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Search Underway for Equality NC’s Executive Director

Jun 14, 2013

Search Underway for Equality NC’s Executive Director

In a letter released today from Equality NC and Equality NC Foundation, Board Chairs Elaine Martin and Ken Wittenauer updated supporters and stakeholders on the latest in the organization's search for a new executive director. Current Executive Director Stuart Campbell announced his intention to leave the organization on April 15, 2013.

LGBT Workers Live and Work Under 'A Broken Bargain'

Jun 6, 2013

LGBT Workers Live and Work Under 'A Broken Bargain'

A landmark new report released in June 2013 examines how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers might have the same job as a coworker, yet be legally fired, denied equal benefits and be required to pay thousands of dollars more in taxes simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

New Poll Shows North Carolina’s Small Businesses Strongly Support  Employment Non-Discrimination Laws to Protect Gay and Transgender Workers

Jun 4, 2013

New Poll Shows North Carolina’s Small Businesses Strongly Support Employment Non-Discrimination Laws to Protect Gay and Transgender Workers

A scientific opinion poll released today by national organization Small Business Majority and local partner Equality NC reveals that 67 percent of entrepreneurs and small business owners in North Carolina believe state law should prohibit employment discrimination against gay and transgender people. Sixty-five percent also support a federal law.

Equality NC Joins LGBT Organizations Against Regressive Legislation

Jun 3, 2013

Equality NC Joins LGBT Organizations Against Regressive Legislation

Southerners On New Ground, Equality North Carolina, Freedom Center for Social Justice, the LGBT Center of Raleigh, and NC HEAT released a joint statement on Monday in support of the North Carolina NAACP’s ongoing protest efforts at the North Carolina General Assembly against regressive legislation.

Carolina Hurricanes Show Support for Gay and Lesbian Athletes in "You Can Play" Video

May 1, 2013

Carolina Hurricanes Show Support for Gay and Lesbian Athletes in "You Can Play" Video

In a video released Wednesday, North Carolina's NHL hockey team, the Carolina Hurricanes showed their support for gay and lesbian athletes. The video is part of the You Can Play campaign dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.

Openly-Lesbian Lydia Lavelle Running for Carrboro Mayor

Apr 11, 2013

Openly-Lesbian Lydia Lavelle Running for Carrboro Mayor

Board of Aldermen member Lydia Lavelle announced today that she will file to run for mayor of Carrboro in the November election. If elected, Lavelle would be the first openly-lesbian mayor in North Carolina.

NC Lawmakers Introduce State Employee and Teacher Nondiscrimination Bill

Apr 10, 2013

NC Lawmakers Introduce State Employee and Teacher Nondiscrimination Bill

Representatives Tricia Cotham (D-Mecklenburg), Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), Susi Hamilton (D-Brunswick, New Hanover), and Darren Jackson (D-Wake) on Tuesday introduced House Bill 647, Nondiscrimination in State/Teacher Employment.

Equality NC Responds to Legislative Efforts to Strike Down Gender Neutral Housing at UNC

Apr 3, 2013

Equality NC Responds to Legislative Efforts to Strike Down Gender Neutral Housing at UNC

Equality NC, North Carolina’s statewide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, condemned a Senate bill (SB658) filed on Tuesday that would overturn the University of North Carolina’s recently-adopted gender non-specific housing policy.

Equality NC Calls on Gov. McCrory to Reconsider Collins Appointment

Apr 1, 2013

Equality NC Calls on Gov. McCrory to Reconsider Collins Appointment

Equality NC today called on Gov. Pat McCrory to reconsider his appointment of Buddy Collins to the North Carolina Board of Education in light of significant concerns regarding Collins’ opposition to anti-bullying measures aimed at protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.

NC Lawmakers Introduce State Employee Nondiscrimination Bill

Mar 28, 2013

NC Lawmakers Introduce State Employee Nondiscrimination Bill

Senator Josh Stein (D-Wake) on Thursday introduced Senate Bill 544, Nondiscrimination in State Employment, legislation intended to amend the State Personnel Act to protect state employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

BREAKING: U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) Backs Marriage Equality

Mar 27, 2013

BREAKING: U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) Backs Marriage Equality

Sen. Kay Hagan said Wednesday that she supported the right of gay people to marry, saying “we should not tell people who they can love or who they can marry.”

American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Marriage Equality

Mar 23, 2013

American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Marriage Equality

The American Academy of Pediatrics declared its support for same-gender marriage for the first time this week, saying that allowing gay and lesbian parents to marry if they so choose is in the best interests of their children.

TAKE ACTION: Governor's Proposed Budget Makes Dangerous Cuts to State AIDS Treatment Program

Mar 21, 2013

TAKE ACTION: Governor's Proposed Budget Makes Dangerous Cuts to State AIDS Treatment Program

Governor McCrory’s budget proposal announced Wednesday would cut $8 million from the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program. The program provides medications to qualified North Carolinians living with HIV who cannot otherwise afford them. Take action.

Buncombe County Adds Domestic Partner Benefits

Mar 21, 2013

Buncombe County Adds Domestic Partner Benefits

Buncombe County commissioners voted 4-3 on Tuesday to offer domestic partner benefits to the same-sex partners of county employees. The Western North Carolina county, home to county seat Asheville, becomes the fourth county in North Carolina to offer such benefits to LGBT couples, following Durham, Mecklenburg and Orange Counties. Several cities, including Asheville, already offer domestic partner benefits.

Winston-Salem Church Won’t Marry Anyone Until Same-Gender Couples Can Marry

Mar 16, 2013

Winston-Salem Church Won’t Marry Anyone Until Same-Gender Couples Can Marry

Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem says it won’t marry heterosexual couples until same-gender couples can marry. Instead of marriage ceremonies, council members at Green Street United Methodist are asking pastors to only conduct relationship blessings in the sanctuary.

Equality NC Receives Defenders of Justice Award

Mar 14, 2013

Equality NC Receives Defenders of Justice Award

The North Carolina Justice Center announced today that Equality NC is a 2013 recipient of a Defenders of Justice Award. The award, presented at the The Fifteenth Annual Defenders of Justice Awards ceremony in May 2013, honor those who have made significant contributions in the fight against poverty in four areas that reflect the scope of the Justice Center’s work: Grassroots Empowerment, Legislative Advocacy, Litigation, and Policy Research and Advocacy.

Light the Way to Justice | Attend a Vigil Near You

Mar 13, 2013

Light the Way to Justice | Attend a Vigil Near You

As the Supreme Court judges the fate of DOMA and Prop 8, join us on a historic day as we--as a nation--call for full LGBT equality. Attend a vigil hosted by Equality NC and others near you.

Equality NC Joins 27 Organizations in Multi-state Brief Urging Supreme Court to Strike Down DOMA and Prop 8

Feb 27, 2013

Equality NC Joins 27 Organizations in Multi-state Brief Urging Supreme Court to Strike Down DOMA and Prop 8

Equality NC joined 27 other organizations from 23 states by signing on to an Amicus Curiae (“friend of the court”) Brief filed today in the Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor cases currently before the Supreme Court. Hollingsworth v. Perry would strike down California’s Proposition 8, prohibiting marriage equality, and US v. Windsor would strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

New Research Brief On Executive Order to Prevent Discrimination Against LGBT Workers

Feb 20, 2013

New Research Brief On Executive Order to Prevent Discrimination Against LGBT Workers

Today, the Williams Institute and the Center for American Progress published a research brief analyzing the impact of an executive order preventing discrimination against LGBT workers. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers continue to face widespread discrimination and harassment in the workplace. However, no federal statute explicitly prohibits such discrimination.

Equality NC's Town Hall Tour Kicks Off in New Bern

Feb 12, 2013

Equality NC's Town Hall Tour Kicks Off in New Bern

New Bern residents packed the Lawson's Landing Cafe last night for Equality NC's kickoff of the "Making Our Voices Count" Town Hall Tour.

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