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Sugarplum: To the voters of Winston-Salem who finally took Vernon Robinson off the city council. Sugarplum: To Bishop Michael Curry, the leader of thousands of area Episcopalians of varied viewpoints, who had the guts to preach a sermon in Winston-Salem urging his flock to welcome gays. Coal: To the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, which voted overwhelmingly to break away from any member church that "knowingly affirms, approves or endorses homosexual behavior."The voters of Winston-Salem elected Mllu Leight, a Democrat who has never run for office, to replace multi-term City Councilman Vernon Robinson. As one of the city's biggest homophobes and bigots, Robinson held a counter-protest to my April 2004 protest of the Boy Scout membership policies during his Republican primary run for the 5th Congressional District (which he also lost). The Right Reverend Micheal B Curry, Bishop of North Carolina delivered the keynote address to the first annual awards dinner of PFLAG Winston-Salem, which was held at St Paul's Episcopal Church in September. I was there to see him speak and to partake in the joys of that night. He spoke eloquently and many of my good friends and colleagues received the well-deserved recognition for all of their hard work in advocating for LGBT adults and youth. I covered the North Carolina Baptist State Convention's anti-gay decision in the November. I was embarassed that such a decision had to be made in my hometown of Winston-Salem. It is nice to see the good staff at The Journal can tell good from bad and ally from bigot; by doing so, they have become allies themselves. Technorati Tags: gay youth, gay, lgbt, gay rights, christmas, winston-salem, triad