Dec 9, 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (December 9, 2015) – This morning six plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 2, the state law passed in defiance of federal court orders that struck down Amendment One and declared that marriage is a fundamental right for gay and lesbian citizens. Senate Bill 2 allows magistrates who do not believe in marriage equality to renounce their judicial oath to uphold and evenly apply the United States Constitution. Senate Bill 2 places personal belief above sworn constitutional duty and unlawfully spends public money to accomplish an expressly religious goal. Ansley v. North Carolina challenges Senate Bill 2 under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. The plaintiffs are represented by Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, a Charlotte-based law firm.
Nov 23, 2015
RALEIGH, N.C. -- This weekend, Governor Pat McCrory attacked members of the trans community over Twitter and other forms of communication, in late response to a White House directive that schools must allow transgender students to use the restrooms that correspond to their correct gender under federal law.
Nov 16, 2015
FOREST CITY, N.C. -- This afternoon, The Lake Lure Classical Academy school board in Rutherford county voted 5-3 to suspend all extra curricular activities for K-12 students. The vote came as a response to parents voicing opposition to newly formed LGBT groups. Chris Sgro, Equality NC’s executive director, issued the following statement in response to the vote.
Nov 4, 2015
Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Equality North Carolina and MeckPAC congratulated the seven pro-equality candidates who won their Charlotte City Council elections this evening, clearing the way for consideration of a LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.
Nov 3, 2015
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Tonight, Equality North Carolina responded to the results of the 2015 municipal general election. For the first time in its history, Equality NC has endorsed in local elections for candidates who have pledged their support for LGBT North Carolinians.
Oct 23, 2015
We are deeply troubled that Margaret Spellings has been selected as UNC system president. Public universities should be spaces where LGBT youth feel welcomed and accepted.
However, Ms. Spellings has been a vocal opponent of the gay and transgender community.
Sep 29, 2015
Today, Equality NC has been urging its members to contact their legislators to ask them to oppose SB 279.
Sgro added, “I’m so proud of the work we have done to make our voices heard in opposition to SB 279.
Sep 29, 2015
Equality NC is deeply disappointed with the last minute changes to Senate Bill 279. In the middle of the night, our state’s legislators made additions to SB 279 behind closed doors that would greatly impact gay and transgender people.
Sep 23, 2015
Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, responded today to the breaking news that all four magistrates in McDowell County have recused themselves from offering marriage licenses.
Sep 21, 2015
Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC praised the vote by saying, “This is an important first step towards the full complement of necessary protections for gay and transgender Wake County residents.
Sep 15, 2015
Tonight, TurnOUT Charlotte, the first of its kind coordinated campaign applauded the Charlotte municipal primary results. The campaign -- a partnership of Equality NC, MeckPAC, and the Human Rights Campaign -- is praising the victories of candidates who have pledged their support for an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.
Aug 28, 2015
Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, endorsed candidates for Mayor and City Council in eight targeted cities and towns across the Old North State.
Aug 28, 2015
Equality NC and Equality NC Action Fund have announced candidate selections for the 2015 General Election. Check out your pro-equality picks for the polls!
Aug 26, 2015
Today, as efforts mount to finally pass critical non-discrimination protections for LGBT Charlotteans, the pro-LGBT equality organizations Equality NC, MeckPAC, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), announced their endorsements in key Charlotte City Council races.
Aug 11, 2015
Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, responded today to the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.
Aug 11, 2015
Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, responded today to the discovery of Elisha Walker's body.
Jul 23, 2015
Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, responded today to the Equality Act, which was introduced today in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Jul 23, 2015
Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, will host a joint media event with coalition partners from the Equality Federation Institute’s Summer Meeting in Charlotte to respond to the Thursday, introduction of the Equality Act.
Jun 26, 2015
North Carolina's largest LGBT advocacy organization calls decision “an enormous victory”
Jun 18, 2015
Equality NC will gather for Decision Day, a public event with community leaders, same-sex couples and allies, partner organizations, and elected officials in Charlotte, N.C., at 6 p.m., on the day of an expected June Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell vs. Hodges, a case that could bring a national resolution to the issue of marriage equality.