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RALEIGH — Equality NC has been collecting boxes of Froot Loops to send to Rep. Larry Brown as a result of anti-gay slurs he used in an email to 60 House Republicans recently about the recipient of ENC Foundation’s Legislative Leadership Award recipient N.C. House Speaker Joe Hackney. Rep. Brown stated, “I hope all the queers are thrilled to see him. I am sure there will be a couple legislative fruitloops there in the audience.”

At press time they had hoped to get 400 boxes by Oct. 11 in recognition of National Coming Out Day.

Rep. Brown has not offered an apology to the LGBT community and allied constituents. None of his 60 colleagues who received an email have spoken out against the bigoted language.

For every contribution in Rep. Brown’s name, a box of Froot Loops was slated to be delivered to his office along with personal messages. The contents were sent to Triad Health Project.

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Training date set

CHARLOTTE — Campus Pride is holding its Stop The Hate Train The Trainer program from Dec. 6-9 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

In the wake of the recent suicide deaths of five youth across the U.S., this training is timely and helps to foster development of the community with regard to preventing and combating bias and hate crimes at the college and university level. The program allows top administrators, student affairs professionals, faculty and students to learn new innovative tools to take action on hate crimes and bias-motivated violence issues on his/her campus.

The course was developed in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, Association of College Unions International, Campus Pride, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Wilbron Institute, Matthew Shepard Foundation, Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center and the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence.

Early bird registration if paid by Nov. 6 is $395. Afterward costs increase to $495.

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Prisons seek books

ASHEVILLE/CHAPEL HILL — The Asheville Prison Books Program and the International Prison Book Collective is gathering books to send to prisoners in the region and other states across the nation on LGBT issues.

Not only are they accepting these books, but they are looking for reading matter that may be helpful in elevating the educational level of prisoners who are seeking further academic accreditation.

The Prison Book Program is a national initiative that started in 1972. They supply reference books, as well as GED and other educational materials free of charge. Categories also include, but are not limited to: health, psychology, self-improvement, social sciences, foreign language, ethnic studies, history, religious or spiritual studies, sports, hobbies and fiction.

Asheville accepts books for Georgia, North and South Carolina and Tennessee. Chapel Hill collect items for Alabama, Mississippi and some prisons in North Carolina.

To contribute, send paperback items to 67 N Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 or 405 W. Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

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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.