LGBT art show seeks participants

DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham Arts Place, 305 E. Chapel Hill St., has announced that it will hold a juried LGBT art show from Aug. 10-Sept. 30 and are seeking pieces to include in the presentation.

Theme is “Love/Hate, Private/Public, Inside/Outside, Gay/Straight” and will begin during the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival run, as well as through the week of the North Carolina Pride Festival.

Deadline is July 23.

Artwork can be two or three dimensional and cannot exceed 36 inches in width and 60 inches in height.

Dan Ellison, Lindsay Gordon and Jennie Carlisle, curators, will make the selections.

For more information and to request an application, email or visit

Gala on the horizon

RALEIGH, N.C. — The 32nd Annual Crape Myrtle Festival Grand Gala will be held on July 28, 7-11 p.m., at the Memorial Auditorium Lobby, Progress Energy Center, 2 E. South St.

The evening will feature a silent auction, as well as heavy hors d’oeurvres.

Crape Myrtle Festival is constantly seeking contributions to support the financial needs of local HIV/LGBT organizations. This year it has raised $50,000 with only about $3,000 in expenses. Ninety-four percent of donations received are awarded to designated recipients.

Chairs are Kurt Hurelbrink and Dan Woodard. The court is comprised of Kevin Barker, Ryan Blackwell, Burton Buffaloe, Brad Deaton, Jill Donovan, Michael Evans, Andrew Farr, Paul Finger, Joshua Grice, T. L. Hall, Arthur Jordan, Steven Norris, Pink Persons, Gary Roundtree, Beren South, Coleman Temple, Melissa Williams, William “Rabbit” Wood and LiChun Young

Tickets are $25, advance and $30, at the door. Students may attend for $20. Purchases may be obtained online at and visit the website to learn more about sponsorship, pledge and volunteer opportunities.

Carolina researcher seeks subjects

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Laurie Phillips, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Ph.D. student, is conducting research with those who participated in the It Gets Better Project.

Any U.S.-based individual may participate. Video chat interviews will take place at a later date that is convenient to the study subject.

A brief background survey which lasts less than five minutes will be used to assess candidates.

Visit to complete the survey.

For more information, email

Group launches new site

RALEIGH, N.C. — Reconciling United Methodists of North Carolina (RUM) has recently launched its new website.

RUM is an affiliate of the Reconciling Ministries Network, based in Chicago, a national organization promoting fuller inclusion of LGBT members and people of color in the United Methodist Church.

The organization meets to discuss issues and concerns at various conferences and worship services, shares personal stories, as well as provides support to the LGBT community, families, pastors, and congregations.

On a national level, it is seeking applicants for two positions, regional organizers and a communications and technology coordinator. For job descriptions and instructions on how to apply, visit They are also launching in the fall a new organization plan that will utilize process coaches to train local volunteers to shepherd a prospective reconciling communities through a Reconciling Methodist process. They will work directly with congregations, classes and campus ministries to offer support, encouragement and experience within the Reconciling community. Training for process coaches will be facilitated by regional organizers and the Institute for Welcoming Resources. Send a cover letter, resume and list of references by July 23 to

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.