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Education
5:57 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Duke University Application Adds Question About Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity

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Duke University has added a question to its undergraduate application regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

The question is an optional essay on the Duke-specific section of the Common App: a generic application used by more than 500 schools. The question allows respondents to discuss personal experiences based on their upbringing, sexual orientation, gender identity, or cultural background.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Tue August 12, 2014

New Museum Exhibit On LGBTQ Perspectives On Equality

The Levine Museum of the New South is hosting a historic exhibit on the LGBTQ community of Charlotte.
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The Levine Museum of the New South recently unveiled a historic exhibit that spotlights the LGBTQ community of Charlotte. 

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The State of Things
10:27 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Life After Hormones And Blood Sugar Go Beserk

A memoir about growing up gay in the South and being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

  

Tim Anderson grew up in north Raleigh as a gay, sugar-obsessed teenager.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Discrimination Of LGBT Students Not Specifically Prohibited In Proposed Law

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The state House of Representatives has sent Gov. Pat McCrory a bill updating laws on charter schools.  This comes over the objections of Democrats who asked that LGBT students be specifically protected from discrimination.

Democrats asked that Senate Bill 793 include a provision preventing charter schools, which are run by private companies with tax-payer money, from barring the admission of students who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Meet Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

    

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is an ordained minister and published author who uses her faith work and fiction writing to create new strategies for supporting LGBT communities in the South. 

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The State of Things
11:35 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Meet Terri Phoenix

Terri Phoenix is the director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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Terri Phoenix (T) grew up always feeling like an outsider. As a young child in a poor, fragmented family, Terri moved around more than ten times before starting high school and was always the "new kid."

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Politics & Government
8:47 am
Fri March 21, 2014

'It Will Look Profoundly Different When My Father Dies' - Nate Phelps, Son, Westboro Church Founder

Nate Phelps, son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps
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The pastor of the much-reviled Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, has died at age 84. Phelps' message became synonymous with hatred. The pastor and his family made it a point to carry signs at funerals saying, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” They showed up to events with signs that read, “God Hates Fags.”

Nate Phelps is the sixth of Fred’s 13 children. He describes his father as verbally and physically abusive. When he was 18, Nate ran away from home and from religion.

In recent years Nate found himself publicly squaring off with his father and siblings to reverse their legacy of intolerance. He lives in Calgary, Canada, where he has become a public speaker who champions LGBT rights and raises awareness about the connection between extreme religion and child abuse. He is currently writing a book about his life and is the subject of an upcoming documentary. He spoke with Dick Gordon in 2012. The story, "Son of a Bigot," was featured on Salon.com.

Listen to Nate Phelps' conversation with Dick Gordon from 2012:

Here are some highlights of the conversation:

What was your childhood like?

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

One-Man Play Narrates Stories Of Gay Black Men Of The South

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men Of The South
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Television shows like Glee, Will and Grace, and Modern Family portray gay identity as white, northern, and secular. But that was far from E. Patrick Johnson's reality growing up in Hickory, North Carolina. Johnson decided to travel across the South to unearth stories of African American gay men and document his findings in the book Sweet Tea: Gay Black Men of the South (UNC Press/2008).

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Wed August 7, 2013

NC Gay And Lesbian Film Festival Preview: Black Community Grapples With Gay Rights

Yoruba Richen a director, producer and writer of 'The New Black.'
Credit Luke Rattray

  

In November 2008, Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. That same night, Proposition 8 was passed in California, banning gay marriage in the state. 

Obama won by an astounding 24 points in California, leading some to ask if the mobilization of black voters was the critical factor in the passage of Proposition 8. 

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Education
9:54 am
Mon July 22, 2013

LGBTA Center Opens On NC Central Campus

North Carolina Central University
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A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Center recently opened on the North Carolina Central University campus. School officials say the goal of the facility is to establish a safer and more inclusive environment for all students. Tia Marie Doxey, Director of Student Life Assessment at the university,  says there have been some emotional moments there so far.

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