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Protecting Youth

Young people truly are the future and Equality NC believes that we must protect and invest in the next generation in order to build the North Carolina that we all want to live in. We think that LGBTQ youth must be safeguarded from harmful practices like conversion therapy and given opportunities for empowerment and growth in order to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Our organization is committed to the youth of tomorrow through:

  • Protect Our Youth NC: a joint legislative effort between ENC and Campaign for Southern Equality to protect LGBTQ minors and disabled adults from barbaric conversion therapy practices. Head here to add your voice to the conversation.
  • Rural Youth Empowerment (RYE) Fellowship: a one-year leadership program designed to equip young LGBTQ individuals (aged 18-28) from rural North Carolina with the skills to create positive change in their local communities. Head here to learn more.
  • Policy that affirms LGBTQ young people in the juvenile legal system, foster care and school districts
  • Suicide prevention

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