Scouting alternative forming

DURHAM, N.C. — A chapter of the Navigators USA is now enrolling for its 2012-13 year on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd., Commons Room.

The organization, begun in 2003 in New York, is a co-educational alternative to the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts. It is committed to providing a quality outdoor adventure experience that is inclusive and available to all children and families regardless of gender, race, religion, economic status, sexual orientation and social background.

It’s “moral compass” reads: “As a Navigator, I promise to do my best to create a world free of prejudice and ignorance; To treat people of every race, creed, lifestyle, and ability with dignity and respect; To strengthen my body and improve my mind to reach my full potential; To protect our planet and preserve our freedom.”

Children seven-years-old and up are invited to explore membership with the chapter.

The group will engage in developing outdoor skills, as well as an “appreciation for the planet we need to protect,” coordinator Michelle Kucerak shared.

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Show showcases LGBT artists

RALEIGH, N.C. — The juried “Love/Hate, Private/Public, Inside/Outside, Gay/Straight” art exhibit opened Aug. 10 and will run through Sept. 30 at The Durham Arts Place, 305 E. Chapel Hill St.

As previously reported in qnotes ( the show features a varied assortment of LGBTQ talent across a wide-range of mediums. The show is sandwiched between the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which runs from Aug. 10-19, and North Carolina Pride, which will be held on Sept. 29. According to the [Raleigh] News and Observer, its creator, attorney Dan Ellison, said, “It is again a way for artists to participate in something bigger and political.” Ellison mounted a previous exhibit in 1981 during the first Pride march in Durham in the aftermath of a Little River murder when a group of people were attacked by two men who perceived them as gay.

Over 40 items are on exhibit, but are not for sale, but should an artist decide to sell one, they are asked to contribute 25 percent to benefit the film festival. It brings LGBTQ art out of the closet and into the public sphere for a celebration of queer life and culture. It is open daily and irregularly, as well as being open most third Fridays of the month and by appointment by calling 919-491-4625.

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Durham cited as friendly place

DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau is making a big attempt to woo LGBT visitors to this Triangle city by launching a new website,

They want to let everyone know that Durham is a “welcoming destination,” the Examiner reported. The city has a large LGBT community that is “fully integrated.”

It is was also rated as the most tolerant city in the nation in 2011 by The Daily Beast/Newsweek magazine.

The bureau decided to launch the site prior to the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival which is being held from Aug. 10-19. Officials also said that “being gay in Durham is just not a big deal.”

The Examiner also shared that the bureau’s president and CEO said, “Research has shown that Durham has a significant number of visitors who identify themselves as LGBT…Having this kind of portal into our [main] website has been in the plans for quite some time.”

One thing that led to this new informational resource was the situation leading up to and the aftermath of the passage of the anti-gay Amendment One. The Director of Marketing and Communications Sam Poley indicated that they were proud to offer this service and that Durham was where “great things happen — for everyone.”

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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.