Youth group’s awards banquet nears

DURHAM, N.C. — iNSIDEoUT will hold its Seventh Annual Awards Banquet & Gaiety on May 18, 5-7 p.m., at Francesca’s Dessert Cafe, 706 9th St.

iNSIDEoUT will honor youth, adults and organizations who have taken outstanding measures to support LGBTQ and allied youth.

Suggested donation is $3/youth and $30/adult. Larger contributions are being accepted in $30, $60 and $90 amounts or whatever one wishes to donate.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call 919-923-7884 or email

Checks made out to iNSIDEoUT, 1303 Clarendon St., Apt. B, Durham, NC 27705.

In other news, the group is accepting youth board applicants for 2013-2014. Application is available online.


— Lainey Millen

ENC receives award

RALEIGH, N.C. — Statewide LGBT education and advocacy group Equality North Carolina was among five organizations and individuals honored on May 9 at the Carolina Club at the Watts Hill Alumni Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the North Carolina Justice Center at its Defenders of Justice Awards.

Equality North Carolina was honored for its policy research and advocacy efforts during the anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment campaign in 2012.

The North Carolina Justice Center said the group stood “tall and strong in the face of a tragic display of bigotry to build a statewide advocacy movement, bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to stand up for the rights of LGBT people.”

The event will honor North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, Phil Lehman from the North Carolina Attorney General’s office, the Mortgage Foreclosure Unit of Legal AIDS of NC and the Philip Randolph Institute.


— Matt Comer

CMF raises funds

RALEIGH, N.C. — Crape Myrtle Fest (CMF) recently received $27,650 in fundraising at its annual host party on April 6 at the home of Jason and Amy Thurston.

Of the money raised, $1,800 went to expenses.

CMF says that it’s not too late to join them as a host or benefactor. They hope to raise $100,000 this year. A greater percentage of funds raised go to local organizations. So far they have raised $60,000.

CMF, one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the nation dedicated to gay men’s health, specifically HIV and AIDS, has grown to support other endeavors as well for the benefit of LGBT organizations.

A grant process enables recipients the ability to utilize the funds raised to support their efforts. Their application season is open and any HIV/AIDS/LGBT group can apply.

Sponsorships and pledges are gratefully accepted. For those who wish, a recurring payment plan is available for as little as $12.50 per month.


— Lainey Millen

Magazine to feature LGBT groups

RALEIGH, N.C. — Shawn Long, a member of the Triangle Families Yahoo group, reported that Carolina Parent magazine is planning to include their group, as well as the associated Triangle LGBT Parents/Wannabe Parents Meetup in their upcoming annual resource guide.

The publication is slated to be released at the end of May.

Long said that the publishers told him, “We’ll be sure to include them in our Family Support section of our guide which has been renamed ‘Carolina Parent GPS — Go. Play. See.’”

— Lainey Millen

Study seeks subjects

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Beth Perry Black, Ph.D., R.N., and Wendy Smith Fields, B.S.N., R.N., are conducting a study of reproductive loss in lesbian couples through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.

They are seeking 10 couples who are willing to be interviewed who have had some form of loss, such as infertility, miscarriage or still birth, within the past two years. The process will take about an hour.

Participants should live within one hour of the Triangle area.

To volunteer, call Black at 919-966-3613.

— Lainey Millen

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Does your organization or special interest group have events or great information to share with our readers? If so, be sure to send in your information to In the upcoming months, we’ll feature one of you in our news notes section in each issue. Are you a part of a Meetup, Yahoo or Google group and do you do something that’s really newsworthy? Do you provide a service for the community or hold fundraisers for worthy causes? Do you educate the public about LGBT issues or concerns? Of course, this is only a sampling of things we are interested in. It’s the aim of these pieces to inform, enlighten and educate our readers about what we’re doing here in the Carolinas to champion LGBT rights, as well as offer resources for those who may be interested in what your group is doing.

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.