Spaulding doesn’t like ‘Liquor’

DURHAM — Seems that N.C.’s own Pam Spaulding has been one of a growing number of activists, private citizens and organizations who have led the charge to have blackface drag performer Shirley Q. Liquor’s engagement for Hurricane Weekend on June 19 cancelled at the Russian River Resort in California.

She joins others such as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Keith Boykin, Jasmyn Cannick, Fierce NYC, San Francisco Pride at Work, Queers for Economic Justice, Boston Mayor Tom Menino and more, who now and over the years have voiced their disdain for the performer.

However, according to, RuPaul has been an avid supporter.

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters blogger Alvin McEwen in Columbia agrees with Spaulding’s stance.

For more information or to sign the petition, visit

Black Pride ramps up

RALEIGH — Triangle Black Pride organizers are gearing up for their first official event. On July 29, participants can pick up a welcome packet and guide at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree between 3-7 p.m. A welcome cocktail reception on July 30 will be held from 7-11 p.m. Friday and the Board will host six free workshops and seminars on various topics.

Organizers are asking community members to show their support by making donations. They say even a $5 can go a long way.

Contributions can be made through PayPal via or by mail to Attn: Akil, Shades of Pride, 5000 Sedgewick Dr., Suite C, Raleigh, NC 27616.

For more information, visit or email
— Deiadre Newby

Snailmail time

RALEIGH — The LGBT Center of Raleigh Board of Trustees is compiling a list of postal addresses so they can notify its members and supporters several times a year of important events going on at the Center.

They would like to have interested parties to compile a list of 10 (or more) postal addresses of people they consider to be interested members of the LGBT community, as well as friends and allies who would like to hear about major events.

For more information, call 919-832-4484, mail 316 West Cabarrus St., Raleigh, NC 27601, email or visit

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.