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SAGE Raleigh has announced that it has appointed Dave Barciz as its new program director. He replaces Les Geller who will be spending more time focused on outreach and education and will still be a support to SAGE Raleigh.

The group will now host a drop-in evening on the second Tuesday of each month beginning this month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St. Its first soiree is on June 9 where desserts, coffee and soft drinks will be served. The Thursday morning group will continue as always.

SAGE is also continuing its efforts in securing video stories from the LGBT community to be included on its SAGE Raleigh YouTube channel. The initiative has been ongoing for over two years. Some topics for consideration are: coming out stories; acceptance by one’s faith community; heroes and nemeses; opinions on how the area has become more accepting of the LGBT community; friendliness of the area toward LGBT individuals; and what it was like in one’s early life as an LGBT person.

Other upcoming events are a welcome back reception for Thom Koch with free lunch on June 11, lesbian lunch at K&W Cafeteria on June 25, Fourth of July picnic at Umstead State Park at 3 p.m. and viewing “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the NC Museum of Art on July 17.

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At press time, qnotes learned that there was a new group forming for seniors on Tuesdays at the Durham Center For Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee Ave. # 202, in Durham, N.C., in the old TV lounge. The first meeting was on May 19, followed up by one on June 2. The next one is slated for June 16 at 5:30 p.m.

The Gay & Lesbian Seniors and Friends group helps its members find support, make new friends and share conversation. Sandwiches, salads and beverages will be provided. The center is opening it doors after hours for the new group only.

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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.