Blaine Paxton Hall

Trans Carolinian featured in series

DURHAM, N.C. — Blaine Paxton Hall was featured in May in The New York Times in its “Transgender Today” series.

He serves as a physician assistant hospitalist and adjunct associate professor for Duke University Health System, as well as authoring “Hestia’s House” and speaking about transition and other topical issues as it related to healthcare for transsexual patients.

A member of MENSA, Hall is a member of Duke Medicine Inclusion Council for Sexual & Gender Diversity.

Hall, who transitioned over three decades ago, shared his life experiences, saying that he does not regard himself as a victim, but rather a survivor and thriver, the article shared.

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Chorus holds concert

DURHAM, N.C. — The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a concert, “Viva to the Divas,” on June 6, 7 p.m., at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Rd., and on June 7, 3 p.m., at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St.

The chorus will salute the divas of Broadway, Billboard and the movies with music that is “loud and proud.” The concert will feature music by Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Bette Midler, Cher, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.

Dr. Jay A. Pierson serves as interim artistic director.

Suggested contributions are $10/advance, $15/at the door and $10/students and children.


Lohse to speak

RALEIGH, N.C. — Dave Lohse, associate athletic communications director at the University of North Carolina, will be the guest speaker at the Raleigh Business and Professional  Network meeting on June 10, 6:30 .m., at Coquette Brasserie, 4351 The Circle at North Hills.

Lohse will speak about the issue of gay visibility in the world of professional, collegiat, and Olympic sports. While Lohse began his tenure at UNC in 1977, it wasn’t until 1992 that he came out publicly.

He will also speak about how the arenas of sports and Hollywood continue to be bastions of closeted gays and lesbians, and he will share his insights on why, unlike the rapid progress seen in other areas of LGBT equality, he does not believe it will change anytime in the near future.

Reservations are required and can be made online.


Christian group creates guide

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gay Christian Network is developing communication methods to engage people in churches, families and schools as part of its #LiveLoveOut.

The series shares ways to speak to various Christian denominations, to encourage church participation and support and to reach parents on either the Side A, Side B or wherever they stand, plus more.

First in the series is a guide to understanding different Christian perspectives. It shares how to create and carry on a more productive, meaningful and effective conversation with both ministers and congregants, organizers shared.

GCN is also beta testing their new online community resource and hope to roll it out as soon as it passes benchmarks. Of course, once the site is up and running, improvements and updates will be dovetailed into the ongoing process.


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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.