SAVE THE DATE: 2014 Lobby Day of Action
By Jen Jones on 03/06/2014 @ 06:05 AM
This year we wanted to give you three month's notice. It's that important.
If you don't mind, please clear your calendar now for June 3. This year's Lobby Day of Action in Raleigh will cap Equality NC's unprecedented "Spring into Action" series, as we come together as a pro-equality, North Carolina family during multiple events to get engaged directly with the important work happening during the short session at the North Carolina General Assembly.
And on June 3, in particular, we need you to stand with us at the legislature as we fight for LGBT equality in our most crucial year of engagement yet.
Whatever your motivation -- it's time to save the date, get engaged, and take action!
Meet Ian O'Keefe: #GetEngagedNC Trainer
By Ian O'Keefe on 02/20/2014 @ 12:12 PM
Three years ago I was a college freshman in my first semester at Appalachian State University.
Today, I'm writing as someone who has since founded an organization to oppose North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage equality, registered and organized record numbers of college students to vote, and become a leading advocate for civic engagement in Watauga County and all across my state.
And this Saturday, I'll be leading Equality NC Foundation's #GetEngagedNC Western Regional Institute in Boone.
Can I count on you to join me on Saturday *or* at one of the #GetEngagedNC Regional events coming up soon near you? Register now to be a part of building a movement for Equality in NC.
Whether you're a college student who wants to make a difference or a seasoned activist ready to mobilize in this important election year, I think we can agree, it's time to get engaged in North Carolina. And these Equality NC Foundation events are your first, best step on the road to building our pro-equality movement in 2014.
So, don't wait. Register for a #GetEngagedNC event near you right now:
If I can do it, you can do it. And together we can build a state of equality.
Ian O'Keefe ASU,
Class of '15
P.S. Don't forget to find out who else is "getting engaged" at our official event Facebook pages:
It's Not Too Late to Get Engaged Out West!
By Jen Jones on 02/18/2014 @ 06:12 AM
Friend of Equality --
It's not too late to get engaged this Saturday for our #GetEngagedNC Western Regional event in Boone!
Our past Greensboro conferences were a great organizing tool, but this year we're proud to host regional events like this one with the goal of coming to you for our collective community work in 2014.
Register NOW and join Equality NC Foundation in Boone, on Feb. 22, as we work together to build a movement for equality in North Carolina.
This is your best chance to get involved in important election-year work during our day-long training designed to provide everything you need to know to be an accomplished pro-equality activist in 2014!
Don't miss your chance to #GetEngagedNC in your region. LEARN MORE & REGISTER NOW:
See you out West,
P.S. Don't forget to find out who else is coming at the regional institute Facebook pages:
Meet Michelle Mathis: #GetEngagedNC Trainer
By Michelle Mathis on 02/06/2014 @ 12:12 PM
Last year, I attended Equality NC Foundation’s annual conference where I was inspired by hundreds of LGBT activists and allies willing to work together to move our state forward.
In the year since, I’ve founded a community organization devoted to equality issues in my hometown of Hickory, built on the many successes of my harm reduction ministry, and continued the important work of bringing North Carolina's communities of faith to the pro-equality table.
In 2014, I’ll be helping to lead Equality NC’s new #GetEngagedNC Regional Institutes.
Join me. Click here to start getting engaged at the #GetEngagedNC Regional Institutes and register now for one of three great days of equality action at an event near you:
Can't wait to see you there.
Community Alliance for Equality (C.A.F.E.)
P.S. Don't forget to find out who else is coming at the regional institute Facebook pages:
#MoralMarch: We Need You This Saturday.
By Jen Jones on 02/04/2014 @ 12:12 PM
This Saturday, we need you with us.
Two years ago, tens of thousands of you joined with Equality NC to fight back against the devastating effects of Amendment One. Last year, even more of you stood side-by-side with us in our efforts to secure workplace protections for LGBT North Carolinians in communities far and wide.
And in 2014, in our third year as a proud Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) partner, we expect tens of thousands of pro-equality advocates just like you to march with us for the first-ever "Moral March on Raleigh," this year's HKonJ People's Assembly, on Saturday, February 8, in downtown Raleigh, as we launch a new era of Equality activism....forward together in North Carolina!
People are coming from 32 states to stand with us on Saturday, February 8.
But we can't build this army for Equality without YOU.
RSVP today to join the LGBT and allied community at Moral March by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In return, we’ll tell you about opportunities to join Equality on the march.
You and I both know, we've got work to do in 2014 - and Moral March will be the unofficial kick-off to our unprecedented efforts alongside our electeds, business, and faith communities, in both urban and rural hubs, as we fight to pass statewide LGBT non-discrimination policies, protect our youngest generations from bullying and harassment, build pro-equality support at the polls, and, once and for all, wipe away the scourge of Amendment One.
So, what are you waiting for? RSVP with us today for Moral March -- and follow #MoralMarch on your favorite social sites for the latest on this amazing day in February.
OPINION: Betting on the Business of Equality in NC
By Chris Sgro on 02/03/2014 @ 12:12 PM
This op-ed was originally printed in the February 2, 2014, edition of The Raleigh News & Observer.
When Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina recently revealed it would reverse course and immediately begin offering family coverage to the state’s same-sex married couples, it also effectively communicated an important, message that many companies all over North Carolina have realized:
Equality is good for business.
In a statement announcing the change, Blue Cross CEO Brad Wilson was not only quick to apologize for his company’s failure to thoughtfully consider its prior position of denying and, in some cases, canceling coverage to same-sex couples and domestic partners, but also hinted at the policy’s detrimental impact of forcing married, gay and lesbian couples in North Carolina to once again accept a dual reality: equality at the federal level, but inequality at the state level.
A large majority of Fortune 500 Companies have already realized that equality is easy and efficient and that discrimination is hard and complicated and comes at a cost.
Why else would every single company on Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” protect gay employees from discrimination, with more than half of these companies also covering transgender workers?
Why would 89 percent of Fortune 500 companies do the same? That includes the five largest North Carolina-based public companies: Bank of America, Lowe’s, Duke Energy, BB&T and Reynolds American.
Why would the vast majority of the state’s small-business owners and entrepreneurs (64 percent) oppose discrimination against LGBT workers?
Businesses that have chosen to publicly support equality, as Blue Cross did, not only show an increased commitment to their current employees and subscribers, but they are also better able to appeal to a whole new pool of talented job seekers and customers – who are, more and more, making decisions based on conscience.
But Blue Cross’ public display isn’t just a sign of the times. It’s a mantle as old as North Carolina’s business acumen itself.
After all, when Charlotte-based Nations Bank merged with Bank of America in 1998, one of the pivotal questions in corporate headquarters was whether the new financial entity would continue to offer same-sex domestic partner benefits established by the original Bank of America.
In a bold move, before the merger was even official, North Carolina business legend and then CEO Hugh C. McColl stepped up and formally announced that the North Carolina-based Bank of America would begin to offer such benefits as a means to protect employees and satisfy shareholders.
It is clear that the Bank of America management believed that it was important to have such protections in place for the benefit of the growing corporation. They surely knew it would attract the talented and diverse work force necessary to compete in a global market.
Now, almost two decades later, over 50 major private companies in North Carolina offer same-sex domestic partner benefits, including Bank of America, now the fifth-largest Fortune 500 Corporation in America.
Basic fairness can mean big business. Corporations, small businesses and entrepreneurs are leading where our state legislature is not.
That’s precisely why Equality NC, as North Carolina’s leader in LGBT legislative and grassroots advocacy, will now be partnering with business leaders to launch the Equality NC Business Equality Council. Launching this year, our organization will begin the important work of convening visible North Carolina business leaders who support LGBT equality and champion issues ranging from employment protections to equal access to health care – all as part of an unprecedented business coalition in the Tar Heel State.
In the process, we’ll be putting our money where our mouth is, openly supporting the business entities that support us and betting on a coalition that adds business support to already-thriving, pro-equality grassroots networks throughout the state.
And so in 2014 and beyond the business community will partner with community leaders and advocates to send a message even if the legislature will not: North Carolina is open for business.
Chris Sgro is executive director of Equality NC, North Carolina’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender North Carolinians.
BREAKING: A HUGE Victory for Our Families!
By Chris Sgro on 01/29/2014 @ 12:12 PM
We did it!
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has reversed course and will now offer family coverage to same-sex couples under the Affordable Care Act.
During last week's Equality NC Twitter Town Hall, many organizations, agencies and individuals shared personal stories, helpful resources, and important action steps that shed light on the denials and cancellations of family policies for married, same-sex couples all across the state, and led directly to key national exposure and the state-level changes we're seeing today.
We are thrilled that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has taken this important step to protect all North Carolina families, including vulnerable same-sex couples seeking equal access to health care in the new marketplace.
This victory is the direct result not only of the work of so many organizations like Equality NC who seek to provide basic protections for LGBT North Carolinians, but also LGBT victims of discriminatory policies like our friends Thomas and Chad, who were willing and able to come forward and fight for basic protections in the state they call home.
We owe this win to them, and pledge today to redouble our efforts to fight for much-needed LGBT workplace protections in communities all across the state so that their visibility and voices can lead to even more victories here at home.
Did you hear what Phil Berger, Jr. said?
By Chris Sgro on 01/28/2014 @ 12:12 PM
I don't know if you've heard, but North Carolina's true values of fairness and equality are under attack.
WE are under attack.
Rockingham County District Attorney and 6th District Congressional candidate Phil Berger Jr. has chosen to lash out at the loving, gay and lesbian couples who married at Sunday night's Grammy Awards with a host of despicable tweets and images singing the praises of marriage inequality.
His discriminatory words do not reflect North Carolina values.
Let's show Phil Berger, Jr. the real value of being a pro-equality North Carolinian. Give $10, $25, $50, or more today and help us raise $5,000 in his honor by Friday, January 31, at midnight.
Your investment this week will not only support our efforts to get the entire state "engaged" in our work to support both legal and living equality for all North Carolinians, but send a strong message to purveyors of these types of messages -- wherever they live -- that the North Carolina we know and love is not a state of hate.
Snowed in? No problem: invest securely online RIGHT NOW and help us reach our $5,000 goal:
It's not just about health care: How it feels to have your insurance canceled for being gay
By Chris Sgro on 01/20/2014 @ 03:05 PM
I wanted to make sure you saw this letter (below) from Thomas Hafke and Chad Higby. They're a married, same-sex couple from Moore County, NC, who made headlines last week when Thomas's insurance provider canceled their joint health care coverage upon learning his spouse was of the same gender.
I hope you will take the time to read it. It's powerful.
Their story speaks not only to the discrimination that same-sex couples face in states like North Carolina that currently ban the freedom to marry, but also to the need for more education and awareness about health care options for LGBT North Carolinians in the current marketplace.
Equality NC is listening: this week we'll provide an array of information about health care for our LGBT community, including the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), how discriminatory laws impact your coverage, and how we can work together to change things for the better. Find it: on the web, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
Speaking of Twitter, Equality NC will join with state and national partners to host a LGBT Health Care Twitter Town Hall, Wednesday, January 22, from 7-8 PM, focused on providing information and answering questions about ACA coverage for LGBT North Carolinians. Just follow the hashtag, #NCLGBThealth. We'll share the results of this conversation the following day.
Together we can make a difference,
_______________Begin Forwarded Message_______________
From: Thomas Hafke
Date: 6:04 PM, Thur, Jan 16, 2014
Subject: How it feels to have your insurance canceled for having a gay marriage
Friend of Equality --
Being that neither my husband or I qualify for insurance through work, we were both looking forward to getting health care that we could afford. We signed up through the federal exchange with no major issues. Answered all the questions...name, address, marital status, etc...; pretty straight-forward process. After comparing all the plans, we chose one that would work best for us and our budget. January 1st we receive our policy information and it does actually feel nice to know that we are now covered should something bad ever happen to either of us.
Fast forward 13 days and that feeling of comfort and preparedness comes crashing to an end after one phone call. While driving down the road I return a call I received from some customer service rep from [our insurance provider]; you know just thinking that they need to tie up some loose ends or check that I got all my policy information.
The conversation starts off pretty casual, "Hi my name is Kim with [your insurance provider]." She then asks the first, and only, question: "Do you have a partner listed on your policy?" Of course, I say "Yes, I do." Immediately after that she says, "I'm sorry but we are going to have to cancel your insurance because our current company policy doesn't allow us to recognize same sex spouses." My mind is racing trying to comprehend what just happened. I'm waiting for a "just kidding" or anything that could undue the helplessness I'm feeling. Then the hard part came...I had to tell Chad.
Of course he sees my face and wants to know what's going on...I tell him bluntly (as I'm still on the phone with them.) "They are canceling our policy because they don't recognize same sex couples." Instantly tears come to his eyes and I can see the anger and frustration building on his face. We were driving down the road, now nowhere near where we were going to for dinner; neither one of us could think of anything other than: What just happened...and what do we do?
It's hard to put into words exactly how it feels when faced with such outright discrimination. Just hope that it never happens to you or anyone you care about. I don't think "Kim, with [our insurance provider]" will ever realize how her actions made my husband and I feel that day. That feeling still hasn't left us. We feel the hate behind their company policy, and the hate behind Amendment One on which they choose to base it on.
What they don't know is that we are used to being the underdog. We are used to fighting for our beliefs and our rights. We live in a state that makes us face discrimination on a daily basis; surrounded by the people who voted discrimination in place. So, using this experience we will stand up, brush our shoulders off and take action.
Thomas Hafke (and Chad Higby)
Aberdeen, North Carolina
You Did It!
By Chris Sgro on 01/08/2014 @ 12:12 PM
You did it.
This holiday season, you raised over $25,000 for Equality NC Foundation's crucial work to help build a state of Equality here at home.
Your generosity in 2013 provided much-needed momentum for our collective work in the New Year, including:
- Shaping a movement for marriage in North Carolina with our all-new #GetEngagedNC campaign, meant to spur pro-equality volunteerism, advocacy, and storytelling, while lending much-needed visibility to LGBT families, individuals and youth in our cultural fight for the freedom to marry in 2014 and beyond.
- Launching our brand-new Equality NC Affiliates program all across North Carolina to provide essential training, resources and support to fast-growing Equality networks as part of local, community-led chapters focused on strategic goals, including LGBT issue education and regional activism.
- Pushing for the passage of additional workplace protection policies on the state and local level, including cities and counties in every corner of the Tar Heel State.
- Recruiting, engaging, and mobilizing our all-important peer network of pro-equality public servants as part of Equality NC's ongoing N.C. Electeds for Equality project.
- Bringing our fight for Equality back to the state legislature with all-new, in-person and virtual lobby days designed to amplify our voices at the North Carolina General Assembly.
And later this month we'll announce dates and locations for our inaugural Equality NC Foundation Regional Institutes, your first and best chance to prepare for a New Year of pro-equality advocacy and electoral engagement.
All of this in just the first month of 2014! We'll be in touch next week to get you up to speed on all the new and exciting ways to get involved.
Until then, thank you so much for being part of the Equality family in 2014 and beyond!
We Love Our Son.
By Mike & Martha Sgro on 12/19/2013 @ 04:05 PM
We're Equality NC Foundation supporters and parents from Philadelphia and we love our son.
Even though we have three children who are adults now – only two of them can get married. Chris and his long-time partner, Ryan, live in North Carolina and are subject to discriminatory laws that don't recognize their loving relationship in the state they call home.
But we have hope that this will change – with your help. We’ve personally watched as the team at Equality NC Foundation leads the fight for marriage equality, workplace protections, and protecting LGBT youth in the South.
As parents of a gay son still fighting for equality, the most important gift we can give this year is the gift in Equality. That's why we’re giving to Equality NC Foundation this holiday season. Today we're asking that you join us.
Invest in Equality NC Foundation today – and we'll join with other proud parents to match your gift up to $5,000.
That means your tax-deductible, year-end gift can make even more of a difference, more fully funding Equality NC Foundation's 2014 efforts to build a movement for marriage that engages all ages, races, backgrounds, political affiliations, and religious designations, in areas urban and rural, from the majestic mountains to the beautiful coast.
Most importantly to us as parents, your year-end gift goes directly to helping so many North Carolina children and families become full and equal citizens under the law *and* in the eyes of fellow citizens in all parts of the Tar Heel State.
So, today we challenge all parents and families (as well as their children) to fight for Equality. Please join us in standing up for our kid -- and so many others. Give the gift of Equality this holiday season:
Martha and Mike Sgro
Equality NC Foundation Supporters
Don't Donate to Equality. Invest in Equality.
By Jen Jones on 12/17/2013 @ 04:05 PM
This time of year, we know you’re going to get a lot of “asks” coming your way. And while other organizations may be worthy of a donation, today we’re writing for something different: an actual INVESTMENT in our shared future.
So please, DON’T DONATE. Instead, INVEST in Equality.
INVEST NOW in Equality NC Foundation as your 2013 end-of-year, tax-deductible gift and play a bigger part in building a state of Equality for ALL North Carolinians in a New Year.
Because when you invest in Equality NC Foundation, your impact is immediate:
- An investment of $150 = hope for a rural Western North Carolina community in need of vital voter education to grow its pro-equality activism in 2014.
- An investment of $300 = support for a small Eastern North Carolina town seeking to pass much-needed employment protection policies for its gay and transgender workers next year.
- An investment of $600 = mobilization of faith networks in all corners of the state dedicated to leading local efforts to gain support for marriage equality.
- An investment of $1200 = vital collection and dissemination of stories from North Carolina’s plentiful military and veteran families who are leading the charge on all fronts of LGBT advocacy and activism.
- An investment of $1500 = transforming a small grassroots group into a strategic, community-led Equality NC affiliate, focused on shared goals, including civic engagement, LGBT issue education, and targeted actions.
Friend, we know you’ve always been a friend of Equality.
Now we’re asking you to play an even bigger role in our fast-growing Equality NC Foundation family – supporting the next phase of our all-important work in 2014, by making a long-term, tax-deductible investment in Equality NC Foundation today.
We’ve always counted on you. Now it’s time to count on us.
Do even more by investing in our tireless work to build a state of equality. Chip in $10, $20, $50, or more today and know we'll turn your contribution into results.
We Won the Battle. Help us Win the War.
By Jen Jones on 12/10/2013 @ 04:05 PM
It's official: Myrtle Grove Christian School -- the Wilmington private school that sought to deny admission or even continued enrollment to gay students and children from loving gay families -- has now not only amended its discriminatory policy to no longer require students and parents to sign it, but is also choosing not to accept publicly-funded dollars in 2014.
This heartening result is because of your hard work -- community members just like you joining with Equality NC to share this story, to participate in our events and actions, and to lobby our leaders against giving any discriminatory school in North Carolina even one dollar of your taxpayer money.
But thanks to the legislature's new "Opportunity Scholarship" program, there are hundreds of private schools just like Myrtle Grove that are eligible for public funding beginning in 2014. And one school taking themselves out of the running for taxpayer dollars in order to stay true to their policy of exclusion is no guarantee that others won't line up to take its place.
ACT NOW: Help us win this war against LGBT students and families. Contact your legislators today and demand that taxpayers never be asked to subsidize discriminatory schools. We've made it easy.
Tomorrow we take this fight to Charlotte, where we'll lead a roundtable discussion on safer schools with state and national partners hoping to expose recent attacks on North Carolina's LGBT students and families. At this event we'll announce all-important "next steps" including in-person actions designed to allow you to do even more to protect our state's most vulnerable LGBT citizens. Stay tuned.
Keep the momentum going today by demanding that our leaders take action:
Do even more by investing in our tireless work to build a state of equality. Chip in $10, $20, $50, or more today and know we'll turn your contribution into results.
This Thanksgiving: Our Thanks to You.
By Jen Jones on 11/25/2013 @ 04:05 PM
As we prepare to sit down this week with family and friends for Thanksgiving. we just wanted to send a quick note to tell you how thankful we are for you.
Since we announced Equality NC’s next BIG initiatives from the 2013 Equality Gala, YOU – and thousands of folks like you -- have redoubled your efforts to make them a success. In this all-important Thanksgiving month alone:
- Thousands of Equality NC supporters encouraged Congress to end LGBT employment discrimination and act on ENDA. Thank you.
- Countless more encouraged North Carolina businesses to sign on to Equality NC’s Business Advisory Council in support of LGBT workplace protection policies. Thank you.
- Others have reached out to us in order to start community-led Equality NC Chapters in their North Carolina cities and towns. Thank you.
- Hundreds helped build a state of equality by covering their pro-equality hearts with Equality NC’s #stateofequality shirts. Thank you.
- Many have urged their state and local leaders to join our N.C. Electeds for Equality - and you can too. Thank you.
- We're joining out friends at NC Policy Watch and ACLU of North Carolina to host the first crucial conversation on a new campaign for parental and marriage equality in North Carolina - register now to join us on Dec. 3. Thank you.
- And now you can even work with Equality NC to lobby for important tax protections to legally-married same-gender couples living in North Carolina. Thank you!
Join us in being thankful for our state of Equality -- invest in our movement:
Honor Our Veterans By Ending Workplace Discrimination
By Jen Jones on 11/11/2013 @ 04:05 PM
On November 11th, we observe Veterans Day -- a day of particular resonance in North Carolina as a military state that is home to one of the largest populations of veterans in the country.
North Carolina is also one of 29 states where gay or transgender workers can be fired for reasons that have nothing to do with job performance. That means that even in the wake of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the sad irony is that once our brave men and women are discharged -- many from one of six military installations in the Tar Heel State -- they are yet again subject to discrimination in the workplace.
To truly honor the millions who have served and are serving in the United States military, including the countless service members and veterans in the LGBT community, this Veterans Day we must vow to protect them from senseless discrimination in the workplace -- no matter their military status.
Right now, Equality NC is on the ground in cities and counties all across the state, working with community activists and local leaders to protect LGBT workers where they live. Our local work will culminate in legislation designed to protect *all* of the state's LGBT workers and set a standard for other states in the South -- full of LGBT veterans and lifelong civilians alike -- to protect our people.
So, please take a moment and invest in Equality NC's work today - because workplace discrimination doesn't take a day off...and neither do we.
My Son Deserves a State of Equality
By Jen Jones on 10/24/2013 @ 01:12 PM
Submitted by Durham resident Sarah Cahuantzi:
My husband Justin and I are proud parents to Jack, long-time North Carolinians, and we'll be attending the Equality Gala for the first time this year.
Our son (he's the cute little guy with us in the picture) was born around the time Amendment One passed - rewriting North Carolina's constitution to add a ban on the freedom to marry - and it made us question whether we wanted to raise a child in a place that didn't seem to think all families are created equal.
After all, children everywhere in North Carolina deserve to grow up in a state of equality.
That's why we'll be in Greensboro on November 9th, for the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala.
And that's why I wanted to send you a quick note today.
Equality NC was not only the leader in the fight against Amendment One, but also the first organization to reach out to us - and so many allies like us - to get engaged and involved in the movement for equality formed from and fueled by the energy of their anti-Amendment One efforts. We're now dedicated Equality NC volunteers, helping - in our small way - to build a state of equality.
In short, our friends at Equality NC made activists out of our family of allies. And, now that Jack is a little older, we can't wait to attend this year's Equality Gala as a family (yes, Equality NC Foundation is even providing childcare for the event!), so that we can help support all North Carolina families who need to be protected here at home.
It's never been more clear that it's up to our family now to make sure that every North Carolina family is treated fairly…for our LGBT friends and neighbors, for our state…and for Jack.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for registering. And for all you do for Equality.
Support Your Favorite ACC Team (and Equality)!
By Jen Jones on 10/21/2013 @ 05:05 PM
Is there anything better than supporting your favorite team *and* your favorite cause...all at the same time? Well, Equality NC just made it easy!
In the heart of college football season - and with the tip-off of our state's beloved basketball season just a few short days away - it's time to stock up on our limited edition #StateofEquality shirts in your favorite Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) colors, including Duke Blue (Order "Navy Blue"); Carolina Blue (Order "Carolina Blue"); Wake Forest Gunmetal (Order "Charcoal"); and Wolfpack Red (Order "Varsity Red").
Order now and sport your favorite ACC-flavored tee at the next big game, knowing that your purchase will help fight for Equality in North Carolina - the home of the ACC! And here's the kicker:
Based on t-shirt sales between now and November 1, Equality NC will donate a portion of shirt proceeds to the "winning" ACC school's very own LGBT Center! That means every purchase of your favorite school color puts your campus one step closer to a win!
So, whether you're a fair-minded ACC fan, an active alum who advocates for all, or a student who wants to build a state of Equality, show your support for North Carolina's LGBT community, and get the #StateofEquality tee everyone is talking about--in your favorite ACC color!
And don't forget to tag a photo of yourself in your Equality NC tee - on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Instagram -using the hashtag #stateofequality!
This *is* Outrageous.
By Jen Jones on 10/15/2013 @ 05:05 PM
Talk about outrageous.
In response to news about our upcoming 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala, the so-called "N.C. Values Coalition" - one of the extreme groups that promoted passage of Amendment One, North Carolina's constitutional rewrite banning the freedom to marry - sent out a nasty email calling our Gala program "outrageous." See a portion below:
In the name of maligning Equality NC, our annual event and people like you who support equality, they're now calling on folks to make an "emergency donation" to their anti-LGBT organization.
Won't you help us fight back against these enemies of Equality?
In the same e-mail, N.C. Values Coalition went on to accuse us of being "the very group that is working on the ground in North Carolina to overturn the Amendment."
And to that we say: yes we are!
Join the thousands of people all across the nation who are investing in the work of Equality NC.
Register for the 2013 Equality Gala for Your Chance to Win a "Sustainable Giveaway Package" From Proximity Hotel.
By Jen Jones on 10/02/2013 @ 01:12 PM
The world-renowned Proximity Hotel - the official hotel of the 2013 Equality Gala - just offered something pretty amazing:
REGISTER FOR THE 2013 EQUALITY GALA *by midnight, Sunday, October 6* for your chance to win the “Sustainable Getaway Package” at Proximity Hotel on November 9 – complete with a bottle of wine and house-made chocolate truffles in your Loft King guest room.
The prize pack also includes early check-in, late check-out and transportation to the Gala and back to the Gala after party (a $351 value!)
Supporting Equality NC Foundation while enjoying wine and truffles in your FREE room? Priceless.