Tomorrow is the day! Equality North Carolina and its supporters from across the state converge on Greensboro for a day-long conference tackling some of the most important issues facing Tar Heel LGBT communities today — everything from local and grassroots activism to the amendment fight.

qnotes will be on-hand during the conference and Equality North Carolina’s evening awards dinner. We’ll be joined by a host of LGBT and progressive bloggers and tweeters, including Durham’s Pam Spaulding. Be sure to follow all the goings-on through Twitter with the hashtag #encf11. Also, we’ll have occasional updates here at!

So, what’s on Saturday’s agenda, you ask? Here are some highlights:

Brilliant sessions :: The Equality North Carolina Conference will take place on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. All sessions will be held in the Elliott University Center. Among the exciting offerings:

  • Equality North Carolina Student Ambassador Program for Universities and Colleges
  • Bridging the Gap: Linking Reproductive Rights to LGBT Issues
  • Building your Social Media Matrix
  • Saying “I Do” when North Carolina Says You Don’t: Marriage, the Anti-LGBT Amendment, and Living in a State that Doesn’t Recognize Your Marriage
  • Documentation for Transgender Individuals: Successes, Failures, and Challenges
  • Bigotry is Bad for Business: The Economic Harms of the Anti-LGBT Amendment

Evening gala :: After all the learning is done, supporters will gather to mix, mingle, eat, drink and be merry as Equality North Carolina awards some of the state’s hardest-working advocates for change, including:

  • Legislator of the Year: Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford)
  • Equality Champions, Triangle: Maxine Eichner, Holning Lau
  • Equality Champion, Triad: Bob Page
  • Equality Champion, Eastern N.C.: Bo Dean
  • Equality Champion, Western N.C.: Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman
  • Equality Champion, Charlotte: qnotes‘ own editor, Matt Comer!

For more information on Equality North Carolina and its events, visit, and be sure to follow us here and on Twitter, @qnotescarolinas for all the great happenings tomorrow!