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April 15, 2015

Former student with neo-Nazi facial tattoo confesses to the killing

A gay employee at a North Carolina community college was shot dead Monday (13 April) morning by a white supremacist in what may have been a hate crime.

Ron Lane, 44, was shot once with a 12-gauge shotgun at the school's print shop, where he was the director, by a former student whom he dismissed from a work-study program for too many absenses.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, confessed to the killing the next day after he was  arrested while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

April 7, 2015

The Runner-Up chronicles his losing bid to become a US congressman

Clay Aiken's squeaky clean image from his long ago American Idol days is nowhere to be seen in The Runner-Up, the four-part documentary series premiering on Tuesday (7 April) about his run for congress.

'The truth is, cutting out the stuff where he doesn’t swear wasn’t an option–he swears all the time,' producer Jonathan Chinn tells Reality Blurred. 'In the case of his potty mouth, that is who he is, and sanitizing it would be disingenuous.'

April 7, 2015

The Runner-Up chronicles his losing bid to become a US congressman

Clay Aiken's squeaky clean image from his long ago American Idol days is nowhere to be seen in The Runner-Up, the four-part documentary series premiering on Tuesday (7 April) about his run for congress.

'The truth is, cutting out the stuff where he doesn’t swear wasn’t an option–he swears all the time,' producer Jonathan Chinn tells Reality Blurred. 'In the case of his potty mouth, that is who he is, and sanitizing it would be disingenuous.'

April 5, 2015

Christian pastor John Pavlovitz has an Easter message ‘to all those fighting non-existent wars’: the gay community are not battling religion, but against discrimination

North Carolina Christian Pastor John Pavlovitz penned a blog last autumn which quickly went viral. He wrote about what he promised to do if his children grew up and told him that they were gay. In short, he vowed to love them and support them and spread a message of love and acceptance to others.

March 31, 2015

Arkansas is expected to move ahead with its anti-gay bill

'Religious freedom' bills in both Georgie and North Carolina have stalled amid a national backlash over a similar law that was passed in Indiana last week.

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

Georgia's Senate passed the bill earlier this month within minutes of being introduced with no advance notice.

But the draft law stalled at the committee stage after a lawmaker added anti-discrimination language to stop it from being using against LGBTI people.

March 31, 2015

Measure would allow hospitals to turn away LGBTI patients

As Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana's 'religious freedom' law on Thursday (26 March), an even worse bill passed its first reading in North Carolina.

The NC Religious Freedom Restoration Act, introduced last week in both the House and Senate, says the state 'shall not burden a person’s right to exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.'

March 31, 2015

Measure would allow hospitals to turn away LGBTI patients

As Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana's 'religious freedom' law on Thursday (26 March), an even worse bill passed its first reading in North Carolina.

The NC Religious Freedom Restoration Act, introduced last week in both the House and Senate, says the state 'shall not burden a person’s right to exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.'

March 25, 2015

#HisNameWasBlake

A teenage activist committed suicide on Monday (23 March) night a year after becoming North Carolina's first transgender homecoming king.

Blake Brockington, 18, was named homecoming king at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte after winning a fundraising competition with an impressive $2,335.55.

His death was announced Tuesday morning by Time Out Youth Center, where he received support. Details of his passing are not yet known.

March 13, 2015

Dawson's Creek alum had been given VHS copy of Dawson's Crack and wanted to share it with his co-stars

James Van Der Beek is probably happy the time gay porn was found in his luggage was before the days of TMZ and such things going viral.

When the 38-year-old actor was starring in Dawson's Creek, he landed the lead in the 2002 film The Rules of Attraction - a film which, by the way, included a kissing scene between him and Ian Somerhalder.

March 2, 2015

#HisNameWasAsh

A 16-year-old transgender boy from North Carolina has taken his life after enduring years of bullying.

Ash Haffner stepped into oncoming traffic near his home in Indian Trail on Thursday (26 February) night.

His mother, April Quick, found the body. She said the suicide was a result of years of bullying, which became worse when he decided to transition and asked to be referred to as 'he.'

January 21, 2015

Generations and races come together to share the lessons of the civil rights film

If Bayard Rustin were alive today he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTI communities held discussions on the Oscar-nominated civil right movie Selma.

Flashback Sunday, a social group for LGBTQ Elders of Color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) convened the event between generations of LGBTI activists. Folks who were active during 1960’s civil rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter activists met at Emmanuel Church in Boston on Monday, as a way of honoring the 29th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day.

January 15, 2015

Catholic school says the employee of 15 years broke church doctrine

A gay teacher has been fired in North Carolina after he announced his engagement to his long-term boyfriend on Facebook.

Lonnie Billard, 68, has taught drama and English at Charlotte Catholic High School for more than 15 years.

He retired as a full-time teacher in 2012, but continued to work at the school as a long-term substitute and had classes scheduled this month.

Billard announced his plans to marry his partner of 13 years Rich Dunham on Facebook in summer 2015.

January 15, 2015

Catholic school says the employee of 15 years broke church doctrine

A gay teacher has been fired in North Carolina after he announced his engagement to his long-term boyfriend on Facebook.

Lonnie Billard, 68, has taught drama and English at Charlotte Catholic High School for more than 15 years.

He retired as a full-time teacher in 2012, but continued to work at the school as a long-term substitute and had classes scheduled this month.

Billard announced his plans to marry his partner of 13 years Rich Dunham on Facebook in summer 2015.

December 11, 2014

Church members, including his mother and brother, have turned against the young gay man

A gay Christian has claimed he was kidnapped and attacked by five fellow churchgoers to rid him of 'demons'.

Matthew Fenner has accused a group, who belong to The Word of Faith Fellowship church in Spindale, North Carolina, of beating and strangling him for being gay last year.

Sarah Covington Anderson, Adam Christopher Bartley, Brooke McFadden Covington, Justin Brock Covington and Robert Louis Walker Jr. have been indicted on simple assault and kidnapping charges.

November 24, 2014

'We live ordinary lives, just like everybody else,' one of the women said. 'Now it looks like I'm being a target.'

A lesbian couple is upset after their address on Google Maps had been changed to say that 'Faggots live here'.

Jennifer Mann and Jodi McDaniel have lived together in their small home in Canton, a town in North Carolina for the past four years.

Mann's son, Dakota Bonham said he discovered the slur when he was googling the address at Pisgah High School.

The couple, their three children and one grandchild, have described it as a 'hate crime'.

November 16, 2014

A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection to the case

Stephen Patrick White, 46, has died on Saturday afternoon in a hospital from injuries after he was found beaten and burned in a Greensboro, North Carolina hotel room last weekend.

According to media reports, White, an army veteran, has had most of both arms amputated after he was severely burned in the incident last weekend when he went to the hotel with a man he met at a gay bar.

A 26-year-old man has as been charged in the crime.

November 16, 2014

A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection to the case

Stephen Patrick White, 46, has died on Saturday afternoon in a hospital from injuries after he was found beaten and burned in a Greensboro, North Carolina hotel room last weekend.

According to media reports, White, an army veteran, has had most of both arms amputated after he was severely burned in the incident last weekend when he went to the hotel with a man he met at a gay bar.

A 26-year-old man has as been charged in the crime.

November 15, 2014

The victim, a war veteran, has had most of both arms amputated after he was severely burned

A 26-year-old North Carolina man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill when he attacked his 46-year-old victim on early Sunday.

Stephen Patrick White, an army veteran, was found beaten in a Greensboro hotel room by police just after 4.30am after a hotel employee called to report a man screaming in the hotel, according to media reports.

November 6, 2014

American Idol alum had been followed for months by documentary crew

Clay Aiken had hoped his bid to represent his home state of North Carolina in the US House of Representatives would allow him to fully transition out of show business.

Instead, it has landed him back as the star of a reality series.

Aiken, 35, lost the election decisively to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers this week. The openly-gay Democrat had faced an uphill battle from the start in the heavily-Republican 2nd District.

Viewers will get a close-up view of Aiken's journey from announcing his candidacy back in February to election day.

November 5, 2014

American Idol alum projected to lose in North Carolina to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers

Clay Aiken has lost his bid for a North Carolina seat in the US House of Representatives.

A runner-up on both American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice, Aiken found himself finishing second once again - this time to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers.

Ellmers was leading Aiken with more than 56 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.

November 4, 2014

Former American Idol runner-up is running for North Carolina seat

Clay Aiken is hoping for a better finish to election day than how things got started.

Aiken had just finished voting for himself for a seat in the US Congress representing the 2nd District of North Carolina when he boarded his campaign bus and discovered it had broken down.

November 1, 2014

'State officials don't get to pick and choose what laws they need to follow,' says ACLU of North Carolina legal director Chris Brook

At least six magistrates in North Carolina have resigned rather than be forced to officiate same-sex weddings after a federal court decision legalized same-sex unions in the state on October 10, the Charlotte Observer reported this week.

When the federal decision was handed down, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said all state agencies would comply. State Senator Phil Berger however asked to the courts to grant protections to public officials who refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies for religious reasons. It was denied.

October 26, 2014

'With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving of full equality for all Americans'

The US government announced today it will recognize same-sex marriage in 6 states.

The states are Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming. 

Today's announcement (25 October) mirrors a similar one made by Attorney General Eric Holder approximately a week ago.

October 18, 2014

'This is not an issue of people's rights to have religious beliefs… This is their job, and it's a job requirement,' says executive director of the LGBT non-profit Equality NC

Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam Jr says he has resigned from his job because he can’t in 'good conscience' marry same-sex couples.

On October 10, 2014, same-sex marriage in North Carolina became legal following a federal judge's ruling that the state's denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional. Same-sex couples were immediately issued marriage licenses, and on Monday, October 13, same-sex couples statewide began marrying.