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Equality NC Issues Statement on Margaret Spellings

Spellings was selected as the new UNC System President today.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jonah Hermann, Equality NC, (920) 860-1416 -or-

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Equality NC’s executive director Chris Sgro issued the following statement in response to Margaret Spellings being named the new president of the UNC system:

“We are deeply troubled that Margaret Spellings has been selected as UNC system president. Public universities should be spaces where LGBT youth feel welcomed and accepted.

However, Ms. Spellings has been a vocal opponent of the gay and transgender community. Our schools’ administrators are responsible for creating safe environments for our students to learn without distractions. This starts at the top. Spellings does not have the needs of North Carolina’s LGBT students in her interests.

In order to help keep the Tar Heel State’s public universities safe, we encourage Margaret Spellings to take a hard look at what it means to be a gay or transgender student in the South.”

ABOUT EQUALITY NC: Equality NC is a statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender North Carolinians. For more information, please visit w​

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