Conference registration open

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gay Christian Network has announced that early-bird registration is now available for its 2013 “Oasis” conference slated for Jan. 10-13, 2013, in Phoenix, Az.

Deadline is Aug. 7 for their “super early bird special.” Cost is $99. Early bird registration is $120 until Sept. 30; online, $135, Dec. 9; onsite, $160; and women’s retreat, $25.

Rejuvenate, refresh and revitalize during this three-day event that allows participants to renew themselves, away from the day-to-day grind and worry. Examine the love of God through the promise of reaching the Oasis.

In addition to the conference, for the first time a Women’s Retreat will take place on Jan. 10, just prior to the opening of Oasis that evening. Enjoy worship, Bible study and fellowship.

The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th St., will serve as host hotel and conference site. Room rates are $139 per room with TGC or The Gay Christian Network Conference code. Rates are also the same for three days prior to or afterward for those who want to explore the area. Cut-off date for booking at the conference rate is Dec. 9.

Speakers (pictured) so far are Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel, a senior minister at First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn in Illinois, also serves as an editor-at-large for Christian Century Magazine among others, as well as authoring books on spirituality. In addition to Daniel, GCN Founder and Executive Director Justin Lee will be on hand as well. He has been an avid bridge builder between opposing factions and has also been seen in print, on radio and television through “Dr. Phil,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” OUT magazine, and more.

Guests slated are Jennifeer Knapp, a Christian musician, and Namoli Brennet, a transgender singer/songwriter.

Scholarships are also available for the conference. Requests must meet the Sept. 30 deadline to be considered.

Food and lodging are not included in the registration costs.

For more information or to register, visit

In other news, GCN’s newly hired web developer has left the organization and they are in urgent need of someone to take over the reigns. Lee has stepped in temporarily until the position is filled. Those who are highly skilled in PHP development, either part-time, full-time or on a volunteer basis should send their intent to

Project shares stories

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Know + Love project is a collaborative initiative between the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation and Equality NC. Since its inception in the wake of passage of anti-gay Amendment One, it is encouraging North Carolina LGBT families to share their stories as a way to raise awareness and increase public support for equal rights for LGBT people.

The ACLU has acknowledged the support of Stiefel Freethought Foundation that helped with Know + Love website creation. Its founder and president, Todd Stiefel, is a freethought activist. The Freethought Movement challenges the status quo through knowledge and reason. It has associations with the Humanist and atheist ideologies.

Triangle Community Foundation, Durham, also supports the work through video stories that bring to light the effects of discrimination against LGBT Triangle Tar Heel citizens.

For more information or to share family stories, 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.