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Equality Winston-Salem Announces Inaugural Scholarship Recipients

EWS 2013 scholarship recipients

2013 EWS Scholarship recipients from left to right: Sam Tarleton, Cameron McBee, Londyn Marshall, Melissa Black and Natalie Martinez.

 

Five Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high school seniors have received scholarships from Equality Winston-Salem—an organization formed in 2010 to promote the well-being of LGBT individuals and strengthen the LGBT community in Winston-Salem and surrounding communities.

The Equality Winston-Salem Scholarship was established in 2013 to provide scholarships for LGBT students and allies who have shown leadership and vision in a Gay/Straight Alliance at their school or in the general LGBTQ community. Equality Winston-Salem awarded a total of $2,000 to five deserving applicants (one $1000 scholarship and four $250 scholarships). Scholarship monies will be applied to the cost of undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board, and/or other college expenses.

Inaugural scholarship recipients represent a diverse group of LGBT students and allies from Parkland, Carver, West Forsyth and the Early College of Forsyth. “This scholarship shows me that my work for the LGBT community really means something. I am proud to be the first of many LGBT youth to be recognized for their hard work,” said Sam Tarleton, Parkland High School Senior and recipient of a $1000 EWS scholarship.

2013 Equality Winston-Salem Scholarship recipients are:

Sam Tarleton, Parkland High School. Sam is a member of the Paisley/Parkland Debate team, Co-President of Parkland’s Gay Straight Alliance, Organizing for America and Amendment One volunteer, and founder of the Mustang Political Activist Club. Sam is the recipient of a $1000 EWS scholarship and will attend Mercer University (Macon, Georgia) in the fall.

Cameron McBee, Parkland High School. Cameron has taken part in events sponsored by the Parkland GSSA, has supported couples in the WE DO campaign and has attended WS PRIDE. He was also able to witness and participate in the union of his gay neighbors and friends in Washington, DC. Cameron will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall.

Londyn Marshall, West Forsyth High School. Londyn is a supporting ally who has been a member of the West Forsyth Equality Club since 2010.  She is Inter-Club Council Secretary, Key Club Editor, past Junior Class Secretary and played Women’s Lacrosse from 2009-2011. Londyn will be attending the University of Kentucky in the fall.

Melissa Black, Carver High School.  Melissa is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights.  She already considers herself a member of the LGBTQ community and demonstrated initiative to establish the first gay/straight alliance at her high school. She will attend Forsyth Technical Community College in the fall.

Natalie Martinez, Early College of Forsyth. Natalie is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community, has participated in PRIDE, Link Up to Stop Bullying and PRIDE Club events. Natalie will attend Salem College in the fall.

 

Equality Winston-Salem Announces Scholarship

The Equality Winston-Salem Scholarship was established in 2013 to provide scholarships for a student(s) who has shown leadership and vision in a Gay/Straight Alliance at his/her school or in the general LGBTQ community if no such alliance yet exists within the school. Equality Winston-Salem will award a total of $1,500 for up to three deserving applicants (one $1500 scholarship, two $750 scholarships or three $500 scholarships depending on applications received). Scholarship monies will be applied to the cost of undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board, and/or other college expenses. In any given year, if there are no qualified student/s identified by the scholarship deadline, funds may be carried over and awarded the following year.

EWS 2013 Scholarship Application

Equality Winston-Salem 2013 Scholarship Guidelines

To receive consideration, an applicant must:
• Be a resident of Forsyth County, North Carolina
• Have a current minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
• Be graduating in Spring 2013 from a Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high school or receiving an equivalent GED and attending a college, university or technical college in Fall 2013
• Demonstrate active involvement/leadership in a Gay/Straight Alliance, Equality Club or in the general Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community
• Realize this scholarship is not based on financial need; however, financial need can be mentioned in your applicant letter
DEADLINE: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 5pm.

 

PRIDE 2013

Please visit www.pridewinstonsalem.org if you are interested in learning more about PRIDE 2013.

 

2013 Equality Business Fair

Students from local high school and college Gay Straight Alliances are invited to attend the first Equality Business Fair hosted by Equality Winston-Salem and Food Lion. Please join us to learn more about corporations that support non-discrimination in the workplace. This is not a job fair but rather a chance to learn more about companies that support diversity and inclusion. For more information, please contact Dirk Robertson at dirkteach@yahoo.com.

Participating companies include:

Food Lion

Pepsico

Whole Foods Market

Tony Palos, Broker Prudential Carolinas, Realty

Wells Fargo

Time Warner Cable

 

OUT at the Movies screening of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Saturday, February 23rd, 6:00 PM
UNCSA’s ACE Theatre Complex, 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem
Admission is your donation to Equality Winston-Salem, and tickets will be available beginning at 6:00 PM in the ACE lobby. For more information, visit www.OUTattheMoviesWinston.org.

 

Nissen Building After Party

Saturday, February 23rd, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Historic Nissen Building, 310 W. 4th Street in downtown Winston-Salem
Donation at the movie (or in the Nissen lobby) is your admission to the after-party.  A donation of $10.00 is good for 2 drink tickets, $25.00 for 4 and $50.00 or more for an open bar.  At 10:00 PM, the party will continue (cover-free) at Ziggy’s, 170 W. 9th Street.


From all of us at Equality Winston-Salem, THANK YOU for a memorable PRIDE 2012.

Thank you to the many sponsors, volunteers, vendors, parade participants and festival goers who helped make Winston-Salem PRIDE 2012 a success. Please mark your calendar for the weekend of October 18-20 for Winston-Salem PRIDE 2013.

If you are interested in volunteering for activities and events leading up to and including PRIDE 2013, please visit the volunteer page of this website and fill out our volunteer form.

We look forward to raising the visibility of the LGBTQ community and inviting all members of our community to join us in celebrating a more inclusive Winston-Salem.

 

Equality Winston-Salem is pleased to announce South Ward City Council Member Molly Leight as the PRIDE 2012 Grand Marshal.

Winston-Salem PRIDE 2012 is an event designed to promote the well-being of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer) individuals and strengthen the LGBTQ community in Winston-Salem and surrounding communities. While only in our second year, Winston-Salem PRIDE is quickly becoming one of North Carolina's premier LGBTQ celebrations. Equality Winston- Salem invites individuals of all ages and walks of life to play in the Kid's Zone, visit the over 60 PRIDE vendor booths, cheer the parade, and enjoy music from headliner Taylor Dayne.

Molly Leight has always been a leader on the Winston Salem City Council. Molly is a community builder and champion for causes including safe neighborhoods, clean parks, sustainable development, and downtown revitalization. This past spring, Molly stood up against Amendment 1. She drove a city council resolution against Amendment 1 with her long time friend and Southwest Ward Council member, Dan Besse.

Amendment 1 passed on May 8 and changes the North Carolina constitution to define "marriage between one man and one woman as the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state."

Molly Leight stated in an interview by the Winston Salem Journal, "…anything that discriminates against citizens of Winston Salem is definitely the business of the (City) Council.  I don't see the difference between government business and what affects the people being governed."

Equality Winston Salem is privileged and honored to have both Molly Leight and Dan Besse in the 2011 and 2012 PRIDE Parades.  Thank you Molly for your courageous hard work.

Amendment 1 Links:

http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/apr/16/3/city-council-may-discuss-amendment-on-same-sex-ban-ar-2168171/

http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/may/04/2/monday-night-city-hall-will-be-buzzing-on-marriage-ar-2244988/

http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/may/07/2/city-council-rallies-take-on-marriage-amendment-to-ar-2253610/

 

 

Join us for PRIDE 2012 on Saturday, October 13 from 2pm-10pm. Admission to the Festival and Parade is free, but tickets to Taylor Dayne are $5 General Admission and $25 VIP. Tickets are now on sale for Taylor Dayne at Whole Foods in Winston-Salem and will soon be available for sale on line at this website. A special thanks to Catherine Clegg for designing this year's PRIDE poster.

 

Join us for PRIDE planning meetings

If you are interested in finding out more about Equality Winston-Salem or helping plan PRIDE 2012, please find below a schedule of Equality Winston-Salem meetings between now and PRIDE. All meetings will be held at Krankies (211 East Third Street / Downtown WS) from 6:00-7:30pm. (we will let you know if meeting location changes).
Thursday, August 30

Monday, September 10
Thursday, September 20
Thursday, September 27
Thursday, October 4
Thursday, October 11

ALL VOLUNTEERS meeting- Thursday, October 11

 

Bingo at the WFU BioTech Place

Purchase your tickets online NOW.

CAN'T GET ENOUGH BINGO

August 17th, 2012

WFU BioTech Place

575 Patterson

Triad Research Park/ Downtown Winston-Salem, NC

Doors open at 6:30pm

Bingo begins at 7:30pm

Tickets: $20.00 Adults; $10.00 Students with ID

 

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE OR AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET AFTER JULY 16TH.

SHE’s ALIVE!  Love has led her back and Bebe has gone BIO at the laboratory.  With every beat of her heart, she will always love you and be your shelter.  So prove your love and support Equality Winston-Salem as we play bingo and pay tribute to the headliner for Winston-Salem PRIDE 2012, TAYLOR DAYNE.

At 6pm, Friends of Equality Winston-Salem will open a cocktail bar prior to Bingo. Come join in the fun.

Group Sales: If you are a member of an organized group (church, sports league, etc.) or even a bunch of young ingénues frolicking around posh Winston-Salem, you can get a $2.00 discount on each ticket.   That means your ticket will cost $18.00 instead of $20.00.  We will also reserve special seating for your group. You can prepay discounted tickets to Equality Winston-Salem, PO Box 20382, Winston-Salem, NC 27120-0382, or you can pay at the door if you can guarantee attendance.   Please email AJ De La Osa at albert.delaosa@marriott.com,  if you are interested in group sales.

 

 

 

DJ JUNIOR from KEY WEST JOINS PRIDE 2012 LINE-UP

Junior/Patrick Winters is originally from Boston and has lived in Key West for almost 13 years. He has been DJing since college and nothing makes him feel better than to get a dance floor moving.  He currently is a bartender and the resident DJ at Aqua Nightclub in Key West and also DJ's the weekly tea dance at La Te Da followed by the post-tea Sunday Dance Party at the Bottlecap Lounge.  Besides Key West, he has DJed in Miami, New York, Boston and Winston-Salem.

WE ARE RAISING THE BAR.

Thanks to all those who came out to support EWS fundraiser A SORDID NIGHT.

 

A SORDID NIGHT

Sponsored by OUT At The Movies and Equality Winston-Salem

A Benefit To Raise Money For Winston-Salem PRIDE 2012

 

SORDID LIVES The Movie

July 14th, at 7:00pm, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, ACE Theatre Complex

Doors open at 6:15pm.  This “black comedy about white trash” stars Olivia Newton-John, Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Bonnie Bedelia and Leslie Jordon in the role of “Brother Boy”.

 

SORDID RECEPTION

July 14th, 9:00 – 11:00pm, 225 W. Banner Avenue in posh Washington Park.

After Peggy’s Funeral, we can’t think of a better place to console oneself than the backyard garden at Steve and Greg’s lush estate.  You’ll need a drink to wash down the southern finger food and to loosen your limbs with fine classic summer disco.

 

WE ARE RAISING THE BAR

Your one donation is admission to both events.  Donations will be accepted at the movie and/or the reception.  We are asking that you please give generously as a Pride 2012 Entertainment Sponsor.  Your contribution will raise the bar allowing us to bring top entertainment to our Festival. It is our privilege to deliver a Festival that instills Pride in the hearts of all who attend.  With your financial contributions, our volunteer base, and a love for our community, we will grow one year stronger and closer to our goal of equality.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

EQUALITY WINSTON SALEM presents WINSTON-SALEM PRIDE 2012 on OCTOBER 13TH

with TAYLOR DAYNE


Equality Winston-Salem has signed multi-platinum recording artist TAYLOR DAYNE to perform on October 13 at Winston-Salem PRIDE 2012. The Taylor Dayne song "Tell It To My Heart"(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud6sU3AclT4)  cracked the top ten in late 1987 and was an instant smash worldwide. She was the opening act for Michael Jackson’s “Bad” Tour.  There were 10 more hit songs to follow. In the United States, Ms. Dayne produced three gold singles. The New York-born artist’s three albums for Arista Records produced twelve Top 20 singles. Over the course of her career, she has sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide garnering three Grammy nominations along the way. In 2011, at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, she took home the prize for “Best Original Song/Score in a Movie Trailer” from the movie “The Help.”

Is she a gay icon?  We say yes.  She has performed at major Pride festivals throughout the United States. In 2010, she wrote and performed a new song specifically written for the Gay Games. As a strong gay rights ally she says, “My gay audience and followers are the most loyal and the most fun to perform for. This is a rebirth for me. Call it what you want, but I’m back. We’ve baked the bread. Now it's time to eat it.”  Winston-Salem will certainly indulge Saturday, October 13with Taylor Dayne.

 

TAYLOR DAYNE is a chart topping powerhouse singer with a string of #1 Billboard pop hits that shaped the 80's sound of music. This year Taylor continues to perform and promote her hit CD "Satisfied" which features the hit song "Beautiful."

Her massive hit songs include:

  • Don't Rush Me
  • Can't Get Enough
  • I'll Always Love You
  • Every Beat Of My Heart
  • I'll Be Your Shelter
  • Tell It To My Heart
  • Prove Your Love
  • Heart Of Stone
  • Send Me a Lover
  • Naked Without You
  • I'll Wait

 

 

 

 

 

Please mark your calendars for Winston-Salem PRIDE 2012 to be held on Saturday, October 13 from 2pm to 10pm. Visit the PRIDE 2012 section of our website for frequent updates and information. If you are interested in volunteering for PRIDE 2012, please join us for our first organizational meeting on Thursday, June 21 at 6pm (location to be announced later this week), and be sure to fill out the volunteer form located on this website. Equality Winston-Salem is proud to thank our early 2012 PRIDE sponsors—Wells Fargo, Hanesbrands, The Adam Foundation, Walgreens, Food Lion, and MKT Realty/Coldwell Banker for their support.

 

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PURCHASE TICKETS NOW by going to the Gay Bingo section of our website. Or click here.

 

 

Join us on Friday, May 18, 2012 for

COUNTRY QUEEN Gay Bingo!

Benton Convention Center
301 W. 5th Street
Winston-Salem, NC

Doors open at 6:30pm
Bingo begins at 7:30pm
Tickets: $20.00 Adults; $10.00 Students with ID


At 6pm, the Benton Convention Center will open a cocktail bar prior to Bingo. Come join in the fun.
AFTER APRIL 25, TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT CAMINO BAKERY, WHOLE FOODS MARKET, WASHINGTON PERK AND PROVISIONS, THE SCREAMING ROOSTER, AND PET SUPPLIES PLUS.

Group Sales: If you are a member of an organized group (church, sports league, etc.) You can get a $2.00 discount on each ticket and we will reserve special seating for your group. That means your ticket will cost $18.00 instead of $20.00.   You can prepay discounted tickets to Equality Winston-Salem, PO Box 20382, Winston-Salem, NC 27120-0382,  or you can pay at the door if you can guarantee attendance. If you have any questions about group sales, please email Steve McGinnis at sbmcginnis@yahoo.com.

ONLINE Group Sales of 10 people or more. If you want to get a large group of friends, "Girls Night Out," birthday parties, etc. then buy your tickets online. When you order 9 tickets online, Equality Winston-Salem will have an additional ticket waiting for you at the front bingo desk. IF you order 18 tickets online, you'll receive two free tickets, and so on. We will also have reserved seating for you. If you have any questions, please contact us at equalitywinstonsalem@gmail.com.

 

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Equality Winston-Salem welcomes the return of Gay Bingo on Friday, January 6, 2012.

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW by going to the Gay Bingo section of our website. Or click here.


TV LAND BINGO—the FIRST of three 2012 gay bingo events sponsored by Equality Winston-Salem—will be held on Friday, January 6, 2012 at the Benton Convention Center. Doors open at 6:30pm and bingo starts promptly at 7:30pm.

With great support from the community, previous Gay Bingo events have attracted impressive crowds and grossed over $20,000 in 2011 toward Fall Pride Parade efforts. More importantly, the events draw a diverse crowd of participants and sponsors—approximately half of those in attendance are straight allies. Equality Winston-Salem sponsored the first Pride Parade in Winston-Salem in fifteen years on Saturday, October 15 and brought over 5,000 people to downtown Winston-Salem.

The theme of January's bingo event is TV Land Bingo—and will feature Bebe Tea and the BVDs as they celebrate TV Land icons including Mary Tyler Moore, Maude, the Gilligan's Island castaways Lucy and Ethel and many more.  “We're excited to begin our second year of Gay Bingo,” said Steve McGinnis, co-organizer of Gay Bingo and Equality Winston-Salem. "This year promises to be even more fun and entertaining than last year."  The BVDs (Bingo Verifying Divas) will also perform several times throughout the evening.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 with a student ID. Tickets can be purchased locally at Whole Foods, Caffe Prada, The Screaming Rooster, Washington Perk and Pet Supplies Plus. Tickets are also available online at www.equalitywinstonsalem.org. There will be EIGHT regular games included with your $20.00 ticket, plus SIX “Bingo In Between Bingo” games ($2.00 per card; 50/50 winnings) and a FINAL $5.00 game with prize money up to $500.00 depending on attendance. Bingo organizers encourage attendees to get tickets early.

If you would like to volunteer to set up, tear down, sell raffles, bingo cards or concessions, please email Steve McGinnis at sbmcginnis@yahoo.com.

So proud of the over 200 members of our community who signed onto this full page ad in today's Winston-Salem Journal (Living section). Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Route Changed Slightly to Accommodate Increased Number of Parade Participants

 

It's a good problem to have! (Thanks to the WS Police Department for their commitment to ensuring a safe and successful PRIDE.)  OUR PARADE ROUTE HAS CHANGED SLIGHTLY TO ACCOMMODATE AN INCREASED NUMBER OF PARADE PARTICIPANTS!

The PRIDE festival begins at 11:00 a.m. on 4th Street between Spring Street and Spruce Street. The parade starts at approximately 4:00 pm.

All parade participants on floats and in organized groups will line up on Holly Avenue. The parade starts at corner of Holly and Spruce, turns left onto Spruce, right on 4th Street, going down 4th Street to Liberty, left on Liberty, left on 5th and then left on Spruce Street back to the festival area. The best location to watch the parade would be on 4th Street or 5th Street between Liberty and Spruce. If you'd like to walk in the parade with friends and family, you will be invited to join the parade after the last float or group leaves the staging area.

We encourage all members of our community to walk with PRIDE.

 

Equality Winston-Salem is honored to have Representative Marcus Brandon join us for PRIDE 2011.

 

From the Daily Kos / September 12, 2011

The North Carolina legislature is expected to debate the anti-gay marriage bill that would add a same-sex marriage ban to the state Constitution. From Q-Notes comes this profile of the openly gay legislator who has become he de facto face of fighting the amendment. Freshman Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford) was there. The state’s only openly gay legislator, Brandon had been present for Democrats’ press conference outlining their opposition to the amendment. Several anti-gay ministers had already gathered in the press room, awaiting their own press conference organized by House Majority Leader Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake) and Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Dale Folwell (R-Forsyth). Heated, passionate words were exchanged, with Brandon stressing tolerance and equality and the pastors preaching division and exclusion.

“I take it very personally,” Brandon told qnotes via telephone. “I’m the only openly gay member of the legislature and there’s definitely a responsibility that comes with that when we’re talking about something so personal.”

Brandon said he found it moving that his Democratic colleagues stood up against the amendment.

“I think it’s very powerful for my colleagues to stand up and talk about democratic ideals and what they’ll defend, what we’ve always fought for,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s always about trying to move people from one place to the next.”

Though he didn’t ask for the privilege, Brandon has been the de facto face of the amendment debate for many at the legislature and across the state. Colleagues are looking to him for his guidance and LGBT citizens, both from within and outside his district, see him as “their” voice in Raleigh. He’s been sharing his personal story with his colleagues in attempts to move their frames of reference.

“I have tremendous respect for my Republican colleagues and I respect that this is a deeply-held belief for many of them,” Brandon said. “This conversation I’ve had with Republicans and even some Democrats is the same conversation that you have to have with family members when you come home trying to explain who you are, what you are and what that means. It’s a very similar conversation.”

 

Winston-Salem PRIDE 2011 Festival and Parade Map

Co-organizers of Equality Winston-Salem's PRIDE 2011 met with the WS Police Department last week to finalize logistical plans for Winston-Salem PRIDE 2011. We’d like to thank Corporal Leone and his team for their assistance in recommending a festival location and parade route that are enjoyable, spacious and safe for our entire community.

Winston-Salem PRIDE 2011 is planned for 11am-5pm on Saturday, October 15. Headliner Jennifer Knapp is scheduled to perform at 3pm, and the Parade is scheduled to begin at 4pm.

The map above outlines the tentative location of the PRIDE festival—beginning at 4th and Spring Street in downtown Winston-Salem and extending to Poplar Street (the festival will extend to 4th and Spruce Street depending on the number of vendor applications received).

The Parade route is as follows: Parade begins at Poplar and 4th, Poplar to 5th Street, right on 5th Street to Liberty Street, right on Liberty to 4th Street, right on 4th Street. The parade will end at 4th and Spruce with large floats and parade participant groups turning left on Spruce Street to disassemble.

A list of festival vendors can be found in the vendor section of this website.

 

Winston-Salem PRIDE 2011 announces Jennifer Knapp as PRIDE headliner.

We first heard about Jennifer when she performed at FemmeFest in Charlotte earlier this year. Singer songwriter Jennifer Knapp’s latest album, Letting Go, debuted at #73 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The Grammy nominated, Dove Award winning artist returned from a seven year hiatus last year. She will perform at Winston-Salem PRIDE 2011 on Saturday, October 15.

Knapp’s impressive history includes selling over one million albums with her previous releases Kansas (debut 1998), Lay It Down (2000), and The Way I Am (2001). The Kansas-born musician toured the globe with artists such as Jars of Clay and was featured on 1999’s Lilith Fair tour. She received critical acclaim with The Los Angeles Times calling her “a rising star” and People Magazine describing her as “an uncommonly literate songwriter.” Jennifer went on to win her first Dove Award in 1999 for Best New Artist, scored a Grammy nod in 2002 and another Dove nomination in 2003. With a considerable fan base, critical and commercial successes, Knapp walked away from it all at the height of her career. After seven years of soul searching and time spent in Australia, Knapp comes full circle with Letting Go.

Find out more about Jennifer at http://www.jenniferknapp.com. To read about her coming out, visit http://www.curvemag.com/Curve-Magazine/Web-Articles-2010/Jennifer-Knapp-Opens-Up/.

Visit this site for regular PRIDE updates as October 15 approaches.

 

A Letter to Equality Winston-Salem

(We received this letter from April on July 29,2011)

 

 

To Equality,

A little background on me! My name is April Lucas.Fifteen years ago I was sixteen and marched with Ron Baity's sponsored protest with Calvary Baptist Church in King, NC against homosexuals! I was told it was my duty and that it was the right thing to do! Going to school at Calvary, my father in school there as well to become a minister, it was not only expected but required that we join the march!

I remember walking for what seemed like hours,yet in all actuality it was only a few blocks. I remember everyone singing and praying and chanting how sinful it was "love the sinner, hate the sin"! I felt sick to my stomach knowing that this was not right, yet not having come to understand why I felt this way, I did as was expected and finished the march! The images have stuck with me for  years and I waited every year for another pride or parade to be held! To make it up not only to myself but my community!

A year later at seventeen, I met and fell in love with my wonderful partner of thirteen years in August! I left the life I knew as an outcast and have never looked back! Even then when I decided to be true to myself and love who I loved regardless of the consequences, I knew that in spite of the family I had lost that I had another one with outstretched arms ready to take me in with love and support! I'm glad to see that after fifteen long years of waiting our community is standing strond and stating we will be seen! I have since moved and hope to make it back for the celebration with my partner in hand!

With Sincere Thanks,

April Lucas

North Topsail Island, NC

 

INTERFAITH VOICE TO HOLD CONVERSATION ON HEALTHCARE ISSUES

For Immediate Release

July 29, 2011

 

 

WINSTON-SALEM -- The second in a series of community conversations on issues impacting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community – this one focused on healthcare issues – will be held at Temple Emanuel on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. under sponsorship of Interfaith Voice and PFLAG Winston-Salem.

Featured speakers include Kevin Mundy, vice president, marketing and community relations for AIDS Care Service; Andy Hagler, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association; Christopher A. Ohl, M.D., Associate Professor Internal Medicine-Infectious Diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Dee Leahman, Director, Community Partnership for End of Life Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Center.

Mundy will report on the latest news on AIDS care and treatment and the recent increase in cases as some people ignore the safe sex message; Hagler will discuss mental health issues that especially affect LGBT people, such as depression; Ohl will present the latest on other sexually transmitted diseases, such as hepatitis C and B; and Leahman will talk about how to be a good patient advocate - for yourself AND your partner."

There will be an extended opportunity for discussion and conversation on these topics. Refreshments will follow in the Temple lobby.

The conversations are being presented by PFLAG and Interfaith Voice, a coalition of 11 local congregations, supported by a grant from the Adam Foundation. The third in the series, on immigration equality, is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Green Street United Methodist Church, and the fourth, on the language of bullying, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University.

Interfaith Voice seeks to be an affirming voice of the faithful, in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) persons in our community. Through education forums, the group will enlighten Winston-Salem about the civil discrimination faced by LGBTQ friends and neighbors.

Interfaith Voice also plans to be a resource to other congregations considering how they might become open and affirming.

Current members include Church of the Holy Spirit Fellowship, Green Street United Methodist Church, Metropolitan Community Church of Winston-Salem, Parkway United Church of Christ, PFLAG Winston-Salem, St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Temple Emanuel, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest Baptist Church, and Wentz Memorial United Church of Christ.

 

EQUALITY WINSTON-SALEM MONTHLY MEETINGS

Equality Winston-Salem holds organizing meetings on the second Thursday of every month at 6pm. Please join us for lively discussions of upcoming events and broader concerns related to the LGBTQ community in Winston-Salem. Email Mary Jamis at mjamis@mcreative.net or equalitywinstonsalem@gmail.com for more information.