Filmmaker Ellen Sheperd

Guild hosts Shepard

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Raleigh Business and Professional Network will hold its monthly meeting on May 13, 6:30 p.m., at Coquette Brasserie, 4351 The Circle at North Hills St.

Guest speaker will be Ellen Shepard who is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and assistant professor at St. Augustine University. Her new film, “Sitting at God’s Table,” debuts this month. It is a full-length documentary featuring local religious leaders who tackle with candor, respect and personal insight the most controversial subjects of the day.

Reservations are available online for the meeting at

A free screening of the film will take place on May 16, 10 a.m., at Full Frame Theatre, 318 Blackwell St., in Durham, N.C. Seating is limited. RSVP to to reserve a seat. A Q&A with Shepard follows.


Theatre brings ‘Hedwig’ benefit

RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., will present a midnight performance on May 16 of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre.

The special presentation benefits the LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St., and is held in partnership with the theatre.

Tickets are $32.79 and include one drink.


‘Tootsie’ fundraiser around corner

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina will celebrate the efforts of its organization and the Crape Myrtle Festival by having a fundraising screening of “Tootsie” on May 14, 8 p.m., at The Rialto Theatre, 1620 Glenwood Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m.

This classic and iconic film stars Dustin Hoffman in the title role.

Full concessions, including beer, wine, popcorn and sweets, will be available.

Admission is free with a $10 suggested contribution.


Fest breaks records

RALEIGH , N.C.— The LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St., announced that its Out! Raleigh festival broke its previous records and saw 32,000 at its May 2 event.


Creech recognized at conference

DURHAM, N.C. — The Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry was held on April 18 at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Rd. Theme was “Love Thy Neighbor: The Church and Welcoming Persons from the LGBTQ Community. During the day-long conference, Rev.Gil Caldwell, upon calling Jimmy Creech to the podium, acknowledged Creech’s tenacity in challenging the church on LGBT issues. Creech is a defrocked UMC minister and co-founder of Faith in America.


Crape Myrtle raising funds

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Crape Myrtle Festival’s 35th host party held at the home of Chris and Jessica Cotwalt raised $23,1000 on April 11. Expenses were kept at a minimum at $2,622 with 88.7 percent of contributions going to HIV/AIDS or LGBT causes. Funds are still being accepted online. Organizers want to reach a goal of $100,000 after expenses.


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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.