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sion group (not religious) providing a
comfortable, casual setting where old
friends can be seen and new ones
made. Everyone Is welcome. No mem
bership roster or dues. Social period
and program weekly on Tuesday
nights. Unless otherwise indicated,
meetings are always at 8 p.m. at Park
Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road
two blocks north of Park Road Shop
An information and referral service as
well as a crisis line. Staffed most
nights 7 to 11 p.m.
Lambda Political Caucus
Activist group initiating political and
educational change, usually through
behind-the-scenes work with political
parties and candidates and through
distributing political Information.
Meetings open to gay men and lesbi
ans and their friends are held 8 p.m.,
second Monday of each month, at the
Cardinal Woods South apartments
clubhouse, 220 Branchview Drive (Na
tions Ford at Arrowood). Annual dues:
$10 Individuals: $15 couples. P.O. Box
221841, Charlotte 28222, or phone
Charlotte congregation of the Univer
sal Fellowship of Metropolitan Com
munity Churches worships at 7 p.m.
each Sunday. Unitarian Church, cor
ner of Sharon Amity and Hardwicke
one block north of Cotswold Shop
ping Center. For other services and
meetings, call 535-0541 or write the
MCC office at 1927 N. Sharon Amity,
Queen City Quordinators raises funds
for gay/lesbian groups and initiates
projects for the community at large.
Meetings: first and third Thursdays, 8
p.m., the SANE Center, 2125 Com
monwealth Ave. (the Labor Building);
open to gay men and lesbians and
their friends. For vigorous continued
growth, QCQ needs volunteers and
their ideas. For more information,
write P.O. Box 221841, Charlotte
28222. QCQ: A United Concern for
the Gay/Lesbian Community.
QCQ-affiliated groups are listed here and send
representatives to assist In QCQ planning. QCQ
in no way controls activities of member groups
except in agreeing to grant funds to affiliated
gay/lesbian organizations requesting financial
assistance. Non-affiliate groups of particuiar in
terest to gay men and lesbians in Charlotte in
clude Charlotte AIDS Relief Fund, Gay Men Over
Forty and the Charlotte chapter of NOW.
A Monthly Newsletter Published By QCQ
QCQ Helps Community
Flex Muscles During ’83
SPECIAL QCQ REPORT
For Charlotte’s gay/lesbian community,
1983 has been a very healthy year. New
groups were formed; old ones were stabi
lized; a sense of collective identity and pur
pose began to emerge.
Manifestations of progress were solid.
□ Queen City Quordinators raised more
money than ever before.
□ Charlotte finally gained a gay-oriented
play produced at the behest of the gay/les-
□ Local media strongly responded in posi
tive ways to gay men and lesbians.
□ Q-Noteswas launched.
At last, 14 years after the Stonewall Riots
in New York birthed the latest era In gay/les
bian liberation, Charlotte’s gay men and les
bians starting acting like a community.
Further, the general public shows contin
ued movement toward tolerance and under
standing, though at a glacial pace. One sum
mer Tuesday night at the Park Road Baptist
Church campus, two women were headed
for the Parents Without Partners meeting
held in a building not far from the Fellowship
Hall where Acceptance meets. As they
passed the Fellowship Hall door, one ex
plained to the other, “And that’s where they
meet,” as though referring to a colony of
Nongays are indeed aware that Charlotte
has a gay/lesbian population and they tend
to think of it as a united, self-supporting seg
ment of the city. It is, therefore, highly ironic
that so very many gay men and lesbians still
think that a sense of community is some
thing reserved only for activists or elite parti-
QCQ wants to change that.
The men and women who are presently In
QCQ want to reach as many brothers and
sisters as possible, providing an opportunity
to make Charlotte’s community even better
and to give participants an outlet for hidden
or under-utilized abilities and talents.
Collectively, activities of 1983 represented
an excellent step in that direction:
Wearin’ O’ The Green. The March 17 St.
Patrick’s Day party at the Odyssey featured
a live performance by Debbie Jacobs and a
great time for everyone who attended. Pro
ceeds were divided between QCQ and the
N.C. Human Rights Fund, the only gay/les
bian lobbying group In North Carolina. Each
group received over $450.
Spring Round-Up. This May 13 country-
Ad Rates Rise
When Q-Notes began four issues ago, no
one in QCQ, which publishes the paper, real
ized it would become so popular so fast.
Demand, however, has outstripped supply
at most locations. To satisfy demand, 1,500
copies have been printed beginning with this
issue rather than 1,000. To defray that cost
since Q-Notes will continue to be printed on
high quality 60-pound stock, advertising
rates will rise beginning with the January is
New display advertising rates will be $55
full page (up from $40); $35 half page (up
from $25): $20 quarter page (up from $15);
and $7.50 business card (up from $5).
For sizes, see the publication box in the
lower left corner of Page 2. Classified rates
will not change.
western cookout at Tags treated guests to
food, beverages, live entertainment and gen
erous door prizes. Everybody partied as
QCQ raised $200.
Gay/Letbian Pride Week. Special events
June 19-26 included a kickoff party at the
Scorpio, a beer bust at the Brass Rail, a
Pride-oriented program and reception at Ac
ceptance, an open house at Friends of Doro
thy Bookshop, a beer social at Tags and an
afternoon tea dance at the Odyssey. In all,
QCQ made $230.
However, what many consider the week’s
most significant happening was the quarter-
page ad in The Charlotte Observer that an
nounced Gay/LesbIan Pride Week and
briefly stated the history and reasons for the
national observance. Two local television
stations responded with positive coverage
including interviews with Lynn Guerra, Met
ropolitan Community Church minister, and
Don King. Neither the ad nor the subsequent
coverage had any connection to the week’s
specific events. Local organizations and con
cerned citizens paid the entire cost of the ad,
which was almost $600.
“P.S., Your Cat Is Dead.” For the first time
ever, a Charlotte gay/lesbian group pro
duced a gay-oriented play. The general pub
lic as well as the gay/lesbian community re-
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