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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.

Mar 30, 2017

SHAMEFUL: NC Lawmakers and Governor Cooper Sell Out LGBTQ Community With Discriminatory HB2 “Repeal”

RALEIGH — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Equality North Carolina, and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), strongly condemned North Carolina’s shameful new legislation that lawmakers and Governor Cooper touted as a “repeal” of their discriminatory HB2 law.

Equality North Carolina and HRC Commend NC Governor Roy Cooper for Reaffirming his Commitment to Fully Repeal HB2

Mar 13, 2017

Equality North Carolina and HRC Commend NC Governor Roy Cooper for Reaffirming his Commitment to Fully Repeal HB2

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.

3 Things to Know About North Carolina’s HB186, a New Version of HB2

Mar 2, 2017

3 Things to Know About North Carolina’s HB186, a New Version of HB2

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.

LGBTQ Advocates Condemn Shameful HB2.0 Proposal, Call on Legislators to Stop Playing Games

Feb 22, 2017

LGBTQ Advocates Condemn Shameful HB2.0 Proposal, Call on Legislators to Stop Playing Games

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.

NC Governor Cooper Proposes YET ANOTHER HB2 Repeal Deal: Will NCGA Ever Follow Through?

Feb 14, 2017

NC Governor Cooper Proposes YET ANOTHER HB2 Repeal Deal: Will NCGA Ever Follow Through?

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.

NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse’s Comment Underscores the Need for a Full Repeal of HB2 and Non-Discrimination Protections

Feb 13, 2017

NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse’s Comment Underscores the Need for a Full Repeal of HB2 and Non-Discrimination Protections

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.

Equality NC and Time out Youth Center Introduce Joint Director of Youth Policy Dr. Todd Rosendahl

Feb 10, 2017

Equality NC and Time out Youth Center Introduce Joint Director of Youth Policy Dr. Todd Rosendahl

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.

North Carolina Legislators Introduce Comprehensive HB2 Repeal and Replace Legislation

Feb 9, 2017

North Carolina Legislators Introduce Comprehensive HB2 Repeal and Replace Legislation

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.

NC Must Immediately Repeal HB2 or Lose NCAA Championship Games Through 2022,Warns Sports Association

Feb 6, 2017

NC Must Immediately Repeal HB2 or Lose NCAA Championship Games Through 2022,Warns Sports Association

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.

Equality NC & HRC to NCGA: Make Full, No-Strings-Attached Repeal of HB2 a Top Priority This Session

Jan 11, 2017

Equality NC & HRC to NCGA: Make Full, No-Strings-Attached Repeal of HB2 a Top Priority This Session

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.

North Carolina General Assembly Must Immediately Repeal HB2

Dec 19, 2016

North Carolina General Assembly Must Immediately Repeal HB2

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

New Polling Details Watershed Moment for LGBTQ Equality: HB2 Led to Pat McCrory’s Defeat, Only Incumbent Governor to Lose on Election Day Despite Election of Trump-Pence, Majority of 2016 Voters Back LGBTQ Equality

Dec 6, 2016

New Polling Details Watershed Moment for LGBTQ Equality: HB2 Led to Pat McCrory’s Defeat, Only Incumbent Governor to Lose on Election Day Despite Election of Trump-Pence, Majority of 2016 Voters Back LGBTQ Equality

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

BREAKING: Anti-LGBT Pat McCrory Finally Concedes, Governor-Elect Roy Cooper Will Work to Repeal Vile HB2 Law and Repair Damage to North Carolina

Dec 5, 2016

BREAKING: Anti-LGBT Pat McCrory Finally Concedes, Governor-Elect Roy Cooper Will Work to Repeal Vile HB2 Law and Repair Damage to North Carolina

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.

BREAKING: VICTORY! NC Governor-Elect Roy Cooper Hits Crucial 10,000 Vote Margin; Game Over for McCrory

Nov 30, 2016

BREAKING: VICTORY! NC Governor-Elect Roy Cooper Hits Crucial 10,000 Vote Margin; Game Over for McCrory

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.

Statement from HRC and ENC on NC State Board of Elections Meeting, Pat McCrory’s Desperate Schemes

Nov 21, 2016

Statement from HRC and ENC on NC State Board of Elections Meeting, Pat McCrory’s Desperate Schemes

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.

Be a part of the 2016 Transgender Day of Remembrance

Nov 19, 2016

Be a part of the 2016 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 (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 know this is hard

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.

TurnOUT NC Joins Roy Cooper to Promote Early Voting on College Campuses

Nov 3, 2016

TurnOUT NC Joins Roy Cooper to Promote Early Voting on College Campuses

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.

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