Stand up for equality

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality North Carolina will bring its Lobby Day of Action to the State Capitol on May 5.

Advocates from across the state will descend on Raleigh in support of LGBT Carolinians and in opposition to laws that would harm them, Chris Sgro, executive director, shared.

Participants will be able to raise their voices to oppose the state’s Indiana-style Religious Freedom Restoration Act legislation. Additionally, they will have an opportunity to show support for non-discrimination protections in employment and beyond.

Visibility is key to the success of the day’s activities. Everyone in the LGBT community and its allies are encouraged to attend.

Registration is available online.


Pasta, poetry highlighted

DURHAM, N.C. — Shades of Pride, in conjunction with the LGBTQ Center of Durham, will bring out the mics for its poetry and pasta fundraising event on May 2, 8 p.m., at The Bar Durham, 711 Rigsbee Ave.

As part of the evening’s entertainment, Blaize the Poet, Ms. Ego and others from the Triangle and Triad will share spoken word presentations. DJ Chaz will spin during interludes.

Admission is free. Food will be sold for $5 which includes pasta, salad and wings.

Shades of Pride merged with the center in March. The fundraiser is being held to bring awareness of Shades’ new direction. The proceeds from the event will go toward the Shades of Pride event from July 24-26.


Seniors take to fest

RALEIGH, N.C. — SAGE Raleigh has received a grant to query seniors who are 50-years-old and above to participate in a survey during Out! Raleigh on May 2 along Fayetteville St.

During the all-day event, shifts of volunteers will be engaged in completing surveys. The results will be presented at the upcoming White House Conference on Aging in August, organizers said. Its aim is to provide the Obama Administration with perspectives from LGBT elders.

SAGE Raleigh is working with its membership to fill three shifts with two volunteers each to facilitate the task at hand. The table with be housed in a tent along with the LGBT Center of Raleigh and the center’s other programs.


Volunteers needed for fest

RALEIGH, N.C. — Out! Raleigh 2015 is seeking volunteers who will be willing to serve on a variety of tasks at the outdoor street festival on May 2.

Greeters, KidsZone supervisors, VIP tent staffing and others are areas that need to

be filled. All volunteers are required to participate in an orientation session to be held on April 25 from 12-2 p.m.

A volunteer profile is available online when signing up to the orientation session.

For more information, email


Religious org expands ministry

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Gay Christian Network has announced that it has hired its first director of events, Trey Weaver, as part of its expansion and outreach efforts.

Weaver assumes his position in May. He has approaching 15 years of experience in event planning and management, as well as six years in volunteer service overseeing GCN’s annual conference.

GCN responded to its constituents’ demand for more visibility in churches, schools and neighborhoods with this hire. It is engaged in an ongoing plan to “develop and enrich our local and regional ministries — bringing GCN to you and your community,” organizers said.

The organization continues to share the #LiveLoveOut message in its work, standing up to violence and harm to LGBT people worldwide.


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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.