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August 18, 2014

Grab your leather jacket and riding gloves for a trip down ‘America’s favorite drive’ for a mountain vacation that is everything but boring

We'd confuse a land of treehouses and fairy-inhabited parks for something out of a movie, if it weren't for the BBQ restaurants and music events that left us hungry for more.

With such spectacular nature views and cultural points of interest, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a travel destination in a league of its own.

Known as the longest linear park in the US, the federal parkland running from North Carolina to Northern Virginia took over 52 years to build 469 miles of tree-lined highway.

July 29, 2014

Roy Cooper believes federal court decision in Virginia case makes gay marriage inevitable in his state

North Carolina's attorney general announced Monday (28 July) that he believes it will be 'futile' to defend his state's ban on gay marriage in court.

July 28, 2014

US Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit is governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina

Calling civil marriage 'one of the cornerstones of our way of life,' a federal appeals court on Monday (28 July) ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 ruling from a three-judge panel came from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which is the  governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.

July 9, 2014

The 16-year-old Vine star should realize the harm he’s done to HIV prevention and try to fix it

Recently a 16-year-old said something stupid. This in itself isn’t anything new: 16-year-olds have been saying stupid things forever. It is pretty much part of the package that comes with spots, frustration and taking too long in the shower.

But in this case the 16-year old in question is Nash Grier, the most famous person on video sharing platform Vine, and the stupid thing he said was hateful, nasty and downright dangerous.

May 12, 2014

Keith Crisco, who trailed Aiken by more than 300 votes, dies after fall at home

Although he led by more than 300 votes, Clay Aiken had not yet been declared the winner in the race for the Democratic nomination for North Carolina's conservative 2nd congressional district.

But on Monday, the 'too close to call' primary race was tragically decided when Aiken's opponent Keith Crisco died after a fall at his home.

Aiken told a Fox affiliate that he is 'suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends.'

May 12, 2014

Keith Crisco, who trailed Aiken by more than 300 votes, dies after fall at home

Although he led by more than 300 votes, Clay Aiken had not yet been declared the winner in the race for the Democratic nomination for North Carolina's conservative 2nd congressional district.

But on Monday, the 'too close to call' primary race was tragically decided when Aiken's opponent Keith Crisco died after a fall at his home.

Aiken told a Fox affiliate that he is 'suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends.'

May 8, 2014

Steve Wiles, the conservative Christian former drag queen who was hoping to become a Republican state senate candidate in North Carolina, has lost in a primary election

Conservative Christian Republican and former drag queen Steve Wiles has failed in his bid to be selected to become a candidate for the North Carolina state Senate.

Wiles received only 27.49% of votes from North Carolina Republican Party members, coming last in the race to become the GOP’s candidate for State Senate District 31.

May 7, 2014

Openly gay singer holds slight lead in Democratic primary in North Carolina

Clay Aiken has emerged with a slight lead over his closest rival in his bid for the Democratic nomination for a North Carolina seat in the US House of Representatives.

Aiken, 35, holds a slight lead of more than 300 votes over Keith Crisco but it might be some time before the final results are known.

Absentee and provisional ballots must still be counted and could potentially alter the outcome, according to the News Observer.

May 4, 2014

After denying that he had worked as a female impersonator, he later said on Facebook : 'My job was embarrassing – I had to have a job!'

A Republican candidate for the North Carolina Senate – who is campaigning on a platform in support of his state's ban on same-sex marriage – has been outed as a former female impersonator and drag show emcee by the co-owner of the club where he once worked some 10 years ago.

Former club owner Randy Duggins told the Winston-Salem Journal that Steve Wile, 34, who is now a real estate agent in Belews Creek, NC, worked at Club Odyssey until 2010 under the name 'Mona Sinclair.' Wiles was also a show director and performance booker.

May 4, 2014

After denying that he had worked as a female impersonator, he later said on Facebook : 'My job was embarrassing – I had to have a job!'

A Republican candidate for the North Carolina Senate – who is campaigning on a platform in support of his state's ban on same-sex marriage – has been outed as a former female impersonator and drag show emcee by the co-owner of the club where he once worked some 10 years ago.

Former club owner Randy Duggins told the Winston-Salem Journal that Steve Wile, 34, who is now a real estate agent in Belews Creek, NC, worked at Club Odyssey until 2010 under the name 'Mona Sinclair.' Wiles was also a show director and performance booker.

May 4, 2014

After leaving his wife, Jason Roy Borkowskiwent on Craigslist and met a trans woman who he shot after sexual activity

A US man has been found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon after shooting a transgender woman he met online just days after leaving his wife.

Jason Roy Borkowski reportedly went on Craigslist looking for company and ended up meeting trans woman Alevaro Refugio, 38.

A few days before, he had left his wife and arrived in Kernersvile, North Carolina.

After chatting on the website, they went to the movies and then back to Refugio’s home where they engaged in sexual activity.

May 2, 2014

The gay man who came second place in the 2003 American Idol contest is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers and take North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district for the Democrats

2003 American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is making a bid for national political office in his home state of North Carolina, hoping his star power can unseat a Republican incumbent for the Democrats.

Aiken announced his candidacy with a campaign website and video on 5 February but it had gone largely unnoticed until he made a guest appearance on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report to discuss why he is running for office.

April 28, 2014

'In its efforts to restrict gay marriage, the State of North Carolina has restricted one of the essential freedoms of our ministers and of all Americans'

The United Church of Christ (UCC) announced it is suing the US state of North Carolina over its gay marriage ban.

The liberal Christian denomination announced the legal challenge today, 28 April.

The church claims the state's prohibition, known as Amendment One, infringes on the free speech rights of clergy.

April 27, 2014

Accused of killing three people outside two Jewish centers in Kansas earlier this month, the former Ku Klux Klan leader was once arrested for paying for sex with a black man dressed as a woman in the 1980s

A former Ku Klux Klan 'Grand Dragon', who has been charged with killing three people outside two Kansas Jewish centers earlier this month, is revealed to have been arrested in the 1980s for having sex with a man in his car.

Frazier Glenn Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, is accused of killing a doctor, his teenage grandson and a mother of three outside the community center and the nearby Village Shalom senior living center on April 13.

April 2, 2014

Sister Jane Dominic believes porn and absent fathers turn boys gay, as well as gay men normally having 500 to 1000 sexual partners

A nun has caused outrage after telling students to not masturbate or it will turn them gay.

Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun from Nashville, told Charlotte Catholic High School in North Carolina about her theories on homosexuality.

Among her other ‘theories’, she believes absentee fathers and watching porn turn little boys gay.

March 10, 2014

North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper has said it is his job to defend his state’s ban on same-sex couples getting married even though he personally believes that legally they should be able to

Despite being a supporter of marriage equality, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says it is his duty to defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage despite the attorneys general of Kentucky and Virginia electing to not defend their states’ bans.

February 5, 2014

A North Carolina child is in intensive care after being hanging himself because he could not deal with the homophobic bullying at school any longer

An 11-year-old boy suffering homophobic bullying because of his love for My Little Pony has tried to kill himself.

Michael Morones was bullied so much he tried to hang himself at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

He is now lying in intensive care in hospital with damage to his brain, heart, and his lungs not yet fully awakened.

While there is healing potential, doctors believe there may be permanent life-long brain damage. His parents discovered him just in time but oxygen to his brain was momentarily cut off.

February 5, 2014

Openly gay Amercian Idol alum gives failing grade to North Carolina congresswoman he wants to replace in US House of Reps

Clay Aiken, the runner-up on American Idol then the runner-up on Celebrity Apprentice, is hoping for a first-place finish that will land him in Washington DC.

The openly gay singer on Wednesday (5 February) announced that he is running for a seat in the US Congress.

'I'm not a politician,' he said in a video on his campaign website. 'I don't ever want to be one.'

Aiken, 35, hopes to unseat Tea Party Republican favorite Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's conservative 2nd congressional district.

February 5, 2014

Openly gay Amercian Idol alum gives failing grade to North Carolina congresswoman he wants to replace in US House of Reps

Clay Aiken, the runner-up on American Idol then the runner-up on Celebrity Apprentice, is hoping for a first-place finish that will land him in Washington DC.

The openly gay singer on Wednesday (5 February) announced that he is running for a seat in the US Congress.

'I'm not a politician,' he said in a video on his campaign website. 'I don't ever want to be one.'

Aiken, 35, hopes to unseat Tea Party Republican favorite Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's conservative 2nd congressional district.

January 3, 2014

A new study published by Hong Kong’s Center for Comparative and Public Law has found that 74% of residents in the Chinese autonomous territory support some level of legal recognition for same-sex relationships – though support for same-sex marriage remains low

A new report published by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law has shown that a majority of the Hong Kong public supports granting some legal recognition to same-sex couples.

Researchers Kelley Loper from the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, Holning Lau from the University of North Carolina School of Law and Charles Lau from RTI International found that 74% of Hong Kongers thought same-sex couples should have some of the rights of opposite sex couples.

December 25, 2013

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor were already legally married in Washington DC

Gay marriage may not be legal in North Carolina but that didn't stop Ft. Bragg military base from hosting its first same-sex ceremony.

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor had been legally married in Washington DC several months before their formal ceremony over the weekend at Ft. Bragg in front of about 100 guests.

Toven, who joined the Army in 2003, said he is impressed with the speed of progress since the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell in 2011.

December 25, 2013

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor were already legally married in Washington DC

Gay marriage may not be legal in North Carolina but that didn't stop Ft. Bragg military base from hosting its first same-sex ceremony.

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor had been legally married in Washington DC several months before their formal ceremony over the weekend at Ft. Bragg in front of about 100 guests.

Toven, who joined the Army in 2003, said he is impressed with the speed of progress since the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell in 2011.

December 14, 2013

Athletes from University of North Carolina teams record a You Can Play video

A number of University of North Carolina students are taking a stand for inclusion on the sports field.

Players from the school's basketball, diving fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, swimming, softball, soccer, tennis, and track and field teams recorded a video for the You Can Play project to raise awareness of changing attitudes to LGBTI athletes in sport.

The message was simple. Bring skills to the field, and no one will care about sexuality.

December 14, 2013

Athletes from University of North Carolina teams record a You Can Play video

A number of University of North Carolina students are taking a stand for inclusion on the sports field.

Players from the school's basketball, diving fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, swimming, softball, soccer, tennis, and track and field teams recorded a video for the You Can Play project to raise awareness of changing attitudes to LGBTI athletes in sport.

The message was simple. Bring skills to the field, and no one will care about sexuality.