Holidays bring fun

RALEIGH — The LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St., has a host of activities to fill the festive season ahead.

On Dec. 9, put on those dancing shoes and head out to The Bar, 711 Rigsbee Ave., 3-7 p.m., for a holiday t-dance. A $5 contribution is suggested at the door with proceeds going to the center.

The Gay & Gray crew are holding their holiday potluck on Dec. 15, 5-9 p.m., at the center. Enjoy the camaraderie along with live entertainment. This event is being held in conjunction with Primetimers and Silver Roses. For more information or to attend, email Les Geller at

Want a place to hang out on Christmas day? Then head out to the center for their open house from Noon-6 p.m. on Dec. 25. Hang out and enjoy the fellowship.

On Dec. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the center will hold “Embracing Uncontrolled Love,” an affirming faith forum. Join with leaders from the community at this forum to energize faith to act for the common good in practical ways. Joining in this event is especially significant now when anti-LGBT hate based religious rhetoric threatens LGBT lives and well being.

For more information on these or other programs or events, visit

Author releases book

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gay Christian Network founder and executive director Justin Lee recently published his book, “Torn, Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays vs.Christians Debate.”

This piece tells the 15-year story of the writer to “understand both sides of the gay debate — from bullied teens to ministry leader scandals, from churches to gay bars — and, ultimately, to find a way to bring us back together.”

His discoveries are chronicled, especially the ones that shocked his foundation, as well as the heartbreaking ones as well. He explored and examined how to make the situation right amidst the controversy.

“Torn” rips at the fabric of divisiveness and offers both sides a way to approach this from an honest, realistic and compassionate perspective.

Published by Jericho Books, it is available through book dealers and online in paper and electronic formats.

To purchase “Torn,” visit

In other news, the organization is still accepting reservations for its “Oasis” conference being held Jan. 10-13, 2013 in Phoenix, Ariz. Visit to learn more.

Petition set for GSA

RALEIGH, N.C. — Jenna Travis, a student at LeRoy Martin GT Magnet Middle School, started a petition online to help bring a gay-straight alliance (GSA) to her campus.

It seems that she and her friends tried to get the school to allow the formation of the GSA previously to which her grade’s counselor commented, “it would lead to inappropriate conversations about sex,” and turned the request down.

As of press time she had over 200 signatures and was planning on reaching out to a school administrator again.

qnotes will follow up in a subsequent issue once we have found out the outcome of the petition and request.

To view the petition’s language, visit

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.