Film series underway

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Out of the Wilderness conference series has begun and is being held each Monday during the month of April in the lower auditorium of Wingate Hall at Wake Forest University at 7 p.m.

Presented by Interfaith Voice, a coalition of city congregations that are open and affirming of LGBT individuals, the event is free and open to the public.

On April 4, Gender 101 — Gender, Sexuality and the Trans Identity was presented by Liam Hooper. In the weeks ahead, the following will flesh out the series: April 11, “The New Black” documentary film screening about an African-American community that grapples with gay rights during the marriage movement and the fight over civil rights, followed by discussion; April 18, a conversation with Brent Childers, a former journalist who serves at Equality NC’s new faith director; and April 25, “Same Gender Marriage, Religious Accommodations and Race Analogy,” presented by Wake Forest University School of Law Professor Shannon Gilreath.

The series is sponsored by the Adam Foundation and the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.


It’s green bingo time

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Green Queen Biker Bingo will be held on April 15, 6 p.m., at The Elm Street Center, 203 S. Elm St.

The evening includes cocktails with the queens at 6 p.m. and bingo at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15/advance, $20/at the door and $12/student with ID and are available online at

Proceeds go to support the work of Guilford Green Foundation.


Fest features LGBT films

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The RiverRun International Film Festival, which began on April 7 and will continue until April 17, has announced that it will screen 166 films, including 76 features and 90 shorts from 44 countries.

Among them are an array of LGBT-focused shows which will be shown at a/perture, 311 W. 4th St., Hanesbrand Theatre, 209 Spruce St. N., and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 750 Marguerite Dr. Featured are: “Coming Out,” “He Hated Pigeons,” “Deep Run,” “First Girl I Loved” and “Sleeping Giant.” See the website for more detailed information on each film.

Tickets are available at the Stevens Center Box Office at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 405 W. 4th St., online at or over the phone at 336-721-1945. Cost of tickets vary. More information is available on the film festival website.


Expo slated

GIBSONVILLE, N.C. — The Triad LGBT Expo 2016 will be held on May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Gibsonville Depot, 119 W. Main St.

Hosted by Alamance Burlington LGBT Resources, it brings in LGBT non-profits and allies to showcase their organizations. A DJ will be on hand to share music and make serve as announcer for the day’s agenda.

Admission is free.

Email to learn more.


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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.