One, two, three, four…
CHARLOTTE — Lez Be Fit Boot Camp (LBFBC) has begun! A preliminary session was held on May 31 as a warm-up preview of what to expect in this kicking four-week series that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Workout lasts an hour. No equipment is needed. Participants need only to bring themselves and plenty of water.

Jena is the coordinator for LBFBC. She has no fitness experience, but was looking for an atmosphere where she would be comfortable and found nothing available. She remarked that there were dinners, socials and coffee, but no amped up exercise group. Fortunately, two women stepped it up and are getting lesbians of Charlotte fit.

Susan is the lead trainer. She heads up the training portion of LBFBC and has 15 plus years experience in the fitness world and training. She recommends an inexpensive heart rate monitor to make sure participants are burning fat. She is also certified with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and is CPR certified.
Jennifer serves as assistant trainer. She also has years experience and was formerly in the military.

Boot Camp is for women only. The cost is a donation at every session and the proceeds will go to Domestic Violence Advocacy Council.

For more information, email

Women’s group forming
CONCORD/KANNAPOLIS — A new group for women of all ages and marital/partner status is in the development stages.

The first meeting was held on June 21 at the Starbucks at Carolina Place Mall.
For those in the area who wish to participate, email or visit

Show your pride
CHARLOTTE — Pride Charlotte will be held July 26 at Gateway Village in Uptown Charlotte. The event will be even bigger and better this year, with more vendor space and a second stage. Of course, it couldn’t happen without the support of sponsors, vendors and volunteers.

New this year are different sponsorship levels for Corporations, Small Businesses and Individuals. As donation levels increases, so do perks, such as logo placement, advertising and vendor space at the event. This is a great way to show support of the LGBT community and increase visibility to a huge demographic of consumers from across the Charlotte region.

To download a sponsorship packet, go to

The Premium Vendor Spaces have sold out, but there are still plenty of great spots available. Whether representing a business or a non-profit organization, Pride Charlotte is the place to be seen. Last year there were about 8,000 people in attendance, so don’t miss this opportunity.

For more information, contact or visit

Pride Charlotte will need volunteers for a variety of tasks, both on the day of Pride Charlotte and at smaller events leading up to Pride. Interested parties should email Volunteer Coordinator Toryn Stark at

Partners in Peace volunteers, wearing identifying clothing, fan out all over the Pride festival to provide a buffer for peace wherever protestors may be voicing unwelcome proclamations. Partners in Peace serves an important role to diffuse confrontations before they can cause any disturbance of the festival. Festival-goers are encouraged to ignore the protesters – never to engage in arguments with them. If someone is being harassed, peaceful intervention is used, being careful not to provoke anyone involved. For more information, contact or


Social group is oasis
FAYETTEVILLE — OASIS is a social gathering of friends that include gays and lesbians in the Eastern area of North Carolina. The group was originally established as a support for gays in the military — to provide an “Oasis” where they can socialize with friends and supporters. OASIS has been expanded to include more than just service men and women and their friends. Everyone is welcome.

The group is social in nature. They get together for monthly potluck dinners.

For more information, email or visit


ENC welcomes new staff member
RALEIGH — Rebecca Mann is joining Equality North Carolina as the group’s first full-time Community Organizer. As a part of her duties, Mann will work with communities across the state to build support for progressive legislation that includes protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender-identity.

“Rebecca brings great community organizing experience and an impressive statewide network that will allow her to hit the ground running,” said ENC Executive Director Ian Palmquist. “We can’t win full equality for LGBT North Carolinians without a strong grassroots base working in cities and small towns statewide to change attitudes and win real victories.”

Mann will work from her home in High Point, N.C., and be based at the organization’s Raleigh offices. Frequently, she’ll be on the road working with local activists and volunteers.

Mann is a lifelong North Carolinian and holds a BA in English, with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, from North Carolina State University and a MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Her past employment and experience includes advocacy and organizing work with the YWCA of High Point and Planned Parenthood Health Systems. Mann serves on the boards of North Carolina Women United, the Guilford Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and the North Carolina board of the National Organization for Women.

For more information, visit

Resource list online
RALEIGH — The Green Monkey now has an LGBT community resource page for the Triangle area.
To be included on the events calendar or added to the resource page, email rusty@

Visit to learn more.


Betty to perform
BLOWING ROCK — The Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza celebration will be held at the Westglow Resort & Spa, 224 Westglow Cir.

Critically-acclaimed and internationally-recognized pop band Betty, will perform on July 3 at the Appalachian Summer Concert. They will also be on hand on July 4 for a dinner, show on the lawn and a fireworks display topping off the evening.

Betty blends cello and a cappella harmonies with rocking guitars and a solid rhythm section. They will perform an eclectic blend of pop party music with a special patriotic twist.

Cost is $150. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening.

To purchase tickets, contact Fuschia Moss at 828-295-5146.


Family weekend planned
STATEWIDE — The MEGA Family Project will hold its Third Annual MEGA Family Weekend on Tybee Island, Ga., from July 25-27.

MEGA is an organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy work on behalf of LGBT families. It puts on monthly educational and social activities to strengthen the LGBT Family Community in Georgia, where it is based, but service people throughout the Southeast Region.

Celebrate at the under the stars pool party, beach social, dad’s Luncheon, special kid’s programming, parenting workshop and other planned events.

MEGA Family Weekend provides a safe, fun-filled weekend for LGBT families, friends and allies to come together and celebrate. It provides a great opportunity for children to meet other children of LGBT parents. Families from all regions are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, email or visit:

To register, visit

Neal selected as panelist
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Aug. 21 the National Lesbian Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) will host its 5th Annual LGBT Media Summit from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Washington hotel in conjunction with “NLGJA Goes to Washington,” the organization’s 2008 National Convention. The convention kicks off following the summit and will be held from Aug. 21-24.

Piloted in 2004 during the organization’s New York convention, NLGJA’s LGBT Media Summit has grown in its five years to become the nation’s definitive training and networking event for print, broadcast and new media representatives of the LGBT press. The one-day conference features hands-on training workshops and topical panel discussions that focus exclusively on the challenges and opportunities unique to this niche of the journalism industry. Attendees range from publishers and newsroom decision makers to freelancers and students just beginning their careers.

Jim Neal, the openly gay man who lost a Democratic primary battle in North Carolina, will sit down with here! Network’s Stephen Macias for a one-on-one Q&A about his Senate race during the Congressional Confidential discussion.

Online early bird pre-registration is open for both NLGJA members and non-members until July 11. The cost of attendance for the LGBT Media Summit only is $55. Registrants have the option of registering for both the LGBT Media Summit and the National Convention as a package for a discounted price.

To register or for more information, visit

Hat in ring
STATEWIDE — Christopher S. Cole of Huntersville has announced that he will run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Elizabeth Dole.

He will run on the Libertarian ticket and was nominated by the executive committee of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina.

Cole is no stranger to running for office. In 1996, he became the first openly gay candidate for the N.C. General Assembly, running against Jim Black. He also ran unsuccessfully for the Charlotte City Council. He was the party’s candidate for Lt. Governor in 2004.

For more information, email

GLAAD elects new board member
NEW YORK — The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced on June 4 the election a new member, John C. Libby, III of Atlanta, Ga., to its national board of directors at its spring board meeting.
Libby serves as senior vice president and regional managing director of the Southern U.S. for Nonprofit & Philanthropic Services at Wachovia Trust Company. In addition to managing the business, he leads the sales and administrative teams who develop and serve relationships with institutional non-profit organizations and family foundations from Florida to California. He is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Employee Association and a facilitator of strategic corporate partnerships with various specialty market segments.

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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.