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Oppose Suppression of Transgender Voters in North Carolina

Oct 31, 2018

Oppose Suppression of Transgender Voters in North Carolina

This November, North Carolinians vote on a constitutional amendment that can make it harder for many people—including transgender people—to exercise their right to vote. Here’s what you need to know about this harmful constitutional amendment and its impact on transgender North Carolinians.

2018 EQUALITY NC VOTER GUIDE

Aug 9, 2018

2018 EQUALITY NC VOTER GUIDE

Equality NC and Equality NC Action Fund PAC has announced candidate selections for 2018. Check out your pro-equality picks for the polls!

Equality NC Statement on Spencer/ Salisbury Holiday Parade

Aug 8, 2018

Equality NC Statement on Spencer/ Salisbury Holiday Parade

"It is clear that the Holiday Caravan Parade in Spencer and Salisbury is important to many people," said Kendra R. Johnson, Equality NC Executive Director. "In a time when political divisiveness is at an all-time high, the event has been an opportunity for a community to come together and celebrate. Unfortunately, last year the actions of the organizers went against this core idea. Equality NC is disappointed that organizers did not use this incident as an opportunity to review its policies, but instead canceled the event altogether. These actions will only create more divisions, at a point in time when open dialogue and conversation has never been more important. We sincerely hope that the organizers will reconsider their decision and make the Holiday Caravan Parade the event that everyone in the community has always seen it as - a celebration for everyone."

Equality NC Statement on Masterpiece Cakeshop

Jun 4, 2018

Equality NC Statement on Masterpiece Cakeshop

Our nation decided more than 50 years ago that when a business decides to open its doors to the public, that business should be open to all—a core principle that is at the heart of how we treat one another. That principle is more important than ever in light of today’s decision. While the Court’s decision does not create a new license to discriminate, it also does not address the discrimination that millions of Americans still face. North Carolina state laws do not explicitly protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in stores and restaurants, in the workplace, or in housing. That’s why we are joining a growing chorus of business owners, civil rights advocates, religious leaders, health organizations, labor groups, LGBTQ people and our friends, families and allies in calling on businesses across America and here in North Carolina to sign the Open to All business pledge and declare that they oppose discrimination and that they are open to all.

Historic Hate Crime Bill Filed in North Carolina General Assembly

May 31, 2018

Historic Hate Crime Bill Filed in North Carolina General Assembly

The Hate Crimes Prevention Act would add sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, disability and gender to North Carolina's hate crimes statute

NEWS: Equality NC Chooses Kendra R. Johnson to Lead Equality NC as Its Next Executive Director

Apr 10, 2018

NEWS: Equality NC Chooses Kendra R. Johnson to Lead Equality NC as Its Next Executive Director

RALEIGH, NC — Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest and oldest organization working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) equality, announced today the selection of Kendra R. Johnson as its next Executive Director. As Executive Director, Kendra will be directly responsible for implementing ENC’s strategic vision and for leading staff, volunteers, partners, and allies in advancing the organization’s mission.

Equality NC and Time Out Youth Center Joint Director of Youth Policy, Dr. Todd Rosendahl, Appointed to North Carolina Youth Advisory Council

Jan 25, 2018

Equality NC and Time Out Youth Center Joint Director of Youth Policy, Dr. Todd Rosendahl, Appointed to North Carolina Youth Advisory Council

RALEIGH, NC — Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest and oldest organization working for LGBTQ equality and Time Out Youth Center, the Charlotte region’s oldest LGBTQ youth center, are proud to announce that Dr. Todd Rosendahl, Equality NC’s and Time Out Youth Center’s joint Director of Youth Policy, has been appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the North Carolina Youth Advisory Council. The State Youth Council is comprised of dedicated youth and concerned adults working with local government agencies to address the needs of their local peers. Dr. Rosendahl will be a critical part in ensuring the success of the council by organizing programs and projects for participating youth to enhance the communities and the well-being of other youth in their communities.

Equality NC Applauds the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board for Supporting Diversity and Inclusivity

Jan 24, 2018

Equality NC Applauds the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board for Supporting Diversity and Inclusivity

RALEIGH, NC — Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest and oldest organization working for LGBTQ equality, applauds the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) board for voting 7-2 in favor of approving language that is supportive of diversity and LGBTQ inclusivity. The revised multiculturalism policy expands CMS’ definition of diversity to include sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

Nov 29, 2017

Equality NC Action Fund Pac Endorses Pierce Freelon for Durham City Council at Large Appointment

RALEIGH, NC — Today, Equality NC Action Fund PAC announced their endorsement of Pierce Freelon for the appointment to Durham’s City Council at Large.

#GivingTuesday

Nov 28, 2017

#GivingTuesday

This year, on Tuesday, November 28, Equality NC is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Today and throughout the rest of the year you will see and hear stories about the dreams of folks in our communities. Dreams of visiting a compassionate doctor. Dreams of freely walking down a street. Dreams of attending school or going to work without the fear of constant bullying or harassment.

2017 NC TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK &  NC TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

Nov 15, 2017

2017 NC TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK & NC TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

In remembrance of those who have been lost due to transphobia and to recognize the continued violence against the transgender community, Equality NC observes Transgender Day of Remembrance with the rest of the world on Monday, November 20th. Every year, the names of those lost are recited at events across the country, and we are honored to partner with organizations throughout our state to offer our solidarity.

Pro-Equality Candidates Win Municipal Races Across North Carolina

Nov 8, 2017

Pro-Equality Candidates Win Municipal Races Across North Carolina

Raleigh, NC - Equality NC, North Carolina's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) advocacy group, congratulates pro-equality candidates across the state on winning important municipal elections.

Equality NC and HRC Congratulate Mayor-Elect Vi Lyles and Pro-Equality Council Members on Victory

Nov 7, 2017

Equality NC and HRC Congratulate Mayor-Elect Vi Lyles and Pro-Equality Council Members on Victory

Equality NC and HRC Congratulate Mayor-Elect Vi Lyles and Pro-Equality Council Members on Victory

Equality North Carolina is now accepting applications, nominations, and recommendations for the position of Executive Director

Oct 27, 2017

Equality North Carolina is now accepting applications, nominations, and recommendations for the position of Executive Director

Equality North Carolina is now accepting applications, nominations, and recommendations for the position of Executive Director.

Equality NC Action Fund Pac Announced Sole Endorsement For Mayor Nancy McFarlane in the Raleigh Mayoral Runoff

Oct 23, 2017

Equality NC Action Fund Pac Announced Sole Endorsement For Mayor Nancy McFarlane in the Raleigh Mayoral Runoff

Today, Equality NC Action Fund Pac announced a singular endorsement in the Raleigh Mayoral runoff for Mayor Nancy McFarlane. In the lead-up to the October 10 election, two candidates had received the organization's endorsement. Initially, both Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Charles Francis submitted questionnaires that were supportive of the organization’s policy platform. However, we now believe that it is time for us to give our supporters clear guidance given the new information that we have obtained since then.

LGBTQ Community Responds to Governor Cooper’s Executive Order Extending Limited Protections

Oct 18, 2017

LGBTQ Community Responds to Governor Cooper’s Executive Order Extending Limited Protections

RALEIGH, NC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), National Center for Transgender Equality, and Equality NC responded to Governor Roy Cooper’s signing of an executive order extending limited additional protections for LGBTQ people employed by the state or receiving state services. The executive order reaffirms protections already in place for state employees and extends LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections in the provision of government services and in awarding state grants and contracts. However, even with the executive order, North Carolina still does not and cannot truly protect LGBTQ people, especially transgender people, from discrimination because of House Bill (HB) 142.

200 Leaders from the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement Stand Together Against Trump’s Shameful Ban on Transgender People in the Military

Jul 26, 2017

200 Leaders from the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement Stand Together Against Trump’s Shameful Ban on Transgender People in the Military

Today, over 200 leaders from the LGBTQ civil rights movement are gathered in Alexandria just across the river from Washington, D.C. for the annual Equality Federation Leadership Conference as President Trump announced his intention, in a series of tweets, to ban transgender people from serving in the military. Standing united against the shameful attack on transgender Americans, Equality Federation and its members, including Equality NC, released the following joint statement:

Celebrating Two Years of National Marriage Equality

Jun 26, 2017

Celebrating Two Years of National Marriage Equality

June 26, 2017, marks the second anniversary of the historic Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that brought marriage equality to ALL 50 states. Since then thousands of loving same-sex couples have been able to make their love official - including many of you! This year, we are honored to share some of their love and stories with you.

Six North Carolinians Lobbied in Washington, DC in support of Transgender Equality

Jun 21, 2017

Six North Carolinians Lobbied in Washington, DC in support of Transgender Equality

Six North Carolinians joined hundreds of transgender activists and allies from nearly 40 states and territories earlier this month in Washington, DC for Trans Lobby Day. Hosted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, the two-day event equipped participants with skills and information to advocate for policies to preserve rights and protections for nearly 1.5 million trans people in our country. Transgender Lobby Day took place on June 8-9 in Washington, DC. More information is available at www.transequality.org/TransLobbyDay. Prior to heading over to the Hill to meet with Congressional staff, the North Carolina and Texas delegations stood together for this photograph in honor of the work transgender people have undertaken in both states to fight similarly discriminatory legislation aimed at setting back the progress of transgender people, particularly trans students.

#HonorThemWithAction

Jun 9, 2017

#HonorThemWithAction

June 12 will mark one year since the tragic events of the Pulse massacre took place. This year, Equality NC is joining over 160 organizations across the country for a nationwide commemoration of the Pulse massacre and a pledge to uproot hatred and anti-LGBTQ bigotry. Here is how you can join us and honor those who were killed by pledging to #HonorThemWithAction.

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