Condoms take tour

DURHAM, N.C. — Triangle Empowerment Center, Inc., and Community Partners will present their Condom Nation Tour on Sept. 21, 12-5:30 p.m., at Urban Ministries of Durham, 410 Liberty St.

This event will be filled with a host of freebies and is open to the public: condom distribution, HIV/AIDs testing and information. Free gift cards and food will be given to those who decide to get tested onsite.

Community sponsors, partners and collaborators include: Triangle Empowerment, Lincoln Community Health Center, Alliance of AIDS Services-Carollina, University of North Carolina Center for AIDS Research, Urban Ministries, New Tactics & Strategies, Partnership for a Healthy Durham and AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at the University of North Carolina.

For more information, call 919-432-8902.

Interfaith forum slated

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Human Rights Campaign’s Interfaith Forum for Love and Equality will be held on Oct. 14 beginning at 5 p.m. with refreshments at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., which will serve as host. It is open to the public.

Sponsors include the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) of North Carolina, along with Sun Trust, Equality NC and the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

Comprised of two parts, the first one will feature a public forum from 5:20-6:15 p.m. Invited clergy from various religious traditions will serve as speakers. At press time, they are Rev. Brandon Boone or Rev. Wanda Floyd, St. John’s MCC; Rabbi Eric Solomon, Beth Meyer Synagogue; Jack Ori, author and transgender advocate; and Maddy Goss, HRC Board of Governors.

Additionally, outdoor activities complete the day with songs, prayers and a brief candlelight vigil from 6:15-6:45 p.m. Participants can order candles for $3 for one, $5 for three and $2 each additional by visiting Forms and payment is due by Oct. 5.

The key objective of the forum is to allow the religious community to “express its love and support for the LGBT community, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation.”

For more information or to read the statement of support by participating clergy, visit

Seniors get LGBT group

DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee Ave., Suite 202, has initiated an LGBT group for seniors who are 55 and older.

The center started offering LGBT seniors this alternative monthly gathering in July 2012. Participants gather to swap stories, meet new friends, talk politics, movies and more.

They have even set up an information table at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival to share their inclusive group.

Although in its infancy, they hope to expand its scope over time. They are currently meeting twice monthly.

Allison Hubbard, director of programs, said that they are open to suggestions in order to move forward. They are especially sensitive to the needs of those in the transgender community, saying that a transgender individual approached Hubbard expressing that he was concerned about how much discrimination would unfold if “his buddies” at the center knew his history. This offers him a viable alternative.

The center is currently obtaining buy-in from its administrators and advisory committee and it is partnering with a Duke University member to help create a safe space. “We want to be inclusive of all seniors and feel that we need to reach out to LGBTs,” she added.

A meeting is planned for Sept. 25, 2-3 p.m., at Blue Coffee Café, 202 N. Corcoran St. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit


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.