Help Us Defend Our LGBTQ Rights

Help Us Defend Our
LGBTQ Rights

Equality North Carolina is the oldest statewide organization in the country dedicated to securing rights and protections for the LGBTQ community. We’re invested in ensuring that every North Carolinian can see themselves in this movement and helping create a safer, more equitable world for all marginalized folks. Together we can build a better North Carolina.

COVID-19 Pandemic: An Ongoing List of Resources

Equality NC will keep you as updated as possible on community resources as they become available.

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Curious about what we do?

Download our digital brochures to learn more about the work, history, and role of Equality NC in fighting for marginalized North Carolinians.

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Pride: Will You Show Up?

In our monthly article for QNotes, Executive Director Kendra R. Johnson discusses how we all need to show up this Pride season.

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The vision of Equality NC is that beyond legal rights and justice, we win "lived equality" including safety and acceptance in the community at large for all LGBTQ North Carolinians.


Our mission is to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) North Carolinians. To accomplish our mission we tirelessly lobby the North Carolina General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments, broadcast LGBTQ news, stories and content, and mobilize our communities on issues that we understand matter most to North Carolinians, including parental rights, inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, youth homelessness, criminalization and HIV/AIDS.

Why Support
Equality NC

The long-term goal of Equality NC is to enact statewide nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity & expression in housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, insurance, and education without exemptions that treat LGBTQ people differently from other protected groups. We provide training and education to individuals, institutions, businesses and the government on how to provide diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments. Additionally, we work to mobilize our communities and partners to advocate and take action against discriminatory practices. ENC achieves these goals through the core strategies of Advocacy, Training and Education, Leadership Development, and Base-building.

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Recent News

LGBTQ Organizations Unite To Combat Racial Violence

LGBTQ Organizations Unite To Combat Racial Violence

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

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Equality NC Statement On The Murder Of George Floyd

Equality NC Statement On The Murder Of George Floyd

Equality North Carolina expresses solidarity with the righteous anger on display in the wake of yet another senseless act of brutality against a black American.

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The Census's Sex Question Sucks. But LGBTQ People Should Still Fill It Out

The Census's Sex Question Sucks. But LGBTQ People Should Still Fill It Out

ENC Policy Director Ames Simmons spoke to VICE about why it's so important that LGBTQ folks complete the census.

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