Films focus on support

RALEIGH — Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, will show films that are supportive to the LGBT community.

On May 7 at 6:30 p.m., “Through My Eyes,” “Prayers for Bobby,” on May 21 at 6:30 p.m. and on June 6 at 12 p.m., “Call Me Malcolm” will focus on stories of faith from a Christian perspective for those with LGBT children.

The June 6 event will be followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A session.

For more information, visit

Out, then ousted

DURHAM — Justin Robinette was impeached on April 14 as chair of Duke University’s College Republicans. This came on the coattails of his re-election on March 16 and his election as co-chair of the N.C. Federation of College Republicans.

Carter Boyle, who replaced Robinette said that the impeachment proceedings were taken on “‘conduct unbecoming of a person in a position or leadership’ among other reasons,” The Daily Tar Heel reported.

Boyle said that the action was based upon Robinette’s not attending events, ignoring members and personal use of the organization’s funds. Robinette said this happened prior to his re-election.

The Tar Heel article indicated that Robinette felt sandbagged after an amendment was passed that would allow for a two-thirds vote of the executive board to vote for the process and not the whole body.

His sexuality appeared to have had a part in his impeachment, Cliff Satell told The Daily Tar Heel.

For the complete story, visit republicans-forced-out.

Take me out to the ballpark…

RALEIGH/DURHAM — The Triangle Area Softball Association (TASA) is in full swing. Opening day was on April 11. The LGBT Center of Raleigh was honored during the opening pitch ceremony and was presented with a check for $250 from TASA. Justine Hollingshead, board secretary of the Center threw out the first pitch to open up the season. TASA attempts to contribute a percentage of its annual revenues to local charities each year.

The league, consisting of eight teams, plays during the spring and fall seasons. Their spring season runs from mid-April through June and the fall season runs September–October. All games are currently played on Sundays at Valley Springs Park in Durham and Lions Park in Raleigh.

TASA is an unincorporated non-profit organization formed in 2009 with five teams. It is a permanently organized, not-for-profit slow-pitch softball league dedicated to the promotion of amateur athletics for all persons regardless of age, race, creed, religion, sex, national origin or sexual orientation. However, a special emphasis is placed on the participation of members of the gay and lesbian community. It is the specific goal of TASA to provide a sports outlet for individuals to meet like-minded people, improve their athletic abilities, promote good sportsmanship and organize and promote participation of its members in social, cultural or charitable activities as may serve the broader gay and lesbian community.

The commissioner is Renee Batchelor. She can be reached at 919-794-5223.

It is funded by membership dues, sponsorship fees and by monies raised via fundraising events. These funds help defray league expenses for field rental, umpire fees, general league expenditures, awards and trophies. Its slogan is “Promoting LGBT causes through amateur softball and charity events.”

Laura Kirby, marketing director, says that they hope to expand to 15 teams next year with hopes of building to 24. They compete nationally. This year it sports 200 members, with plans to serve 500 in the next few years.

Interested in joining the league as an individual player for next season for $25, want to put a team in the league or would like more information on sponsoring the league or a team? Then email For a full calendar of game play, visit

It’s zoo-rific!

RALEIGH — The Raleigh Area Gay Parents Meetup Group is taking a trip to the N.C. Zoological Park, 4401 Zoo Pkwy., on May 16, leaving between 8-8:30 a.m.

Carpooling will be available for those who wish to double up. Rendezvous point will be at the North America Entrance.

Cancellation will only take place if it rains, but not for a drizzle. Notification by the event coordinator will occur the evening before for those who RSVP.

Cost is $10 per adult, $6 per children age 2-12, payable at the gate.

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.