Mar 13, 2017
RALEIGH, NC - Today, Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) rights advocacy, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, hailed North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper for reaffirming his commitment to fully repeal HB2. The deeply discriminatory HB2 was passed almost one year ago and has since wreaked havoc on the state’s economy and its people. Attempts to repeal during a special session last year were thwarted by Republican leadership, and now time is running out for full repeal: the NCAA is nearing a decision that could move all NCAA championship games and events out of North Carolina until 2022 if HB2 remains in effect.
Mar 2, 2017
After nearly a year of unprecedented economic suffering and discrimination, North Carolina’s House and Senate leaders have failed to undo the damage they inflicted on the state and fully repeal HB2.
Feb 22, 2017
RALEIGH -- Today, Equality North Carolina and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) strongly condemned a Republican-led proposal which would double down on the most discriminatory provisions of North Carolina’s HB2. After nearly a year of unprecedented economic suffering and discrimination, the state’s House and Senate leaders continue to fail in their responsibility to undo the damage they inflicted on the state and fully repeal HB2.
Feb 14, 2017
RALEIGH -- Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) responded to a new proposal announced today by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper that would fully repeal the state’s deeply discriminatory HB2 law and introduce additional unnecessary legislation.
Feb 13, 2017
RALEIGH - Today, Equality NC expressed grave concern over the actions of NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse, who this weekend retweeted an article that calls transgender youth mentally ill and sexual perverts.
Feb 10, 2017
CHARLOTTE - Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) advocacy group, and Time Out Youth Center, a regional organization offering direct services and support to LGBTQ youth, are proud to introduce the new joint Director of Youth Policy Dr. Todd Rosendahl.
Feb 9, 2017
RALEIGH -- Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) praised the introduction of companion bills in the North Carolina House and Senate to repeal HB2 and replace it with statewide, LGBTQ-inclusive, non-discdrimination protections -- the same commonsense protections that exist in 19 states and more than 100 cities across the country. The comprehensive legislation was introduced by Representatives Pricey Harrison, Deb Butler, Kelly Alexander, Susan Fisher and Senators Terry Van Duyn, Mike Woodard, and Jay Chaudhuri.
Feb 6, 2017
Today, HRC and Equality NC blasted North Carolina Republican leadership’s reckless refusal to allow a vote to fully repeal HB2 -- the deeply discriminatory law that continues to inflict profound damage on the state’s people, reputation, and economy. In a letter sent to state lawmakers today, the North Carolina Sports Association warned that the NCAA will pull all of the state’s championship game bids through 2022 if HB2 is not immediately repealed.
Jan 11, 2017
RALEIGH -- Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called on North Carolina lawmakers to fully repeal the state’s deeply discriminatory HB2 at the beginning of the new legislative session. For more than nine months, HB2 has harmed North Carolina’s people and economy as businesses, major sporting organizations, entertainers, and others have moved events out of the state over the outrageous law. Just this week, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) confirmed that a decision to move the ACC Championship out of the state will be made soon if HB2 is not repealed.
Dec 19, 2016
Charlotte City Council withdraws ordinance pending HB2 repeal by end of year; city leaders reaffirm commitment to comprehensive non-discrimination protections to bring city in line with 100+ other major American cities
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.