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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.

Equality NC Responds to Passage of Worst Anti-LGBT Bill in Country and Prepares for Rally in Raleigh

Mar 23, 2016

Equality NC Responds to Passage of Worst Anti-LGBT Bill in Country and Prepares for Rally in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, Equality NC expresses deep concern about the sweeping anti-LGBT bill that passed in both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly. The bill overturns the crucial protections that Charlotte City Council had passed earlier in February, and which were supposed to go into effect on April 1st, 2016. It also strips municipal authority in any town or city to prohibit discrimination. Misinformation and fear-mongering played a big role in the weeks leading up to the special session and were again represented on the floor in both chambers. 200 cities across the nation have similar protections in place and none of the negative hypotheticals that were presented on the floor have been reported in any of those cities. NCGA leadership has succeeded in using the LGBT community as a wedge to divide North Carolina communities across the state and create self-interested political opportunity at the cost of LGBT people statewide.

Equality NC's Immediate Response to Special Session

Mar 21, 2016

Equality NC's Immediate Response to Special Session

Raleigh--Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality NC responds to call for special session, "Tonight the North Carolina General Assembly has let us know loud and clear that it does not understand the priorities of North Carolina. Speaker Moore and Senator Berger, have said that they will come back into session later this week to consider legislation which would overturn non-discrimination protections across the state. This special session session will cost 42000/day -- more than the average starting salary for a teacher in North Carolina. That waste of taxpayer money is negligent. 200+ cities across the nation including Myrtle beach and Columbia South Carolina have already enacted protections which mirror Charlotte. In none of these cities have these protections created a public safety risk, to indicate otherwise is a lie. This is an act of political theatre and at this point Governor McCrory must stand up and be what we expect from an executive and reject any legislation that comes out of this special session."

Equality NC Launches Petition to NCGA and Responds to Anti-LGBT Misinformation

Mar 21, 2016

Equality NC Launches Petition to NCGA and Responds to Anti-LGBT Misinformation

RALEIGH, NC – Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, launched a petition to members of the North Carolina General Assembly asking them not to pass legislation in a special session or the regular short session which would unfairly target gay and transgender people for political gain.

LGBT Leaders, Charlotte City Council Member, Allies Respond to NCGA Attack on Non-Discrimination Protections

Mar 17, 2016

LGBT Leaders, Charlotte City Council Member, Allies Respond to NCGA Attack on Non-Discrimination Protections

Raleigh, N.C. — Today, Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group stood with other leaders in reaction to fear-based attacks from the North Carolina General Assembly on municipal authority and LGBT people. Leaders in both chambers have threatened a special session, costing over $42,000 a day, to attack a non-discrimination ordinance passed by the City of Charlotte in February.

MEDIA EVENT: Members of Business, Transgender, Charlotte City Council, and Faith Communities React to NCGA's Potentially Wasteful Special Session

Mar 16, 2016

MEDIA EVENT: Members of Business, Transgender, Charlotte City Council, and Faith Communities React to NCGA's Potentially Wasteful Special Session

RALEIGH, N.C.–Leaders from the LGBT community, including transgender representatives will join faith and business leaders to voice opposition to a costly and wasteful special session this Thursday at the General Assembly. Senate and House leaders have both threatened a special session to overturn Charlotte's non-discrimination protections enacted by their democratically elected City Council.

Equality NC Responds to Berger’s Call on Attorney General Cooper to Take Action against Charlotte Ordinance

Mar 3, 2016

Equality NC Responds to Berger’s Call on Attorney General Cooper to Take Action against Charlotte Ordinance

Raleigh, N.C. — Today, Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group is disheartened by the continued use of misinformation and fear mongering during Senator Berger’s press conference. Unfortunately, it comes to little surprise taking into account the speakers’ (Buck Newton, Dan Bishop and Phil Berger) track record of attacks against the LGBT community.

2016 EQUALITY NC ACTION FUND VOTER GUIDE

Mar 1, 2016

2016 EQUALITY NC ACTION FUND VOTER GUIDE

Equality NC and Equality NC Action Fund have announced candidate selections for the 2016 Primaries. Check out your pro-equality picks for the polls!

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