Queernival will be held on Oct. 28.

Youth slate Queernival

DURHAM, N.C. — NC Queer Youth Power will hold its Queernival 2017 on Oct. 28, 12-5 p.m., at Calvary Methodist Church, 304 E. Trinity Ave.

Queernival is a free outdoor street fair celebrating queer youth liberation, organizers said. Youth of all ages, adult allies and organizations will come together to celebrate, educate, organize, throw pies and “get our dance on,” they added.

The afternoon activities will be filled with face painting, open mic, carnival games, bouncy castle, food trucks, youth musicians and local bands and booths by local Gay-Straight Alliances and LGBTQ youth organizations.

Organizations can register to host a booth online.

In other related news, organizers of iNSIDEoUT said that after 10+ years of leading the NC Pride Parade, they decided to join in a community boycott of NC Pride this year and are having their own parade as a prelude to Queernival. In order to prepare for the parade, they are getting together on Oct. 14, 1-3 p.m.  at the Rainbow Room, 304 E. Trinity Ave., to make decorations for the parade and for Queernival. Then at 3 p.m., they will march to the 2nd Anniversary Party of the LGBTQ Center of Durham block party in front of Motorco, 723 Rigsbee Ave. Participants are asked to bring $10 to purchase a “THIS IS GAY” T-shirt, noisemakers and rainbow items.

info: ncqueeryouthpower.org. facebook.com/events/1821509331473607. insideout180.0rg.

Hurricane relief drag benefit planned

RALEIGH, N.C. — Magnolias & Duct Tape will present “Peculiar — A Hurricane Relief Drag Benefit” to be held on Oct. 15, 8 p.m., at 110 E. Hargett St.

This southern gothic celebration is collecting funds for UMCOR disaster relief programs. The event stars Mystie Kole, Lucy Wild and Bitzi Dupress. The host is Alex Marcus, along with “grand matriarchs” of Magnolias & Duct Tape Leslie Simone and Mrs. Beaumont. Special guest is Amber Starlett.

Games and prizes will also be available for those who purchase tickets.

The cover will be $10.

info: facebook.com/MagnoliasandDucttape. umcor.org.

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Forum explores social issues

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State University now has a forum, the Social Justice Cohort, designed for student sharing and discussion on issues such as racism, sexism, transphobia and similar topics.

The university reported that the initiative will serve to educate students about prejudice while providing a forum for brainstorming ways to promote equality. Meetings are held on alternate Thursdays in the GLBT Center.

“We wanted to make sure that we were providing educational opportunities for students to learn more about what social justice is and learn about different systems of oppression that exist in our world and how they operate,” said Preston Keith, the GLBT Center’s assistant director.

info: ncsu.edu. oied.ncsu.edu/divweb/glbt.

Elders keep door open

DURHAM, N.C. — The Herald Sun recently wrote a feature on two longtime partners who are working to create a safety net for LGBTQ elders as they reach retirement.

Christopher Ross and Allan Keech, like so many within the community, face challenges in finding an environment where they will be welcome should they need a nursing home or other facility in which to reside.

While they find their way “home,” the Virginia residents keep busy and plan to settle permanently in Durham, N.C. as members of the Village Hearth Cohousing development. This option comes at a time when homophobia and lack of staff training on LGBTQ issues at nursing homes prevails.

The Triangle area does have options for its senior residents in the form of SAGE Raleigh, the two LGBTQ community centers and other supportive options.

info: heraldsun.com.

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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.