HRC benefit announced

DURHAM, N.C. — A night of spoken word and performance art event, along with a silent auction, will be held on Jan. 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m., to benefit the Human Rights Campaign at Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave.

For those inspired, an open mic will take place after the presentations.


Youth group to host retreat

DURHAM, N.C. — iNSIDEoUT will hold Fab-U-Fest, a winter retreat, on Jan. 24-26, 2014, at a private location.

The festivities begin on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and end on Jan. 26 at 8:30 a.m.

The weekend will be filled with workshops and activities run by GSA/QSA volunteers and various volunteer/non-profit organizations from across North Carolina. ORDS, a queer youth music group, will be on hand as well.

All participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag, as well as clothing, toiletries, medications, personal care items, cards, games and films. Food will be provided. No tobacco, illegal drugs or alcohol are permitted.

Registration is free and is due by Jan. 17, 2014. However, a $20 contribution is requested to cover expenses. All are welcome regardless of ability to pay. Once accepted, participants will receive details on the event location. A release form must be completed for each person attending.

In other news, Arjuna Palomar, a representative of the board, is asking adult allies to consider becoming an iNSIDEoUT sustainer with a monthly contribution to help the group further its work with LGBTQ youth. No amount is too small. Those who wish to participate may go online to pledge support.


enc_fb_likeENC seeks ‘friends’

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality NC (ENC) is on the hunt for a few more friends. They are trying to top the 50,000 mark on Facebook fans.

“If every Equality NC supporter…likes our page, we’ll easily eclipse 100,000 on Facebook and not only be able to more readily push out important information and activate folks around crucial LGBT issues, but also send a strong message that people from all over care about building a state of equality in the South,” said Jen Jones, ENC’s director of communications. In fact, she’s so dedicated to the cause that she pledged that for every “like” up to 50,000 (from 49,950), she will donate $1. She also encourages everyone to email their friends to join in the initiative.


Radio season begins

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Gay Christian Network has announced the launch of its 2013-14 podcast season.

Carried on subscriber-based iTunes or via XML feed, Founder Justin Lee brings the latest features on music, discussion on issues and conducts guest interviews.

On Nov. 13, he spoke with Jane Clementi, mother of Tyler Clementi, a gay university student who committed suicide. They talked about grief, loss and how to move on.

On Dec. 5, Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, who was associated with the Institute for Welcoming Resources and an United Church of Christ minister and a Side A (for those in gay relationships or wish to be someday) Christian leader, shared her reflections on her most current work. She also discussed how she gained her passion for social justice while growing up in a progressive church.

In other news, the network has compiled a free resource on Lee’s research and interview with secular and Christian students on 20 college campuses during his cross country travels. The project was made possible by a grant from the Arcus Foundation. The information and video are available online.



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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.