It’s a date

DURHAM — The Second Chance Queer Prom, Night of Enchantment, will be held on April 17 from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 7807 Leonardo Dr.

This is for those of you who either had a date with the opposite sex (but, wished secretly to be with that gal or guy who was your heartthrob) or did not go at all.

Enjoy a dessert social, great music while you get your photo taken. Door prizes will be awarded as a way of helping to raise funds for a worthy cause, Triangle Community Works (TCW), who is serving as host for the evening.

Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Students get a $5 discount with an ID.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call TCW at 919-832-4484, email or visit

Swinging along…

DURHAM — The Better Than Ice Cream LGBT Meetup will embark on a women-only hike at Eno River State Park, 3498 Umstead Rd., on April 18 at 3:30 p.m.

They will take to the open trails of Colel Mill and Bobbitt Hole, a total distance of three miles. This trek is rated as moderate in terms of difficulty and strenuousness. Leashed dogs are permitted. Hikers are encouraged to bring water.

Participants should enter the park at the Cole Mill Access Area.

Adverse weather may serve as a point of cancellation for the event.

To RSVP, visit

Church to hold workshop

DURHAM — A workshop on equality will be held on April 17, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF), 4907 Garrett Rd.

“Marriage Equality Tomorrow, Legal Realities Today: A Workshop for Same-Gender Couples, With or Without Children” will be the topical focus. As Washington D.C.’s marriage equality law takes effect, some are wondering what is happening in North Carolina.

Interweave at ERUUF, an action team for LGBT persons and allies, is hosting this free workshop on marriage equality including legal issues of interest and a presentation by Equality NC (ENC).

ENC will present their “State of Equality” as an overview of the legislative situation in N.C. for the LGBT community, both past and future.

Following the ENC presentation, Alyscia Ellis, a family attorney, will speak about estate planning, power of attorney, wills and adoption.

Light refreshments will cap off the event.

Interweave at ERUUF, a membership organization affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association, was formed as a vehicle to deepen congregants’ faith and themselves and to realize a more welcoming, inclusive, empowering and just world for all. Interweave is an action-oriented group focused on bringing justice and equality, in harmony with its faith and mission, to the Triangle area and beyond.

For more information, email or visit

It’s a hit

CHAPEL HILL — On March 25, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender-Straight Alliance (GLBTSA) presented “Dance in the Dark,” their spring drag show.

Students donned both male and female personalities. Vivian Vaughn was the headliner.

According to The Daily Tar Heel, the performance was a Lady Gaga-themed presentation and drew 400 attendees.

Alex Kilkka, GLBTSA co-president, said he was “inspired by the singer’s work in the gay right community.”

GLBTSA also partnered with North Carolina State University to purchase 3,000 toy soldiers. Grassroots activists in the Triangle area are working to send 13,500 plastic toy soldiers each to Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan. Their efforts are part of the Stand with Honor campaign. Charlotte and Wilmington are undertaking their own efforts to target Reps. Larry Kissell, Mike McIntyre and Sue Myrick.

Kilkka and other activists will deliver the toy soldiers to Washington, D.C. later in the month.

Roll ’em out

RALEIGH — ENC’s Shawn Long, his partner Craig and child were selected as part of the Obama administration’s outreach to the LGBT community to participate in the 2010 Easter Egg Roll on April 5.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome families from across the nation to hunt for eggs and be part of an annual tradition at the White House. It dates back to 1878. Theme for this year is “Ready, Set, Go!”

Long’s family was selected by lottery.

Interactive opportunities will be available online on the day of the event at

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.