Primetimers celebrates 15 years
CHARLOTTE — Primetimers of Charlotte, a social organization for gay men, celebrated its 15th anniversary on April 18. Primetimers meets on the second Sunday of every month at Metropolitan Community Church on Eastway Dr. The group has a bowling team, a theater group, and organizes game nights, one-day and weekend trips and dines out at local area restaurants twice a month. There are currently 49 members.

Michael Stone (pictured), the president of Primetimers Worldwide, will be the honored guest at the annual picnic of Primetimers of Charlotte on June 7 at Latta Plantation. Also attending will be members from the Raleigh and Myrtle Beach Primetimers chapters, who will join in the anniversary celebration. Stone will also be the guest speaker at the Charlotte chapter’s monthly meeting on June 8.

Primetimers supports local groups and charities, such as the House of Mercy in Belmont.
“Primetimers is a vibrant, active group of men who enjoy the experience of exploring places and attending events, whether it be the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in Durham or a Time Out Youth fundraiser in Charlotte,” said Frank Kalian, current president of the Charlotte chapter. “Aside from the activities that are offered monthly, many long term friendships have resulted from the camaraderie that this group embraces. It is truly a pleasure to be a part of this group.”
For more information, call 704-563-0684 or email

Reception scheduled
CHARLOTTE — Equality NC (ENC) will hold a special champagne brunch on June 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the home of Ken Wittenauer and Russ Leciejewski. Hosts also include Phil Wells and Robert Dogens.
To attend or make a contribution, visit Special acknowledgement will be given to those who make a $150 gift or larger.

This year’s legislative session is critical for N.C.’s LGBT community. Executive Director Ian Palmquist will provide the latest what right-wing groups are up to with their anti-LGBT, anti-marriage, anti-family constitutional amendment —they’ll be trying to sneak it through for the fifth year in a row and ENC will be working to hold them back for the fifth year in a row. ENC will be able to share exactly where they are with the historic anti-bullying bill, a bill that will protect young people in schools across the state.

Initial Sponsors include: Platinum $1,000: Bob Page and Dale Frederiksen (Replacements, Ltd.); Gold $500: Tim Alwran and Dennis Hayes; Bronze $150: Melrose Edwards and Angela Haas, Michael Edwards, Kay Flaminio, Les Harrell, Haas McNeil & Associates, PA, William Kreft, Brad Oaks and Ian Palmquist Jim Penny.

To make reservations or for more information, call 919-699-3501, email for visit


Let’s do Pride
WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Pride 2008 Festival will be held from June 7-15.
On June 7 a Pride Kickoff Concert will be held at the Soapbox Laundro Lounge, 255 N. Front St. starting at 7:30 p.m. It features Halcyon, Steph Taylor, Someone’s Sister and Rodie Ray. Tickets are $25.

Enjoy the outdoors on June 8 while picnicking at Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St. from 12:30-4 p.m. Kids can play in the moon bounce. A main dish will be provided. Bring a side dish to share. Donations will be accepted onsite.

Then step up the beat with a drag show at Ibiza, 118 Market St., at 8 p.m. hosted by Keith Price.
Get out the popcorn for a June 9 movie screening of “Ebony Chucky Love, Bitch Can’t Get a Date” at Jengo’s Playhouse, 815 Princess St. Shows are at 6:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Come out and meet comedian and star Keith Price. Tickets are $5.

It’s time to share some yummy food on June 10 at a potluck dinner at St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church, 19 N. 26th St. at 6 p.m. Be prepared to say “BINGO” as the game is on for attendees’ enjoyment. Donations will be accepted.

Buckle up those roller skates on June 11 while taking to the ring at Scooters, 341 Shipyard Blvd., at 7 p.m. Tickets include the cost of skates with donations accepted.

Spend some time at St. Jude’s on June 12 listening to choir practice from 6-7:30 p.m. Then head down to Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St., for a wine tasting/silent auction/meet and greet. The off-Broadway presentation of “Dixie Tupperware Party” will take place at 8 p.m. Those burping tops will sure be tops as Miss Dixie Longate demonstrates the ever-popular product line. Tickets are $25.
Jump on over to Ibiza at 12 a.m. for drag duets. There will be a special guest appearance by Dixie herself!

Paint the town RED on June 13. Show the LGBT community presence and support local, supportive downtown restaurants by wearing red and eating dinner there. Time is up to participants.
Have dessert and celebrate the energy of the community at the Spirit Awards, St. Thomas Preservation Hall, 208 S. Dock St., at 8 p.m. Donations will be accepted.

Get moving on June 14 for the Second Annual Pride Stride at the OutWilmington Community Center, 113 Dock St. This 5K run/walk circles through the historic district. Awards will be given out at the end of the race. Registration is $20.

Meander through the stacks and grab some food at the First Annual Used Book Sale and Brunch at the Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Then enjoy local music, food and shop at vendor booths at the Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Organizers are still looking for vendors. Booth space is $75 for retail and $25 for non-profit organizations.

Become spiritually inspired at the 10 a.m. services at St. Jude’s and join the choir for the day.
Want to dance? Then end the week’s festivities at the Tea Dance at Level 5, 21 N. Front St., from 2-7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

To purchase tickets, register for the Stride, secure vendor space or for more information, visit


Fun in the sun
ROCKY MOUNT — The NC Women’s Jam Fest, formally known as July Jam, will be held on July 26 starting at 2 p.m. at the Edgecombe County Fairgrounds, 2631 N. Raleigh St.
This annual event has raised 1000s of dollars since 1994 for the MS, AIDS, breast cancer organizations, as well as for individuals in need. This year proceeds after expenses will go to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Attendees can listen to music, play games, visit vendor booths are more.
Scheduled performers are retro party hits band Wicked Jezabel; acoustic guitarist/
vocalist Andy Moore; and acoustical rocker Kristin Ford.

A post Jam drag king and queen show will be held at the Great American Mining Co. on June 28 as an extension event to continue raising funds. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Kids under 15 are admitted free. Tickets go on sale June 1.

For more information, email or visit and


Triad Pride a success
GREENSBORO — More than 500 people showed up throughout the day, Sat., May 10, for the second annual Triad Pride festival in downtown Greensboro’s Festival Park. Welcomed by the city’s Human Relations Commission and City Council member Goldie Wells, the festival featured vendors from around the Carolinas, including Equality North Carolina, HRC Carolinas, White Rabbit, Triad Pride Men’s Chorus, Triad Health Project, Tarheel Leather Club and others.

Sponsors for the event included The Q, Q-Notes, Warehouse 29, YES! Weekly, American Express, Club Odyssey, Triad Health Project, Guilford Green Foundation, MetLife and PFLAG Greensboro.
The event was presented by Alternative Resources of the Triad.

For more information about the group and festival, visit


ENC schedules PAC reception
RALEIGH — The Board of Equality NC (ENC) PAC will hold a benefit reception at Mosquito, 311 S. Harrington St. from 6-8 p.m.

Q-Notes said that “Equality NC is becoming a political powerhouse with their smart strategies and ability to forge alliances with legislative leaders in Raleigh.” ENC is inspired to be the change every day so North Carolina’s LGBT community can be too.

Candidates and elected officials will be on hand to meet attendees.

ENC PAC’s goal this year is to raise $85,000 and have almost reached $50,000. Think of the political powerhouse it can be if it reaches $100,000.

Support of this event will help us meet their goal. Plus, gifts of $250 or more will be made a sponsor. They will be acknowledged on the website and at the event.

Initial sponsors for the event include:
Platinum Sponsors $4,000: Dale Frederiksen, Bob Page, Scott Taylor.
Gold Sponsors $2,000: Randolph Cloud, Michael Edwards, Angela Haas and Melrose Edwards.
Silver Sponsors $1,000: Allen Broach and Bob Weston, Will Jones and Barry Pate, Colleen Kochanek, Friends of Jim Neal, Stephanie Norris, Brad Oaks in memory of Joe Herzenberg, Ian Palmquist, Steve Tanis and Rich Garraputa.
Bronze Sponsors $500: Hunter Corn, Maxine Eichner, Greg Fitch, Rod Goins and Dave Rogers, Dan Gurley, James Harrison, Joel Leander, Jim Penny, Joseph Smith, Jesse White.
Individual Sponsors $250: Robin Allen, Timothy Alwran, James Baulding, Kelly Conner, William Foster, David Hammond, Ronald Johnson, Mark Kleinschmidt, Robert Kolin, Rebecca Lula, Geordie MacMinn, Amy Mandel, Jay and Julie Margolis, Jerry Meek, Mike Nelson, Pam Spaulding.
Reservations are due by June 3.

To make reservations or for more information, call 919-699-3501, email for visit

Center needs assistance
RALEIGH — The Governance Team that has been formed to establish an LGBT community center in is seeking individuals to serve on the center’s first Board of Directors.

The mission of the LGBT Center of Raleigh is to strengthen individual community development through social and educational activities; to facilitate the incubation of supportive services and groups; and to identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of LGBT people, their friends and supporters, within and beyond central North Carolina.

Some of the Center’s proposed goals are to achieve nonprofit status by obtaining a 501(c)3 designation; to establish a physical facility to serve the community; to provide educational services and resources; and to offer a safe and welcoming environment that will promote fellowship throughout the community.

Applications are now available for those who wish to be considered for board membership by email at

Pen and ink
RALEIGH — A writer’s workshop is being held on alternate Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at Chanah Wizenberg’s home. She is certified in the Amherst Writers and Artists method of facilitating writing workshops founded by Pat Schneider. She also has a degree from Hunter College in New York, N.Y., in Writing and English.Seating is limited and the fee is $15 per evening.For those who wish to attend, RSVP as seating is limited. The group will meet every other Tuesday and the fee is $15 per evening. For those who are interested, call 919-755-9588 or email

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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.