Dos Perros, Commitment NC and Love For All are hosting a party to support Equality NC on Saturday, March 31, 10 p.m. at Dos Perros, 200 N. Magnum St. in Durham. There is a $10 cover, and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Equality NC. Photographs from the Love For All project will be on exhibit. See Love For All's Facebook page and this week's cover story for more info.
Fairmont United Methodist Church is hosting the fourth annual Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry on Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at 2501 Clark Ave. in Raleigh. This all-day event will focus on defeating the proposed marriage amendment. The theme, "For Such a Time as This: Embracing God's Call to Protect All North Carolina Families," is based on the verses from the book of Esther 4:12-16. The conference is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Churches and the Coalition to Protect NC Families. See the church's website for details.
The Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist is hosting Emma's Revolution for a fundraising concert at 106 Purefoy Road on Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at door. See the church's website for more info.
It will be a who's who of anti-gay activists when the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest hosts a Marriage Amendment Forum Wednesday, March 28, at 10 a.m. in Binkley Chapel.
According to a press release, the forum will address whether it is "biblical and proper" for Christians to amend the state constitution on the issue of marriage. The forum will also highlight arguments in favor of "traditional" marriage and consider and rebut the most common arguments given in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.
Panelists include House Majority Leader Paul "Skip" Stam, Kenyn Cureton of the Family Research Council, and Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of North Carolina Values Coalition.
Want to know more about the anti-LGBT strategy? Check out U.S. District Court documents that include previously sealed internal communications by the National Organization for Marriage.
"Marriage: A $20 Million Strategy for Victory" describes the strategy to "drive a wedge between gays and blacks, two key Democratic constituencies." The document also reads in part: "Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots..." The court case stems from an investigation by Maine officials into NOM's campaign finance activities. Read the documents at Alvin McEwen's blog. Hat tip to local LGBT activist and blogger Pam Spaulding for tweeting it.