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Jul 21, 2016

BREAKING: NBA Stands up for LGBTQ Equality with All-Star Game Move, Citing Hostile Environment Created by HB2

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warnings that it would have to consider moving the high-profile game out of the state if the anti-LGBTQ law was not repealed, the state’s General Assembly shamefully adjourned after 100 days of inaction earlier this month.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 NC statement on recent events in Dallas, Minnesota and Baton Rouge

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

UNCONSCIONABLE: While LGBTQ Community Mourns, North Carolina Anti-Equality Activists Lobby General Assembly in Support of HB2

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.”

Vigils for Orlando

Jun 12, 2016

Vigils for Orlando

HRC and Equality NC Grateful for Dead & Company’s $100,000 Commitment to On-the-Ground Work to Repeal North Carolina’s Discriminatory HB2

Jun 2, 2016

HRC and Equality NC Grateful for Dead & Company’s $100,000 Commitment to On-the-Ground Work to Repeal North Carolina’s Discriminatory HB2

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:

 San Francisco 49ers call for repeal of HB2 and announce gift to LGBT advocacy and education group Equality NC

May 24, 2016

San Francisco 49ers call for repeal of HB2 and announce gift to LGBT advocacy and education group Equality NC

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.

Over 150 NC Mental Health Professionals Call for Repeal of HB 2

Apr 24, 2016

Over 150 NC Mental Health Professionals Call for Repeal of HB 2

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.

NEW in North Carolina: Momentum Continues As More Executives from Major Companies Join in Call for Repeal of HB 2

Apr 21, 2016

NEW in North Carolina: Momentum Continues As More Executives from Major Companies Join in Call for Repeal of HB 2

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.

Equality NC and HRC to McCrory: Executive Order Creates Vital Protections But Doubles Down on Most Damaging Provisions of HB2

Apr 12, 2016

Equality NC and HRC to McCrory: Executive Order Creates Vital Protections But Doubles Down on Most Damaging Provisions of HB2

Raleigh, N.C. – Equality North Carolina, the state's leading LGBT advocacy organization and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), issued the following statement on Gov. Pat McCrory's executive order purporting to barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in state employment.

PayPal Withdraws Plan for Charlotte Expansion as Result of Sweeping Anti-LGBT House Bill 2

Apr 5, 2016

PayPal Withdraws Plan for Charlotte Expansion as Result of Sweeping Anti-LGBT House Bill 2

Charlotte, NC -- Today, PayPal announced that it has withdrawn plans to open a new global operations center that would have brought 400 new jobs to Charlotte. Dan Schulman, President and CEO, PayPal states, “The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte.”

Hyatt, HP, Northrop Grumman, Ralph Lauren, American Apparel, Qualcomm, Pandora, and More Join List of Over 120 Major CEOs & Business Leaders Urging North Carolina To Repeal Discriminatory Anti-LGBT Law

Apr 1, 2016

Hyatt, HP, Northrop Grumman, Ralph Lauren, American Apparel, Qualcomm, Pandora, and More Join List of Over 120 Major CEOs & Business Leaders Urging North Carolina To Repeal Discriminatory Anti-LGBT Law

WASHINGTON - This morning, 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 Starbucks, Citibank, TD Bank, Hilton, Starwood Hotels, Choice Hotels, eBay, Accenture, Kellogg Company, Reddit, Barnes & Noble, Atlassian, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Ingersoll-Rand, Wasserman and the Wasserman Foundation, and CA Technologies have signed onto an open letter that now includes more than 100 leading CEOs and business leaders calling on Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory House Bill 2 that was rammed through the legislature last week.

In Meeting With North Carolina Governor McCrory, LGBT Equality Advocates Demand Repeal of Discriminatory New Law

Mar 31, 2016

In Meeting With North Carolina Governor McCrory, LGBT Equality Advocates Demand Repeal of Discriminatory New Law

RALEIGH, NC - This morning, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro, transgender advocate Candis Cox-Daniels, and other LGBT equality advocates went to the North Carolina State Capitol to hand deliver a letter from more than 100 major CEOs & business leaders urging Governor McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions of the deeply discriminatory HB 2 in the upcoming legislative session in April.

Starbucks, Citibank, TD Bank, Hilton, Starwood, Accenture, Kellogg’s and Others Join More Than 100 Major CEOs & Business Leaders Demanding North Carolina Repeal Radical New Anti-LGBT Law

Mar 31, 2016

Starbucks, Citibank, TD Bank, Hilton, Starwood, Accenture, Kellogg’s and Others Join More Than 100 Major CEOs & Business Leaders Demanding North Carolina Repeal Radical New Anti-LGBT Law

WASHINGTON - This morning, 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 Starbucks, Citibank, TD Bank, Hilton, Starwood Hotels, Choice Hotels, eBay, Accenture, Kellogg Company, Reddit, Barnes & Noble, Atlassian, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Ingersoll-Rand, Wasserman and the Wasserman Foundation, and CA Technologies have signed onto an open letter that now includes more than 100 leading CEOs and business leaders calling on Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory House Bill 2 that was rammed through the legislature last week.

Bank of America, American Airlines, Cisco, Miramax, & Uber Join List of More Than 90 Major CEOs and Business Leaders Demanding North Carolina Repeal Discriminatory & Radical New Anti-LGBT Law

Mar 30, 2016

Bank of America, American Airlines, Cisco, Miramax, & Uber Join List of More Than 90 Major CEOs and Business Leaders Demanding North Carolina Repeal Discriminatory & Radical New Anti-LGBT Law

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, released a letter from more than 80 leading CEOs and business leaders calling on Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory House Bill 2 that was rammed through the legislature last week.

BREAKING: More than 80 Major CEOs and Business Leaders Demand North Carolina Repeal Discriminatory & Radical New Anti-LGBT Law

Mar 29, 2016

BREAKING: More than 80 Major CEOs and Business Leaders Demand North Carolina Repeal Discriminatory & Radical New Anti-LGBT Law

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, released a letter from more than 80 leading CEOs and business leaders calling on Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory House Bill 2 that was rammed through the legislature last week.

Equality Advocates Respond to Attorney General’s Announcement on HB 2

Mar 29, 2016

Equality Advocates Respond to Attorney General’s Announcement on HB 2

RALEIGH – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said today that his office “will not defend the constitutionality of the discrimination in House Bill 2,” the sweeping anti-LGBT law the North Carolina General Assembly passed and Governor Pat McCrory signed last week.

Advocacy Groups File Federal Lawsuit Challenging North Carolina’s Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law

Mar 28, 2016

Advocacy Groups File Federal Lawsuit Challenging North Carolina’s Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law

RALEIGH – Today, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, HB 2. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and the University of North Carolina, is on behalf of two transgender North Carolinians, Joaquín Carcano, a UNC-Chapel Hill employee, and Payton McGarry, a UNC-Greensboro student, and Angela Gilmore, a lesbian and North Carolina Central University law professor.

Equality NC calls on North Carolina's General Assembly to Repeal and Replace Harmful Discrimination Bill In Short Session

Mar 25, 2016

Equality NC calls on North Carolina's General Assembly to Repeal and Replace Harmful Discrimination Bill In Short Session

Raleigh, N.C. — This week, the North Carolina General Assembly rushed through the most sweeping anti-LGBT bill in the nation. North Carolina is now suffering the backlash and consequences of ill-considered, negligent legislation. The harmful HB2 has opened the door to open discrimination against the LGBT community. Many legislators did not get to see the bill before they arrived that Wednesday morning and were given a mere 5 minutes to read over it. Public comment was held to 30 minutes, making it clear that lawmakers were not interested in the public's opinion on the bill.

Equality NC Responds to Governor Signing Worst Anti-LGBT Bill in Country

Mar 23, 2016

Equality NC Responds to Governor Signing Worst Anti-LGBT Bill in Country

Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality NC said, "Pat McCrory tonight proved that he does not have the best interest of North Carolina in mind. He signed the worst anti-LGBT bill in the entire nation. The bill tears away at the fabric of my community by overturning and preempting vital protections for gay and transgender people. He goes back on his word again by signing legislation coming out of an expensive and unnecessary special session.

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