Film features church members

DURHAM, N.C. — The premiere film screening of the documentary “Grief Journeys” will take place on June 16, 6 p.m., at Full Frame Theatre, 320 Blackwell St. A discussion and Q&A session will follow.

The film was produced by Rev. Annie Ross and edited by Saving Daisy Production. It features Imani Metropolitan Community Church members Toddie Stewart, Pricilla Ross and Deacon Marcus Davis. The piece explores transformative journeys through pain and grief. The intimate stories shared give the viewer “renewed hope in the soul’s ability to soar after sorrow and a greater insight into the heart’s capacity to heal after loss.”

Tickets are $10.50 and are available online.


Chorus journeys to the past

RALEIGH/DURHAM/CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus will present their “Journey to the Past” spring concert on June 2, 7 p.m., at Fairmont United Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave., in Raleigh; June 3, 3 p.m., at Calvary United Methodist Church, 304 East Trinity Ave., in Durham; June 9, 7 p.m., at Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Dr., in Chapel Hill; and June 10, 3 p.m., at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., in Raleigh.

“Journey to the Past” is a  voyage through time and sound, featuring music from yesterday and today. Concertgoers will enjoy hits from groups like The Temptations, The Four Seasons, Kansas and Phillip Phillips. Tunes range from age-old folk songs to swing; rock ballads to country twang; and Broadway hits to millennial chart toppers.

“We’re covering the gamut this with this one,” says Jeff Whicker, co-artistic director for the chorus. “We want to give audiences a taste of everything, so everyone has something to really enjoy.”

Chorus Board President David Conroy said, “This has been a tremendous season overall, and ‘Journey to the Past’ is truly the icing on the cake.”

Tickets for concert are $10 as a suggested contribution and are available online. Shows will feature refreshments and a raffle drawing for prizes.


ASO gets PrEP-ared

DURHAM, N.C. — The Triangle Empowerment Project has invited the community to “Ignite Durham! ‘Are we PrEP-ared?’ on June 25, 10 a.m.-3p.m., at Conference Room A, second floor, Durham County Department of Public Health, 414 E. Main St.

The event is a Partnership for Healthy Durham’s HIV/ STI committee strategic planning meeting where participants will discuss ways to improve access to PrEP for Durham residents.

To attend, register for the free event by June 15 online at or send an RSVP to Danita King at Lunch will be provided.


Expo sessions announced

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Triangle Expo for LGBTQ Aging Adults will be held on June 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Rd.

SAGE Raleigh and Resources for Seniors have released the topics for the expo’s 10 educational sessions. They are: Legal Issues, Roger Manus, Campbell University School of Law ; Advance Care Directives, Rich Gwathney, Transitions LifeCare; Financial Issues and Retirement Planning, Lorraine Johnson, Lifetime Asset Management, and Tom Cameron, Cameron Financial Services; Dialogue about LGBTQ Resilience, Margot Arrowsmith, Silver Linings for Seniors; Aging in Place, Audrey Galloway, AARP North Carolina; Healthy Living, Mandy Nester, Registered Nurse; Mental Health Issues, Margot Arrowsmith, Silver Linings for Seniors; Understanding Housing Options, Scott Waterhouse, Resources for Seniors; Understanding Medicare, Susan Maguire, Resources for Seniors; and HIV Pharmaceuticals, Patrick Lee, Gilead Sciences.

Nearly 40 exhibitors have taken all of the available booths as of press time. They cover the gamut of services and organizations which cater to seniors, in addition to others that are more general in nature.

Presenting sponsor for the event is American Airlines. Eleven other sponsors fall in the gold and silver categories.


Senior development nears capacity

Updated June 3, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. — Village Hearth Cohousing has announced that 24 of its 28 homes have been spoken for and are seeking participants to fill the last four units.

The development caters to LGBTQ seniors, friends and allies who are over 55.

Units are cottage-style, one-story homes. The Common House will be a hub of activity with mailboxes, exercise room, crafts room, guest suite and the shared kitchen/dining room available for gatherings.

The project was featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal about environmentally-conscious housing for older adults. It is also considered to be the first LGBTQ-focused senior cohousing in the U.S. “This trend will improve the lack of options for older LGBT as they choose to live in supportive communities where they know and trust their neighbors, and they can be themselves,” said Charles R. Durrett, principal architect.

Groundbreaking is slated for fall 2018, with move-in projected for late 2019. In charge of the project are McCamant & Durrett Architects and development consultant CoHousing Solutions. McCamant & Durrett leads workshops across the U.S. on the cohousing effort.


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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.