Poet to hold reading

RALEIGH, N.C. — Richard Blanco, the gay poet from President Barack Obama’s inauguration, will read from his new book, “The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood,” on Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., at Hunt Library at North Carolina State University Centennial Campus, 1070 Partners Way.

The book is a poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities, Quail Ridge Books & Music shared.

A meet and greet will be held in conjunction with the event.

Tickets are $5 and are available online. Book purchase at $25.99 includes a ticket to the reading. Seating is limited so early purchase is encouraged.

info: quailridgebooks.com/event/princeofloscocuyos.

Adults get props

DURHAM, N.C. — The Adult Ally Appreciation Brunch for iNSIDEoUT is slated for Oct. 11, 12 p.m., at The Bar, 711 Rigsbee Ave.

The event is free to attend, however the organizers ask attendees to consider making a $18 contribution toward the group’s fundraising campaign. Reservations are suggested and are available online.

iNSIDEoUT is seeking 5-10 adult allies who able to contribute $500-$1,000 each. Acknowledgement will be extended at the brunch. And, no amount is too small for those with more modest resources. Even $3 can go a long way in reaching goals and objectives. Visit the online fundraising campaign website to learn more or to contribute.

info: insideout180.org. insideout180.org/adult-ally-brunch. indiegogo.com/projects/insideout-growth-spurt.

Chorus groups unite

DURHAM, N.C. — Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus and the Triad Pride Men’s Chorus will present a joint concert on Sept. 27, 8 p.m., at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Johnson Hall, 1737 Hillandale Rd. “Singing Out Loud and Proud” is a post-NC Pride event.

Tickets are $10/advance online and $15/at the door.

info: tgmchorus.org.

Campaign endorsements shared

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality North Carolina (ENC) has announced its slate of candidate endorsements for the 2014 election season.

Among those listed in the 2014 Voter Guide, incumbent Sen. Kay Hagen (D-NC) who is in a heated race with Thom Tills (R-NC) and Clay Aiken (D-NC), U.S. House, Second Congressional District who is attempting to unseat Rep. Renee Ellmers, are but a few garnering a nod from advocacy organization ENC.

A full list of candidates is listed online. qnotes will have pre-election coverage in its Oct 10 and 24 issues.

info: equalitync.org.

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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.