Stan Kimer was made a Diversity Council faculty member.

Council selects Kimer for faculty

RALEIGH, N.C. — Stan Kimer, owner of Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer, has been invited to join the faculty of the National Diversity Council’s DiversityFIRST Certification Program.

The five-day program prepares professionals to create and implement highly successful diversity and inclusion strategies.

Kimer will assist with sessions in San Antonio, Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio, Newark, N.J., Gardena, Calif. and Orlando, Fla., from May through December.


Ride date set

CARRBORO, N.C. — Planned Parenthood South Atlantic has announced that its Fourth Annual Ride for Choice will be held on April 23, beginning at Looking Glass Cafe, 601 W. Main St.

The ride includes two options for participants, one that is approximately 24 miles (2 p.m. start time) and another that is 54 miles (1 p.m. start time), with rest stops and emergency support along the way.

Afterward, enjoy beers, bratwurst and other treats at the Cafe. Options will be available for vegetarians and beverages other than beer.

Space has been filled for both events, but “cheerleaders” along the route are welcome. Email to learn more.

In lieu of riding, contributions to the organization are appreciated.


Duke trans student shares experience

DURHAM, N.C. — Elizabeth Hadfield, a senior at Duke University majoring in cultural anthropology and psychology is on a mission. She wants to help others around her understand what is means to be transgender. And, in order to do so, she said that what she had to do was help those around her understand her experience as a transgender person, the Washington Post reported in an interview conducted by Steven Petrow.

She publicly came out at the same time the National Geographic Channel aired Katie Couric’s “Gender Revolution” documentary.

Hadfield’s upbringing was beset with chiding when she dressed in girlish clothing and was scolded for her behavior and told that she was a boy.

Fast forward to 2015 when she was studying abroad and she saw a woman whom she found to have a “cool” hairstyle and came to the realization that she wanted to be a woman.

Then in 2016 Hadfield came out on Facebook with a photograph as part of a women’s rights campaign, she told the Post.

Since then she has seen a lack of mainstream media information on the meaning of being transgender. The most common misperception has to do with genitalia and shared that individuals present in many varying identities. The only one who knows one’s gender is one’s self. Hadfield also encourages others to promote transgender understanding and acceptance.


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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.