Batter up!

RALEIGH/DURHAM — A new Meetup group has formed for the sports enthusiast. The Raleigh-Durham Gay Softball League is a fun, adult coed slow-pitch softball league which began in 2009. This year they hope to have a bat-splitting, successful year.

The spring season is tentatively scheduled to begin on Apr. 11 and will continue most Sundays through May 23.

To join the group, visit To learn more about the team, visit

Athlete’s photo exhibit

DURHAM — On Feb. 24, artist Jeff Sheng will speak at Scharf Hall in the Krzyzenski Center. Central theme for his presentation and his photo exhibit, “Fearless,” is based upon LGBT athletes. His work spans 2003-10 with high school students as his focus.

Sheng, a former athlete, is using this exhibit to showcase the LGBT demographic within scholastic sports. This is an ongoing project and will be place in print in September.

He has also authored “Don‚‘t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a coffee table book depicting members of the armed forces.

Nathan James, qnotes intern, writing in his blog on Feb. 9, reported that Dr. Janie Long, director of the Duke Center for LGBT Life, said, “We are very fortunate to have received funding from the NCAA to sponsor this event at Duke. We are most appreciative of the efforts of Leslie Barnes (Student-Athlete Development) in securing the grant and look forward to sharing Jeff’s outstanding work with the entire Duke campus.”

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Designer sought

RALEIGH — The LGBT Center of Raleigh is currently looking for volunteer to handle its graphic design needs.

Those who have previously submitted queries are asked to send them in again. A computer glitch gobbled up some data.

The current task is to design an informational packet that can be handed out to potential donors and sponsors. This would be an excellent opportunity for someone to put their imprint on the community center, as well as to have an impressive piece of work to show prospective clients.

Applicants are encouraged to move quickly. The Center would like to have the product ready for the upcoming HRC Gala at the end of February.

To submit resumes and letters of intent, email Les Geller at

For more information, visit

Minister shares Emmy

DURHAM — Calvary United Methodist Church Pastor Laurie Hays Coffman, along with Susan Acker-Walsh, Andy Baxter and Keith Martin, were among recipients of a regional Emmy at the Mid-South Awards Ceremony on Jan. 30 in Nashville, Tenn.

“Coming Out, Coming In: Faith, Identity, Belonging,” a 30-minute documentary, was chosen by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category of Topical Documentary as tops for the year.

According to The Durham News, the group participated as 2001-03 William C. Friday Fellows, “a program of the Wildacres Leadership Initiative designed to equip emerging leaders of North Carolina with human relations skills for practicing integrity, intention and inclusion. The video was a project they produced during that time along with Minnow Media, a multimedia group in Carrboro led by Georgann Eubanks and Donna Campbell.”

Hays Coffman’s church was designated as the first North and South Carolina “reconciling” United Methodist church.

The Durham News also reported, “One of its ministries each September is called the ‘water project’ in which members hand out bottles of cool water to walkers in the N.C. Gay Pride Parade held in Durham, inviting them to come and worship at Calvary.”

To order copies of the documentary, visit To secure Hays Coffman for screenings and community dialogue, call 919-688-7138 or email

This article was published in the Feb. 20 – Feb. 19 print edition.

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.