Local bar sued
CHARLOTTE — The Garden & Gun Club, which is scheduled to open this summer in the NC Music Factory complex, has been served with a lawsuit, alleging trademark infringement.

According to The Charlotte Observer, the dance club’s owners TwoDalGals received notice that a Charleston, S.C.-based lifestyle magazine filed a suit on July 28 in state court, but was removed to federal court the following day.

Garden & Gun magazine is arguing that they hold the trademark on the name as an assignment by parent company Evening Post Publishing Co. The publication is now a year old.

In the documents filed, the plaintiff asserted that they had spent several million dollars in development, publication, advertising solicitation as well as shaping an online presence.

The publishers selected the name to mirror the “gentility yet strength” of the South.

The club’s name was found during a routine web search.

Evening Post said it was concerned that the name usage would lead to a notion that both were related.
Garden & Gun is seeking more than $75,000 in relief as documented in court papers.

Pride seeks feedback
CHARLOTTE — Pride Charlotte 2008, a project of The Lesbian & Gay Community Center, is asking everyone who attended the event to take a short survey to help give viable information for next year’s steering committee for planning purposes.

This online survey only takes a moment to complete. The data provided will help in future development to ensure that Pride Charlotte 2009 will be even bigger and better.

Be sure to share thoughts and comments freely.

To participate, visit

Local author releases novel
MOORESVILLE — Frances Richter has recently released a new novel, “Friend of the Firm: a Sheldon Bailey Mystery.”

This book is the first in a series about lesbian attorney Sheldon Bailey.

Richter has spent her entire life in the deep South, most of it spent in the Charlotte area. She takes an interest in child welfare issues, and volunteers her time and talents working in the community for neglected and abused children.

She will have an official release and book signing at Four Corners Framing and Gallery at 162A N. Broad St., on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

To order a copy of the books or for more information, visit

Time to ‘turkey’
CHARLOTTE — PrideSisters is looking for interested individuals to form a bowling team for the upcoming Queen City Rollers gay bowling league season which starts Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Lanes.

The season lasts 24 weeks. Teams consist of four and allows for substitutes for game play.
Cost is $14 per week and includes three games per week, end of season banquet, team and individual awards, bowling balls and shoes.

Kick-off meeting will be held on Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Lanes in Matthews.
For more information, email

Center needs stuff
CHARLOTTE — The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte is seeking donations of the following items: ping pong table, corn toss sets and portable basketball pole/hoop.

The Center is a 501(c)(3) non profit, so any donations are fully tax deductible.

Interested parties wishing to donate these items (or donate half and sell half) should email

Campus action group makes mark
CHARLOTTE — National transgender advocate and educator Donna Rose was honored on July 23 by Campus Pride’s Summer Leadership Camp with its first-ever Voice Action Award. Rose was a featured guest speaker at the Closing Dinner Graduation Ceremony on the host campus of Towson University.

Rose delivered her keynote “Pathways to Equality: Frontiers of LGBT Advocacy” to 60 LGBT and ally student leaders from across the United States and Canada.

The Voice Action Award will be given annually at the summer camp and recognizes a national leader in the LGBT and ally movement who has made exemplary contributions in the fight for equality and believes in the mission of Campus Pride — “to give voice and action in building future LGBT and ally student leaders.”

“Donna Rose is well-deserving of this honor. She embodies inclusion and diversity…and has utilized her voice to build bridges, ignite change and create dialogue inside our movement, which will only serve to make us stronger,” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride.

The Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp is the only one of its kind in the nation. The five-day camp experience blends traditional camp activities with a core curriculum of skill building in leadership development, social justice and civic involvement.

For over six months, Campus Pride coordinated a team of higher education professionals and experts to plan and implement the camp. In addition, various sponsoring national organizations were also invited to conduct skill-specific workshops including the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Soulforce Q for Young Adults, Out for Work and the Human Rights Campaign. Other camp sponsors included Cargill, Ernst Young, LLC, Chartwells, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Towson University Honors College, Campus Life, Center for Student Diversity and LGBT Student Development Program, OUTmedia, Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund, Wesley Mancini Foundation, Tyvola Design, Dick Walker Memorial Trust and Marc Walters, Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, Point Foundation, National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, The Trevor Project and Public Identity.

For more information, email or visit


Indie film night slated
GREENVILLE — Join NC Family and Someone’s Sister (in partnership with Magnolia Arts Center) as they host two showings of the award-winning film “For The Bible Tells Me So” on Sept. 8 at Tipsy Teapot, 409 Evans St., at 7 p.m.

Cost is $5 donation, payable at the door.

For more information, email

Road trip time!
GREENVILLE — Pack the Walkie Talkies, wicking underwear and best Mad Lib Words and join the NC Family folks as they take to the road for a fun-filled trip to the Upper Piedmont in October.

The Asheville Pride-White Water Rafting ’08 trip is taking reservations now.

The trip includes a road rally on Oct. 9, with caravan to Asheville, stopping along the way to connect with others wishing to join the fun. On Oct. 10, following a group breakfast, roadies will head down to the river for some white water rafting on the French Broad. Later, stop at the hotel to change, then jet over to Wild Wings Cafe for NC Family’s annual Wing and Gab.

On Oct. 11, spend time as a group at the Asheville Pride 08 festival. Live music and vendors will be on hand to provide the entertainment.

Still not enough fun? Wait, on Oct. 12, meander along the corridors of downtown Asheville to watch the occasional street dancing, window shop and more. Afterwards, a trip to the Mast General Store completes the adventure.

To reserve a spot on the river, phone 888-905-7239 and mention the NC Family or reservation number 227500. All raft trip reservations must be complete by Sept. 8.

For more information, email


Imani is looking for you
DURHAM — Imani MCC, in preparation for NC Pride, is seeking volunteers to help plan for the year’s festival activities. Interested parties should contact Interim Pastor Rev. Phil Mathews to offer services via email at

Also, Imani is hosting a membership class during August, as well as a Friends & Family Sunday on Aug. 17 (with dinner and prizes following service). Youth Sunday will be held on Aug. 31 when church youth take over the duties normally held by adult members during a special service.

The church recently made a contribution to MCC’s Rev. Jide Macaulay and the House of Rainbow MCC in Nigeria to help support their work there. The congregation is offering hope in the midst of oppression and standing up to societal and governmental anti-gay pressures. CNN and CNN International developed a news story feature on the initiative. An online video is available for viewing at at

Imani has also announced that The Fellowship 2009 Leadership Retreat will be held on Feb. 18-21, 2009 in Charlotte. This retreat is open to all pastors, clergy, and persons serving in leadership. The Fellowship has forged new alliances and networks that should make the 2009 Leadership Retreat an empowering event. For more information, visit

For more information, visit


Gear up for Equality Camp
CHARLOTTE — The Human Rights Campaign will hold its Equality Camp on Sept. 6-7. Training at the event will put participants in a position to help make 2008 the Year to Win for LGBT individuals across the country. Elections for 2008 include ones for a new president, all U.S. House members, one-third of the U.S. Senate and thousands of state legislators. Equality Camp can help participants learn how to become more effective at advocating causes and candidates.

Two tracks are available, depending upon individual experience.

The Fundamentals Track is designed to give one a step-by-step primer necessary to be successful at the grassroots level. Topics include planning, recruitment, volunteer coordinating, event fundraising, earned media and creating a local activist plan. Learn the basic skills that are essential to putting campaign issues or local committees in the best position to win.

The Advanced Track is for the more seasoned activist or campaign professional. This track offers the fundamentals of political campaign management. During your sessions, learn advanced techniques of fundraising, field organizing, media relations, volunteer coordination, targeting, candidate relations and the latest campaign technology.

Ever thought about volunteering for a campaign or already have experience in one? This boot camp will serve to jump start the novice or re-energize those with a higher skillset.

Cost is $35 and includes a one-year HRC membership.

To register for the camp, visit

Can ya hula?
PINEHURST — The first Equality NC (ENC) Luau for Equality will be held on Sept. 13, 4-7 p.m. at the home of Michael Edwards. Dancing will follow.

There will be plenty of luau food and drink, plus ENC will have a prize for the person wearing the best Hawaiian shirt.

Room reservations are available at a special rate at the smoke-free Microtel Inn in Southern Pines. Single rate is $42 and double rate is $49 plus tax. Their number is 877-693-3738. Mention equality luau.

To register and make a contribution in support of ENC, visit Gifts of $250 or more will be acknowledged as a sponsor on the website and at the event. Printed invitations will include those who become a sponsor by Aug. 11.

For more information, call Kay Flaminio at 919-699-3501 or email at

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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.