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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feb 11, 2013

Equality NC Launches Town Hall Tour in New Bern

Equality NC kicks off its statewide Making Our Voices Town Hall Tour in New Bern, NC, Monday, February 11, at 6 p.m., from the Lawson's Landing Cafe (529 S Front St. New Bern, NC.)

Feb 1, 2013

Anti-Gay NC Group Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief

Anti-gay North Carolina Values Coalition has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to defend North Carolina's Amendment One as the high court takes up two cases related to marriage equality.

Jan 30, 2013

Equality NC Responds: Boy Scouts Consider Ending National Anti-Gay Policies

On Monday, a spokesperson for the national Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that the organization will soon consider ending their controversial anti-gay policies regarding national membership and leadership.

Jan 29, 2013

Equality NC Responds: President’s Immigration Reform Proposal Calls for Equal Treatment for Bi-national Same-Sex Couples

On Tuesday, in conjunction with a speech on immigration reform in Las Vegas, President Obama released the outline of his comprehensive immigration reform proposal, including calls for equal treatment for bi-national, same-sex couples.

Jan 29, 2013

Ashley Broadway, Voted Ft. Bragg’s 2013 Military Spouse of the Year, Admitted as “Full Member” to Spouse’s Club

Hours after lesbian Army wife Ashley Broadway was named Fort Bragg's 2013 “Spouse of the Year,” the base’s spouses club, the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses (or ABOS) — which for two months rejected Broadway's bid to join — reversed course and invited her "to become a full member.”

Jan 11, 2013

Equality NC Responds: New Bern Lesbian Couple Receive Letter From Local Restaurant Owner Condemning Their Sexuality

On December 4, 2012, after paying their bill at a New Bern eatery The Stingray Café, lesbian patrons Ariel and Shawnee McPhail were handed a shocking letter by restaurant owner Ed McGovern. The letter condemned their sexuality.

Nov 9, 2012

Equality NC and North Carolinians Statewide Commemorate the Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2012

Every year at the end of November, communities around the world come together to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance—a day dedicated to honoring transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence over the past year. This year, Equality NC will join North Carolinians statewide by hosting events to commemorate this day, mourn those who are no longer with us, and recommit to our collective pledge to never stop fighting for Equality.

Oct 30, 2012

NC NAACP Continues "Million Voters March III Campaign" With GOTV Tour Across North Carolina

The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP will continue its "Million Voters March III Campaign" with a tour around the state in a lead up to Election Day. The campaign was launched during the NC NAACP State Convention earlier this month and will include tour stops by NC NAACP State Conference President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II.

Oct 29, 2012

Equality NC Foundation Announces 2012 Conference Keynote Panel, Featuring Deb Butler & Susan Wilson

Equality NC Foundation is proud to announce that the "historic two," openly-lesbian North Carolina General Assembly candidates Deb Butler and Susan Wilson, will headline this year's keynote panel from the 2012 Equality Conference on November 17, in Greensboro, NC.

Oct 28, 2012

Equality NC Responds to Anti-Gay Slur Used Against Openly-Lesbian N.C. House Candidate Susan Wilson

An openly-gay political operative who has worked on several Republican campaigns in Buncombe County used an anti-gay slur on Twitter to describe openly-lesbian North Carolina House candidate Susan Wilson.

Oct 24, 2012

Equality NC Responds to Reports N.C. Man was Confined By Church For Being Gay

A 22-year-old man has accused his former Rutherford County church of holding him against his will for four months in an effort to change his sexual orientation.

Oct 15, 2012

Equality NC Responds to Recent Asheville Hate Incident

Two gay men from Charlotte say they were verbally assaulted then attacked during a recent visit to Asheville. Mark Little says two women and a man pulled up alongside he and his partner as they walked back to their hotel on September 23rd and began shouting gay slurs. Then the man got out and beat Little causing face and head injuries. Asheville Police are investigating, but no arrests have been made in the apparent hate incident.

Oct 15, 2012

C&G Update: Rep. Larry Hall to Receive Equality NC Foundation 2012 Legislative Leadership Award

Equality NC Foundation is proud to announce that North Carolina Representative Larry Hall will be the recipient of our 2012 Legislative Leadership Award to be presented at this year's Equality Gala on November 17, in Greensboro.

Oct 10, 2012

Equality NC Action Fund Announces Pro-Equality Phone Banks in Durham

In 2011, anti-equality legislators targeted us by putting Amendment One on the ballot. Now it’s time to return the favor.

Oct 8, 2012

Equality NC Foundation Announces 2012 Gala Keynote, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

Equality NC Foundation is proud to announce that this year's keynote speaker for the 2012 Equality Gala on November 17, will be the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP.

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