Screening kicks off Pride
DURHAM, N.C. — Shades of Pride will host a film screening of the groundbreaking film “Blackbird” on July 22, 7 p.m., at Full Frame Theatre, 318 Blackwell St.
Staring Monique and Isaiah Washington, the film recounts the story of devout high school choir boy Randy who struggles with his sexuality amidst the backdrop of a conservative Mississippi town. His father guides him toward manhood as his mother casts blame on him for his sister’s disappearance. Patrick Ian Polk served as filmmaker.
The presentation comes via partnership with Spirit House, a local cultural arts and organizing group. Admission is free.
Shades of Pride is a program of the LGBTQ Center of Durham.
Network welcomes Nocek
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Raleigh Business and Professional Network will hold its monthly meeting on July 8, 6:30 p.m., at its new location, P.G. Werth’s, 927 W. Morgan St.
Carolina Theatre President and CEO Bob Nocek will be the guest speaker. He will share the inside on the upcoming North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and related events which takes place from Aug. 14-22. The event is the second largest one of its kind in the Southeast, the theatre resources shared.
Registration is available online for the meeting.
Author visits Triangle
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Flyleaf Books will host lesbian author Jacqueline Woodson on July 16, 6 p.m., at the Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B, 100 Library Dr.
Woodson pens literature geared toward children and young adults with some of them incorporating LGBT content. “Brown Girl Dreaming,” her memoir, netted a National Book Award. The book recounts her childhood experience growing up African-American in the 1960s and 1970s utilizing the verse medium. It is imbued with Civil Rights Movement awareness and more.
She was a two-time finalist for a National for “Locomotion” and “Hush.” She also has been the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement writing for youth audiences, along with three Newberry Honors for “After Dupac and D Foster,” “Feathers” and “Show Way.” Lastly, others include the Coretta Scott King Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for “Miracle’s Boys,” the library shared.
Center seeks survey participants
RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St., has launched its annual community survey.
The information will be used to guide the board in the services, programs, events and more it hosts.
Take the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/LGBTRal.
Information on the center and the programs it offers is available online.
Church joins org
RALEIGH, N.C. — Fairmont United Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave., has unanimously voted to join the Reconciling Ministries Network, the United Methodist Reporter shared.
Part of its resolution stated, “It is resolved that Fairmont United Methodist Church become a reconciling congregation, welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities into the full life of our ministries.”
Fairmont’s new mission, as part of the resolution, states: “The mission of Fairmont Church is to love God, worship joyfully, advocate peace and justice and serve with Christ-like compassion. Fairmont embraces the diversity of God’s children and welcomes all into the full life and ministry of our congregation, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientations and gender identity.”
The church also is seeking to have Paragraph 161 of the Book of Discipline’s Social Principles removed due to its discriminatory stance regarding LGBT individuals. It will advocate for “positive, welcoming and non-judgmental replacement language that falls in line with the church’s tenet of “open minds, open hearts, open doors.”
Former Fairmont minister Rev. Jimmy Creech was expelled as pastor in 1990 because he was an LGBT advocate. He was later defrocked by a church trial when he performed a same-sex wedding in an Omaha, Neb., Methodist church.
Creech was happy with his former church’s decision.
“It’s a marker of how history changes — how perceptions, attitudes and people’s comfort levels change over time,” said Creech, who lives in Raleigh, told the Reporter. “It’s instructive and inspiring.”
During the same time that Fairmont was joining the network, Weaverville United Methodist Church’s Living God’s Love Sunday School class in Weaverville, N.C., also became affiliated with the organization. Part of its resolution said, “We embrace all people, regardless of age, race, economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, housed or yet-to-be housed, faith history, ability or disability, marital status, health status or family configuration.” The church is located at 85 N. Main St.
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