Work surrounding the violence that vulnerable North Carolinians endure has always been at the core of the mission and philosophy of Equality North Carolina. Across the board, LGBTQ folks, people of color and other marginalized groups face disproportionate rates of violence, incarceration and barriers to care and protection when they do experience harm or threat.
Our efforts focus on both legislative tactics to grapple with these realities alongside public education about the lived experience of these groups across the state of North Carolina. This includes:
- Public education around intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community
- Work to address the root causes of sexual violence and campus sexual assault
- Suicide prevention
- Hate Crime legislation
All of our anti-violence efforts are informed by the fact that transgender people and people of color bear the brunt of bias-related crime, yet they are disproportionately likely to face harassment and arrest when they seek help from law enforcement. We believe hate crimes legislation should increase reporting requirements and training for law enforcement and prosecutors without enhancing penalties that will be enforced disproportionately against our community. However, incidents of reported hate crimes for all LGBTQ people have spiked both within North Carolina and across the United States under our current presidential administration.
Equality North Carolina believes that we should all be working towards building a world where nobody experiences violence because of who they are or who they love.