Brent Wolfe

Network hosts Wolfe

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Raleigh Business and Professional Network will hold their monthly meeting on Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., at 18 Seaboard, 18 Seaboard Ave., Suite #100.

WUNC News Director Brent Wolfe will share a report about North Carolina’s history in the making — particularly as same-sex marriage becomes a reality.


Marriage seminars upcoming

RALEIGH/DURHAM, N.C. — Two seminars geared toward LGBT individuals and couples who are already married in North Carolina or elsewhere, are considering getting married or have or are planning on having children, will be held in the Triangle. The first is planned for Nov. 12, 7 p.m., LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St. It is co-hosted by Equality NC and the center. The second is planned for Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Temple Building, 302 West Main St., Durham, hosted by Equality NC and Self-Help Credit Union.

Experts in the financial planning, tax and legal fields will be on hand to answer questions about how the recent changes in marriage, divorce and parentage laws affect relationships, finances, and/or children.

Presenters are: Angela Haas, attorney, Haas & Associates, PA; Jennifer Tharrington, attorney, Haas & Associates, PA; Carla Daniel, EA of Blackman Sloop CPAs; and Lorraine Johnson, CFP, CFA, ADPA, Triangle Financial Advisors.


Center announces seniors’ programs

RALEIGH, N.C. — SAGE Raleigh is serving a free lunch to its members and guests on Nov. 13, 11:30 p.m., at the LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St., as part of its drop-in program.

An RSVP is requested by Nov. 11 so that organizers can order enough food for those who will attend. Email SAGE Program Chair Les Geller at or to reserve a spot. Let him know about any special dietary restrictions.

The group is also touring the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., on Nov. 8, 11 a.m. Participants will have the opportunity to view and learn more about gay-themed art pieces or artists who have been a part of the community that are on exhibit. Chris Nemec, who has put together the program, will serve as tour guide.


Center unveils new logo

lgbtcenter_durham_logoDURHAM, N.C. — The LGBTQ Center of Durham recently showcased its new logo at NC Pride in September. Organizers thought it was great for awareness and helped them meet many of their new subscribers.

While at the festival, they kicked off their first capital campaign. Contributors are able to easily make a contribution by buying a T-shirt with the new Rainbow Bull embellished on it. They also have polo shirts, hats, infant wear, aprons and more for men, women and children. Items can be purchased online at their Swag Shop.

The center is working toward raising its first $10,000 toward its overall goal of $73,169 so they can open a physical center in 2015. Contributions are always welcome.

In other news, the center was actively involved in celebrating, through two events, marriage equality on Oct. 13. With the help of Rev. Dr. Ginger Brasher-Cunningham, Stacie Nagy and Jeanette Stokes, they were able to help over 20 couples to have their weddings officiated on the first full day of legal marriage equality in the state. Later that evening they celebrated “#YayGayDurham” with over 300 revelers at Motorco Music Hall. They came together as community partners with Southerners on New Ground, AllOfUs NC, Durham People’s Alliance and others to celebrate the hard efforts coming to fruition with Amendment One coming to an end, organizers said.


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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.