Dec 6, 2016
National survey conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner shows national majorities support Equality Act and marriage equality, polling also shows discriminatory HB2 was the number one issue for North Carolina voters
Dec 5, 2016
RALEIGH -- Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued the following statements after Pat McCrory finally accepted defeat in the North Carolina governor’s race. With a stunning 66 percent of North Carolina voters reporting opposition to HB2 in exit polling, it’s clear that HB2 cost McCrory his re-election bid. According to polling commissioned by HRC and ENC and performed by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, 57 percent of voters put HB2 as the top reason “not to vote for Pat McCrory” -- exceeding any other issue by 17 points.
Nov 30, 2016
RALEIGH -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality North Carolina hailed Governor-Elect Roy Cooper’s victory -- which crossed the crucial 10,000 vote mark today -- and called on Pat McCrory to concede in the North Carolina gubernatorial race immediately. The latest tally shows McCrory 10,329 votes behind. With a stunning 66 percent of North Carolina voters reporting opposition to HB2 in exit polling, it’s clear that HB2 cost McCrory his re-election bid. According to polling commissioned by HRC and ENC and performed by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, 57 percent of voters put HB2 as the top reason “not to vote for Pat McCrory” -- exceeding any other issue by 17 points.
Nov 21, 2016
HRC and Equality North Carolina, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, released the following statements after the North Carolina State Board of Elections held an emergency meeting tonight to discuss challenges in the Governor’s race, many of which have been soundly rejected by their Republican-controlled County Boards of Election. Pro-equality Governor-Elect Roy Cooper’s lead has already grown to 7,902 votes since absentee and provisional ballots have been counted.
Nov 19, 2016
In remembrance of those who have been lost due to transphobia and to recognize the continued violence against the transgender community (including egregious laws like HB2), Equality NC recognizes Transgender Day of Remembrance with the rest of the nation on Sunday, November 20th.
Nov 10, 2016
I am sure that these last few days have been scary, disappointing, and difficult for many of you as they have been for me. The election of Donald Trump represents a challenge to the long-fought-for rights of our community, and the rights that we have yet to win. I will not downplay how hard the job will be at all levels of government and in all walks of society to win full lived and legal equality - it's significant. But it's not insurmountable.
Nov 3, 2016
On Tuesday, turnOut North Carolina volunteers gathered at UNC Charlotte (UNCC) to meet with UNCC College Democrats and Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is running for governor. Cooper is challenging current Governor Pat McCrory, who supported and signed the hateful HB2 into law.
Nov 1, 2016
It isn’t every weekend that a group of almost forty volunteers knock on doors and make phone calls to swing a state for equality, but that’s exactly what happened Halloween weekend October 2016 just before one of the most divisive presidential elections. The volunteers, some students, and others with a simple passion for equality had only one goal in mind: to ensure progressive voices are heard loudly and clearly in North Carolina.
Oct 26, 2016
Last Thursday was the first day of early in-person voting in North Carolina, and HRC joined Equality North Carolina at sites across the Tar Heel State to rally pro-equality supporters. Voters lined the streets and edged around corners -- eager to send a message to Governor McCrory and members of the General Assembly that discrimination has no place in the state.
Oct 25, 2016
RALEIGH - Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin and Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro released the following statements after news broke today that North Carolina lost out on 730 jobs because Pat McCrory has refused to support the full repeal of HB2.
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.