OutWilmington Center to close building
WILMINGTON — The board of directors of OutWilmington Community Center have decided to move out of their building on Dock St. and close their traditional physical location.

Citing a need to reach out more in the community and to focus on community events, the board has decided having a central location diverts needed energy better used by planning and coordinating events.

Board members said in an emailed statement to supporters that the decision better aligns the organization’s actions and financial spending with their mission and purpose.

The statement read, in part, “We have made a decision to close the building of the community center and focus on doing more out in the community and connecting with other LGBT owned and friendly companies in town in order to bring bigger and better events and programming throughout the community. We will continue to have the webpage and will have a P.O. Box in order to continue receiving mail.”

OutWilmington is currently in need of cheap or free storage units to store items currently housed in the group’s community center.


Pride Charlotte needs volunteers
CHARLOTTE — On July 26, Pride Charlotte will take place at Gateway Village in Uptown. In order for it to be successful, volunteers are needed in many key positions throughout the day.

This year there will be a second stage, an expanded kids’ area and more vendors.

Got some time to contribute? Then take a look at the following list to see what works for you.
• Set-up, 1 shift, 7-11 a.m., lifting required
• Stage Crew/Equipment Tent, shifts vary, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
• Recycling Team, various shifts, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., lifting required
• Partners in Peace, 10 a.m.-noon, noon-2 p.m., 2-4 p.m., even temperament required as well as comfort around protestors, email or
• First Aid/Medical Tent, 2 shifts, 1-3:30 p.m., 3:30-6 p.m., medical certification required (i.e., M.D., R.N., EMT) with documentation presentation at check in
• Parking Attendant, 1 shift, 8-11 a.m., standing required
• Check In, various shifts, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., multi-tasking skills required
• Children’s Area, 2 shifts, 1-3 p.m., 3-5:30 p.m., must like to work with children
• Clean Up, 1 shift, 6-8 p.m., lifting required

For more information or to volunteer, email Toryn Stark at or visit


Film fest on horizon
DURHAM — The 13th Annual North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will be held Aug. 14-17 and is produced by the Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc.

The second largest LGBT film fest in the Southeast, it attracts thousands of patrons yearly.

On Aug. 9, join festival promoters at their fundraiser for the premier of “What Love Means” at the Carolina Theatre. Ticket prices include wine and cheese reception during an intermission, as well as admission to an exclusive silent auction to benefit the annual event.

Check out the next issue of Q-Notes for a full story along with a preview sampling of films to be showcased.

To be a sponsor or donor to the festival or for more information, visit


ENCF seeks input
STATEWIDE — The Equality Conference & Gala, produced by Equality NC Foundation (ENCF), is the largest gathering of LGBT and allied North Carolinians focused on securing equal rights and justice in the state. The first Conference & Gala, held in November 2007, drew rave reviews from more than 300 participants from across the state.

ENCF wants to make sure that this year’s conference to be held in Durham on Nov. 15 is even more exciting and educating than its inaugural event and wants to continue to build an active LGBT and allied community that will be critical in the struggle for equality in North Carolina for years to come.

The purpose of the Conference is to provide attendees with the latest information about key policy issues, build skills to effectively create positive change and strengthen connections between leaders and activists across the state.

They are seeking proposals for workshops that educate participants on key issues or teach important skills for advancing an agenda of equality and justice. ENCF specifically encourage presenters from communities that have been historically under-represented including, but not limited to, persons of color, bisexuals, physically challenged persons, veterans, transgender persons, intersex persons, allies, students and senior members of the community. They encourage workshop proposals that focus on today’s hot topics, as well as proven workshops that challenge and enlighten newcomers to LGBT advocacy, policy and politics.

Workshop proposals are important to creating a successful conference. Deadline for submission is July 25.

To download a copy of the Call for Proposals and Application form, visit

For more information, email Shawn Long at

The event is also in the midst of fundraising efforts. Co-chairs are ENC Development Director Kay Flaminio and Volunteer Ronna Dornsife. Four hundred participants are expected to attend this year.

So far, sponsors are: ACLU of North Carolina, Duke Center for LGBT Life, Duke OUTlaw, Haas McNeil & Associates, P.A., Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Pam’s House Blend, Replacements, Ltd., Triad Health Project and Triangle Out and Equal.

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

Community resources sought
STATEWIDE —Michael DiPenta and Bobby Hilburn, financial planners with Ameriprise Financial in Raleigh, are compiling a resource guide of professionals in an effort to better serve the LGBT community.

It is their hope that this guide will act as a conduit for connecting those who are familiar with and dedicated to perpetuating the cause of community building.

The list of categories include, but are not limited to: attorneys, realtors, CPAs, property and casualty agents, loan officers, mortgage lenders, physicians, travel agents, consulting firms and personal trainers.

Submissions should be emailed to Be sure to include contact information of the referral in the correspondence.

Candidate wins run-off contest
STATEWIDE — Winston-Salem’s Mary Fant Donnon secured the Democratic Party’s nomination for Commissioner of Labor, winning 68 percent of the vote in the June 24 run-off against Raleigh’s John C. Brooks.

She will face incumbent, Cherie Berry, in the November election.

Equality NC PAC endorsed Donnon.

Documentary shown on public TV

STATEWIDE — The In The Life program “Leading the Way,” which celebrates people, places and events that display the remarkable courage and diversity found within the ranks of the LGBT community, aired on University of North Carolina Television on June 7. This program was shown as part of June Pride observance.

In the Life shares documentary stories from the LGBT experience.

This show is available for viewing online at Additional titles include, but are limited to, “A Conversation With Judy Shepard (Parts 1 and 2),” “Voice From Nepal,” “Saving Marriage” and more.

The organization has been nominated three times for an Emmy, a Lambda Legal Liberty Award honoree, recipient of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project Courage Award, honored with GLAAD’s Barbara Gittings Award and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s Seigenthaler Award.

To learn more about In the Life, visit

Shows slated
STATEWIDE — Singer-songwriter Crystal “Crys” Matthews has announced her summer show schedule.
She will be performing on July 26 at 8 p.m. at Liaison’s, 316 Rensselear Ave., Charlotte; Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at Whole Foods, Raleigh; Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at Coffee House Talent Night, West Jefferson; Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. at Southern Exposure, Atlanta, Ga.; and Sept. 24 at 12 p.m. at Appalachian State University, Cascades in the Student Union, Boone.

Matthews offers an eclectic blend of funk, blues and jazz. She was named 2007 Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Carolina Grant Winner.

A self-proclaimed old soul, the southeastern North Carolina native first popped onto the local music scene in Boone in 1999 as a vocalist/keyboardist with the band Half & Half before breaking out with her own solo career. Since then she has been a permanent fixture at venues like Caribbean Cafe, Jimmy’s Java, Cafe Portofino, and Higher Grounds.

For more information, visit


Index released
CHARLOTTE — The “LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index” is the most comprehensive national benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to measure campus climate and to create safer, more welcoming environments for LGBT people. The American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the leading international association for college administrators, educators and senior officers, recently honored the “Index” with the “Innovative Response to Social Justice” award through the Commission for Social Justice Educators.

Described as “trailblazing, and a trusted, insightful measure for colleges and universities across the country,” the “Index” was recognized at the annual conference of ACPA this past April. The national award showcases an exemplary educational initiative that furthers the progress of social justice and inclusion of all people. Any college or university may participate by taking the online assessment and then receive a free private confidential report for improving the quality of LGBT life on campus.

Since its launch in September of 2007, the “Index” has grown to include over 150 college campuses and is the only online national tool of its kind. The index, developed by Campus Pride with a team of national researchers in the field of higher education and LGBT issues, included Susan R. Rankin, Brett Genny-Beemyn and Shane L. Windmeyer. The “Index” is in response to the increasing demand for tools and resources to support campuses in assessing LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices. The “Index” not only provides a mechanism for colleges to measure their LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices but also a way for the public to learn more about campuses interested in supporting LGBT and ally students.

Free of charge, the “Index” allows college campuses to showcase their positive, welcoming efforts and to continue improving their LGBT campus climate. Public users may search colleges and universities based on their LGBT-friendly campus life (academics, policies, student organizations activities, campus safety, health services, housing residence life, recruitment retention efforts, etc). Individuals may bookbag campuses to compare and request referral information about LGBT campus life.

Colleges or universities who are interested in participating in the “Index,” should address queries by email to or go online to

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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.