advocacy of the rights of homosexual

students cannot be allowed to stifle criticism

of homosexuality.”

May the judges’ T-shirts ride up with

wear.

On Nov. 2 last year, Election Day, senior

Kate Cohn made a pro-gay statement at

Falcon High School in Peyton, Colo., by wearing

a shirt reading “Marriage is so gay.” She

said Principal Mark Carara told her the shirt

was offensive and violated the dress code

forbidding clothing potentially disruptive to

the academic environment.

I’m guessing that means fishnets

are out. At least for guys.

Cohn’s mom said Carara later

likened the T-shirt to apparel promoting

alcohol or drug use.

That increasingly well-known

arbiter of fashion, the ACLU, sent

a letter to school administrators

demanding Cohn and others be

allowed to wear the shirt and the two-week

ban was lifted.

Perfect. Two weeks gave her enough time

to wash her shirt and make it all pretty for its

re-debut.

I can say with certainty that T-shirt tizzies

haven’t been limited to the younger set or the

recent past. Back in the mid-’90s I covered

a protest by adults in Hampton Beach, N.H.,

outside a T-shirt store that peddled a couple

of anti-gay shirts. One read “Silly faggot,

dicks are for chicks” and the other said “Aids

Kills Fags” or something of that ilk.

What I remember best is a teenager pointedly

buying one of those shirts during the protest,

then sheepishly returning it afterwards

because he needed the money to get home.

The other day I spotted a different T-shirt

twist to the American LGBT story. Openly gay

veteran political consultant Fred Karger, in

Washington, D.C., to file for the Republican

presidential nomination, met with the

Republican National Committee chairman.

Karger — completely unknown to the

public and, to repeat, openly gay — told “Roll

Call,” “We had a great meeting. I gave him

one of my T-shirts.”

I’d like to know what slogan is on that

shirt. Maybe “Karger 2012: No, Really.” : :

info:

LesRobinson@aol.com . generalgayety.com

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BRIEFS

news notes:

from the carolinas, nation and world

compiled by Lainey Millen :: lainey@goqnotes.com | David Stout :: david@goqnotes.com | Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.com

Advocacy group on pulse of

equality efforts

RALEIGH — This year, amidst the rise

of a Republican-led legislature which has

already brought an anti-LGBT constitutional

amendment to the floor of both

chambers, Equality North Carolina (ENC)

has it’s plate full.

Want to lend your support to help

thwart anti-gay legislators’ designs Then

take action with ENC by joining their email

and postcard campaigns to convince

lawmakers to work on the side of fairness

and equality. At press time, over 10,000

Equality in Action cards has been sent out

to a variety of people to help educate them about

how bad the anti-LGBT amendment is to North

Carolina’s LGBT citizens. All across the state,

there have been stops on the Equality in Action

Tour. These local town hall meetings help to raise

funds for initiatives, educate participants on hot

topics and energize those who want to become

engaged in the valuable work of ENC.

Daytime office volunteers are still urgently

needed to mobilize the postcard campaign.

Future nighttime volunteer opportunities are

also available. Contact organizer Josh Wynne at

josh@equalitync.org or 919-829-0343, ext. 113 to

learn more.

Additionally, there’s no time like a party, and

ENC is encouraging everyone to host a fundraising

party to help collect the necessary war chest

that is needed to defend it’s initiatives. For details

on how to throw one of these fun-filled events,

Charlotte

TOY seeks volunteers

CHARLOTTE — Time Out Youth is currently

searching for volunteers to staff its 20th

Anniversary Gala Weekend, June 10-13.

The highlight of the weekend is a gala

fundraiser, an evening honoring what Time

Out Youth has done and continues to do to

strengthen the community.

On June 11, Glam, an alternative prom for

youth, is slated as part of the festivities.

Sponsors, either individual or corporate,

are also needed for their platinum event.

The organization is also co-sponsoring

the premier of “Rent” on May 12 at Theatre

Charlotte. Appetizers, dessert and a silent

auction are being planned. Volunteers are

needed between 5:30-10 p.m. Complimentary

tickets for another show will be made available

to those who serve.

For more information, email volunteers@

timeoutyouth.org or visit timeoutyouth.org.

— L.M.

Couples wed in D.C.

CHARLOTTE — Seven couples spent the

weekend of April 1-3 in the nation’s capital

while they tied the knot with family, friends

and clergy as witnesses.

The couples were forced to travel to D.C.

for their ceremonies because North Carolina

does not recognize marriages by same-sex

couples. An anti-gay constitutional amendment

proposed in the state Senate would

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visit equalitync.org/news1/theres-never-been-abetter-time-to-party-for-equality.

ENC also encourages everyone to support

the companies who lend their hand to champion

equality in the workplace. It is currently

seeking companies who are willing to take a

stand against the anti-LGBT amendment. North

Carolina has a number of companies who score

high on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate

Index. But, that might not be enough. Employers

who want to get on board should contact Kay

Flaminio at kay@equalitync.org. Whether one

can take a public stand or help ENC communicate

with key legislative leaders, help them take

bottom line strategic action that will make a real

difference for protecting the dignity of North

Carolina’s LGBT community.

For more information, to volunteer or to make

a contribution, visit equalitync.org.

— L.M.

make such a ban more stringent, banning

recognition of “domestic legal union” by

same-sex couples, including civil unions, marriages

and domestic partnerships.

The ceremonies were officiated by Rev.

Nancy Ellett Allison of Holy Covenant United

Church of Christ, Rabbi Judy Schindler of

Temple Beth El and Rev. Robin Tanner of

Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church.

Several other local congregations

supported the initiative, including Pilgrim

Congregational UCC of Charlotte, Unitarian

Universalist Church of Charlotte, Unity

Fellowship Church Charlotte and Wedgewood

Baptist Church. Sponsoring organizations included

RAIN, Time Out Youth, attorney Connie

J. Vetter and the Human Rights Campaign.

On April 4, a special “Celebratory

Champagne Toast” was held. During the

event, Rev.Jay Leach, along with Rev. Dr.

Chris Ayers and others, blessed and toasted

the couples upon their return.

— M.C.

Eastern

Presbytery says no

ELIZABETHTOWN — The eastern North

Carolina governing body of the Presbyterian

Church (U.S.A.) gave a thumbs down to a proposal

from the national church body to allow

gay and lesbian clergy.

The Presbytery of Coastal Carolina voted

against the proposal by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.

The church’s current Book of Order states

that its clergy must be in a “faithful marriage

between a man and a woman or be

chaste.” References to sexual orientation

would have been removed if it

has passed.

All 173 presbyteries across the

U.S. will have to come to a consensus

by May. The approval of a total

of 87 presbyteries are needed for the

proposal to take effect.

— L.M.

Triad

New center improves

AIDS care

GREENSBORO — Moses Cone

Health System has partnered with

three agencies, including Triad

Health Project, to open their new

Regional Center for Infectious

Disease. The facility, which opened

April 4 across the street from

Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital,

promises to greatly improve care

for people with HIV, AIDS and other

infectious diseases.

By partnering with other HIV/

AIDS providers, it will offer multiple

services for patients in one convenient

setting.

The Center has a nurse practitioner

and also has space for two case

managers from Triad Health Project

and one mental health counselor

from Family Service of the Piedmont.

Those two community agencies

worked with The Infectious Disease

Clinic in the past when it was

located in the basement of Moses

Cone Hospital.

The long-term vision to develop the center

came from Dr. John Campbell, an infectious

disease physician with the Internal Medicine

Training Program at Moses Cone Health

System.

The Cone Health Foundation, Central

Carolina Health Network and the University of

North Carolina are providing funds including

federal funding totaling $1,237,468, a total 55

percent of the Center’s budget.

— compiled from release

Triangle

Public forum held

CARRBORO — Students and youth

gathered at Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro

St., at an open mic Speak Out after the Day of

Silence. It was sponsored by iNSIDEoUT.

On the previous day, countless participants

across the nation refrained from

speaking for a full day to raise awareness

and express their solidarity with LGBT youth

who remain muted and isolated. Every day,

they face disproportionate rates of harassment

and bullying in schools, as well as an

increased tendency for self-injury, suicide and

depression. The Speak Out was an opportunity

for students to share their stories with an

audience in public about their experiences

observing the Day of Silence and being lesbian,

gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning

or allied in school, more generally.

The event is a project of the Gay, Lesbian,

Straight Education Network (GLSEN). In 2005,

GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey

found that more than 64 percent of LGBT

students reported verbal, sexual or physical

harassment at school and 29 percent reported

missing at least a day of school in the past

month out of fear for their personal safety.

Discrimination and harassment is widely

overlooked by school administrators due in

part to the lack of effective bullying policies,

said iNSIDEoUT representative Amy Glaser.

The School Violence Prevention Act, which

was passed in 2009, is supposed to help

protect youth against bullying. Equality North

Carolina has prepared a kit to assist systems

in the implementation of the law.

For more information, visit iNSIDEoUT180.

org and equalitync.org.

— L.M.

Conference tackles bullying

RALEIGH — North Carolina State

University held a statewide conference on

March 29 to assist educators and students in

dealing with harassment in elementary and

secondary schools.

Attendees focused on finding ways

to implement the state’s School Violence

Prevention Act throughout an entire school.

Also, intervention and parental support methodology

were addressed.

WRAL reported, “Justine Hollingshead,

director of N.C. State’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual

and Transgender Center, said school administrators,

teachers and counselors need to take

the initiative to stop bullying.”

Worsening the issue is the “advent of

online bullying.”

Morgan Hayes, a seventh grade student

at North Garner Middle School, attended the

event for a Girl Scout project with a friend.

She is spearheading an effort to have her

school become a no-bully zone.

— L.M.

Exec supports gay rights

RALEIGH — Workplace Options President

Alan King says that “being gay doesn’t define

my ability to do my job well. I don’t wrap

myself in a rainbow flag,” the News and

Observer reported.

His company is the lead sponsor of

OutRaleigh, which is taking place on May

14. And, that is only the tip of the iceberg.

He thinks that this event is just the place to

make a “visible statement in the community

we live…and celebrate diversity…thus being

viewed as a model in the business world.”

Workplace Options is an employee assistance

program company and provides wellness

programs, backup care for children and

elderly parents, diversity training, financial

counseling, mental-health support and more.

It employs 325 people worldwide. Most of

them, 240, work in Raleigh.

They have concern over the Republicancontrolled

General Assembly’s efforts to

restrict gay rights, like the gay marriage ban.

The News and Observer said, “A recent

survey of N.C. workers by Public Policy Polling,

a firm that’s owned by [Workplace Options

CEO] Dean Debnam, showed that about one

in four said they would be uncomfortable if a

co-worker or boss was openly gay.”


“It’s valuable for this region’s gay and

lesbian community to have the support of

businesses and of leaders such as King.…

The fact that Alan is out and rewarded and

supported for being out means so much for

other professionals,” Daire Roebuck, who

serves on the LGBT Center board and is an

attorney, concluded.

— L.M.

National

Kerry leads on immigration equality

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. John Kerry

(D-MA) led 11 colleagues in an April 6 letter to

Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of

Homeland Security Janet Napolitano urging

immigration equality for legally married samesex

couples who are currently discriminated

against under the Defense of Marriage Act.

“We applaud the President’s decision to

no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act

in federal court,” the senators wrote. “With

DOMA as law, however, we are creating a tier

of second-class families in states that have

authorized same-sex marriage. The same

second-class status is imposed upon marriages

between same-sex partners in which

one spouse is not a U.S. citizen. We urge

you to reconsider this position in light of the

administration’s position that it will no longer

defend DOMA in federal court.”

Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of

Immigration Equality, a national organization

that works to end discrimination in U.S. immigration

law, has also called for a change.

— D.S.

LGBT Health, Part I

WASHINGTON, D.C. — National health

think tank The Institute of Medicine issued a

report March 31 detailing health disparities

between LGBT and non-LGBT Americans

and calling for substantially increased

federal research into the medical concerns

of LGBT people. The report, “The Health of

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

People: Building a Foundation for Better

Understanding,” is meant to be a wake-up call

for government researchers and policymakers

who have resisted asking LGBT-specific

questions in federal health surveys.

— D.S.

LGBT Health, Part II

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On April 1, the

Department of Health and Human Services announced

a number of steps it was recommending

to President Barack Obama to improve the

health and well-being of LGBT Americans.

The recommendations include prohibiting

workplace bias on the basis of sexual orientation

and gender identity for HHS programs and

employees; increasing the number of federallyfunded

health surveys that collect sexual orientation

and gender identity data; and promoting

health profession training programs to include

LGBT cultural competency curricula.

HHS will take additional steps, integrating

an even stronger component focusing on

LGBT youth in all anti-bullying initiatives, reducing

the barriers encountered by prospective

and current foster and adoptive parents

who are LGBT, and requiring all organizations

serving runaway and homeless youth to be

equipped to serve LGBT youth.

— D.S.

Study: 9 million LGBT Americans

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Williams

Institute, a leading think tank dedicated to

the field of sexual orientation and gender

identity-related law and public policy, has

released new research that estimates the size

of the LGBT community in the U.S. Drawing

on information from four recent national and

two state-level population-based surveys, the

analyses suggest that there are more than

8 million American adults who are lesbian,

gay or bisexual, comprising 3.5 percent of the

adult population. There are also nearly 700,000

transgender individuals in the U.S. In total, the

study suggests that approximately 9 million

Americans — roughly the population of New

Jersey — identify as LGBT.

— D.S.

Victory in Ark., Part I

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas

Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling

that a law prohibiting adoption by unmarried

couples who live together violates the Arkansas

Constitution. On Nov. 4, 2008, Arkansas voters

approved a statutory ban on adoption and

foster parenting by unmarried individuals cohabiting

with a sexual partner. The April 7 ruling

affirms a Pulaski County circuit judge decision

that Initiated Act I of 2008 intrudes on privacy

rights guaranteed by the Arkansas Constitution.

The victory leaves Mississippi and Utah as the

only states with adoption bans for unmarried

couples, including same-sex couples.

— D.S.

Victory in Ark., Part II

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Advocates for LGBT

youth and education praised Gov. Beebe’s April

1 signing of a comprehensive anti-bullying bill

that enumerates personal characteristics often

targeted for bullying, including race, religion,

sexual orientation and gender identity. The

bill, which also requires educator training, had

overwhelming support from legislators of all

parties and passed unanimously in the state

Senate. Arkansas is the 11th state to pass

an enumerated anti-bullying law. The others

that have such laws are California, Illinois,

Iowa, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North

Carolina, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

— D.S.

Global

British HIV rates up sharply

LONDON, U.K. — New Health Protection

Agency figures show that HIV infections

among gay and bisexual men in the U.K. have

risen by 70 percent in the last decade. In

2001, 1,810 men who have sex with men were

diagnosed with the disease. Last year, the

number had risen to 3,080. It is estimated that

there are 30,000 gay and bisexual men living

with HIV in the U.K. today, although one-third

of these are thought to be undiagnosed.

— D.S.

April 16-29 . 2011 qnotes


Walks to remember

Carolina AIDS walks raise awareness, funds during time of need

by Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.com

While it would be difficult to overstate

the importance of AIDS Walk fundraisers in

the battle against HIV and AIDS, the events

themselves couldn’t be much simpler.

Participants solicit donations from family

and friends before gathering together on

event day to walk a pre-determined course

through town. For some Walks, a registration

fee is collected in lieu of pledges. In either

case, all money raised goes to one or more

local AIDS charities.

As in the past several years, this year’s

slew of events across the state will play an

important role in raising both much-needed

funding and awareness for AIDS services

organizations and the crucial role they play

in the health and well-being of their communities.

But, 2011 also holds other important

and symbolic meanings marking the 30th

anniversary of the AIDS Crisis. On June 5.

1981, the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention (CDC) reported on the first cases

of what would eventually be named Acquired

Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. From

five, sick young men in Los Angeles, the

Crisis grew. A lack of government response

in the face of thousands of deaths nationwide

sparked action.

Short walks, long histories

The concept isn’t new or unique to

AIDS fundraising — the CROP Walk to fight

hunger and poverty has successfully used

this charity model since the late ’60s. What is

different, however, is the politically charged

climate from which the AIDS Walk movement

emerged.

The first AIDS Walk was held in Los

Angeles in 1985 to benefit AIDS Project Los

Angeles. Four years in and with the U.S. death

toll approaching 5,000, the epidemic was still

being treated like a radioactive social issue

rather than a critical health concern.

President Ronald Reagan mentioned the

word “AIDS” in public for the first time in

’85, and then only in response to a reporter’s

questions. Congress’ anemic funding for care

and research showed no signs that lawmakers

considered AIDS a priority issue either.

Among the public, the belief that people

with AIDS could be divided into innocent

victims (hemophiliacs, babies born to infected

mothers) and the deserving (gays, drug users)

was still widespread. Lingering fear about

how the disease could be spread fueled pervasive

ostracism and discrimination against

the infected.

From this dire environment sprang the

first AIDS Walk, which is significant both for

the fact that it established a means for the

community to raise life-saving aid money that

the government wasn’t providing, as well as

for the courage of the walkers who braved the

stigma associated with AIDS.

Following on the heels of the L.A. walkers

were participants at similar events in New

York and San Francisco. Before long, AIDS

Walks were being organized in cities from

coast to coast, including the Carolinas where

multiple events are held across the region

each year.

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Trying times

Last year, North Carolina’s community of

HIV/AIDS patients were hit with devastating

blows. As the state legislature faced looming

budget deficits, officials with the

N.C. Department of Health’s HIV/STD

Prevention and Care Branch announced

enrollment in the state’s AIDS Drug

Assistance Program (ADAP) would

be capped at current levels. Though

low-income HIV/AIDS patients who

were already enrolled would continue to

receive medicines, hundreds were put on

a waiting list that eventually became the

longest in the nation.

Leaders like the Rev. Debbie Warren

of Charlotte’s Regional AIDS Interfaith

Network (RAIN), Addison Ore of

Greensboro’s Triad Health Project and

John Paul Womble of Raleigh’s Alliance

of AIDS Services-Carolina sprang into

action. With the advocacy of state AIDS

and STD director Jacquelyn Clymore,

North Carolina eventually passed a budget

that included restored funds for the

program, though eligibility levels were

reduced.

Ore says the funding crisis that AIDS

service providers and patients faced last

year is still taking its toll, though potential

future cuts could be worse.

“It’s all up for debate,” she says.

“There are no sacred cows anymore.”

State legislators usually deal with

budgetary matters in their biennial short

session. That’s when last year’s ADAP

funding was restored and passed. But

this year, the state faces a $2.7 billion

deficit — down $1 billion when the

legislature opened this year’s session

in January. That’s spawned efforts to cut

spending and some legislators have put AIDS

funding on the chopping block.

In January, state Rep. Larry Brown, a

Republican who represents portions of eastern

Forsyth County, told The Winston-Salem

Journal that state government shouldn’t be

funding HIV/AIDS treatment for those who

“caused it by the way they live.”

“I’m not opposed to helping a child born

with HIV or something,” Brown told the paper,

“but I don’t condone spending taxpayers’

money to help people living in perverted

lifestyles.”

Brown’s remarks on HIV/AIDS funding

were quickly condemned by statewide

advocates.

“These comments are completely unacceptable,”

Ian Palmquist, Equality North

Carolina’s executive director, said in a release

at the time. “Larry Brown is out of touch with

the people of North Carolina, who strongly

support programs to care for the most vulnerable

among us, and he’s out of step with his

own party.”

Brown had previously caused controversy

after calling gays “queers” and “fruitloops” in

an email to his Republican colleagues.

Such a hostile social agenda concerns

Ore, who is cautious after last November’s

change in legislative leadership.

“I certainly don’t believe someone like

Rep. Larry Brown speaks for the entire

Republican leadership, but I think when someone

speaks like that it’s indicative of a feeling.

That’s very concerning to me.”

Ore’s organization relies on a mix of support

from federal, state and local funding.

“We rely more and more on what we are

able to raise ourselves,” Ore says, noting decreases

in federal grants and flat-lined local

funding. “Individual donations have remained

fairly stable, but we have to keep going back

to the well more often. We’re starting to battle

donor fatigue.”

Messages of hope, strains

of advocacy

Nathan Smith, RAIN’s director of development

and marketing, says his organization

has also felt the brunt of meager times.

“We’ve felt it like any other non-profit,”

he says, noting his group had to layoff some

workers when the economy initially nosedived

in Charlotte a few years ago.

But Smith is quick to point out that financial

hardships are standing in stark contrast

to the good that often comes out of fundraisers

like RAIN’s upcoming AIDS Walk Charlotte

on May 7.

AIDS Walk Charlotte is RAIN’s largest

fundraiser each year. It’s also one of the

group’s largest public advocacy and awareness-building

tools.

“We truly push and want people to understand

[this issue],” he says. “That’s why we

have no registration fee and we encourage

middle and high school and college students

who can’t raise money to come out and support

us. It’s about showing the community that

this is still an issue for us.”

Ore’s Triad Health Project holds their

Winter Walk for AIDS each December. Ore

says she’s always very intentional about

stressing awareness along with fundraising.

“That’s often when we’ll get a call from local

people,” she says. “It’s a great opportunity

to get the word out in front of people.”

Triad Health Project is also celebrating

their 25th anniversary this year, an occasion

that has garnered the group more local press

Participants in RAIN’s AIDS Walk Charlotte walk to remember a friend.

and attention to the important issues that’s

kept them running.

RAIN’s AIDS Walk Charlotte celebrates

15 years in May. Like Triad Health Project,

RAIN has felt the pinch but feels events like

their Walk help to close the gaps and create

opportunities for change.

At the end of the day, Smith says RAIN

isn’t going anywhere.

“We’ve been here for 19 years, and we’re

going to be here until the Crisis is over,” he

says. : :

— David Stout contributed

Walks across Carolina

May 7 • Charlotte

AIDS Walk Charlotte

One of the largest AIDS fundraisers

across the Carolinas, AIDS Walk

Charlotte raises funds for the Regional

AIDS Interfaith Network. To register

walk teams or learn more, visit aidswalkcharlotte.org.

May 21 • Raleigh

AIDS Walk+Ride

Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina

hosts their annual walk and bicycle ride

in downtown Raleigh. Register walkers,

learn more about the ride and more at

aidswalkandride.org.

December • Greensboro

Winter Walk for AIDS

Triad Health Project takes to the

streets of downtown Greensboro’s

Aycock Neighborhood. For more information,

visit traidhealthproject.com.

For more events see our Q Events

Calendar on page 19.


Charlotte city attorney to retire

Mac McCarley’s legal opinions blocked LGBT progress in Charlotte

by Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.com

Charlotte City Attorney Mac McCarley told

the city council in closed session on April 4

that he plans to retire at the end of December,

according to The Charlotte Observer. McCarley,

whose position is hired by the city council, has

served as city attorney since 1994. His legal

opinions have often been the source of frustration

for LGBT community members.

In 2009, the city was sued by a fired,

transgender employee. At the time, McCarley

said the city would not take responsibility in

the case.

“Transgendered individuals do not have

any rights under the federal employment

discrimination laws,” he said.

The City of Charlotte does not have

employment ordinances prohibiting discrimination

on the basis of sexual orientation and

gender-identity, though City Manager Curt

Walton instituted an administrative policy

last year prohibiting discrimination on sexual

orientation.

McCarley has insisted the city council

lacks the authority to pass an employment

non-discrimination ordinance or policy inclusive

of “sexual orientation.”

In a Feb. 23, 2010, memo from McCarley

to Walton, McCarley said federal law in Title

VII does not prohibit discrimination based on

sexual orientation. The city charter, he said,

Charlotte City Attorney

Mac McCarley intends

to retire at the end of

December.

also limits the city’s

non-discrimination

statement to those

characteristics

already listed (race, religion, color, sex, national

origin, age, disability, and political affilation).

In the memo, McCarley said Walton’s 2010

administrative policy change is the “most le-

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Anti-gay amendment filed in N.C. House

House wording slightly narrower than harsh Senate version

by Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.com

RALEIGH — An anti-gay constitutional

amendment that could strip away marriage

rights for same-sex couples was filed April 6 in

the North Carolina House of Representatives.

A similar amendment was introduced

to the Senate in late February. The House

version, filed by two Republicans and two

Democrats, contains different wording

that could slightly narrow the impact of the

amendment.

“Marriage is the union of one man and

one woman at one time. No other relationship

shall be recognized as a valid marriage

by the State,” the House amendment reads.

The Senate’s version says no other “domestic

legal union” will be recognized.

LGBT advocates with the statewide

group Equality North Carolina say marriage

— already denied to same-sex couples by

state statute — isn’t the only right that could

be banned by the proposed Senate version.

Civil unions and domestic partner benefits

could also be subject to prohibition. Several

municipalities across the state offer health

and other benefits to same-sex partners

of their employees; those include Durham,

Mecklenburg and Orange Counties, as well

as the cities or towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill,

Durham and Greensboro. Private companies,

including global giants like Charlotte’s Bank of

America, also offer such benefits and could

be subject to the Senate amendment.

“I think it is a step in the right direction

that they didn’t introduce as extreme a version

as the Senate did,” Equality North Carolina

Executive Director Ian Palmquist told qnotes.

“The fact remains it is still an attempt to write

discrimination into our state constitution.”

The House version is sponsored by

Republicans David Lewis (Harnett) and Rayne

Brown (Davidson) and Democrats James

Crawford, Jr. (Granville, Vance) and Dewey

Hill (Brunswick, Columbus). Additionally, 35

other representatives had as of press time

signed on as co-sponsors. Of the additional

co-sponsors, four are Democrats and one is

unaffiliated.

Palmquist indicated he had not spoken

to House leadership on Wednesday, but that

he and his group’s lobbyist would continue to

encourage the chamber’s leadership not to

bring the bill to the floor.

Republican state Sens. James Forrester

(Gaston), Jerry W. Tillman (Montgomery,

Randolph) and Dan Soucek (Alexander, Ashe,

Watauga, Wilkes) are the primary sponsors of

the Senate version. It has been referred to the

Senate Rules Committee. Twenty other senators

have signed on in support.

Similar amendments, whose primary

proponents have been Republicans, have

been kept at bay for the past seven years. The

state’s legislature flipped from a Democratic

to Republican majority in last November’s

midterm elections. A constitutional amendment

cannot be vetoed by the governor and

must gain the approval of a three-fifths majority

of both chambers before proceeding to the

ballot. A simple majority of voters is needed

for ratification. Both the Senate and House

versions of the amendment would place the

amendment on next year’s November ballot. : :

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Judy at Carnegie Hall: 50 years later

Commemorating Judy Garland’s historic performance at Carnegie Hall

by Jim Thompson :: guest contributor

April 23, 1961 will mark the 50th anniversary

of what was probably the greatest evening

in show business history. Over 3,000 lucky

people packed the world-famous Carnegie

Hall in New York City to see Judy Garland.

We are lucky enough that this evening was

recorded live and complete and has been

transforming fans for the last 50 years to

front row seats to hear and experience Judy

Garland, her charm, charisma, presence and

her truly marvelous voice in full form.

New York Herald Tribune reported on that

evening this way: “There was an extra bonus

at Carnegie Hall last night, Judy Garland

sang.” New York Post said: “Last night the

magnetism was circulating from the moment

she stepped on stage.”

All accounts of that night hailed the

Carnegie Hall concert as a triumph.

Variety, the periodical of record for the

show business industry, reported: “New

York’s Carnegie Hall was supercharged on

both sides of the footlights Sunday evening

… Pandemonium broke loose and a standing

ovation stalled the song fest for several

moments. After her twenty-fourth number of

the evening, she halted the tumultuous applause

demanding still another encore … Few

singers around can get as much out of a song

as Miss Garland … The tones are clear, the

phrasing is meaningful and the vocal passion

is catching. In fact, the audience couldn’t resist

anything she did. The aisles were jammed

during the encore … she followed with two

additional numbers ‘After You’ve Gone’ and

‘Chicago’ which brought her song bag for the

evening up to 26 numbers.”

“Two hours of pow,” was how Judy

Garland described the event.

Clearly Judy’s performance at Carnegie

Hall was a milestone in the life and career of

a performer who had seen many successes

in her lifetime. Judy had already experienced

comebacks many times before. Today, 50

years later, people are still raving about

this concert, no matter if they have heard it

hundreds of times or for the first time. Even

those who might not be Judy Garland fans

(say it ain’t so) are hooked by this concert.

It’s particularly wonderful given the fact that

a year-and-a-half earlier Judy Garland had

nearly died.

“Judy At Carnegie Hall” remains her

biggest selling recording. It originally stayed

on the charts for 94 weeks — 13 at number

one — and won her five Grammy Awards,

including Best Female Vocal Performance and

Album of the Year (the first time a woman to

win this category). Today it is still in print and a

very popular selling CD and music download.

To listen to it is to re-live what truly is the

greatest night in show business history sung

by the greatest entertainer in show business,

Judy Garland. If you haven’t heard it, do

yourself a favor and listen. If you have, listen

again. You’ll smile, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You

will love it. : :

— A self-described “Friend of Dorothy,”

Jim Thompson is a qnotes reader and

community member. He lives in Fort Mill, S.C.

April 16-29 . 2011 qnotes 11


Pride Charlotte wants to ‘stand proud’

in Uptown

Pride Charlotte, slated for Aug. 27, captures the heart of the Queen City

by Leah Cagle :: leah@goqnotes.com

Pride. Inclusivity. Creativity. Diversity.

Words like these saturate the conversations

surrounding this year’s Pride Charlotte

festival. It only takes a brief glance at the

upcoming celebration to understand just what

an amazing event we have coming our way

this summer.

Although Charlotte has been hosting

Pride festivities since the 1970s, the process

of creating a thriving LGBT community hasn’t

been easy. In 2005, the non-profit Charlotte

Pride organization dissolved after facing

intense anti-gay backlash. But since 2006,

when the Lesbian & Gay Community Center

took charge of the event, Pride Charlotte has

grown immensely, jumping from Gateway

Village to the N.C. Music Factory and now,

for 2011, to the very heart of the Queen City

— Uptown Tryon St.

“We are very excited to move our festival

Uptown and to the heart of Charlotte’s artistic

and cultural center,” Jonathan Hill, Pride

‘Teamwork makes the

dream work’

Pride Charlotte needs volunteers,

vendors and visionaries to help make

this event possible. If you’re interested

in participating, visit the Pride Charlotte

website at pridecharlotte.com to learn

more about volunteer opportunities and

fill out a volunteer application.

Charlotte co-chair, said in a release. “The S.

Tryon St. location provides a unique opportunity

for our event to grow and to raise more

visibility for this city’s diverse gay community.”

Organizers [Ed. Note — This publication’s

editor serves on the event’s organizing committee]

say the Pride festival, slated for Aug.

27, is the largest celebration of LGBT culture

and community in the Carolinas. The event

attracts thousands of folks — gay and ally

alike — to partake in a vibrant, week-long

party of artistic, culinary and cultural delight.

Organizers have been hard at work, creating

new fundraising and partnership opportunities

in order to offer a more diverse set of

artistic events, participating organizations and

entertainment.

Organizers also say the event serves as a

unique opportunity for LGBT Charlotteans to

declare both their presence and their worth in

the greater community. Dave Webb, who also

serves as Pride Charlotte co-chair, called the

event a “statement of affirmation” that will

show “Charlotte’s LGBT community is a vital

part of the city’s cultural fabric.”

Center Board Chair John Stotler envisions

the event as an inclusive, unifying and mending

experience that will “build bridges within

our own community and among natural allies

across the metro Charlotte area.”

But Pride planners know from past

experience that not everyone in attendance

shares the same dream of acceptance and

celebration.

“Unfortunately there are still politicians

Pride Charlotte’s 2010 festival was held at the N.C. Music Factory on the outskirts of Uptown.

and individuals in Charlotte that feel compelled

to judge and condemn the gay community,

but times are a-changing and the louder

they protest, the more they show their true

colors as agents of hate and intolerance,”

Webb explains.

Pride Charlotte will again organize its

coalition of volunteers known as “Partners

in Peace,” dispersing them throughout the

festival to help promote positive communication

and ensure a peaceful experience for all

in attendance.

Despite the inherent political implications

in such an event, Dave Webb reiterates that

the true spirit of the festival is communal

rather than partisan.

“The Pride Charlotte festival is not a political

rally, it is a peaceful gathering of the LGBT

community, families and its’ supporters to

celebrate our community,” he says. : :

Let me see y’all one, two step

Southern Country Charlotte values community, organizer says

by Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.com

Growing up gay can be hard. That’s especially

true if you grow up in the South or other

rural, conservative settings. Despite these

hardships, many of us LGBT Southerners still

long for a piece of home or clamor to embrace

what we consider our “roots.” Being gay

and Southern — or “country,” “redneck,”

“cowboy” or whatever term of endearment

you choose to identify yourself — has never

been mutually exclusive.

Organizations like

Southern Country Charlotte

(SCC) and a host of similar

groups across the nation

prove it.

SCC, which holds their

annual Queen City Stomp

each April, was founded in

1991 and celebrates their 20th

anniversary this year. Though

folks come from far and wide

to partake in a show of Country Western

dancing, they’re also contributing toward

good causes. Southern Country Charlotte has

raised nearly $100,000 in cash, goods and services

benefitting local non-profit groups, both

within and outside of the LGBT community.

But SCC President Chris Gray says the

group is about much more than Country

Western dancing and fundraising. When he

and his partner moved to Charlotte in 2008,

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SCC offered them welcome and friendship.

“We had gone to the Eagle one

Wednesday night and they were doing dance

lessons,” Gray says. “He fell in love with it

and we started going every Wednesday.

The atmosphere, the people, they welcomed

everybody gay or straight or whatever.”

Gray’s partner loves to dance, though Gray

himself doesn’t.

“It’s what I call

a spectator sport,”

he says. “There’s

a lot of members

that don’t dance,

including myself. A

lot of people who

come out do so just

to watch and it’s

amazing to watch

the unison of these

people dancing.”

After the late 2009 closure of the Charlotte

Eagle, a gay Leather/Levi bar off South Blvd.,

SCC was forced to move their Queen City

Stomp to the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel.

There, SCC members’ love of dance and their

camaraderie has overflowed and left its mark

on hotel staff and guests alike.

“The relationship we built with Sheraton

last year worked great,” Gray says. “They’ve

been real hand-in-hand. If we needed

something they were right on it. We had no

problems. Even people who were at the hotel

— who weren’t gay and who just happened to

be staying there — they would pay to come in

and they had a blast.”

Gray says the Sheraton has even purchased

a new dance floor. It mades its debut

at this year’s Queen City Stomp.

The community that surrounds SCC and

welcomes new members and guests extends

beyond the group’s local activities and mission.

SCC is a member of the International

Association of Gay/Lesbian Country Western

Dance Clubs (IAGLCWDC). Incorporated in

Texas in 1993, the international fellowship is a

member of the Gay and Lesbian International

Sports Association and helps to promote

both dancing balls, like Queen City Stomp,

and competitions across the globe. In July,

it’ll host a dancing competition at the North

American OutGames in Vancouver.

Gray says SCC’s relationship with

IAGLCWDC has been fruitful and Queen City

Stomp has even managed to get the attention

of many of the group’s members.

“We have wonderful cocktail parties,” he

says. “They were the talk of the [IAGLCWDC]

convention last year.”

Though SCC appreciates the praise, their

mission and focus remains squarely with the

people and organizations it benefits.

Other upcoming hoedowns

In the mood for more Country

Western dance In addition to

Charlotte’s Queen City Stomp, be sure

to check out these great events this

season.

Seattle :: April 29-May 1

Emerald City Hoedown

Hosted by Rain Country

Dance Association

raincountrydance.org

Provincetown :: April 29-May 1

19th Annual Spring Stomp

Hosted by Gays for Patsy

gaysforpatsy.org

Philadelphia :: May 26-29

The Philadelphia Hoedown

The 18th Annual Convention of the

International Association of Gay/Lesbian

Country Western Dance Clubs.

iaglcwdc.org

— Event listings courtesy IAGLCWDC

“We are able to raise money for organizations

and charities while at the same time

getting out and doing stuff in the community

as much as we can,” he says. “Even with

the economy last year, we were able to raise

around $10,000. That was a great thing and we

hope to keep it going.” : :


“Hey y’all!”

as one of my

favorites, Paula

Deen, would greet

her folks. And,

welcome back

to my little neck of the woods — here since

the fall of 1996! Oh my goodness, that’s a lot of

drag and pageants. This time, I will talk about

the three main pageants that I mentioned going

to in the last Rag and, also, start off with a

show that I failed to mention.

Several weeks ago, a few impersonators

did what I hear was a great show of illusions

down at a theater in Myrtle Beach. Then they

ended up at the fabulous Rainbow House.

Those ladies of the stage included Miss Gay

America Coti Collins (whom I believe organized

it all), Kirby Kolby, Gigi Monroe, the

highly decorated Denise Russell and the everfamous

Barbra impersonator (and longtime

Coti friend) Viki Williams. I know they put on

one more classy show.

And, speaking of Coti, it’s only fitting that

I next mention her first three prelims to Miss

Gay America. The first was Mid-America,

where Symphony Love Alexander took the

crown, with Jade Sinclair being 1st runner-up.

Secondly, an old school queen with unfinished

business won Miss Gay DC. Congrats are

going out to Raleigh’s Kirby Kolby who swept

every category. Her RU was Patti Lovelace.

The third was Miss MidEast here at Scorpio. It

was a great contest. A past Top 5 finalist at the

national contest, Chantel Reshae, won and her

RU was Lindsay Starr, who really put on a good

show and, although I missed her in Gown and

Onstage Response, I hear she really made quite

the impression. Congrats to Jessica Jade who

relinquished the title that night and really served

up the costumes. There were several formers

and guest entertainers in the house, but the

one who really surprised me was Champagne

Douglas who’s still got it after all these years.

One celebrity who gets much attention

and accolades from queens these days would

naturally be Lady Gaga and just recently she

made appearances at two gay clubs. She

actually performed with Miss EOY Vanessa

DeMornay at the Connection in Louisville and

she popped into the Round Up in Dallas after a

concert out there.

Congrats are going out to Dy’Mond

Cartier who won the most recent Miss NC

U.S.ofA. in Greensboro at Warehouse 29. It

was my pleasure to make the trip with our

Miss NC America Emery Starr, where I got to

drag rag

by miss della :: qnotes contributor

Queens are blooming everywhere!

catch up with old friends like Jessica O’Brien,

Monica Marlo, Natalie Smalls, Tiffany Bonet

and Victoria Parker. Also on-hand were Tia

Chanella, Neely O’Hara, Paisley Parque,

Gabrielle Berlyn, Crystal Froste, Ebbony

Addams, Brooke Divine LaReese, Shae Shae

LaReese, Arabia Knight-Addams, Amaya, Olive

Oyl, Miss NC Unlimited Cheetah Shaw and her

king Taylor Knight-Addams and the list goes

on and on. I did get to see bar owner Kent and

met a precious new bartender they have there

named Jose Antonio. Dy’Mond’s first RU was

Charlotte’s own London Dior who wore a gown

that would scratch the eyeballs out of your

head, baby! Second RU was Orlando Chanel.

I have just unpacked my bags from a trip

to Miami, FL to judge the Carolinas Continental

pageants. Owner Alyson Thomas lives there

now and timing wasn’t such that she could get

away, so she had it there in her club this time.

No residency rules apply anyway, so that’s

why it was held there and the title still stuck.

That easy. And, boy did Alyson ever treat us

like royalty — from the accommodations to

the VIP treatment at the bar on the Saturday

night before. Imagine Macy Alexander’s face

when she walked into Dash on Washington

and met an idol face to face, Miss Khloe

Kardashian! They chatted for a few minutes

before Khloe had to run out. Needless to say,

Macy is still on Cloud Nine. Macy’s good sister

Leslie Lain is still glowing, I suppose, from

all the trade she pulled while there. Bitter,

party of one! As for the contest, there were

see Drag Rag on 15

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Drag Rag

continued from page 13

many entertainers, including all four national

Continental titleholders, plus a few formers,

like Chanel Dupree and Erika Norell. Also,

some of Alyson’s former winners, too. The title

winners that evening include Mr. Carolinas

Continental Kyle Ean Haggerty, Miss PLUS

Tianna Love, Miss Elite Cierra Douglas, Miss

SC Continental Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington

and NC Continental Athena Dion, a new child

who did really well, including turning Talent

completely out. This “little Greek kid” (as I

call her), who was a military brat and actually

lived in Ft. Bragg for two years, got a standing

ovation. Next in line was another new child,

Evelyn Monroe, who had on probably the

prettiest updo I think I’ve ever seen. Many,

many thanks to the co-hostess Vegas Dion for

all the hospitality and to Alyson for treatment

fit literally for a queen. Diskotekka in Miami is

one happenin’ place! Wow!

I’ll close with prelims leading up to NC

EOY, which Angelica Dust will relinquish in just

weeks. Miss Flower Power is Trixie Fontaine

with RU Macaria Rage; Miss Forsyth County is

Neely O’Hara with RU Malayia Chanel Iman;

Miss Land in the Sky is Brinna Michaels with

RU Manhattan; and Miss Piedmont Princess is

Vivica Dupree with Paradise Dust as alternate.

I have the distinct pleasure of mentioning that

Olive Oyl, the Grande Dame of the Triad, was

named Miss Bat$h!# Emeritus. And, yes, they

really are spelling it that way — you’ll see

on the posters. Lord, only Olivia Vorhees Oyl

would consent to such.

A final note — A.J., I am not going out in

drag anytime soon, nor will I be asking for a

booking of all things, so here is your one-time

mention! Muah! : :

info: Drop me a line, OK

TheTeaMissD@yahoo.com

City attorney to resign

continued from page 9

gally defensible way to include sexual orientation

in the City’s equal employment language

without first requesting a Charter amendment

from the legislature.”

The term “gender identity” was not added

to Walton’s new non-discrimination policy.

“We are not recommending that you

include ‘gender identity’ as a protected status,”

McCarley’s memo to Walton read. “This

is a relatively new term, has no recognized

legal definition, and is highly subjective.”

Last year, McCarley told qnotes he worked

with the city manager’s office to come up with

the best possible changes for the new policy.

“The city manager asked us if we could

find a way to do this and we gave him the

best option we could,” he said in a telephone

interview.

McCarley said the term “gender identity”

had not been held up to any judicial scrutiny.

Harper Jean Tobin, policy counsel for the

Washington, D.C.-based National Center for

Transgender Equality (NCTE), told qnotes she

believed city officials were mistaken.

“It’s not new in the sense that it has been

part of various state and local laws in many

places for a decade, in some places for two

decades,” Tobin said in a 2010 interview via

phone. “There is a pretty well established

meaning.”

Charlotte is the last major city in the state

to take up discussion of LGBT-inclusion in

city ordinances or policies. Durham and

Raleigh passed “sexual orientation”-inclusive

non-discrimination policies in 1987 and

1988, respectively. Seven other cities and

four counties include “sexual orientation” in

their non-discrimination policies or ordinances.

Boone, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Orange

County also include “gender identity.” : :

qomunity qonexions u

April 16-29 . 2011 qnotes 15


tell trinity

by trinity :: qnotes contributor

Before you have that

one-night stand

Hello Trinity,

I love one-night stands. But, every

time I say, “Wanna get together

again” they say, “Sorry, I’m in a relationship!”

What’s up with open

relationships

Closed to the “Open,” Boston, MA

Hello Closed,

I agree, we single

people have become

laboratory rats for the

partnered world. Like

you, I too find many

couples “play openly.” I also hear

couples say, “It keeps us together rather

than tears us apart.” which makes me

want to scream “What-Ever!” So, sweetie,

if you’re about to take part in a one-night

stand, but want a few more nights, just

ask, “Are you partnered, single or a lab

technician”

Hey Trinity,

I read your tips for getting rid of telemarketers.

But, really, I can’t just hang up on them

like you suggested

Telemarketing Troubles, Sioux Falls, SD

Hey Troubles,

If truth were told, I don’t always have the heart to hang up on

those hard-working warriors of marketing. While I sometimes

go numb or just want to jump out a window, you

must always stay stern, clear and fast or, honey,

come join me on the windowsill! (My cartoon gives

you some real pointers on how I handle this challenging

dilemma.)

Dearest Trinity,

My boyfriend is great and I don’t want to hurt him, but how do I

end my relationship without destroying someone I love

Happy Endings, Stanford, CT

Dearest Happy Endings,

Saying “No more!” always hurts even the strongest of beasts.

So, finding the right time, place and/or right situation is your

best solution. Never break

up during a fight, the end of a

long day or when someone is

in crisis. Yes, he will be upset,

but time heals everything. And,

darling, don’t tell him while

shopping in a rifle shop.

Dear Trinity,

Someone I really liked dumped

me because “I acted too ditzy

and immature for a 34-year-old

man.” Why do I have to act

my age

Keeping My Lollipop,

Detroit, MI

Dear Lollipop,

Eventually you have to stop

being a little brat and become a responsible, educated,

charming man. Being a man means not always quitting

relationships or jobs, not always saying what you feel and not

always partying when the sun goes down. But, even better,

pumpkin, here’s,

Trinity’s Tough Tips For Knowing

When You’re a SAD (Still A Ditzy) boy

1. When you spend your last paycheck on Lady Gaga tickets

instead of paying your rent, you’re SAD!

2. When the woman you love says, “Baby, lets do something

fun tonight.” and you think, “God, I hate my mother!” you’re

SAD!

3. When your hairline is receding and your belly is extending,

but you still insist on wearing your 80s florescent club wear

then you’re really SAD.

4. When your lover says, “You get dinner“ and you think

“Happy Meal again, yippy!” you’re definitely SAD.

5. When Monday means, instead of a hot shower, a shave and

off to work, you grab a Bloody Mary, two aspirins and begin

another chat room adventure — SAD!

6. When Friday means, off to the 21-and-under bar for a key

lime shot, instead of off with grown-up friends, then SAD.

7. When you dump your lover of 10 years for a 22-year-old

twinkie who is “really cute and sweet and likes my Xbox!,”

guess what

8. When you still spend your free time hanging out in arcades

and shopping malls, guess what again

9. When you withdraw your last two grand and blow it on a

RSVP vacation because your credit cards are all maxed out,

you’re SAD.

10. Lastly, you know you’re still a ditzy boy if the previous nine

tips pissed you off and now you’re going to get stoned just

to show Trinity who’s in charge of your life, SAD for sure! : :

— With a Masters of Divinity, Reverend Trinity was

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

and now performs globally.

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

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

Sponsored by: Provincetown Business Guild

800-637-8696 . www.ptown.org

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out in the stars

by charlene lichtenstein :: qnotes contributor

April 16 - 29

Take the bull by the

horns when the Sun

stampedes into Taurus.

It is time to lasso and

brand your personal

message on the world. Grab what you want by

the tail and don’t let go. Hey, nice tail.

ARIES (03.21-04.20) Here are some things to

keep in mind right now. First, be sure to surround

yourself with luxurious objects of art to stimulate

your imagination. Second, take a peek at your

nest egg to see if it is ready to hatch. Third, cook

up your best ideas and serve them while they

are hot. Gay Rams launch themselves into outer

space. Don’t scramble your message.

TAURUS (04.21-05-21) There is something about

you, something astute, clever and very charming.

But, queer Bulls may go out on a social limb

in an attempt to weasel their way into a certain

highly selective social circle. Life is much more

that glibly chatting up the glitterati in order to get

ahead. Don’t slip on your own oil as you grease

the wheels … along with other parts. Get some

heft behind you.

GEMINI (05.22-06.21) What is it about this time

period that makes pink Twins so wildly intuitive

Buff up your crystal ball and take a close peek.

You conjure up all sorts of radical scenarios and

strange ideas. Saner folks think that you are

either a savant or a loon. They say that there is a

fine line between genius and madness. Have you

crossed it I guess we will have to see.

CANCER (06.22-07.23) If you find that your social

calendar fills to overflowing, jump in with both

feet. Friends rely on you to provide the who,

what, when and where. But how, gay Crab The

secret is to maintain (and update) your list of

contacts and do your research. Start with the A

list and work your way down. Hmmm, how low

on the alphabet will you need to go to get the

right buzz

LEO (07.24-08.23) It is time to strategize, proud

Lion, and manifest your corporate destiny. Keep

your ear to the ground and pay close attention

to possible new opportunities. Have you

been toiling in the background for substandard

compensation and little recognition Your time

is coming soon. The real question is — will your

head fit into your new spacious office

VIRGO (08.24-09.23) Drop your antiseptic view of

the world and get down and dirty, queer Virgo.

This spance of time goads you into getting to

the guts of things to find out what gives you

your unique spark. You may be surprised at

what makes you tick. If the past few weeks

have darkened your luminous light, use this

time to find a slice of sunny oomph. Heck, why

not eat the whole pie!

LIBRA (09.24-10.23) There is a tendency to play

the victim when things do not go your way.

Stop nursing those regrets and use this time to

bulldoze your way though the negative blockade.

Folks don’t like what you like Tough. Consider the

source when others start to criticize or stall you.

Only you can control how you feel about yourself

and what you can personally accomplish.

SCORPIO (10.24-11.22) As things heat up, proud

Scorps cannot help but consider their options

in relationships. Create a list of what is working

and what isn’t with partners. Ties that bind

tighten and single scorpions are itching to get

hitchin’. But, choose carefully, lover; the upcoming

sultry months deserve a hot and buttered

companion, not a hot and bothered one.

SAGITTARIUS (11.23-12.22) Feeling especially

slothful and decadent (So, what else is new)

That relaxing feeling will soon pass, gay Archer,

as a fire is set under you. Well, maybe not a fire,

but certainly a fair amount of guilt. Perhaps it

is time to think about getting into better shape.

Implement a new exercise regime and diet

before your spandex stretches to cellophane.

CAPRICORN (12.23-01.20) Grab a fistful of party

mix and chug-a-lug. You become quite the party

animal. Pink Caps have a way of finding the

hottest spot in town and can turn up the temperature

even more. Before you singe your best

assets on a quick flame, check to see if there

are longer lasting opportunities for romance. At

least, find one that will burn through the summer.

AQUARIUS (01.21-02.19) This time period stirs up

your domestic agenda. Survey your domain and

see if it needs some sprucing up. Aqueerians

would like to plan some home-based entertaining,

but how can you even consider it with your

current abode The experts are unavailable, but

don’t let that stop you. What should stop you are

those paint swatches in shades of puce and the

macrame plant hangers.

PISCES (02.20-03.20) Your conversation is less

than riveting, but who really cares This is the

time to set foundations and solidify your position

rather than shake the rafters. Collect your

thoughts and see how practical you can be.

There are some surprising results on the horizon

no matter what the naysayers say. March

to your own tune. Even better — tango to it. : :

© 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.

April 16-29 . 2011 qnotes 17


on being a gay parent

by brett webb-mitchell :: qnotes contributor

Yoga daddy

“And stretch one more time, finding

your edge and pushing a little bit more,

even if it is just an inch or a micro-inch,”

Elijah says to his enthusiastic crowd of

25 aging yoga participants at our local

YMCA. Downward dog, looking like my

Labrador retrievers as they wander into

our bedroom with their morning yawn

and stretch, I put my head down, push

back on my heels, hips up toward the sky, legs and hands outstretched.

Then we glide into upward dog, reversing the arc of the back. Amid

squats, bends, warrior poses, leg and groin stretches, cross-legged and

breathing exercises, we make our way through poses that cannot help

but add flexibility to our not-so-limber bodies, minds and spirits. What

is most mystifying and satisfying is that yoga has also made me more

flexible as a father.

I came to yoga through my daughter Adrianne’s invitation one

summer’s day. She took up yoga at college and soon my partner, and

then I, followed her to a yoga class. At first, it was a daddy-daughter

thing in which I was enjoying the camaraderie of the moment. Though

my body ached as I learned how inflexible my limbs were, I looked

at the clock, trying to figure out, “How much longer must I do this”

But, with time, persistence and willingness to learn to take it slowly,

my body became more lithesome. Along with my daughter, my son

works out with me at the YMCA. He and I tend to focus on running

and lifting weights. Needless to say, between both children, my entire

being is getting a daily work-out, keeping me young(er), limber(er) and

healthier. In a fun way, we are engaged in a practice that my father

started with me when I was a young child, taking me to Saturday

morning gym activities like Dodgeball or to little league practice. There

is something special about physical activities that draw children and

parents together in incredible ways.

What I’ve appreciated about learning yoga is how easily the

practices have generalized to parenting as a gay dad. For example,

consider flexibility. In yoga, arms, legs and torso, down to legs and

fingers, can start to stiffen when not fully used. This is why it is helpful

to bend and flex body parts slowly, methodically, not too quickly, but

without undue waiting, massaging our bones and sinews back to fuller

usage. Likewise, in life as a parent who is LGBTQ, because we parent

in a world largely defined by straight parents, we need to flex or use

the specialness of our love of being a parent whose family may face

oppression overtly or covertly. We will be challenged to love our partners

and children genuinely and smartly, careful so as not to humiliate

anyone, but proclaiming the love without apology.

As we learn to be flexible in yoga, we also learn to stretch. What I

love is the challenge to stretch a toe, finger, arm, legs and the curve of

a back, a headstand or torso just a little further each and every time we

engage in a yoga practice. Sometimes the stretch can be counted in

inches and some times in micro-inches, only known by the practitioner.

It is learning the balance of being comfortable in our bodies, but also

knowing where our “edge” is and challenging ourselves to pull or push

a little bit more. In parenting, we are stretched. Growing up with a narrative

of being a straight parent, I’m constantly adjusting and re-adjusting

my expectations and strategies in parenting around the reality that I’m

a gay dad. That means I have to be sensitive to and aware of how my

being out, published, speaking to groups, affects not only me, but my

children and partner as well. It is a privilege, honor and responsibility

that straight parents do not have to consider.

Finally, Elijah has often reminded his class that yoga is 10 percent

book knowledge or theory and 90 percent practice. So, is parenting: it

is 10 percent book knowledge, whether reading this article or my book

on this subject or that of other fine resources and 90 percent practice.

Gay parenting is not rocket science: it is more complicated and beautiful

than that. It is an honor, duty, joy and takes more love than we thought

we had within us (but, discover we do), in a world in which relationships

change and in which control over our circumstances are tenuous at

best. But, it is in the stretching and flexibility, that we learn to love just

a little bit more, come what may. And, this is where I delight in being a

yoga daddy. : :

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Creech to share new book

April 27 • Chapel Hill

‘Adam’s Gift’

Internationalist Books hosts the Rev. Jimmy Creech discussing his new book “Adam’s Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s

Calling to Defy the Church’s Persecution of Lesbians and Gays,” a moving story and an important chapter in the

unfinished struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil and human rights. 405 W. Franklin St. Free. 919-

942-1740. internationalistbooks.org.

April 16-17 • Charlotte

Queen City Stomp

Hundreds of participants from across the

country and southeast flock to Charlotte for

Southern Country Charlotte’s annual Queen

City Stomp, an LGBT Country-Western dancing

festival including evening parties and

dances and daytime dancing lessons and

more. For more information, including registration,

event details and lodging options, visit

queencitystomp.com.

April 16-17 • Charlotte

Kings Drive Art Walk

Charlotte’s Festival in the Park presents its

first annual Kings Drive Art Walk, a fine arts

and emerging artists festival. Sugar Creek

Greenway, Kings Dr. & Morehead St. April

16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

festivalinthepark.org.

April 16 • Charlotte

Petra’s Got Talent

Petra’s continues their search for huge talent

with eight new contestants. Calling all performers:

vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers,

comedians, drag performers, stupid dog tricks

and more! Cash prizes for the top three and

bookings for first place. Visit petraspianobar.

com for official contestant rules. Audience

will decide the winner. Petra’s Piano Bar,

1919 Commonwealth Ave. 10 p.m.

petraspianobar.com.

April 17 • Durham

‘Sing for the Cure’ Kick-Off Social

Common Woman Chorus and Triangle Gay

Men’s Chorus co-host a casual event to promote

the upcoming Triangle premiere performance

of “Sing for the Cure” on June 12 at the

Meymandi Concert Hall. Proceeds benefit the

choruses and Susan G. Komen for the Cure-NC

Triangle. Cash bar, free appetizers. Suggested

donation of $20. Revolution Restaurant, 107 W.

Main St. 3-6 p.m. tgmchorus.org/events.

April 20 • Rock Hill

Wednesday Night Out

Amici’s Italian Restaurant in Rock Hill hosts

a weekly night out for the surrounding LGBT

community. WNO is a gay professionals happy

hour for the Rock Hill/South Charlotte area

— a perfect opportunity to meet make new

friends and get connected. 2732 Celanese Rd.

For more information, call 803-328-6836.

April 23 • Charlotte

Plaza Midwood Spring Party

Music from more than half a dozen bands and

musicians. Artwork from community artists.

Food from the Diamond. This and more at

the Plaza Midwood Spring Party, hosted by

Petra’s. 1919 Commonwealth Ave.

petraspianobar.com.

April 28 • Charlotte

Pecha Kucha

Local artists and creative souls gather for a

unique show-and-tell presenting 20 slides for 20

seconds each in what organizers call an “exhilarating

kaleidoscope of inspirations, ideas

and work.” Amos’ Southend. 1423 S. Tryon St.

7:30 p.m. pecha-kucha.org/night/charlotte/.

May 3 • Charlotte

Walk against domestic violence

The Avon Foundation presents Walk the

Course Against Domestic Violence. Walk up

to 18 holes (five miles) alongside tournament

players’ wives and families at Quail Hollow

Club, a PGA TOUR course, to raise funds and

awareness for the domestic violence cause.

All proceeds benefit local domestic violence

organizations. $35 per person ($25 before

4/22), under 12 free. Quail Hollow Club, 3700

Gleneagles Rd. 6-9 p.m. 866-646-2866.

walkthecourseagainstdv.org.

May 5 • Charlotte

Antiques show

From apartments to million dollar homes, you’ll

find unique items to fit any style and budget

at the International Collectibles and Antiques

Show! Including: home decor, antiques, furniture,

collectibles, art, jewelry, crafts and more.

Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville

Rd. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. icashows.com/ICAShows.

May 6 • Charlotte

Empower(mint)

The Mint Museum in Charlotte is hosting three

“First Friday” Mint events this summer, the

second of which is Empower(mint). The Mint

Museum Uptown will be organizing live entertainment,

gallery tours, hands-on art activities

and a cash bar. The event is free for members

or $10 for non-members. The Levine Center for

the Arts, 500 S. Tryon St. 6-11 p.m. For more information

contact April Young at april.young@

mintmuseum.org or call 704-337-2034.

May 6 • Charlotte

HIV, AIDS, and You Art Show

Local artists present their “Positively Art”

show, remaining on display until June 17.

The Lesbian and Gay Community Center, 820

Hamilton St., Suite B11. Show opens at 5:30

p.m. Free. 704-333-0144. gaycharlotte.com.

May 7 • Charlotte

AIDS Walk Charlotte

One of the largest AIDS fundraisers across

the Carolinas, AIDS Walk Charlotte raises

funds for the Regional AIDS Interfaith

Network. To register walk teams or learn

more, visit aidswalkcharlotte.org.

May 14 • Charlotte

Queen City Drag Race

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The second annual Queen City Drag Race

heats up! Competitions, music, drink and

food! Proceeds benefit Human Rights

Campaign and Pride Charlotte.

Hartigan’s Irish Pub, 601 S. Cedar St. 1-6 p.m.

queencitydragrace.com.

May 14 • Raleigh

OutRaleigh

The LGBT Center of Raleigh presents its

downtown festival celebrating diversity — an

historic first for the capital city. Festival will

include vendors, children’s area, entertainment

and more. City Plaza, Martin St. For more

information, including festival schedule and a

location map, visit outraleigh.com.

May 21 • Raleigh

AIDS Walk+Ride

Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina hosts their

annual walk and bicycle ride in downtown

Raleigh. Register walkers, learn more about

the ride and more at aidswalkandride.org.

May 25 • Charlotte

Fourth Annual Happening

The Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund presents

their annual luncheon event, presented by

Wells Fargo. Proceeds benefit the Fund.

2011 grant recipients will be highlighted.

Omni Hotel, 132 E. Trade St. fftc.org/Page.

aspxpid=953.

May 27-30 • Charlotte

Twirlicious 2011

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