LGBTI News and Politics

Participants march in Chicago’s 2014 Dyke March. Organizers of the annual event work to create a space that is radical, inclusive, and safe for criminalized individuals. (Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee)

Participants march in Chicago’s 2014 Dyke March. Organizers of the annual event work to create a space that is radical, inclusive and safe for criminalized individuals. (Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee)

Kelly Hayes | Transformative Spaces | Truthout | June 28, 2015

I think this excerpt from an exchange with a friend best explains my feelings, as a queer woman of color, about the Supreme Court decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges:

“I hope it [marriage] eventually ceases to exist as a legal construct, and that we all have the rights it affords by virtue of our humanity, but today, I’m really glad for my gay friends, and I know you’re not one of those people who would ever stop fighting for those left behind by such victories, and I love you for that.”

But to add to those thoughts…

I appreciate that my friends who will benefit from the decision are not the kind of people who would leave anyone behind, and as much as the exclusionary language SCOTUS opinion offends me, I am happy for those of you who will now have the same rights that I was afforded by virtue of choosing a man as my primary life partner. I’m glad that if you become seriously ill, like I did years ago, you may now be able to seek the benefits of each other’s health insurance – a privilege that literally saved my life. I’m glad that you may get the chance to claim other benefits that have been wrongly channeled toward a select segment of society, and I’m glad that you will be able to put a little more space between yourselves and the dark history, and for some, current realities, of how this country has treated you.

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Bill Bertowitz | Truthout | July 1, 2015

Never known for being particularly gracious losers, Christian Right leaders and organizations issued statements that didn’t mask their frustration and outrage after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which extended marriage equality rights to gays and lesbians. Behold some of the headlines:

* “Rogue Court Rejects Rule of Law: American Family Association Says SCOTUS Decision Abandons Rule of Law, Imperils Religious Liberty” — American Family Association.

* “Supreme Court’s Marriage Ruling is Shocking Abuse of Power, Will Never Be Accepted” — Family Research Council

* “SCOTUS Marriage Decision Opposes Biblical Truth and Religious Liberties; America Will Suffer Consequences” — Dr. Alex McFarland. v

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PFLAG Omaha Newsletter July 2015

National LGBT 50th Anniversary


Date: Friday, July 3
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: WHYY

Co-produced with PBS affiliate WHYY, this inspiring documentary braids interviews with the early gay and lesbian activists, archival footage and FBI reports. A panel discussion immediately follows. For more information, visit the website.

For information about the four-day National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, including the 50th Anniversary Ceremony on July 4th with Wanda Sykes, Jim Obergefell, Edie Windsor, Judy Shepard and other special guests; wreath laying at the Gay Pioneers historical marker; five LGBT history exhibits; a National Interfaith Service; panels; parties; concerts; fireworks; a street festival and more, visit

National LGBT 50th Anniversary
50th Anniversary VIP Lunch

Date: Saturday, July 4
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center, Liberty View Ballroom

Tickets: $250

Kick off the Fourth at a celebratory lunch honoring Judy Shepard and Edie Windsor. Open bar included. For more information, visit the website.

Get an all-access VIP Pass, save $100 and get special benefits!

For information about the four-day National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, including the 50th Anniversary Ceremony on July 4th with Wanda Sykes, master of ceremonies, Jim Obergefell, Edie Windsor, Judy Shepard and other special guests; a wreath laying at the Gay Pioneers historical marker; five LGBT history exhibits; panels; parties; a National Interfaith Service; “Gay Pioneers” film screening; concerts; fireworks; a street festival and more, visit

LGBT Center of Raleigh Library Newsletter
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LGBT Center of Raleigh
Library Newsletter

July 2015, Issue 13

Rainbow heartCelebrating Marriage Equality in All 50 States! #LoveWins

Omar Currie is Special Guest at

Family Story Time, July 18th

Omar Currie
After a 3rd grade boy was bullied and called gay, this teacher did something amazing!

Omar Currie chose to raise the issue during story time by reading his students a fable about a prince who falls in love with another prince, ending with a happily-ever-after royal wedding.

That decision in April ignited a public outcry from some parents in the Orange County rural hamlet of Efland, resulting in Currie’s resignation last month from a job he loved. The assistant principal who loaned Currie her copy of “King & King” has also resigned, and outraged parents are pressuring administrators to ban the book.

“When I read the story, the reaction of parents didn’t come into my mind,” Currie, 25, said. “In that moment, it just seemed natural to me to read the book and have a conversation about treating people with respect. My focus then was on the child, and helping the child.”

The LGBT Center is proud to host Currie as he reads “King & King” in a supportive and affirmative setting on Saturday, July 18th at 10:30am. Everyone is invited to attend. A royal craft will follow the reading for kids of all ages. Note: free parking is available on weekends in the parking lot behind the Center.

Click here to RSVP for the event on facebook.

Photo credit: Andrew Tie / WUNC
Story adapted from The Huffington Post


LGBT Center Community Surveys

Please take a moment to complete one, two, or all three of our surveys.

Center Annual Needs Assessment:
At the LGBT Center of Raleigh, we know that we could not do all of the wonderful things we do without YOUR support! In this case though, your support is giving us guidance – we need to hear from the community! Missing programs/services? Tell us! Testing needs to go longer? Let us know! Your voice can only make this Center stronger!

Queer Women’s Book Club:
As you may have noticed, we’ve changed the club’s name from “Lesbian Book Club” to “Queer Women’s Book Club.” This is a space where all women- bi, lesbian, pan, trans, and otherwise queer- are welcome. We want this to be an inclusive space in order to create community. We can’t wait to work on building a wonderful community with you all! We hope you’ll take a few minutes to let us know what types of books you are interested in.

Family Story Time:
If you have a few minutes, we would love your feedback for our Family Story Time program at the LGBT Center. In the past year, we’ve hosted Mr. Erik Rock and Roll Storyteller, contributed to the OutRaleigh Bake Sale fundraiser, presented our first children’s book “Meet the Author” event, and won a national grant for LGBT outreach. However, we are still looking to increase attendance and keep this unique program thriving – thanks in advance for your thoughts and ideas!

Donation Spotlight
Special thanks to:

Sandra Adams from Douglass, Georgia for donating a large volume of LGBT DVDs – coming soon to the Library’s Disc Club.

John Suddath for donating a copy of Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage, the autobiography by longtime Democratic Representative Barney Frank from Massachusetts. Look for the book in the Biography collection.

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Featured Book

B-Boy Blues
B-Boy Blues
by James Earl Hardy

Praised as the first gay hip-hop love story, B-Boy Blues has been in print for over 20 years. Hardy’s debut novel about the lives of black gay men in New York City is unabashedly and unapologetically written for the African-American male. Rough, sexy, humorous, and authentic, B-Boy Blues is a first-rate love story.

Featured DVD

Geography Club
Geography Club, based on the award-winning novel by Brent Hartinger, is a comedy about teenagers who are discovering their sexual identities. The high school students create a “Geography Club” which is actually a cover for an LGBT support group. The film explores the teen’s hopes, values and dreams while on this journey of going public and offering the whole school support.

Featured Essays

Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive
by Julia Serano

Acclaimed feminist and queer activist Serano chronicles the problem of exclusion within the feminist and queer/LGBTQIA+ movements. She advocates for a more holistic approach to fighting sexism, and offers new ways of thinking about gender and sexuality that foster inclusivity rather than exclusivity.

Click here for more information about the
3rd Annual SAGE RALEIGH 4th of July Picnic!

LGBT Literary Events at the Center and Beyond

Karen Memory
Monday, July 13, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Gender Affirming Book Club
LGBT Center

This month’s book discussion will include a review of the recently published steampunk novel, Karen Memory, by Elizabeth Bear. Science fiction and fantasy allow for and encourage thought through and beyond gender stereotypes, feeding the imagination with possibilities that we are living into, and perhaps moving beyond. Everyone is welcome to attend the discussion whether having the read the suggested selection, being simply curious about the genre, or perhaps bringing another selection of particular interest. Timidly, moderately or raucously exploring your gender identity and gender expression, you are invited to reflect on the rich and creative way literature brings to light the complexity of gender identity and expression.

Raleigh Rainbow Reading Group logo
Friday, July 17, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Raleigh Rainbow Reading Group
LGBT Center

A group of men who meet monthly to share their views on all types of things that entertain them: books, movies, television, concerts, etc. Click here for more details.

Family Story Time
Saturday, July 18, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Family Story Time: Special Guest Omar Currie
LGBT Center

The Library is pleased to offer our Family Story Time featuring Omar Currie reading King & King. An event for LGBT families, allies, and supporters. A royal craft will follow the reading for kids of all ages.

Click here to RSVP for the event on facebook.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Sunday, July 19, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Queer Women’s Book Club
LGBT Center

As you may have noticed, new facilitators Jamie and Amanda have updated our name to “Queer Women’s Book Club.” This is a space where all women- bi, lesbian, pan, trans, and otherwise queer- are welcome. Our featured selection this month is Jeanette Winterson’s 1995 novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. The narrator cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.

Barney Frank
Friday, July 31 – Saturday, August 1

5th Annual OutWrite LGBT Book Festival
Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, Washington, DC

OutWrite is a celebration of LGBT Literature sponsored by the DC Center. The weekend is full of book readings, writing workshops, book discussions, poetry readings and more. Both new and used LGBT books will be for sale. Find the complete event lineup here.


The LGBT Center of Raleigh Library

About the LGBT Center of Raleigh Library

The Library is the 2014 Winner of the American Library Association and Candlewick Press “Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved” Grant and the 2014 Winner of the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith K. Krug Memorial Fund Banned Books Week Grant.

Since the Library opened in October 2011, the collection has increased to 3,500 volumes focused on and celebrating LGBT life. The Library’s collection development priorities are aimed at supporting the resource and information needs of the Center’s vital outreach programs such as SAGE Raleigh, Youth Coffeehouse, Affirming Faith Forum, and Transgender Initiative. The Library is also a welcoming place for family members and allies of LGBT people, offering access to indispensable books such as Always My ChildLoving Someone Gay, and Helping Your Transgender Teen.

For information on our Library Steering Committee and Leadership Donors, please visit our website at

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Library Wish List
The Library depends on your generous donations. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

To see items that we especially need, and make a purchase that will be shipped directly to the LGBT Center, please visit the Library’s Wish List of books and DVDs.

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The mission of the LGBT Center of Raleigh is to strengthen individual and community development through social and educational activities; to facilitate the incubation of supportive services and groups; and to identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people, their friends and supporters within and beyond central North Carolina.
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Jorge Rivas | Fusion | July 1, 2015

Jennicet Gutiérrez says her heart was racing when she interrupted President Obama as he delivered a speech at a White House LGBT reception on Wednesday.

Gutiérrez delayed the president’s speech for two minutes, demanding that he end the practice of detaining LGBT immigrants in immigration detention centers.

“President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention,” Gutiérrez told the president.

Initially, the crowd seemed confused and perhaps a bit shocked. Dozens of phones had been raised in the air to photograph Obama. The moment Gutiérrez started speaking, the phones came down. “Shame on you,” Obama said while he pointed at Gutiérrez, who said she was an undocumented trans woman. “You’re in my house.”

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Gene Robinson, former first openly gay Episcopal bishop


Brady McCombs, Rachel Zoll | Associated Press | South Florida Gay News | July 1, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

In 2003, the denomination made the trailblazing move of electing the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Since then, many dioceses have allowed their priests to perform civil same-sex weddings.

Still, the church hadn’t changed its own laws on marriage.

The vote on gay marriage is expected around midday in Salt Lake City at the denomination’s national assembly.

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