Guild welcomes national publishers
CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Business Guild (CBG) will hold its monthly meeting on Oct. 21 at the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Speakers for the evening will be Tim Mikkelsen and Phyllis Wright, owners of MikWright, a greeting card, book and other novelties company. Their edgy, vintage photos adorn each piece and are nostalgic in nature.

The company began in 1992 and today sports a network of 100 plus U.S. sales representatives as well as international distributors who sell to more than 3,000 retailers. There are about 400 styles in inventory.

Years of dedication have culminated in national publicity, including appearances on The Donny Deutsch’s “The Big Idea Show,” CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal online and numerous industry accolades.

MikWright will raffle a $100 gift basket at the meeting, as well as two smaller gifts. In addition, each attendee will receive cards, coasters and a photo album.

Sponsor for the evening event is OZ~scapes Landscaping Co.

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. A $5 fee is added for those without reservations, which should be made by noon on Oct. 17 by calling 704-565-5075 or emailing
For more information, visit

Trick ’r treat
CHARLOTTE — The Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 820 Hamilton St., Suite B11, will hold its Halloween party on Oct. 25 from 1-3 p.m.

This is a family-friendly event with games, snacks and a costume contest. Admission is free.
For more information, email Toryn Stark at or visit

It’s QUICK time!
CONCORD/KANNAPOLIS — Queers United In Concord/Kannapolis has announced their Fall calendar of events.

Included are: Sunday QUICK (Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16); Thanksgiving Set-Up at the Lake (Nov. 21); Thanksgiving (Nov. 22); and Christmas Party (Dec. 13).
To participate or for more information, email

Author seeks resources
MOORESVILLE — Author Frances Richter is formulating ideas for a new book and needs input from the LGBT community.

The book will be about experiences with family members when a person in the family is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transexual. Some of the key questions she is asking are: Who in the family is gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transexual? How did others react when the person came out? (Be specific and don’t worry about length. Any amount of information is helpful.) Explain the positive reactions and who they were from and how you (or they) felt. Explain the negative reactions and any/all repercussions. Have any of them who were initially upset come around with support? How long did it take? Was it gradual or all of a sudden, etc.? What comments did you hear from others, either directly or indirectly? What about children? How were they affected?

Contributors may also provide information to other questions not posed here.
For more information, email or visit

Piano player sought
CHARLOTTE — Unity of Charlotte is seeking a rocking gospel music accompanist on a weekly basis.
The church is building a new music program to include different genres of music, but also prefers that the pianist have a strong background in popular and black gospel/blues styles.

Candidates should have a strong ear and an ability to read music and/or charts. Compensation is supplied.

For more information, email Susan Arbuckle at


Gobble, gobble!
GREENVILLE — The NC Family Group is gearing up for its Thanksgiving festivities on Nov. 15 at 1 p.m.
Set up will take place around 11 a.m.

The listserv will soon announce its menu with a signup sheet circulated to members via email.

For those who are interested in joining in or helping out, email


ALFA observes annual event
HICKORY — AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA) has been observing October AIDS Awareness Month by sponsoring several programs and testing initiatives throughout the Unifour area.
On Oct. 15, to recognize Latino AIDS Awareness Day, ALFA facilitated a program at Centro Latino to administer free and confidential HIV tests.

For the area college campuses, ALFA will facilitate three panel discussions where the audience will have the opportunity to hear real-life testimony from People Living with HIV/AIDS. This year the panel presentations have a new and revised format. The HIV/AIDS information is being presented in the way of three short plays.

The first of these panels took place on Oct. 17 at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, N.C. The second panel will take place on Oct. 27 from 9:20-10:20 a.m. at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. The third panel will take place on Oct. 29 at Catawba Valley Community College from 11 a.m.-12 Noon. Attendance is free and open to the public.

The only way to know if one is HIV positive or negative is to take an HIV test. ALFA offers a free and confidential HIV antibody test called OraQuick Advance, where results can be given in just 20 minutes.
ALFA’s mission is to enhance the lives of those infected and affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS. ALFA serves Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Wilkes and Watauga counties of North Carolina.

For more information about these or other programs, or to schedule an HIV test, call Hilda M. Cook at 828-322-1447 ext. 233 or email at

ASU gets center
BOONE — On Oct.3, ribbons were cut and a proclamation was signed to open Appalachian State University’s (ASU) GLBT Center during its grand opening celebration. Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock (pictured) shared remarks and was joined by alumnus Chad Wilson as well as students Michal Duffy and Liam Fullam. One hundred attended, including students, professors, staff, alumni, community members and four archivists/librarians. Festivities were held at the Summit Trail Solarium. A reception followed.

The Center is located in room 106 of Plemmons Student Union. It is open 20 hours a week with plans to expand its operational hours in the future. The opening was a culmination of work completed by the GLBT Task Force commissioned in 2002. Peacock approved the recommendation during the Summer.According to ASU’s The Appalachian, graduate assistant Joyce T. Washington has been assigned to the Center to help with day-to-day operations. She said that she felt this step was an “important asset to LGBT students.”

The Center was designed to serve as an informational resource arena for the entire student body. Both print and web services are available. Additionally, it will serve as a safe haven for the LGBT student who needs it.

A school paper’s reporter, two-time alumnus Edward Sztukowski, said in his “New GLBT center to open its doors” story published on Sept. 18, that ASU had an office of Multicultural Student Development that coordinated the Queer Film Series. It also serves to operate the LGBT group. He questioned if there was going to be a Men’s Center or a Heterosexual Center established.

He went on to further ask if student fees were paying for the Center and stated that if readers objected to it morally, if they could get a refund on fees “based on your freedom of religion and having your dollars support something like this.” He concluded with disappointment with Peacock‘s affirmation of the “victimhood lifestyle.”

Participation in National Coming Out Day has already taken place, with plans for inclusion in a Domestic Violence Awareness Month educational forum. The forum will provide information specific to same-sex and trans domestic violence.

ASU’s counseling center started a lesbian/gay support group in 1976 and a transgender one in 2004. The school embraces an equal employment opportunity statement which expanded to include sexual orientation in 1993 and gender identity and expression in 2008.

The Task Force has previously created a successful on-line anonymous reporting system and the Appalachian Allies, a campus safe zone project.

It is currently studying domestic partner benefits and on Oct. 29 will be co-hosting, in conjuction with Human Resources and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance, a “Benefits for Domestic Partners: ClearUp the Confusion; What’s Legal, What’s Not” teleconference.

For more information, visit

Campus Scene

Application time opens
STATEWIDE — Last month Campus Pride launched the Voice Action National Leadership Award, an honorary recognition highlighting the contributions of young adult leaders at colleges and universities across the U.S. Never has there been a national award focused solely on the work of undergraduate college students who are creating positive change for LGBT and ally issues.

Any current undergraduate student enrolled at an U.S. accredited institution and in good academic standing is eligible to apply for the Award. A completed application must be received on/before deadline of Dec. 1. Recipients will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of student leaders and a diversity of national representatives on LGBT issues. Notification of award recipients will happen by Jan. 12, 2009.

According to Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, the Voice Action National Leadership Award is meant to underscore the mission of Campus Pride — “to develop, support and give voice and action in building future LGBT and ally leaders.” The award is bestowed upon individuals who use their “voice” to speak up and who take “action” to make a positive difference.

Every academic year in the Spring, Campus Pride plans to honor at least one outstanding young adult in each region of the country with the Award. Recipients will be recognized during one of the three regional LGBT and ally college conferences — the Midwest, the NorthEast and the West Coast.

The Campus Pride national recognition includes a free registration to attend the regional conference and the Award itself. The award program is made possible this year through the Campus Pride corporate partner Cargill. As a special bonus to the honorary recognition, OUTmedia has also partnered with Campus Pride to offer a free artist or speaker of the recipient’s choice to bring to his/her campus the following year. Artists and speakers include LZ Granderson, Team Gina, Vidur Kapur, Jason Stuart, Marga Gomez, Ari Gold, Eddie Sarfaty and Emanuel Xavier. OUTmedia is nationally known for its work in the arts as a queer cultural activist organization and social enterprise promoting LGBT and ally visibility.

For more details and to download the application, visit, email or contact Campus Pride staff at 704-277-6710.

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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.