The North Star LGBTQ Community Center is hosting their gala on Nov. 8.

Center to hold gala

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — North Star LGBTQ Community Center will hold its Good Company Gala on Nov. 8, 6 p.m., at the Embassy Suites, Grand Pavilion Ballroom, 460 N. Cherry St.

The community event celebrates LGBTQ-friendly organizations and their employees.

Attendees can enjoy dinner, cash bar, silent auction and entertainment.

Contributions and sponsorships are welcome.

A $75 contribution from individuals, small businesses, non-profits and organizations net the donor a seat. Likewise, corporate contributions of $150 secures one seat.

Table sponsorships start at $500 and go up to $2,500. See the website for a complete breakdown.

A limited number of scholarships are available to those who demonstrate financial need and/or have verifiable volunteer hours within the local LGBTQ community.

The community is invited to attend. Proceeds go to support the center.

To RSVP, email

In other news, the center is expanding its library to include a children’s book section. Visit to see the wish list and/or make a purchase.


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Alamance does Pride

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Alamance Pride will be held on Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m., at the train station, 101 N. Main St.

Organizers will welcome those attending from the Nissan Stage at noon followed by musical performances for the rest of the afternoon. Included are Triad Pride Men’s Chorus, Triad Pride Women’s Chorus, The Megan Doss Band, along with two acts of a drag show with emcee Stormie Daie. Closing announcements from the board will take place at 4:45 p.m.

An after party will be held at 5 p.m. at Burlington Public House, 118 E. Davis St.


Bingo time approaches

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Drag Queen Bingo will be held on Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at the Metropolitan Community Church of Winston-Salem, 4105 Patsy Dr.

The event features Jamie Monroe, Bianca Lepore and Macaria Rage.

Snacks, candy and soft drinks will be available for a contribution.

Tickets are $15/individual and $25/couple and are available at the church or from Rev. Jon M. Hamby.

In other news, the church will present southern gospel recording artist Fortress in concert on Nov. 5, 11 a.m., at the church.

A love offering will be taken up during

the event.


Gathering explores racism

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —  Metropolitan Community Church of Winston-Salem, 4105 Patsy Dr., is hosting The Carolinas and Tennessee Network’s 2017 Network Gathering from Nov. 10-11. The topic will be “Racism in today’s world.” The weekend starts on Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. with a meet and greet at the church with light hors d’oeuvres. Afterwards, head out to enjoy the city. On Nov. 11, 9 a.m., a day-long gathering will include workshops, dialogue, lunch, fellowship, worship and communion. The following morning at 11 a.m., the church will hold worship services and gathering attendees are invited to attend.

Registration is available online. Cost is $25 per person. Deadline is Nov. 9 to secure a spot.

Hotel reservations can be made by Oct. 20 at the Holiday Inn Express on Hwy. 66 in Kernersville, N.C. Rate is $99 per night. Call 336-564-3333 to book a room with MCC as the code.


Foundation rebrands

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Guilford Green Foundation has announced that it has rebranded itself complete with a new logo and a relaunched website.

Atlantic Webworks created the new logo and TechTriad provided its services for the extreme non-profit makeover with support from the Cemala Foundation.

All of this has come just in time for the foundation’s 20th anniversary. During this year, the organization is asking the community to contribute $20 per month to help with programming for the community. Contributions can be made online.


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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.