Out Electeds & Electeds for Equality

Equality NC collaborates with public leaders and candidates through our program Out Electeds & Electeds for Equality, which is a bipartisan network of elected officials representing communities from across North Carolina, and in every level of state and local government, who are supportive of progressive issues and LGBTQ+ rights and justice.

Out Electeds includes openly out LGBTQ+ elected officials and Electeds for Equality includes North Carolina elected officials who publicly align themselves with the larger movement for LGBTQ equality. These public officials work closely together to build a cross-state coalition and coordinate on issues that affect vulnerable communities across North Carolina.

Main Components of OE/EFE:

Cultural Competency Training

Equality NC provides educational opportunities and trainings to better equip our leaders to make informed legislative and media decisions with the entire LGBTQ+ community in mind, while having the language and cultural competency to talk about these experiences.

Mentoring & Pipeline

Members of Out Electeds & Electeds for Equality shape the future of equality in North Carolina by serving as mentors to queer and pro-equality candidates running for office in North Carolina.


Members of Out Electeds & Electeds for Equality convene for networking and planning opportunities throughout the year to build relationships and community outside of the hustle and bustle of the legislative session.

Rapid Response

ENC provides tools and resources so pro-equality candidates and elected officials can make informed decisions when anti-LGBTQ+ policies and legislation are proposed in NC.

Equality NC has expanded the number of advocates in government through trainings on intersecting oppressions, briefings on national trends of pro/anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, consultations on policies/legislation, and increased constituent access to elected/appointed officials. These trainings span beyond the issues highlighted by the mainstream LGBTQ+ movement (bathrooms and marriage equality), and instead elevate the social determinants of health, the plight of BIPOC LGBTQ+ people facing incarceration, the unique challenges of undocumented immigrants, domestic violence, violence against trans and GNC people, youth homelessness, and racial equity.