Library presents author reading

DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham County Library, in celebration of LGBT Pride Month, will bring author LaToya Hankins in on June 24, 7 p.m., 300 Roxboro St., to read from her book “SBF Seeking.”

This novel explores what happened when a woman decides to place a personal ad four months before her wedding. Her small town life in eastern North Carolina never prepared her for the personal journey she undertakes as she struggles to find her heart’s path. A book signing will follow the reading.

ENC seeks survey participants

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality North Carolina (ENC) is requesting participations in its supporter survey.

They made a resolution at the end of 2012 to “serve our supporters, our communities and our state like never before.”

ENC is committed to becoming a primary news, education and civic engagement resource on LGBT issues. They took a pledge to be more accountable to the needs of LGBT North Carolinians and allies.

Survey responses are anonymous.

To join in, visit

Kids group hosts enrollment

DURHAM, N.C. — The Triangle chapter of Navigators USA has announced that enrollment for its 2013-14 season is now open.

The group welcomes boys and girls regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, religious or lack of religious belief. It believes the greatest challenge for the future of the planet is whether people will learn how to get along with others different than themselves.

An information session was held at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd., on June 13.

The organization began in New York and now sports nearly 50 chapters. The Triangle chapter was the fifth in the system. Michelle Kucerak serves as the contact person.

“Navigators USA was created to provide a scouting experience for boys and girls who either can’t or don’t want to join the existing scouting organization in their local community. Whatever the reason, be it the local leadership, national policies, curriculum issues, gender separation, there should be more than one option for children and parents when it comes to scouting. Navigators USA is here to teach many of the same skills and values of traditional scouting while emphasizing diversity, inclusion, and group problem solving,” she said.

Last year they learned campfire essentials, knot tying, first aid training and more. They also participated in a ropes course, camp out, rock climbing, creek clean up, hiking, volunteer opportunities, biking, boating and whitewater rafting.


GCN unveils new site

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Gay Christian Network (GCN) has announced that its long-anticipated revamp of its website has now come to fruition.

GCN organizers said that the new design “makes the website easier to navigate and more delightful to use.”

Staff web developer Matthew Reynolds was the force behind the project.

In other news, the network’s scheduled podcasts are now available on Wednesdays and can be listened to via iTunes subscription or XML feed. Past episodes can also be heard from a list of shows available for download on the site.

GCN provides a resource for gay Christians to network through its online community, conferences, support options and more.


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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.