CHARLOTTE — The Queen City Alternative, an LGBT Charlotte email newsletter, bid farewell to its readers at Pride Charlotte 2009 on July 25.

Over the years, founder Jeff Schmehl has provided an important resource for information, news and services. With the advent of listservs and social networking groups, he felt his contribution was becoming obsolete.

Schmehl said, “Q-Notes also has a similar service which I encourage you to subscribe to. Visit for more information.”

He has been an active member of the LGBT community. He said he will continue to serve it as needs arise which he feels will match his skillset or passion.

Thanks, Jeff, for a job well done.

Lend a hand
CHARLOTTE — The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Out on the Town LGBT event resource needs some assistance. Help is needed in choosing events for the upcoming season. You could possibly win a pair of tickets to “Shear Madness” by random drawing on Aug. 11.

Deadline for feedback is Aug. 10 via a short online survey.

To participate, visit

Be sure to include your name, email address and phone number at the bottom of the survey to be included in the drawing.


New bi/gay group forms
WINSTON-SALEM — A new group for gay and bisexual men has formed in the Triad. The Triad BiGay Guys Outdoor Club is all set to hit the trail or enjoy other outdoors activities. It is open to those in their 20s and 30s who are looking to make new friends and have fun in the open air.

The first trek will be held on Aug. 22 at 12 p.m. It is slated as a day hike, possibly at Hanging Rock State Park. If there is enough interest, an overnight camping trip might weave its way into the event or in the future.

To learn more about this group, visit


Site updated
CHAPEL HILL — The LGBTQ Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill recently unveiled a new and improved website for the community.

Included is updated information about Safe Zone training dates as well as upcoming events. A plethora of useful resources are also available, in addition to local and national resource guides in PDF format.
Site administrators are open to suggestions or comments on how to make it more helpful to those it serves.

For more information, call Director Terri Phoenix, Ph.D. at 919-843-5376, email or visit

Time for a change
DURHAM — AwakeningCHANGE presents Runway: Revolution, at Steel Blue on Aug. 28. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. It is similar to last year’s Gender Blur.

This year the show will be highlighting pioneers of change throughout history with gender bending twists, such as Mandy Carter and Mangus Hirshfield. Admission is based upon a sliding scale $7-$10.
In addition to the Runway, performances include dance, costumes, original set design, new music, poetic spoken word, creative art, innovative photography, and more, produced by a community of friends and family, tackling issues of racism, sexism, violence, environmentalism, homophobia, transphobia, mental illness, forgotten historical struggles, hope and strength.

AwakeningCHANGE is a local non-profit performance group. It’s mission is to provide education as a means to conquer the divides that isolate individuals and communities from each other by establishing common ground and encouraging compassion for all people. They look to inspire respect for the earth and its inhabitants. The messages of awareness, responsibility and change for greater humanity are driven by raw emotion and are communicated through performance, art, media and conversation.
“Through performance art, we want to enable the audience to look within their hearts and minds, to really get involved with what they could do to broaden their understandings of love and humanity, as well as how they can help others find hope and commonality,” says Kegan Rushing, director and founder of AwakeningCHANGE.

They seek strength through unity, love through community and justice through humanity. More than that, they want the audience to find their voice and lend it those who haven’t. They are meant to inspire, empower and learn from one another.

For more information on Runway:Revolution or AwakeningCHANGE, call Jessica Hulick at 919-381-5516 or visit

Campus Scene

Search is on
STATEWIDE — The White Knot, a national marriage equality movement, is on the lookout for those who are members of high school or college Gay Straight Alliances, campus LGBT or another school group involved in LGBT issues and equality.

A campus awareness program is scheduled to begin this fall.

For more information, 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.