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 goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com!
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!