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SEPTEMBER, 1986 □ Vol. 1, No. 4
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It's 21-And-Over For Bars On September 1
The Labor Day weekend is the last
for 19- and 20-year-olds to get into
Charlotte's gay bars, and state alco
holic control agents, according to
one bar owner, intend to enforce the
new age limits very strictly during
the first few weeks.
Beginning Sept. 1, North Carolina
law will exclude anyone younger
than 21 from entering an entertain
ment establishment that serves alco
holic beverages of any kind, bring
ing North Carolina into line with
many states which already have
such laws. The 21-and-over policy
was initiated by the federal govern
ment in the early 1980s and states
were threatened with a 5% reduc
tion in federal highway funds if they
didn't comply before 1987.
Some bars are anticipating strict
enforcement by reminding patrons
that they must have membership
and identification with them at all
times while in the bar. Undercover
state agents are expected to be in
bars any time they are open.
No Charlotte entrepreneurs have
announced nonalcoholic nights or a
gay/lesbian bar that would serve
no alcoholic beverages, creating a
void for 19- and 20-year-olds who
are used to attending bars. Their
only legal alternative will be to at
tend nongay nonalcoholic clubs
such as Glory Days near Charades,
but same-sex dancing is usually not
allowed in such clubs.
Called To Fight
The crowd poured onstage to tip Boom Boom Latour during the roast in her
honor at Scorpio in mid August. Roasters included Brandy Alexander of
Jacksonville, who pointed out that she was "Witch of the East” and Boom
Boom "Witch of the West” David Wright of Greensboro, Tags owner Danny
Follis, Charades owner Steve Freeman and many others.
Special To Cl-Notes
A town meeting hosted by One
Nation Indivisible has been called
for Charlotte's gay/lesbian commu
nity at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15.
The meeting — to be held at Cha
rades with every member of the
community asked to come at no
charge — will be the first of its kind
The purpose: to decide how Char
lotte's gay men and lesbians should
respond to the increasing oppres
sion evident here; to register to vote;
to join ONI; to be heard on an open
mike about instances of job, housing
and police discrimination.
According to Don King, a member
of ONI's steering committee, no al
coholic beverages will be sold, no
disco music will be played, and no
media will be allowed.
"I appeal to every gay man and
lesbian who is angry about what's
happening in Charlotte and North
Carolina to come to this meeting,"
King said. "This is a private meeting
for gay men and lesbian women to
decide what we want to do about
Want to start working with ONI
right now? Meetings are scheduled
for these Wednesday nights at 7:30
at New Life MCC: Sept 3 and Sept
10. New Life is located in the Labor
Building, 2121 Commonwealth Ave.
Go up the steps in the rear of the
At its Aug. 27 meeting, ONI was
scheduled to review the political
questionnaire, set goals for a meet
ing with the mayor, set up a Legal
Process Committee to take advan
tage of the skills of persons who
have worked in passing legislation,
and set up a Research Committee to
document cases of abuse and dis
Skating Resumes; Bowling Starts
Skate parties for gay men and
lesbians resume at Roll-A-Round
Skate Center on Thursday, Sept. 18.
Monthly gay/lesbian skating was
started in Charlotte at Roll-A-Round
in March by QCQ.
The center is located at 5417 Delta
Road, just east of Albemarle Road at
the intersection where Harris-Teeter
and Shoney's are located. Skating is
8 to 10:30 a.m. at $3,50 per person
(skate rental is included).
QCQ's bowling league for the
gay/lesbian community also starts
this month. The first night is Monday,
Sept. 8 at Coliseum Lanes on Inde
pendence Boulevard. League bowl
ing will be held each Monday for 35
weeks at 9 p.m. at a cost of $6 per
night. Shoe rental is an additional 85
Teams are still being formed and
may be added at any time up to
Sept. 8. Individuals who need to be
assigned to a team are also wel
comed. To sign up, call Tim H., 537-
9607 after 9 p.m.
Persons who work until 9 p.m.
may still bowl because they can
arrive late and make up their
Events coming up this fall that are
sponsored by QCQ include these:
■ Atlanta Chorale conceit, Satur
day, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m., Unitarian
Church of Charlotte. The chorale is
made up equally of gay men and
lesbians. Tickets (general admis
sion, no reserved seats) are $5 in
advance, $7 at the door. Send
check payable to QCQ to P.O. Box
221841, Charlotte, N.C. 28222.
Chorale members need places to
stay the night of the concert and
possibly the night before. If you wish
to house one or more members,
write to QCQ and indicate how
many you can host.
■ QCQ Auction, Sunday, Oct. 19,
Brass Rail. Items are needed for the
auction. Donors may retain up to
80% of the purchase price of items
sold; or may donate the entire sell
ing price to QCQ. To donate items,
write the QCQ box listed above.
■ QCQ Halloween Ball, Thursday,
Oct. 30, Charades. The start of a
long party weekend in Charlotte.
Charades and other bars will be
holding their own Halloween parties
Friday and Saturday.
■ QCQ Cabaret, Saturday, Nov.
22, Entertainment Place at Spirit
Square. Features gay/lesbian musi
cians (singing or instrumental play
ing), comedians and dancers per
forming before a gay/lesbian audi
ence. To peiiorm, contact QCQ at its
post office box. Ticket information
will be announced in October's Q-
the increasing oppression of our
people in Charlotte.
"There are a lot of angry gay and
lesbian people here — angry about
the police department's policy of
excluding us from being hired, an
gry about Mayor Harvey Gantt's
failure to follow up on his campaign
promise of two years ago, angry
about bigots like Concerned Char-
lotteans and the Ku Klux Klan march
coming on Sept. 6, angry about the
oppression of the adult bookstores.
"There are some very strong
things we can do, and some of the
milder things have already been
implemented. Now we have to de
termine as a community just how
determined we are and how many
of us are willing to work to keep the
bigots from taking away more of
"We want our bars and our orga
nizations to continue to exist. We
don't want any action taken in
Charlotte to quarantine gay men.
We need to start working seriously
on an antidiscrimination ordinance
in Charlotte and on repealing the
state antisodomy law, and on elect
ing people who will help us do
One Nation Indivisible, at an or
ganizational meeting on Aug. 18,
has become Charlotte's latest hu
man advocacy group with empha
sis on gay/lesbian activism. It was
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