Christian association adds staff

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Gay Christian Network has announced the hiring of two new staff members.

Andrea Dreier is the new director of operations. The Ohio native is a trained classical pianist and a former Peace Corps volunteer. While in Bulgaria, she taught English and led LGBT resources training for new volunteer.

Upon her return to the U.S., she became the circulation department manager of the music library at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Aaron Little was hired to be the director of communications. Also from Ohio, he graduated from Malone University with a B.A. in liberal arts and philosophy. He was the first openly gay student there and worked with supportive Side A and Side B faculty and staff to foster a more open, supportive environment for future students. He was selected as the graduate of the year in liberal arts by the faculty. He is a European history buff, cultural enthusiast and bilingual in French and English.


Author to have book signing

LaToya Hankins
LaToya Hankins

RALEIGH — LaToya Hankins will read from her new novel, “K-Rho: The Sweeet Taste of Sisterhood” on March 30, 2 p.m., at the LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St.

This book chronicles the strength of sorority live for three Copper Road University sophomores.

Afterward, she will sign books while attendees enjoy a reception.

Hankins was featured in qnotes in its Spring Arts & Entertainment Guide. Read more about her at


PFLAG to host Kimer

RALEIGH — Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Triangle will bring in Stan Kimer to share his life story and his successes on April 16, 7:30 p.m., at Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail Dr.

Kimer previously worked as a global corporate LGBT manager with IBM. He currently serves as president of Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer. He was also elected as president of the North Carolina Council of Churches.

He received his B.S. in Management Science from Georgia Tech and his Masters from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. In 2003, he was awarded the Triangle Business and Professional Guild’s Professional of the Year.

PFLAG Triangle also offers membership to its organization at a cost of $35. Application can be made online.


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