Band hits the Triangle

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Lesbian band Antigone Rising will bring their all-female-boot-stompin’-alt-country-rock sound on Sept. 20, 8 p.m., at Local 506, 506 W. Franklin St.

The band was founded by sisters Kristen Ellis-Henderson and Cathy Henderson and released several albums through independent labels before signing with Lava Records in 2003. After a few shifting band members, drummer Dena Tauriello and lead singer/ rhythm guitarist Nini Camps completed the quartet.

Tickets are $10-12 and are available online.


Methodists hold fall meeting

DURHAM, N.C. — Reconciling United Methodists-North Carolina will hold their fall meeting on Oct. 5, 7 p.m., at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Bradshaw Room, Education Bldg., 514 W. Chapel Hill St.

Key items on the agenda are discussions a joint conference in Greensboro on Oct. 25 and a review of a revised resource guide.


Center to bestow awards

RALEIGH , N.C.— The LGBT Center of Raleigh will hold its Sixth Annual LGBT Center Gala and Awards Banquet on Oct. 10, 7 p.m., at Cobblestone Hall, 215 Wolfe St.

Volunteer of the Year goes to Nicholas Buchser. He is a youth program coordinator with the center’s Youth and Family Initiative. His service to the LGBT community over the years has been extensive. When not at work, he advises QueerNC, an LGBT youth group based in the Triangle.

Organization of the Year is Stonewall Kickball Raleigh. This energetic, new sports league is a great social and outdoor activity for those who participate. It is part of a growing number of leagues being developed across the U.S. The Raleigh one named the center as its beneficiary for league proceeds.

The Community Impact Award recipient is Milan Pham. An attorney, she is a partner with NicholsonPham and is a member of the Family Law Institute, a division of the National LGBT Bar association that serves as a coordinating hub for much of the current marriage equality litigation. Pham part of the organizing team of the Durham LGBTQ Center and serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina. She has recently become involved with the Durham People’s Alliance’s Economic Justice Committee. She has served as the Orange County human rights and relations director and in many other capacities over the years. She was named as one of the top 100 lawyers of color in the South in 2012. Her being on the forefront of fighting for the LGBT community for many years, as well as working behind the scenes, has led the charge in dealing with battles one at a time and has made an impact matched by only a few people, the center said.

The LGBTQ Ally of the Year is Pam Saulsby. Known for her “worrying heart,” she has become a champion for the LGBT community after her daughter came out. She saw that there were different rules for those who were straight versus those who were gay. Saulsby professionally has worked as a news anchor and is an Emmy winner for her journalistic endeavors. During her free time, she has become an accomplished singer and jazz performer, often taking the stage at area festivals and galas.

The distinguished service recipient will be shared when it is announced.

Tickets are $125/advance through Sept. 30 and $150 afterward.


[Ed. Note — This story has been updated to include LGBT Center of Raleigh award recipient information for Milan Pham and Pam Saulsby.]

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