Oct 21, 2016
Today is the the first day of early voting in North Carolina. The Raleigh team from TurnOUT North Carolina (a project of HRC PAC and Equality NC Action Fund PAC) started off the morning by gathering some of our supporters in our downtown office for coffee and bagels before walking a couple blocks down the street to the Wake County Board of Elections to be among the first people to start in line to early vote.
Oct 15, 2016
Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro and HRC President Chad Griffin called on North Carolina Pat McCrory to extend the state's voter registration deadline to give all North Carolinians impacted by Hurricane Matthew the opportunity to vote in the 2016 elections. Yesterday, the Board of Elections announced the deadline would remain tomorrow, Oct. 14.
Oct 13, 2016
Over the past week, TurnOUT North Carolina ramped up our voter mobilization efforts in both Charlotte and the Triangle region. A project of the Human Rights Campaign PAC and Equality NC Action Fund PAC, TurnOUT NC is working across North Carolina to mobilize pro-equality voters and elect pro-equality legislators who are willing to repeal HB2.
Sep 21, 2016
We are saddened that once again we are waiting for more information about a black life lost in a police-involved shooting. In this time of uncertainty, one thing is clear - the continued violence we find in our communities must end. Our hearts are with Keith Lamont Scott's family and the people of Charlotte as they look for answers and work together towards justice after this tragic incident. It is unacceptable that these incidents of violence keep happening across the country and we are committed to doing our part of building a more fair and just society for all.
Sep 16, 2016
Today, Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, and HRC rejected calls for Charlotte’s City Council to rescind a non-discrimination ordinance before any consideration is made of changes to HB2, the vile law that has written anti-transgender discrimination into law and prevented local communities from passing their own LGBTQ non-discrimination measures.
Sep 14, 2016
RALEIGH -- Today, Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, hailed the Atlantic Coast Conference’s decision to stand up for the safety of its employees, players, and fans by moving championship games out of North Carolina due to the state’s anti-LGBTQ HB2 law.
Sep 9, 2016
Raleigh -- Today, Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, hailed the NCAA’s decision to stand up for LGBTQ equality by moving all 2016-2017 championship events out of the state of North Carolina due to the anti-LGBTQ HB2 law. In their decision for the move, the NCAA cited their commitment to an "inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans."
Sep 9, 2016
RALEIGH, NC – Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, responds to Governor Pat McCrory’s week of flailing about the root causes of HB2, the worst anti-LGBT bill in the nation since its signing in March.
Aug 26, 2016
RALEIGH -- Today, Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, hailed the decision by a federal judge to suspend enforcement of one of the discriminatory provisions of North Carolina’s HB2 law until plaintiffs have an opportunity to fully make their case in court. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder blocked the University of North Carolina (UNC) from enforcing the provision which prevents transgender people from using restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity on UNC property.
Aug 4, 2016
Asheville, N.C. (August 4, 2016) – On August 8 at 9:30 a.m. in Asheville, U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. will hold a hearing in Ansley v. Warren, the federal lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 2. Passed in 2015, Senate Bill 2 is a North Carolina state law that allows magistrates who do not believe in marriage equality to renounce their judicial oath to uphold and evenly apply the United States Constitution. Monday’s hearing will focus on two matters - the state’s motion to dismiss the case, and efforts by the Liberty Counsel - a far right litigation group - to intervene in the case. It will take place just a week after a federal court hearing regarding HB2, the other controversial anti-LGBT law passed by the NC General Assembly since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriage equality.
Aug 3, 2016
Raleigh, NC – In a clear show of discontent with the North Carolina legislature and the passage of HB2, the most stringently anti-LGBT law in the country, the Equality North Carolina Foundation received the highest number of donations of any national mid-size LGBT organization in the United States and any LGBT organization in the entire South over the 24-hour “Give Out Day” campaign.
Jul 21, 2016
Charlotte, NC -- Today, Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, hailed the NBA’s decision to stand up to North Carolina lawmakers who refused to repeal HB2 by pulling its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC. Despite the NBA’s repeated warnings that it would have to consider moving the high-profile game out of the state if the anti-LGBTQ law was not repealed, the state’s General Assembly shamefully adjourned after 100 days of inaction earlier this month.
Jul 8, 2016
Equality North Carolina deeply mourns the loss of black lives in Minnesota, Baton Rouge, and the countless other cities across the nation where these killings have taken place. We must push that we stand united together. No group of people should be singled out and marginalized. We MUST value black lives and push to ensure that #blacklivesmatter.
We also mourn the loss of life in Dallas, where innocent men and women in uniform were senselessly killed. In the wake of Orlando, we are reminded now more than ever that violence is never the answer. Law enforcement has stood to protect LGBT people in our safe spaces. Our hearts and thoughts are with the entire nation as we seek a way forward to diminish violence in all its forms.
Jun 14, 2016
RALEIGH -- Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued the following statements in response to news that only two days after the deadly attack in Orlando targeting LGBTQ people -- almost all Latinx -- anti-equality activists in North Carolina are lobbying the General Assembly and held a press conference in an attempt to keep lawmakers from repealing the deeply discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ HB2 law. Yesterday, the editorial board of the Raleigh News & Observer wrote, “Now, after the tragedy in Orlando, HB2 looks even more like a gratuitous, cruel slap at gays, lesbians and transgender people. It is all the more embarrassing to North Carolina than it was – and it was plenty embarrassing.”
Jun 2, 2016
Raleigh, NC -- Today, Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality NC and Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), released the following statements in response to Dead & Company’s announcement that it will donate $100,000 to the organizations for on-the-ground efforts to repeal the state’s discriminatory, anti-LGBT law known as HB2:
May 24, 2016
CHARLOTTE – Two months ago, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the worst anti-LGBT law (HB2) in the nation. Since then, countless entertainers, business leaders, and everyday North Carolinians have come out against it. It is easy to see that the law does not represent North Carolina values. During regularly scheduled National Football League meetings in Charlotte, NC this week, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers Jed York chose to meet with advocates and transgender North Carolinians and learn more about how this bill has negatively impacted them. York also announced a gift of $75,000 to the Equality North Carolina Foundation to further their work.
Apr 24, 2016
ASHEVILLE, NC, April 24, 2016 - 157 mental health professionals from across North Carolina have called on Governor Pat McCrory to work to repeal House Bill 2, citing discrimination against transgender people as a threat to their mental health and wellbeing. The diverse group of professionals, including social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, and psychologists, state in a letter to the governor that the law “legitimizes discrimination” and is in conflict with the ethics of their professions.
Apr 21, 2016
WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, announced that executives from the Alcoa Inc., BASF Corporation, Ben & Jerry’s, Cascade Engineering, Dansko, Etsy, Green Mountain Power, Kickstarter, Live Nation Entertainment, New Belgium Brewing, New Seasons Market, Osceola Music, Patagonia, Self-Help, The Fresh Market, Vanguard, Warby Parker and Xerox Corporation have signed onto an open letter that now includes more than 180 leading CEOs and business leaders urging Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory law that was rammed through the legislature on March 23rd.