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Nov 29, 2017

Equality NC Action Fund Pac Endorses Pierce Freelon for Durham City Council at Large Appointment

RALEIGH, NC — Today, Equality NC Action Fund PAC announced their endorsement of Pierce Freelon for the appointment to Durham’s City Council at Large.

Nov 28, 2017

#GivingTuesday

This year, on Tuesday, November 28, Equality NC is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Today and throughout the rest of the year you will see and hear stories about the dreams of folks in our communities. Dreams of visiting a compassionate doctor. Dreams of freely walking down a street. Dreams of attending school or going to work without the fear of constant bullying or harassment.

Nov 15, 2017

2017 NC TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK & NC TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

In remembrance of those who have been lost due to transphobia and to recognize the continued violence against the transgender community, Equality NC observes Transgender Day of Remembrance with the rest of the world on Monday, November 20th. Every year, the names of those lost are recited at events across the country, and we are honored to partner with organizations throughout our state to offer our solidarity.

Pro-Equality Candidates Win Municipal Races Across North Carolina

Nov 8, 2017

Pro-Equality Candidates Win Municipal Races Across North Carolina

Raleigh, NC - Equality NC, North Carolina's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) advocacy group, congratulates pro-equality candidates across the state on winning important municipal elections.

Equality NC and HRC Congratulate Mayor-Elect Vi Lyles and Pro-Equality Council Members on Victory

Nov 7, 2017

Equality NC and HRC Congratulate Mayor-Elect Vi Lyles and Pro-Equality Council Members on Victory

Equality NC and HRC Congratulate Mayor-Elect Vi Lyles and Pro-Equality Council Members on Victory

Equality North Carolina is now accepting applications, nominations, and recommendations for the position of Executive Director

Oct 27, 2017

Equality North Carolina is now accepting applications, nominations, and recommendations for the position of Executive Director

Equality North Carolina is now accepting applications, nominations, and recommendations for the position of Executive Director.

Equality NC Action Fund Pac Announced Sole Endorsement For Mayor Nancy McFarlane in the Raleigh Mayoral Runoff

Oct 23, 2017

Equality NC Action Fund Pac Announced Sole Endorsement For Mayor Nancy McFarlane in the Raleigh Mayoral Runoff

Today, Equality NC Action Fund Pac announced a singular endorsement in the Raleigh Mayoral runoff for Mayor Nancy McFarlane. In the lead-up to the October 10 election, two candidates had received the organization's endorsement. Initially, both Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Charles Francis submitted questionnaires that were supportive of the organization’s policy platform. However, we now believe that it is time for us to give our supporters clear guidance given the new information that we have obtained since then.

LGBTQ Community Responds to Governor Cooper’s Executive Order Extending Limited Protections

Oct 18, 2017

LGBTQ Community Responds to Governor Cooper’s Executive Order Extending Limited Protections

RALEIGH, NC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), National Center for Transgender Equality, and Equality NC responded to Governor Roy Cooper’s signing of an executive order extending limited additional protections for LGBTQ people employed by the state or receiving state services. The executive order reaffirms protections already in place for state employees and extends LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections in the provision of government services and in awarding state grants and contracts. However, even with the executive order, North Carolina still does not and cannot truly protect LGBTQ people, especially transgender people, from discrimination because of House Bill (HB) 142.

200 Leaders from the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement Stand Together Against Trump’s Shameful Ban on Transgender People in the Military

Jul 26, 2017

200 Leaders from the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement Stand Together Against Trump’s Shameful Ban on Transgender People in the Military

Today, over 200 leaders from the LGBTQ civil rights movement are gathered in Alexandria just across the river from Washington, D.C. for the annual Equality Federation Leadership Conference as President Trump announced his intention, in a series of tweets, to ban transgender people from serving in the military. Standing united against the shameful attack on transgender Americans, Equality Federation and its members, including Equality NC, released the following joint statement:

Celebrating Two Years of National Marriage Equality

Jun 26, 2017

Celebrating Two Years of National Marriage Equality

June 26, 2017, marks the second anniversary of the historic Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that brought marriage equality to ALL 50 states. Since then thousands of loving same-sex couples have been able to make their love official - including many of you! This year, we are honored to share some of their love and stories with you.

Six North Carolinians Lobbied in Washington, DC in support of Transgender Equality

Jun 21, 2017

Six North Carolinians Lobbied in Washington, DC in support of Transgender Equality

Six North Carolinians joined hundreds of transgender activists and allies from nearly 40 states and territories earlier this month in Washington, DC for Trans Lobby Day. Hosted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, the two-day event equipped participants with skills and information to advocate for policies to preserve rights and protections for nearly 1.5 million trans people in our country. Transgender Lobby Day took place on June 8-9 in Washington, DC. More information is available at www.transequality.org/TransLobbyDay. Prior to heading over to the Hill to meet with Congressional staff, the North Carolina and Texas delegations stood together for this photograph in honor of the work transgender people have undertaken in both states to fight similarly discriminatory legislation aimed at setting back the progress of transgender people, particularly trans students.

#HonorThemWithAction

Jun 9, 2017

#HonorThemWithAction

June 12 will mark one year since the tragic events of the Pulse massacre took place. This year, Equality NC is joining over 160 organizations across the country for a nationwide commemoration of the Pulse massacre and a pledge to uproot hatred and anti-LGBTQ bigotry. Here is how you can join us and honor those who were killed by pledging to #HonorThemWithAction.

Equality NC Supports Medicaid Reform in North Carolina

May 27, 2017

Equality NC Supports Medicaid Reform in North Carolina

Yesterday Equality NC and National Center for Transgender Equality submitted public comment to the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services in response to the Department’s solicitation for input regarding Medicaid reform in our state.

Equality NC and HRC Respond to NBA’s Decision Returning 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte

May 24, 2017

Equality NC and HRC Respond to NBA’s Decision Returning 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte

RALEIGH — Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) responded to the NBA’s decision to bring back the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019. The NBA had previously moved their 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte in response to HB2, the deeply discriminatory law that put LGBTQ North Carolinians in harm's way and cost the state over $600 million. Since then, HB2 has been replaced by another law — HB 142 — that continues the same anti-LGBTQ scheme put forward by the original measure.

Equality NC Responds to Passing of Sherrell Faulkner

May 19, 2017

Equality NC Responds to Passing of Sherrell Faulkner

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) advocacy organization, responded today to the passing of transgender woman of color, Sherrell Faulkner.

Equality North Carolina Announces Interim Executive Director and Search Committee Co-Chairs

May 18, 2017

Equality North Carolina Announces Interim Executive Director and Search Committee Co-Chairs

RALEIGH — Today, Equality North Carolina announced Matt Hirschy will serve as interim Executive Director of the organization during the search for a permanent Executive Director. Hirschy has served as a member of Equality North Carolina’s leadership team for nearly 3 years and has played a crucial role in the organization’s electoral, programmatic, and advocacy work. Hirschy will take on the new role at the end of Chris Sgro’s tenure in late May. Sgro announced his departure last week.

Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro Announces Departure

May 12, 2017

Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro Announces Departure

RALEIGH — Today, Equality North Carolina announced that Chris Sgro, Executive Director since 2013, will depart the organization at the end of May. Rick McDermott and Jeanne Kutrow, Board Chairs of Equality NC, have announced that a search committee with a national scope and a North Carolina focus is beginning its work. Sgro will join the team of a key strategic partner of Equality North Carolina - the Human Rights Campaign - as the Director of Communications in Washington, DC.

“License to Discriminate”

May 3, 2017

“License to Discriminate”

Once again, we are hearing rumors that President Trump is going to sign an Executive Order that could give federal agencies and contractors a license to discriminate. A previous Executive Order was leaked in February that gave us a shocking insight into what we may see come out of the oval office. It is widely anticipated that something will be forthcoming at some point possibly Thursday 5/4 to coincide with National Day of Prayer. Be on the lookout for these things:

Apr 18, 2017

Inexcusable: Equality NC & HRC Speak Out on NCAA’s Decision to Reward NC with Championship Games

Equality NC and HRC condemned the NCAA’s decision to reward North Carolina with championship games despite discrimination against LGBTQ people that remains enshrined in state law with HB 142. Because the NCAA Board of Governors requires all bids to include a completed non-discrimination questionnaire, HRC has also submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to North Carolina public universities for all materials related to their bids for NCAA events.

Apr 4, 2017

HRC & Equality NC Speak Out Against NCAA’s Damaging Reversal on Discriminatory Laws in North Carolina

RALEIGH - Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released the following statements in light of the NCAA decision to consider North Carolina for championship games, despite the discrimination against LGBTQ people that remains enshrined in state law.

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