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North Carolina News Notes
by Lainey Millen & Matt Comer . Q-Notes staff
Primetimers celebrates 16 years
CHARLOTTE — Primetimers of
Charlotte, a social organization for gay men,
celebrates its 16th anniversary on May 16 at
Latta Plantation from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The group meets on the second Sunday of
every month at Metropolitan Community
Church at 1825 Eastway Dr. It has two bowling
teams, a theater group and organizes game
nights, one-day and weekend trips and dines
out at local area restaurants twice a month.
There are currently 54 members.
It also supports local groups and charities,
such as the House of Mercy in Belmont.
“Primetimers is a vibrant, active group of
men who enjoy the experience of exploring
places and attending events, whether it be the
North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in
Durham, a long weekend to Chicago or a Gay
Mens Chorus fundraiser in Charlotte,” said
Frank Kalian, current president of the
Charlotte chapter. “Aside from the many activ
ities that are offered monthly, many long term
friendships have resulted from the cama
raderie that this group embraces. It is truly a
pleasure to be a part of this group.”
For more information, c^ 704-563-0684
or email ss7533(®earthlink.net.
Event unveils changes
CHARLOTTE — Pride Charlotte has
announced that it has undergone a makeover
to broaden its appeal, complete with a new
logo, website, programming and Pride
Charlotte Pageantry System.
The website is currently being updated to
reflect the new Pride Charlotte image and
offer visitors a more user-friendly environ
ment to find the latest Pride Charlotte infor
mation and events.
In addition to the updated website. Pride
Charlotte announced that Justin Fowler was
the winner of this year’s “name-that-event”
theme contest' to be “Out Is In...” at Petra’s
Plano Bar, 1919 Commonwealth Ave.
Finally, Pride Charlotte announced in Fall
2008 that it would expand its programming
beyond the tradition^ annual festival in July. In
an effort to stay true to this new mission, it has
developed the 2009 Pride Pageantry System, as
well as adding a new mass choral concert.
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The 2009 Pride
Pagentry System is a new
series of competitions that will
award the title of Miss Pride
Charlotte (a pageant for drag queens) and Mr.
Pride Charlotte MI (a pageant for drag kings).
Contestants will be required to compete in
preliminary pageants across the Charlotte
region and the preliminary winners will earn
the right to compete in the Miss Pride
Charlotte Pageant on July 10. More informa
tion on theme, registration and performance
times are available on the Pride Charlotte
Pageantry System MySpace page at
The 2009 mass choral concert will be a
community gathering of choruses that will
perform at a one-nignt-only concert during the
2009 Pride Week and at the 2009 Pride Festival
on July 10. Pride Charlotte will send letters of
inquiry to local choral groups. If interested,
contact Pride Charlotte Committee Co-Chair
Clay Smith at cIay@pridecharlotte.com.
For more information, visit
RuPaul slated as top performer
WILMINGTON — Wilmington Pride has
announced that it is accepting applications for
its 2009 Pride Dinner Show Extravaganza &
2009 Pride Sponsorships.
Headlining will be RuPaul who is slated to
kick up the annual event festivities several
notches on June 13 at the Hilton Wilmington
The first people who visit www.out
make a reservation will get stage-front seats at
the Dinner Show Extravaganza with back-
stage passes to the “U-Paul-Know-Ru-Who”
That’s the good news. The not-so-good
news is that half are already sold.
More information on the five-day event
will appear in an upcoming Q-Notes issue.
To become a member, sponsor or volun
teer, visit www.OutWilmington.com.
Song and praises
WINSTON-SALEM — The Church of the
Holy Spirit Fellowship will hold its spring
young adult and youth revival, “Chasing the
Call of God,” on April 29-May 1 at 7 p.m. at
1005 Burke St., Suite B, Lower Level. This
three-day event will have as its guest. Rev.
Lesley E. Jones, founder and pastor of Truth
and Destiny Covenant Ministries of
In other news, the church will hold its
Prom 2009, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,”
on May 16 from 8 p.m.-l a.m. at the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem,
4055 Robinhood Rd. Advance tickets are $15
single, $25 couple.
For more information, call 336-631-1331
or visit www.chsfnc.org.
RALEIGH/DURHAM — The Triangle
Couples Without Kids Social Group
(DINKs-if we must) has announced a series
of events for its members and others who
wish to join in.
On April 24 at 7 p.m., get light on your feet
as you enjoy free baUroom dancing lessons and
a party afterwards at an undisclosed location.
Skip over to May 17 and change those
shoes to more comfy ones while exploring the
Sarah P. Duke Gardens tour and brunch at 11
a.m. This 55-acre “crown jewel of Duke
University” is recognized as one of the premier
public gardens in the US.
Finely, on May 23 at 1:30 p.m., grab your
hiking stick as the group hits the trail at
Hemlock Bluffs in Cary. A free wine tasting
will follow at Anytime Wines.
To secure your spot, click on the appropri
ate RSVP button at childfree.meetup.com/
Student group celebrates milestone
BOONE — The Sexuality and Gender
Alliance (SAGA) at Appalachian State
University held its 30th anniversary event on
April 15. Guest speaker was author, openly gay
businessman and activist Mitchell Gold.
, On April 9 SAGA held a meeting entitled
“Violence & Silence” which looked at the
impact of violence in the LGBT community in
preparation for their participation in the
National Day of Silence on April 17. They
staffed a table at the student center.
The end-of-term semi-annual drag show
will be held on April 24. The theme is “Boot
Camp” and it will be held at Legends, a divi
sion of the Department of Student Programs,
Room 231, Plemmons Student Union at 8
p.m. Attendees are asked to BYOB. Check
with university officials to find out about the
alcoholic beverage policy or visit
For more information, email
email@example.com or visit www.asusaga.org.
STATEWIDE — Campus Pride officially
launched its national blog. Campus Q, on April
7. The blog is written and moderated by a
team of LGBT and ally college student leaders
from across the nation. As the name Campus
Q implies, the blog provides a forum to ask
questions and get answers.
The only blog of its kind for and by col
lege student leaders. Campus Pride operates
the blog through its Campus Q Team. The
team consists of nearly a dozen LGBT and
ally student leaders chosen from across the
country, who serve as active, visible resource '
persons in various regions. Any student who
is part of the Campus Q Team may be a fea
“Campus Pride views the Campus Q blog
as a platform for college activists as well as
an organizing tool for LGBT and ally student
leaders at colleges and universities. The blog
sheds light on important issues to young
adults and allows their voice to be heard in
a prominent manner in national discourse,”
said Christopher Bylone, Campus Q Team
Coordinator for Campus Pride. “This blog
will be the hub for what’s happening queer
on and around college campuses.”
' To learn more about Campus Pride or
about how to join the Campus Q Team to be a
blogger, call 704-277-6710, email info@campus
pride.org or visit www.CampusPride.org. I
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