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North Carolina General Assembly Could Strip Municipalities of Ability to Pass LGBT Protections

Sep 29, 2015

North Carolina General Assembly Could Strip Municipalities of Ability to Pass LGBT Protections

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.

All McDowell County Magistrates Recuse From Marriages

Sep 23, 2015

All McDowell County Magistrates Recuse From Marriages

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.

Wake County Commission Votes to Add  Employment Protections for Public Employees

Sep 21, 2015

Wake County Commission Votes to Add Employment Protections for Public Employees

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.

TurnOUT Charlotte Campaign Claims Victory In Primary Election Results

Sep 15, 2015

TurnOUT Charlotte Campaign Claims Victory In Primary Election Results

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.

Equality NC Releases Endorsements in Targeted Municipal Races

Aug 28, 2015

Equality NC Releases Endorsements in Targeted Municipal Races

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.

LGBT Leaders Announce Charlotte Candidate Endorsements

Aug 26, 2015

LGBT Leaders Announce Charlotte Candidate Endorsements

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.

One Year Later: Equality NC  Remembers Michael Brown

Aug 11, 2015

One Year Later: Equality NC Remembers Michael Brown

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.

Equality NC Mourns the Death of Elisha Walker

Aug 11, 2015

Equality NC Mourns the Death of Elisha Walker

Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, responded today to the discovery of Elisha Walker's body.

Equality NC Endorses Federal Equality Act

Jul 23, 2015

Equality NC Endorses Federal Equality Act

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

CLT MEDIA EVENT: Pro-LGBT Leaders Applaud Federal “Equality Act”

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.

Equality NC Responds to Historic Marriage Ruling

Jun 26, 2015

Equality NC Responds to Historic Marriage Ruling

North Carolina's largest LGBT advocacy organization calls decision “an enormous victory”

Equality NC to Gather With Charlotte Community, Partners for Decision Day

Jun 18, 2015

Equality NC to Gather With Charlotte Community, Partners for Decision Day

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.

Equality NC Responds to Charleston Shooting

Jun 18, 2015

Equality NC Responds to Charleston Shooting

Equality NC responded today to Wednesday night's Charleston church shooting that left nine African-American parishioners dead.

Equality NC to Gather With Triangle Community, Partners for Decision Day

Jun 18, 2015

Equality NC to Gather With Triangle Community, Partners for Decision Day

Equality NC will gather for Decision Day, a public event with community leaders, same-sex couples and allies, partner organizations, and elected officials in Durham, 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.

Equality NC Responds to Efland School Resignations

Jun 17, 2015

Equality NC Responds to Efland School Resignations

Equality NC responded today to this week's resignations of an Efland, North Carolina teacher and assistant principal for presenting affirming images of a gay couple to students. "In the wake of these resignations, we believe it is vital in the coming days for Orange County school leaders to take affirmative steps to ensure that LGBT students attending Efland-Cheek Elementary and their allies, feel safe, supported and heard."

LGBT Advocates Respond to Transphobic G105 Radio Segment

Jun 15, 2015

LGBT Advocates Respond to Transphobic G105 Radio Segment

In a joint letter sent to G105 today, LGBT advocates representing Equality NC and the LGBT Center of Raleigh admonished a broadcast of G105's Bob and the Showgram "American Idiots" program seen as targeting the transgender community. The segment featured blatantly transphobic language directed at Caitlyn Jenner and the transgender community, including requests that listeners submit transphobic songs about Jenner's gender identity and transition.

Leading SB2 Proponent Reveals True Motives Behind Law

Jun 15, 2015

Leading SB2 Proponent Reveals True Motives Behind Law

More evidence emerged last week that North Carolina’s new religious refusal law, allowing public officials to decline to perform certain marriage-related services, specifically targets the very relationships of the state's same-sex couples. Tami Fitzgerald, a leading proponent of Senate Bill 2, told WRAL on Friday that the measure is justified because a same-sex relationship “by its very nature and design is not right.”

N.C. House Overrides Veto, Enacts Anti-LGBT SB2

Jun 11, 2015

N.C. House Overrides Veto, Enacts Anti-LGBT SB2

Equality NC responded today to the North Carolina House’s vote to override Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2, the Magistrates Recusal bill. With the House's vote, 69-41, the bill, which now becomes law, excuses North Carolina magistrates and other public officials to perform marriage services for couples with whom they do not agree.

Majority of North Carolina Registers of Deeds Oppose Senate Bill 2

Jun 8, 2015

Majority of North Carolina Registers of Deeds Oppose Senate Bill 2

The majority of Registers of Deeds from across the state have an unfavorable opinion of Senate Bill 2, according to a survey released today. This is the first such survey of the officials whose offices issue marriage licenses and who would therefore be required to implement Senate Bill 2.

POLL: NC Support for Marriage Equality Reaches Record High, Equality NC Responds

Jun 5, 2015

POLL: NC Support for Marriage Equality Reaches Record High, Equality NC Responds

A new poll released June 5 from NC-based Public Policy Polling has found record high support for same-sex marriage, 8 months after it became legal in the state. Voters are now almost evenly divided on the issue.

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