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May 24-June 6 . 2013 qnotes 1

May 24-June 6 . 2013 qnotes 1

2 qnotes May 24-June 6 . 2013 attempts restricting youthhealth accessBill would have restricted teen acccess to STD screenings, contraception, other medicaland mental health servicesby Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.comRALEIGH — A bill restricting teenagers’ access to medicaland mental health care narrowly escaped approval in theNorth Carolina House in May before being taken of the body’scalendar and placed back into committee.The legislation (H693) would have prohibited youth under theage of 18 from receiving prevention, diagnosis and treatmentfor pregnancy and abortion, sexually-transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, mental health and substance abuse without the expresswritten and notarized consent of their parent or guardian. Thelegislation would also restrict minors’ access to contraception.Because the bill didn’t receive its floor vote and was not approved,it did not make the legislature’s “crossover” deadline.Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the bill is dead thissession, but could make a return in future sessions.Advocates said the bill would have been the most restrictivein the nation and advocates serving lesbian, gay, bisexualand transgender (LGBT) young people say they are concernedabout the bill’s possible affect on their services.“My biggest fear is for youth who have estranged relationshipswith their parents,” said James Miller, executive directorof the LGBT Center of Raleigh. “I’m concerned with the youthwho come to us and who say, ‘I cannot talk to my parents, Icannot talk to a trusted adult, I don’t have a trusted adult in mylife.’ This bill really does put a hinderance on youth who need toaccess mental health or sexual health services.”Rodney Tucker, executive director of the Charlotte-basedTime Out Youth, said the bill could have affected his organizationsservices. One of his staff currently has a provisionallicense for professional counseling and would have beenrequired to follow the proposed legislation’s restrictions oncethe organization is able to offer therapeutic services this fall.“We have big concerns on delaying of treatment, increaserisk of spreading disease, how this could impact depression/suicide,” Tucker said in a statement via email. “Our youth havevery few safe places, this law would change the patient clientrelationship with their medical provider.”Proponents of the bill include two organizations known fortheir anti-LGBT advocacy.Tami Fitzgerald of the N.C. Values Coalition, the leading proponentof last year’s anti-LGBT state constitutional amendmenton marriage, called the teen medical ban “a commonsense billthat puts control back in the hands of the parents, where it belongs,”according to WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie.“There is something insanely wrong about physicians’associations coming into this building and asserting that theirjudgment should be substituted for the judgment of a child’sparents,” Fitzgerald told a House committee on Tuesday.Jere Royall with the North Carolina Family Policy Councilalso supported the bill during its committee hearing: “Sexuallytransmitted diseases, abuse of controlled substances oralcohol, mental illness or pregnancy are critical, sensitive andnecessary areas for parents to be aware of and involved in.”Miller’s LGBT Center of Raleigh provides weekly safe spaceand social activities for LGBT youth, some under the age of 18.His group’s weekly “Youth Coffee House” doesn’t offer clinicalor medical services, but the bill or any similar legislation in thefuture, Miller said, could have a chilling effect on his youths’ability to access referrals.“Ultimately, it hurts the child,” Miller said. “I’m concernedabout youth not utilizing competent health care and not having torely on WebMD searches or questioning whether they have HIV.”Rates of new HIV infections among young gay and bisexualmen have been growing, according to recent data from theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2008 to 2010,the rate of new infections among young men who have sexwith men aged 13-24 increased by 22 percent.“We know that anyone who knows their status is multipletimes less risky in their sexual health,” Miller said. “[The bill]is going to discourage youth from finding out their status. It’s apublic health nightmare.” : :Bill would allow college student discriminationRALEIGH — The North Carolina Senate approved a bill on May 9that would allow student groups on college and university campuses todiscriminate in membership and leadership.The bill (S719) passed with no objections in the Senate and will nowhead for hearing in the state House. If passed, the proposed law wouldprohibit public institutions in the University of North Carolina Systemand the state’s community colleges from enforcing their non-discriminationpolicies among student group leadership, effectively allowinganti-LGBT and other types of discrimination in student groups, even ifthose student groups receive public funding.The legislation comes as a response to several past incidents.In 2011, a gay student at the University of North Carolina-ChapelHill was kicked out of a Christian singing group. University administratorslater ruled there was not enough evidence showing the groupdiscriminated against the student for his sexual orientation, rather thanhis religious belief.In 2003, administrators at Chapel Hill also challenged the membershipand leadership standards of InterVarsity, a Christian campusgroup. The group was later allowed to re-affiliate with the school. Lastyear, administrators at the University of North Carolina-Greensboroattempted to strip affiliation from a pro-abstinence, anti-choice group,Make Up Your Own Mind. The school later reversed its decision afterstudents filed suit. : :— Matt ComerCongratulations!We’d like tocongratulate thewinner of our $100giveaway duringour 2013 ReaderSurvey. Congratsto Bob Beard, pictured,of Pickens,S.C. We thank youand all of those who participated in the surveyfor providing your important feedback!SUBSCRIBE!These rates only cover a portion of our true cost,however, our goal is to serve our communityMailed 1st class from Charlotte, NC, in sealed envelope.Subscription Rates: ☐ 1 yr - 26 issues = $48 ☐ 1/2 yr - 13 issues = $34Mail to: P.O. 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No mattertheir decision, it will be historic.The political climate on marriage andother LGBT equality issues has shifted vastlysince the court first heard oral arguments inthe cases in March.In just one month, three states —RhodeIsland, Delaware and Minnesota — approvedmarriage for same-sex couples. They did sonot by order of acourt, but, rather,For nearly 20 consecutive sessionsof Congress, the EmploymentNon-Discrimination Act (ENDA) hasbeen introduced and stalled. Here inNorth Carolina, the story is the same.Neither Democratic nor Republicanleaders have advanced the proposal.through a vote oftheir duly-electedlegislatures. Otherstates are advancingon the issue, aswell. Illinois standsready to hearsimilar proposals.A marriage equalitybill was approvedby a NevadaAssembly committee in mid-May. In NewMexico, where state law does not specificallyban marriage between two people of thesame-sex, city leaders in Santa Fe have takenan official stand in favor of equality.Other nations around the globe are movingon this issue. France, our oldest ally whichhelped give birth to our own nation, approvedmarriage equality in April. In so doing, they becamethe 14th nation worldwide to recognizesame-sex nuptials.All around us, the world is changing.Progress once thought impossible is nowa commonplace occurrence. The Americaof which we’ve all dreamed is becominga reality, as we take more steps into ourcontinuing experiment in democracy, libertyand justice.With these series of historic advancementson marriage, it would seem the time was rightto also move forward on an issue many in ourcommunity feel has been forgotten.For nearly 20 consecutive sessions ofCongress, the Employment Non-DiscriminationAct (ENDA) has been introduced and stalled.Transgender people, whose risk of employmentinsecurity is many times higher than LGBpeople, have been pushing for a renewed focuson ENDA and other employment non-discriminationmeasures at state and local levels.Here in North Carolina, the story is thesame. Session after session, bills to extend employmentprotections to LGBT public workers gonowhere. Neither Democratic nor Republicanleaders have advanced the proposal.I get why marriage is important. I understandwhy, like straight couples, gay couplescan also benefit. Much more than tax breaksor other financial orlegal benefits, marriageis the fundamentalbedrock upon whichwe build our lives withthe people we love andin which we createour families and raiseour children. Marriageprovides stability to gayfamilies, just as it doesto straight families.But, employmentsecurity also provides stability that is just asimportant. The ability to work for a fair andlivable wage underpins our ability to care forour families.Employment protections and marriageequality have more intersecting commonalitiesthan differences. The two issues arecomplementary. We should be pushing ashard for one as we are the other.This summer, we will know the fate of ourfuture movement on marriage. The momentumis strong. The positive emotion is palpable.The stunning successes we’ve seen in movingthe conversation forward, in changing heartsand minds, can be used to create better workingenvironments for our community.It is time we widen our focus. Let’s continueour good work on marriage equality whileexpending more financial and organizationalresources on employment security for all ourcitizens, regardless of sexual orientation andgender identity. : :qpollDo you think LGBT advocates and organizationsare expending adequate attention and resourceson the Employment Non-Discrimination Act?See the options and vote: insight. pure politics.qnotes is your source for the best progressive and LGBT politics news andcommentary in Charlotte and the Carolinas. Read us daily: goqnotes.comMay 24-June 6 . 2013 qnotes 5

news notes:carolinas. nation. world.compiled by Lainey Millen | Matt Comer | Maria Dominguez6 qnotes May 24-June 6 . 2013CharlotteDemonstrators push for ENDACHARLOTTE — About a half dozencommunity members gathered in frontof the federal courthouse in Uptownon May 11 to demonstrate in favor ofthe Employment Non-DiscriminationAct (ENDA).The federal legislation wouldoutlaw anti-LGBT discrimination inemployment. Currently, federal employmentlaw does not offer protectionsto LGBT workers. The bill hasbeen introduced in every session ofCongress, with the exception of one,since 1994.Some states have adopted protections,but North Carolina and South Carolina arenot among them. Several local jurisdictionsacross the Carolinas have passed antidiscriminationordinances or policies, thoughmany apply only to public employment.Equality North Carolina is seeking to passstate-level legislation protecting public workersand teachers from anti-LGBT discrimination.That bill was not heard this year and isnot expected to move forward this session.— M.C.50s fundraiser slatedCHARLOTTE — Teresa Davis, president ofthe Charlotte Business Guild, will celebrate her50th birthday, along with board member JaiTaylor, at a fundraiser for the LGBT CommunityCenter of Charlotte will be held on May 25, 7p.m., at the center, 2508 N. Davidson St.The event is open to the public. Admissionis free.Promoters suggest that a tax-deductiblecontribution be made to the center in lieu ofcards and gifts. Enjoy dancing, food and beverageswhile joining in the revelry. Beer, wineand soft drinks will be available for purchaseor attendees may— L.M.MeckPAC seeks advocatesCHARLOTTE — The Mecklenburg LGBTPolitical Action Committee (MeckPAC), issearching for new members to join its steeringcommittee and invites interested parties toattend its June 4 meeting, 6:30-8 p.m., at theLGBT Community Center of Charlotte, 2508 N.Davidson St.The upcoming meeting will introduce visitorsto ways in which members can becomemore involved in MeckPAC’s activities. Thoseinclude evaluating candidates for localoffice and making endorsements based onhow LGBT inclusive they are and workingwith elected officials to advocate for policyand ordinance changes to make Charlotte-Mecklenburg more LGBT inclusive.Over the years, MeckPAC has beeninstrumental in championing causes that havehelped shape the landscape on numerousfronts. They worked with the school board onProtesters stood at the Federal Courthouse in favor ofemployment protections on May 11.Photo courtesy Janice Covington/ get sexual orientation and gender identityadded to Charlotte-Mecklenburg School’santi-bullying policy in 2008. MeckPAC wasinstrumental in getting domestic partner benefitsfor Mecklenburg County and Charlotte citylesbian and gay employees in 2009 and 2012respectively. They also worked with electedofficials to get sexual orientation added to thecounty’s non-discrimination policy in 2005 andsexual orientation and gender identity addedto the city’s non-discrimination policy in 2010and— L.M.Hockey teams support gay athletesCHARLOTTE — Hockey teams in NorthCarolina are standing up for equality andrespect in professional sports this month withthe release of two videos supporting the YouCan Play Project. Based in Denver, the You CanPlay is a non-profit meant to unite athletes andsports fans alike in a movement to eliminatediscrimination against LGBT athletes.The Carolina Hurricanes, based in Raleigh,showcased players Tuomo Ruutu, KevinWestgarth, Tim Brent and Tim Gleason in theirvideo.The Charlotte Checkers’ video, featured onthe You Can Play homepage on Wednesday,featured players Zac Dulpe, Justin Krueger,Rasmus Rissanen and Brent Sutter, as well asteam owner Michael Kahn, COO Tera Blackand several fans.Duke University published their You CanPlay video in August 2012 and have shown itat student and parent orientations since.“Teamwork and excellence extend farbeyond sexual orientation,” Duke athleticdirector Kevin White says in the video.An assistant athletic director for theUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill toldThe News & Observer that the athletic departmentthere is planning to produce a You CanPlay video this summer.You Can Play says they are “dedicated toensuring equality, respect and safety for allathletes, without regard to sexual orientation.”The group was founded by Patrick Burke,whose younger brother, Brendan, was anopenly gay student athlete. He died in a carcrash in 2010. The brothers’ father was aformer general manager of the Toronto MapleLeafs and the U.S. Olympic hockey team.

“Brendan taught me what the locker roomcan be like for young LGBT athletes, thenshowed me the difference one person canmake by standing up for what is right,” PatrickBurke says on the organization’s website.To view the videos, visit— M.D.National/GlobalMinnesota legalizes marriage equalityST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota becamethe 12th state to legalize marriage rights forsame-sex couples when Gov. Mark Dayton(pictured) signed the legislature’s bill onMay 14. This victory comes just six monthsafter voters in the state defeated a proposedconstitutional amendmentbanning samesexmarriage.The Human RightsCampaign (HRC), thenation’s largest LGBTcivil rights organization,was creditedfor helping the stateachieve the legislativevictory.“From staffon-the-ground, research, advice, to financialresources, HRC has been a valued and trustedteam member working alongside our state andother national groups,” State Sen. Scott Dibblesaid in a release from the organization. “Thankyou, HRC.”Other national groups also offeredresources to Minnesotans United for AllFamilies. The National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce has offices in Minneapolis. Freedom toMarry provided staff support.“The transformative nature of peopletalking about their love and their lives isclear, as we see in reaching this milestonein Minnesota, and in the fact that a clear andgrowing majority of Americans supports thefreedom to marry,” said Task Force ExecutiveDirector Rea Carey in a statement.“Coming on the heels of victories in RhodeIsland and Delaware, this win for marriageshows that the freedom to marry is a value thatAmericans across the country stand behind,”Thalia Zepatos, director of public engagementfor Freedom to Marry and strategic adviser forMinnesotans United, said in a statement.Minnesota is the third state in May to passmarriage equality legislation. Advocates saidpressure is rising on other states to pass similarmeasures. Equality Illinois CEO BernardCherkasov wants his state to take the plunge.The Religious Freedom and Marriage FairnessAct has already been introduced to the stateHouse of Representatives.“Everyone has done the hard work to drafta fair bill that provides for marriage equalitywhile guaranteeing religious freedom. Now, itis imperative that Illinois House members dotheir job at their next opportunity,” Cherkasovsaid in a press release.These steps towards equality for LGBTpeople are being made at a time when thewhole nation awaits with bated breath theU.S. Supreme Court decisions on two casesintegral to the cause: Hollingsworth v. Perry,challenging California’s Proposition 8, andUnited States v. Windsor, which challengesthe federal Defense of Marriage Act passedby Congress and signed by President BillClinton in 1996.— M.D.Bakker breaks rainbow breadMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Rev. Jay Bakker,the son of the former Fort Mill, S.C., PTL Clubleaders Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye BakkerMessner, was in the city two days prior toMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s signing of a newgay marriage law. Bakker was opening anotherbranch of his Revolution Church on May 12.Bakker and his wife recently relocated tothe state from New York, The Huffington Postreported. The Brooklyn congregation continuesto meet in a bar.A pro-LGBT supporter, Bakker also performssame-sex marriages.During the opening of the church, bloggerTony Jones and his photographer wifeCourtney Perry and their daughter Lilly shareda rainbow-colored communion bread thatthey had made with the congregation. It wasdone to show support for the then pendingpro-LGBT legislation.“It was special to honor Chirst as wellas to honor those LGBT people who didn’tmake it this far and hope for a better future.It became a real source of redemption,” TheHuffington Post reported Bakker saying as aresponse to hearing about a gay man’s formerpartner who had committed suicide. He alsosaid that the bread became a “really beautifulthing.” (For detailed instructions on how tomake rainbow bread, visit following day, he visited the state’slegislature at the time the Senate was takingthe vote on the marriage equality bill, TheHuffington Post added.Revolution Church is progressive,welcoming and affirming. It was createdin Phoenix, Ariz., in 1994. It was followedup by churches in Atlanta, Ga., New York,, Charlotte, N.C., and now the one inMinnesota. Podcasts are available online.Bakker has authored three books abouthis life-long experiences within the Christiancommunity. “Faith, Doubt, and Other LinesI’ve Crossed,” explores questions that arenot asked and suggests that people welcomeother interpretations of the Bible as they readit, leading to finding God with limitless grace.“Fall to Grace” chronicles Bakker’s life whenhis parents were beset by scandal whenPTL was under fire. It asks readers to challengetheir understanding of salvation andencourages non-believers to see Jesus withfresh eyes. In “Son of a Preacher Man,” hesearches for a way to find grace amidst theturmoil of his life when it seemed remote.— Have news or other information? Sendyour press releases and updates for inclusionin our News Notes: 24-June 6 . 2013 qnotes 7

Meetings: Third Tuesday of every month, except whenthere is specialized programming, plus monthly socials topromote networking and friendshipProgram: A wide variety of topics of interest to appeal to thediverse LGBT communityTime: After work with a cash bar social and heavy hor d’oeuvreswith dinner and program followingMembership: Visit the website for application options and benefits.Information: Call 704.565.5075or email businessguild@yahoo.comfor more details or write toThe Charlotte Business GuildP.O. Box 33371 | Charlotte, NC 28233www.charlottebusinessguild.org8 qnotes May 24-June 6 . 2013 include gay candidatesBrandon for Congress, Lavelle for Carrboro mayorby Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.comCHARLOTTE — Local off-year elections thisseason and the upcoming mid-term elections in 2014will include several historic runs by openly gay andlesbian candidates across the state.Two races, in particular, may very well yield historicresults. Situated next to Chapel Hill, Carrborocould elect the state’s first openly lesbian mayor.Current Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle announced hercandidacy for mayor in April. She’s served on thetown’s board of alderman since first elected in 2007.“A lot of folks in the community mentioned tome they’d like to see me run,” Lavelle told qnotes. “Idecided to go ahead and make the announcement Iwas going to run for mayor.”Lavelle said several local issues are at the forefrontof her concern, including regional services likerecycling and waste which require partnership andcommunication with Chapel Hill and Orange County.Lavelle is also excited about the potential growth fordowntown Carrboro.“We have our first hotel opening in downtownCarrboro,” she said. “We’re trying to really put anemphasis on bringing activity and events to downtownand encourage not just residents, but also visitorsto come and spend some time in our town, cometo our festivals and eat in our restaurants.”If elected, Lavelle thinks Carrboro and the restof the Triangle — long-known for its friendliness toLGBT citizens and elected officials — can send abroader message.“I would think if I’m fortunate enough to be elected mayor,it would really serve as a signal certainly to the rest of the stateand if not to this part of the country that our collective communityreally values diversity and doesn’t really think [people’ssexual orientation] matters at all when we look at who ourelected officials should be.”Lavelle’s run this year isn’t the only historic candidacy thestate will see. State Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), NorthCarolina’s only openly gay, incumbent lawmaker, announcedCarrboro Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle announced her candidacy for mayor on April 11 indowntown Carrboro. Photo Credit: Allison Cheyney De Marco.this month that he would be seeking the Democratic Party’snomination in the 12th Congressional District.Brandon is the first openly gay or lesbian North Carolinianin a major political party to announce his candidacy for theU.S. House.“We have the same problem in D.C. as we have in NorthCarolina,” Brandon told qnotes. “The needs of the communitieswe represent, especially through the 12th District, are justtoo great. What we need is someone who has proven is ableto work across the aisle and be effective. I’m the one who isproven to be able to do that most effectively.”Brandon was first elected to the North CarolinaHouse of Representatives in 2010. He’s been an advocatefor charter schools and education reform,as well as an outspoken advocate for ex-offenders.“When I knocked on doors, those are the twothings I noticed the most…about 70 percent of thepeople in the community where I live do not havehigh school diplomas and are ex-felons,” Brandonsaid. “They have zero-percent chance of gettinga job. They end up creating a system of their ownbecause they can’t get a job.”That system, Brandon said, breeds drug addiction,prostitution and crime.“The system does not work for them and theycreate their own system,” he said. “This is thereason why I deal with education reform and I dealwith second-chance opportunities. I have to getthese people to work. These are the biggest issuesfacing this community.”Brandon said he doesn’t believe his sexualorientation will play any role in his campaign. Hisre-election to the state House in 2012, he said,was proof that people care more about the issuesaffecting their daily lives than about hot-buttonsocial issues.In 2011, Brandon came to the center of debatewhen state lawmakers considered and later approvedan anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment.The measure won approval from voters 61-39percent on May 8, 2012.The 12th Congressional District snakes its way fromWinston-Salem and Greensboro, through Salisbury andConcord and into Charlotte. The seat has been held by Rep. MelWatt since 1993. On May 1, Watt was nominated by PresidentBarack Obama to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. : :more: Stay tuned to qnotes this summer for more politicsand elections news. For the latest updates, visit : :Private HRC fundraiser kickstartsMayfield campaignFriend says LaWana Mayfield has been essential onCharlotte City Councilby Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.comCHARLOTTE — Local organizers affiliated with theHuman Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTcivil rights group, gave City Councilmember LaWanaMayfield a kickstart to her 2013 re-election campaign ata private fundraiser on May 11.Mayfield, a Democrat representing District 3 and firstelected in 2011, is running for re-election this year. She isthe city’s first and only openly LGBT elected official.“I think it is important to have that voice at thetable,” said Scott Bishop, who hosted the fundraiserat his home with his partner. “It is important to haveanyone from the LGBT community at the table andrepresenting our viewpoint.”Bishop, a longtime HRC supporter and member ofthe group’s national board of governors, is also chairof the Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee(MeckPAC).Mayfield raised more than $47,000 for her 2011race. A $2,000 contribution from the national Gay &Lesbian Victory Fund, which endorsed Mayfield, washer single largest contribution that year. A $1,000contribution from MeckPAC was the third largest, followinga $1,400 contribution from Democratic Womenof North Carolina.It isn’t clear whether Mayfield will be endorsed bythe Victory Fund this year; the group says it does notpre-announce any of its endorsements. HRC does notsee Mayfield on 10LaWana Mayfield, pictured here during an April CityCouncil meeting discussing the airport and the city’sairport advisory committee.Photo Credit: Robert Lahser/Charlotte Observer.May 24-June 6 . 2013 qnotes 9

Mayfield campaign off and runningcontinued from page 9regularly issue endorsements in local races,though national officials of the group haveencouraged local organizers to rally aroundMayfield’s campaign.The private fundraiser in May hoped toraise as much as $10,000 to Mayfield’s 2013campaign.Essential presenceBishop said Mayfield is a longtime friend.“I want to support my friends in theirendeavors,” he said. “I have watched whatshe has done on City Council and I amencouraged by her successes. I want to seethat continue.”Bishop said Mayfield’s presence onCouncil was essential during conversationson some LGBT issues last year. CityManager Curt Walton included domesticpartner benefits in the budget Council approvedin June 2012. Walton also amendedhis human resources policies to includetransgender city workers in non-discriminationprotections.Yet, City Council has not addressed otherissues, like LGBT-inclusive amendments tothe city’s Commercial Non-DiscriminationOrdinance. It has been more than twodecades since Council took a vote on a standaloneLGBT-inclusive measure.Bishop said MeckPAC plans to addressthat and other issues with candidates andelected officials this record questionedSome former supporters have voicedreservations about Mayfield’s record and areless enthused with her campaign this electioncycle. The out official made several misstepslast year, disappointing some of her LGBTsupporters.Mayfield told LGBT citizens last year thatCity Council would not take a position on thestate’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment,saying it was an issue that didn’t affect thecity. She also said that City Council “has nevertaken a stance on anything that comes out ofRaleigh,” despite the body’s regular adoptionof a state legislative agenda. In earlierstatements on a qnotes candidate questionnaire,Mayfield said she would supportadding LGBT-inclusive provisions, includinga statement on the amendment, to the city’slegislative priorities.Last fall, Mayfield endorsed an anti-LGBTand anti-Semitic religious leader whose organizationthe Southern Poverty Law Center lists asa hate group. At the time, she refused to makean on-the-record statement distancing herselffrom the leader or his record of anti-LGBTand anti-Semitic comments. Since that report,Mayfield has not responded to requests fromqnotes for comment on a variety of issues.It doesn’t seem Mayfield will face aprimary challenger or Republican opponent.Filing doesn’t officially begin until July. : :10 qnotes May 24-June 6 . 2013

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Backyard Escapein ElizabethHome & Garden: Urban of tidy, early-20th century homes line the streets of Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood.Big front porches. Colorful shutters and trims. Unique and one-of-kind dwellings.One couple, consultant Scott Bishop and interior designer Ron Sperry, have turned theirbackyard into an urban escape. Their pavilion, built in 2007, is the focus of their backyard, takingup nearly the entire space. It’s airy and relaxed, complete with a sectional sofa, a fireplace, diningarea and outdoor kitchen.It’s the perfect space for entertaining, they say.“Scott’s parents usually come to town in the fall and we try to have a cookout, so they get tosee all of our friends at one time,” says Sperry.The area can accommodate 20-25 people comfortably and during slightly warmer weather inthe winter, the outdoor fireplace keeps things cozy.“When it’s warm in the winter, we can have the fireplace going and you can sit out here,”Bishop says. “We did Thanksgiving dinner out here.”Sperry adds, “Once the fire’s been going for a while, all the bricks heat up and stay warm andthey really generate a lot of heat.”The couple, who moved to the home in 2000, have used their outdoor living space for fundraisersand other events, including movie nights with friends. They have a pull-down movie screenand surround sound.The space is constantly changing and growing, they say.“It’s kind of been an evolution,” Sperry says. “We just picked away at it. We’ve just addedpieces as we’ve gone and will continue to change it as we move forward. It’s never really done.When you are a designer, you just keep thinking how you can change.” : :— Matt Comer14 qnotes May 24-June 6 . 2013

SPORTSPlaying the fieldMatch-ups from across the Carolinas: Rugby match steams up in Music City Jon Hoppel :: qnotes, 9-7, stayed that way throughout,until Charlotte scored on a late penalty kickby Danny Wadsworth, winning 12-7. Thatmeant Charlotte, undefeated thus far, wouldsee Playing on 20Opening ceremony for the Music City Cup in Nashville, Tenn. Photo Credit: Chris MaloneIt is that time of year when the temperaturesin the Carolinas start heating up and sodoes the local sports action. This edition isrugby heavy, so put your scrum cap on, laceup your boots and get ready to get your fill ofthe barbarian game played by gentlemen.RugbyOn April 20th, the wonderful city ofNashville, Tenn., put on their inaugural MusicCity Cup rugby tournament, hosted by theNashville Grizzlies. The one-day event consistedof six teams from across the U.S. — theCharlotte Royals, Atlanta Bucks, NashvilleGrizzlies, Seattle Quake, Chicago Dragons andthe Charleston Blockade. Play started earlySaturday morning and every team knew of thegrueling day that lay ahead of them. With thepossibility of having to play as many as sevengames, it would be a war of attrition to make itto the finals.The Royals started their campaignoff against the Atlanta Bucks and a fullcomplement of players to make it throughthe tournament. However, by the end of theirfairly easy 24-5 victory, the Royals lost startingweak prop, Michael Katchur, to a brokenleg when he collided with teammate GarrettThe Charlotte Royals battle against the Nashville Grizzlies duringtourney play. Photo Credit: Chris MaloneJordan while he was being tackled. Thiswould be the theme for the Royals that daybecause the injury bug struck them almostevery game.Next up for Charlotte was the still newlyformedCharleston Blockade. In this match,the Royals were able to clean up the smallmistakes from the previous game and get allthe jitters and nervousness out against a teamthey had recently beaten, which is exactlywhat they did. The final score was 38-0, ledby Colin Howard three-try effort at outsidecenter. Unfortunately, starting scrum half,B.J. Smith, also went down with a broken legin the second half when he ended up at thebottom of a tackle pile, which was a anotherhuge blow for a team that is short on depthand heavy on inexperience.There was little time to regroup, with only15 minutes between round robin games, sothe Royals played on, next against the alwaysformidableChicago Dragons. Anchored in thebackline by a former Charlotte Royal, ThomasSoutherland, Chicago looked to run theiroffensive through him and the rest of theirwing players. Charlotte adjusted early andwith solid tackling from Zach Anderson andDavid June, that helped quash any momentumthe Dragons tried to garner.By scoring three tries in thefirst half and one in the firsttwo minutes of the secondhalf, Charlotte was able towithstand a late charge andhold on for a 22-17 win and,more importantly, not sustainanother injury.The last match of theround robin phase wasagainst the NashvilleGrizzlies, an experiencedteam with plenty of prideplaying in front of theirhome crowd. This gamewas especially testy dueto the physical nature ofthe sport and the familiaritybetween the two teams.That intensity grew as theMay 24-June 6 . 2013 qnotes 15

out in the starsby Charlene Lichtenstein :: qnotes contributorMay 24 - June 6a& qnotes May 24-June 6 . 2013Venus conjuncts lucky Jupiter. We are bitten by thelove bug and manage to send our affections out inall different directions. Smile at the grocer and seewhat is delivered. Flirt with the gardener and seewhat sprouts. Will you take a wanton wrong turnand get hopelessly lost? Oh, let’s hope so!ARIES (03.21-04.20) Your speech packs a delicioussweet punch. Even the mildest remarkshave a transformative impact, so choose yourtargets carefully. Maybe it’s time to get involvedin a proactive community effort like plantingtrees or stoking political activism. You are acharmer, proud Ram. Run for political office, oreven better, just occupy it.TAURUS (04.21-05.21) Queer Bulls have beenterrible spendthrifts recently, squandering theirwealth on impulse items and worthless trinkets.(No names please!) And yet, it has been fun, hasn’tit? Gain some new fiscal insights and maximizeyour largess into something even larger for thesummer. Make every penny spend like a dollar.Will you become well endowed? Let’s just see.GEMINI (05.22-06.21) You are catapulted right intothe center of the festivities whether you want toor not. It just seems that no matter how much pinkTwins try to hide, the spotlight seems to seek themout. Good thing. Why not go with the flow and seewhere all this jolly activity takes you. Begin newprojects now. Enthusiasm alone makes even alousy idea seem radiantly inspirational.CANCER (06.22-07.23) Gay Crabs empty out theircloset with a grand flourish. It’s time to turnover a new leaf and dump that smelly baggage.Resolve to sweep out the old and hearken in thetrue, new lavender you before the summer heatsup. While you are at it, increase your karma byvolunteering for a good gay cause (is there anyother?). Give as good as you get.LEO (07.24-08.23) Friends and large social groupsprovide the impetus for change and fun. Willyou be tempted? Proud Lions can be a big partof the rousing action. So, don’t play shy andretiring. Join in the revelry and shake your maneall around town. I suspect you’ll not only joinin the festivities, but will also be elected grandmarshall — or is it leader of the Pride pack?VIRGO (08.24-09.23) Your career suddenly shiftsfrom reverse into high gear. It is a great time tomake a great first impression on all the seniorcorporate sharks. Queer Virgins usually like toplay their politics according to their own rules.Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose withthis method. If you take calculated risks now, yourule the forest later.LIBRA (09.24-10.23) Proud Libras hanker to take avacation to warmer climes or embark on a greatglobal exploration. You are restless and itchy.Wherever you decide to scratch to get out ofyour usual skin, make it manageable by planningit carefully before embarking. It saves time, energyand money. Better still, find adventure witha mysterious someone and share expenses.SCORPIO (10.24-11.22) Is it getting hot in here?Turn up the temperature and spike your sexysizzle. Proud Scorps have been fairly sedate andquiet lately. Now, unleash your animal magnetismin time to unwrap and show off your gifts.You can attract a bevy of desirable lovers, butchoose carefully and wisely. You don’t want tobe just another pot on the stove. Or, do you?SAGITTARIUS (11.23-12.22) Make the most out ofrelationships. Gay Archers give partners everythingthey want and more. You have the inspiration andthe impetus to make dreams come true, so begenerous and magnanimous. Remember, the moreyou give the more you will (eventually) receive. Thatalone should be a tempting reason to be generous.CAPRICORN (12.23-01.20) Pink Caps conquer theworkplace. Your power of concentration makesyou a force with whom to be reckoned. Plot andplan your way out of a particularly dreary job. Itis the season to be healthy. You can be inspiredto buff your bod in preparation for summer orfor those intimate hot tub evenings bobbing forrubber ducks…or whatever.AQUARIUS (01.21-02.19) Lift the curtain onyour interpretative performance to an adoringaudience. It’s party time! How much fun can oneAqueerian have? I suppose it depends upon howmuch fun you feel you deserve. Don’t sit home andwait for a knock on the door. Kick up the rug at aPride dance or tap into your gay muse and createa masterpiece. Uh, does nude food painting count?PISCES (02.20-03.20) The fates won’t let you getstuck in your old routine. Guppies now demandchange and improvement in their lives. Good.This is an excellent time to set things queer withfamily and prepare for new opportunities. Nomatter what, listen to your inner voice and don’ttake “no” for an answer. Compromise is not inthe cards and life is too darn short. : :© 2013 Madam Lichtenstein, LLC.All Rights Reserved. Visit for e-greetings,horoscopes and Pride jewelry. My book “HerScopes: A Guide To Astrology For Lesbians”from Simon & Schuster is available at bookstoresand major booksites.

tell trinityby Trinity :: qnotes contributor :: trinity@telltrinity.comIs love worth moving for?Hello Trinity,I recently met the man of my dreams. Ofcourse, he lives in New Orleans and I’m aboutto move to New York City. But, I really, deepdown, think that he’s “the one!” Help!Dreamer in Two Cities, Atlanta, GAHello Dreamer in Two Cities,If love finds you, follow it, chase it, run with ituntil you’re scared and bruised and glowingwith adventure. Love’s definitely not practical,so don’t you be either, at least right away.Must you move to New York City? Can’t youspend a few trial weeks in New Orleans?Listen, honey, if he feels the same way and ifyou know, or at least can spend time findingout if he is “the one,” then NYC can wait. Lovecannot wait. Now live, live, live!Hey Trinity,When is it safe to let someone I am starting todate know all my intimate details?Waiting to Disclose, Boston, MAHey Waiting to Disclose,When car dealers sell cars, they clean it,tune it and make it “purr like a kitten.” Theynever disclose the problems. Once it’s sold,the buyer finds the problems, but is already“hooked” and eventually learns to love it.Either way, it’s called “bait and hook.” So,sweetie, wait until someone is “hooked,” thendisclose your not-so-perfect past. For me, it’susually after the fourth date when I say, “I’ma clean freak, a relationship junkie and I canonly prepare dinner… reservations!” (Seehow I deal with life’s little secrets when youcheck out my cartoon.)Dearest Trinity,While in a 10-year relationship that went sour,my ex convinced me to have sex with him andanother man. I hated it! Now, I’m dating thisnew guy who asked me to do the same thing!Should I change my ways?Threeway Problems, Salt Lake City, UTDearest Threeway,Nobody should do what he or she hates. Yet,nobody should fall off a horse and never getback on either. These things come up, I meanthree things come up, I mean… listen, pumpkin,if you don’t like the idea of a threesome,then don’t do it, but not because of some oldexperience. Now, should you change yourways, of course, change, alter, experienceand grow! However, I must agree with youthat two men snoring is a hell of a lot louderthan one.Dear Trinity,I keep falling in love, or, at least, I think it’slove. How do you know if you’re in love orin lust?Love & Lust Troubles, Austin, TXDear Love & Lust Troubles,There are a million answers to this question,but, darling, you should at least have 10. These10 tips have always worked for me, so hereare:Trinity’s Sassy Tips ForKnowing When You’re InLove Or In Lust1. When you think of him as your hot newporn star boyfriend and nothing else. Lust!a& When being aroundher is like floatingthrough the Garden ofEden with French subtitles. Love!3. Even though he’s a selfish, unkind,schmuck, he’s still really good in bed.Lust!4. When hugging her gives you butterfliesand kissing her makes you see fireworks.Love!5. When you want to introduce her to all yourcool friends, but not any close relatives.Lust!6. When you change all your plans and moveto New Orleans just to see if he’s “theone” Love!7. When she said, “not interested!” for thefifth time and you still heard, “Hot intercourse.”Lust!8. When you dream of wedding bells andorgan music surrounded by an orgy ofnaked fitness models. Love and lust!9. When you keep all of her used undergarments,but toss out the poetry and loveletters. Lust!10. When you work past all the problems andstill fantasize about growing old together.Love! : :info:With a Masters of Divinity, Reverend Trinityhosted “Spiritually Speaking,” a weekly radiodrama performed globally, and is now minister ofsponsor, WIG: Wild Inspirational Gatherings, Learn more at 24-June 6 . 2013 qnotes 17

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‘A voice for the disenfranchised’Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show chats it up for his first interview with the LGBT pressby Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.coma& 15 years, the band Old Crow Medicine Showhas been rocking audiences with their unique,progressive and energetic twists on traditional folk,Americana and Bluegrass. In that time, they’ve drawntogether a large and diverse fan base. Those fanslive across the world, but perhaps none are moreappreciative than those in North Carolina, where theband first got its start after being discovered playingoutside a Boone pharmacy by none other thanBluegrass legend Doc Watson. And, their 2004 hit“Wagon Wheel,” recently covered by Darius Ruckerand certified platinum this year, is among the mosticonic Carolina-themed songs around.The band performed on May 16 at OvensAuditorium in Charlotte. For the first time, one of itsmembers is chatting it up for an interview with theLGBT press.“Having never done an interview with the gaypress, it’s exciting,” Ketch Secor, Old Crow’s fiddleand-harmonica-playinglead man, told qnotes in aninterview via phone. ”I was looking forward to beingable to reach a gay audience in North Carolina. Iknow a lot of people of all persuasions who have‘Wagon Wheel’ as a ringtone. Let it ring…let it ring,loud and proud.”Secor’s views on gay acceptance withinCountry music, as well as his sense of progressiveand folk history, are strong. Those traditions, hesays, are reflected in his music. In his interviewwith qnotes, Secor, a founding member of the band,beckons the rest of the Country music industry tojoin his band in being “a voice for the disenfranchised.”Our Q-and-A with Secor, below:Matt Comer: Given the popularity of your song,“Wagon Wheel,” is there anything special aboutyour North Carolina fan base?Ketch Secor: We lived in North Carolina for abouttwo years. We lived up around Boone. Before that,right out of high school, I moved to Greensboro toplay with a band. When we first got to North Carolinaas Old Crow in 1999, my goal was for us to be a bandthat found success inNorth Carolina. I knew see Old Crow on 21Old Crow Medicine Show (l-r): Kevin Hayes (guitjo and vocals), Gill Landry (slide guitar,banjo, vocals), Chance McCoy (guitar, fiddle, banjo, vocals), Ketch Secor (fiddle,harmonica, banjo, vocals), Morgan Jahnig (upright bass), Critter Fuqua(slide guitar, banjo, guitar and vocals). Photo Credit: Big Hassle.Marketplace CharlottePlaza MidwoodMay 24-June 6 . 2013 qnotes 19

Playing the fieldcontinued from page 15earn one of the top two seeds with Seattle,who also went undefeated in pool play. But,they also lost two more players to injuries:Branson Brown to a broken rib and WytheNewberry to a high ankle sprain. The Royalswere down to 16 healthy players for the restof the tournament.Two games stood between Charlotte andhoisting the championship trophy and theywere undaunted by the rash of injuries sweepingthrough their team. The first game was arematch with the now three-seeded ChicagoDragons. It was a clash between two evenlymatched teams, a repeat of the closest gameeither of them had played in the tourney. Bothteams were beaten up, tired, sore. But, that didnot stop either squad from leaving everythingthey had out on the field for a chance to playin the finals. Chicago was the only team toscore a try in the game when Qahhar Daviswas able to break free early in the secondhalf and Charlotte was stymied at every pointnear the goal line. Charlotte lost the game 10-3.Their second string scrum half, Colin Howard,went down with a broken collar bone and theirchance at the championship.The true sign of a great team is howwell they can deal with adversity. Do theywither and fade? Do they crumble under thepressure? Do they give up against seeminglyinsurmountable odds? Or, do they keep trying,pushing, persisting? I have never seen a teamgo through the tribulations that the CharlotteRoyals endured and still keep their focus andexcel even as key players kept going downwith injury. After losing their fifth player inas many games and another teammate earlyin game six with a severe ankle sprain, theRoyals fought on and in a decidedly one-sidedgame, beat the Nashville Grizzlies to earnthird place and the admiration of all the otherteams there because of the circumstancesthey overcame to achieve it. Earning manof the tournament for Charlotte was ArthurMilne, a strong side flanker, who played everyminute of every game and provided leadershipwell beyond his 23 years.The Seattle Quake ended the day by beatingChicago for the second time that day, butthis time in overtime, to take home the trophy,winning 20-15. They were worthy champions,having not dropped a single game all dayand playing with the poise and intelligenceof a well-coached, experienced team. Theseteams will all meet again on Memorial Day inChicago when the Dragons host their annualtournament during IML weekend, which issure to be just as fun, if not more, between those two tournaments,Charlotte invited the Charleston Blockadeback up to NC for the second part of theirhome and home, for the Royals’ big fundraisingProm Dress Match. And, if you’rewondering what that is, it is exactly what itsounds like: 30 grown men, playing rugby inprom dresses!Despite the visual hilarity of seeinggnarly rugby players wearing something a bit“softer,” the game was still as hard hitting asever. Both teams took what they learned fromthe Nashville tournament and used the gameas precursor to what they’ll see in Chicago.The game was well played and flowing, withvery few miscues or wardrobe malfunctions.But, in the end, Charlotte still has the experiencethat Charleston sorely lacks and walkedaway with a win, 64-0. Men of the match forthe Royals: Danny Wadsworth, fly half, whoscored 27 points on the day, and Jeff Enochs,weakside prop. : :20 qnotes May 24-June 6 . 2013

Old Crowcontinued from page 19that it was possible because the roots music scene in that stateis so vibrant and so healthy. Fifteen years ago when we first gotstarted and first ventured toward North Carolina, there were lotsof venues, lots of bands, lots of promoters and, most of all, thereis a hoard of eager fans of roots music and all different genres aswell; people who love Zydeco, people love old-time music andBluegrass. I’ve always been pleased to play in North Carolina,probably more than any other place in the South. I also like NorthCarolina because it reflects my politics. I grew up in the JesseHelms era and when North Carolina went blue, I felt a particularpride in that.Despite the stereotype that bluegrass fans might be conservative,how can traditional folk music and progressive southernhistory and culture mix and live comfortably next to eachother? Are they mutually exclusive?To me, Country music is a kind of progressive voice. When theUnited Mine Workers of America came in and taught WestVirginia coal mine families that they deserved a livable wage,they did that with song. They didn’t do that with guns. They didit by teaching people to believe in themselves and music wasa big part of that. When the attempt to unionize the textile millsin Gastonia happened, in the 1920s, there were a lot of peoplekilled. You can bet they were singing songs about cotton mills,the cotton mill blues, about working for company bosses. Thosesorts of social events always have music to go with them andit was always Country music. Country music gave a voice tothe disenfranchised. Nowadays, Country is something differentaltogether. In many ways, Country music seems to be adistraction — get your mind off of the disenfranchised and getyour happy meal and shut up, the song’s playing. That’s why Iplay this old-time music. At its core, Country music is hardcore,being a music of the disenfranchised people. That’s everybody,anybody who hasn’t been given a fair shake. That’s anybodywho is unwelcome. This is the song for you. This is your music.Only one mainstream Country artist, Chely Wright, has comeout as gay. With the recent announcement by the NBA’s JasonCollins, do you foresee a mainstream Country artist who is stillperforming today coming out as gay?I think it’s just a matter of time. Mainstream Country is maybe thelast place that in the entertainment industry, which has in generalbeen a place of acceptance of people who are gay. You thinkthat the same stage that can have an openly gay Elton John, youwould also have somebody who is gay and wears cowboy hats.It just hasn’t happened yet; I think it will. I think Country music ischanging, and reluctantly. But, fans like mine force Country musicto reckon with its past. Country music, at present, is somethingthat has fully disinherited its past. But, the popularity of groupslike mine and scores of others that are speaking outside of thatarena are forcing it to think about what makes up this body ofCountry music. Is it really the voice of America? Is it speaking forall Americans? I just don’t think Country music can accept it hasloyal gay listeners, but it is going to have to if it is going to grow.Your song, “Wagon Wheel,” is getting a lot of radio play withDarius Rucker’s version. What do you think about his cover?I’m glad somebody finally cut it. I know it is a good enoughsong to be out there. Everybody was already singing it anywaywithout the radio telling them to. I was sort of biding my timewondering who was going to cut it. I was just so pleased itwas Darius. I really like him. It just could have been somebodywho bungled it; there’s a lot of put-on in the genre. But, he did areally great job with the song. He’s been really true to what thesong is. It’s not auto-tuned to hell, it’s got a banjo and a fiddle.Do you think Darius’ non-Country background helped him see thesong more clearly and perform it better than others might have?Well, I think he was able to recognize the power of the song.Having been a pop singer, he could see that it was a pop songa& these Country roots. Anybody else who was going to cut itprobably would have made it a lot slicker. For me, I just love tosee a black man with a guitar. I don’t really care what he’s singing;[Darius] just happens to be singing my song. In the video,he’s down there on the railroad tracks and strumming a guitar.That’s a face that’s been missing from Country music for so long.You know, there are only three black members of the Grand OleOpry — DeFord Bailey, Charley Pride and Darius Rucker. Threeblack members of the Opry when the contributions of blackAmerica to Country music is immeasurable? They brought thebanjo to the party, for crying out loud! What is it without thatbanjo? It ain’t nothing. It’s Irish and Scottish and English balladry.You know, that stuff gets pretty boring after a while.Do you consider the success Old Crow Medicine Show hashad as maybe opening the doors to groups like the AvettBrothers or Mumford & Sons?We’ve been together a little bit longer than those guys, but onlyjust a few years. With the Avett Brothers, for example, they feela lot more like half-brothers of ours. Mumford & Sons haven’tbeen around very long, but because they are friends of ours,we think of them like peers. I don’t think we’re old enough asa band to really think of ourselves that way. For us, we sawDoc Watson. We got to know Doc and get blessed by him in apowerful way and then just went off and did our thing. Whatinterests me about the bands that are at the top of our gameis that they are inspiring so many people to turn to Countrymusic. A lot of people don’t even know it’s Country music. Theysay, “I want to play like Old Crow.” That’s Country music. “Iwant to play like Mumford & Sons.” And, that’s from the BritishIsles and those boys don’t necessarily sound all that Country,but harmony-singing and banjos — that’s gospel music, that’sCountry. I’m really pleased that, like Doc who educated somany people about what mountain music is and inspired themto head to the hills, we can do the same thing in this time andthis generation. : :May 24-June 6 . 2013 qnotes 21 summit, educational workshops convene on June 6The Carolinas Diversity Council, a local,non-profit affiliate of the National DiversityCouncil, will host its LGBT & Allies DiversitySummit at the Charlotte Convention Center,501 S. College St., on June 6, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Organizer Brian Richards says the event willbring together a wide diversity of communitymembers, leaders, opinions and experiences.“I think it will be a really good selection ofreally diverse speakers,” he said. “We’re notjust getting one group’s or person’s perspective.We’ll get to learn what it is like to live and breathand be an LGBT person within our area.”The summit will have three tracks coveringdifferent topics. Each track will have a seriesof workshops. Participants are welcome to followone track all day or switch between them.According to a release, the tracks are:• “What Works in the Workplace” ($25, $10student) builds in complexity throughout theday, covering a wide variety of topics withup-to-the-minute best practices. Speakersare corporate leaders, HRC employees,professors, and consultants who can helpyou know what policies to have as well ashow to bring them to life!• “Diversity within the Community” (FREE) is aseries of panel discussions, where diversityindividuals who self-identify under the samesexuality, speak openly about how varioustopics influence their lives in Charlotte. It is aunique opportunity to hear about issues froma variety of perspectives and is great for everyone,especially people who are LGBTQIAthemselves or uncomfortable discussingLGBT issues.• “Breakout Sessions” (FREE) feature soft skilltraining focusing on communication skillsand alternative sexualities including poly,queer, and asexuality. Great for ‘single servingsessions’ or those who are already highlyknowledgeable.There is a lunch/keynote option availablefor all tracks at an additional cost of $25.Richards said he is excited to host the event.“I think what makes this summit especiallyimportant is because Charlotte has a greatnumber of community-building events andfun events were we can celebrate just howfar we’ve come, but I’m not sure how manyeducational events we have on a regular basis,especially ones that go to this level of depth,”he said. “We want to show a broader picture ofall the different things equality can mean, muchmore than gay marriage and the couple otherthings most commonly talked about recently.” : :info/registration: qnotes May 24-June 6 . 2013 29 • RaleighPolyamory discussionOpen group discussion for the public to learnabout Polyamorous relationships and how totackle open, honest, ethical Nonmonogamy.From basics to more complicated topics, allquestions are welcomed. Hosted by TrianglePolyamory at the LGBT Center of Raleigh,411 Hillsborough St. 7:30 1 • CharlotteHomecomingTime Out Youth hosts its annual gala supportingtheir work with LGBTQ youth. ExtravaganzaDepot, 1610 N. Tryon St. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $100.704-344-8335. 2 • CharlotteRunway Fashion ShowSophisticated Lyfe Entertainment presentstheir third anniversary fashion show celebratingfashion, diversity and inclusion. GrandCentral, 1000 Central Ave. 6 p.m., media andVIP reception. 6:45 p.m., doors open. Info/ticket purchases at • June 4MeckPAC meetingThe Mecklenburg LGBT Political ActionCommittee is looking for new members to joinits steering committee. The group works tomake Charlotte-Mecklenburg more inclusive forLGBT residents and meets on the first Tuesdayof every month at the LGBT Community Centerof Charlotte, 2508 N. Davidson St., 6:30-8 8 • GreensboroJune 15 • Winston-SalemTMPC Big Gay SingFeaturing all pop songs, including: “SingleLadies,” “Like a Prayer,” “Born This Way,”“Dancing Queen,” “Firework” and many more.You don’t have to be gay to enjoy “The Big GaySing!” Join in this musical extravaganza of funmusic, dancing and more audience participationthan ever! Two performances: June 8,Greensboro Day School, 5401 Lawndale Ave.8 p.m. June 15: UNC School of the Arts,Watson Hall. $15/advance. $20/ 336-589-6267.June 9 • RaleighHigh TeaThe LGBT Center of Raleigh invites you toa high tea and Vente d’Arte by artist NancyBaker who will showcase items from herprivate collection of works. Proceeds benefitthe LGBT Center of Raleigh. The RenaissanceHotel, 4100 Main at North Hills St. 2-5 p.m. $ 20-21 • CharlotteHollywood SquaresOne Voice Chorus presents its third annualtake on the timeless game show, “TheHollywood Squares,” with Roxy C. Moorecoxas host. North Carolina Dance Theatre,701 N. Tryon St. Two performances, June20-21. 8 p.m. For more information and ticketpurchases, visit 27 • CharlotteDr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.The Harvey B. Gantt Center welcomesDr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as its inauguralspeaker for the 2013 Gantt Symposium. Dr.Gates will speak on “Finding Your Roots,” alively discussion about individual lineage andAmerican history. Following the symposium,guests are invited to attend a special openingpreview of “The Kinsey Collection: SharedTreasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey”during a reception. Knight Theatre, 430 S.Tryon St. 6:30-8 p.m. $10-$50. Day WeekendMay 23-27 • CharlotteSpeed StreetThe 600 Festival and Food Lion Speed Street, presented by Coca-Cola, return to UptownCharlotte, celebrating food, fun, music and NASCAR. Three days of revelry from May 23-25featuring vendors, appearances by NASCAR racers and entertainment from Pradigy GT, SolFusion, Jon B, SWV, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Chelsea Bain, Sister Hazel and 600Join Plaza Midwood’s Snug Harbor for three nights of live bands and entertainment, startingFriday and running through Sunday. Featuring: Mike Strauss Band, The Catch Fire, TheWoggles, Temperance League, Modern Primitives, 2013 Wolves, Poontanglers and Lazer/Wulf. $5 each night at the door or online-only $10 purchase for all three nights. 18 and up ($5surcharge for those under 21). Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. Day Barn DanceSouthern Country Charlotte hosts its monthly barn dance on Friday, May 24. Hartigan’s, 601 S.Cedar St. 10 p.m. Free/SCC Members. $5/ Birthday BashMarigny hosts its “Streamers Memorial Day Weekend” party and a birthday bash for ownerand DJ Peter Presta on Saturday, May 25. Marigny Dance Club, 1440 S. Tyron St., Suite 110. 10p.m. 24-June 6 . 2013 qnotes 23

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