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Raleigh pastor gets meeting with President Biden

Vance Haywood

‘Somebody is listening:’ Raleigh pastor gets meeting with Biden to talk LGBTQ issues

By Laura Brache
July 02, 2021 08:00 AM

Rev. Vance Haywood of St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church stands for a portrait outside the Green Road Community Center in Raleigh. Haywood was personally invited by the White House to an event at the center where President Joe Biden spoke on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Laura Brache

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'It's okay to be you' - Storytime Rhymes by Mike Gauss

by ABC11 Akilah Davis
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 8:05PM

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Drag Queen Story Hour continues to capture the imagination and hearts of children in its audience. The books being read have a significant meaning to narrator Kiara Mel.

"Growing up younger and just being yourself at times when it was out of the status quo was viewed very negatively," said Mel.

The children inside the LGBT Center of Raleigh are enthusiastic as books from the Storytime Rhymes collection are read aloud. The author, Mike Gauss, told ABC11 they are intended to be as inclusive as possible. The characters are dressed in a t-shirt and jeans with medium length hair....

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Raleigh pastor meets President Biden during his visit

by: Nick Sturdivant
Posted: Jun 27, 2021 / 11:12 PM EDT / Updated: Jun 27, 2021 / 11:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Not only did he stand shoulder to shoulder with supporters and frontline and grassroots workers, but Rev. Vance Haywood, senior pastor at St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church, got a brief one-on-one meeting with President Joe Biden on Thursday....

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Gov. Cooper vetoes NC churches concealed carry expansion

by: Jack Bilyeu
Posted: Jun 21, 2021 08:18 PM EDT / Updated: Jun 22, 2021 06:41 AM EDT

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WBTW) — Many North Carolina churches allow concealed carry during their services, but churches that also operate schools do not. On Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would have allowed them to permit parishioners to concealed carry as well....

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