May 13, 2021
May 2021 Newsletter
A Message from Kendra
What we thought might be a quiet start to 2021 turned into stressful, emotional, and life-threatening times for our communities. From the insurrection back in January to the anti-trans bills sweeping the country, we were literally thrown into a fight for our lives during this first half of 2021.
As we head into late Spring, the anti-trans bills may be tabled here in North Carolina, but they continue to be written into law in states all across the South. We must all do everything we can to support and show up for the trans, gender-nonconforming, and BIPOC people in our lives during this continued time of hardship.
At Equality NC, we hold these communities at the center of everything we do. We're here for you.
There are six dangerous bills currently moving through the NC House and Senate targeting our communities in four different areas. The bills are:
- HB324, which would ban the teaching of the idea that "the United States is racist or sexist," preventing teachers from accurately portraying U.S. history.
- SB 100 and SB 101, which would take away funds from cities that cut police funding and which would force North Carolina sheriffs to cooperate with ICE.
- HB 805, which imposes harsh penalties on protesters who participate in what is deemed a "riot"--even when they haven't violated any laws,
- And SB 405 and HB 453, which impose increasing restrictions on abortions.
Join Equality NC for a discussion about our upcoming plans to fight anti-LGBTQ legislation and how to promote our slate of pro-LGBTQ bills.
This is a great opportunity to find out how you can get involved in your local area, meet our new Civic Engagement staff, who are living all across NC, and get to know other volunteers in the state and your area. Even if you haven't volunteered in the past, we'd love to have you join!
Are you an LGBTQ person who is interested in forging intergenerational connections and community?
Join the next cohort of callers for the Friendly LGBTQ Caller Program, which brings intergenerational communities together to offer social support through weekly calls. Folks who sign up will be matched with an older or younger LGBTQ person for weekly calls through an app called Mon Ami.
Our Civic Engagement team is growing to better serve our communities from the mountains to the sea. Check out the listings below, and please pass them along to anyone you feel might be a good fit!
A New Resource To Protect What You Love This Spring
As the weather gets warmer, we continue to defend the rights of the LGBTQ community to ultimately build a better North Carolina. As you take care of your spring cleaning, why not also do a little spring planning?
We’ve partnered with FreeWill to provide our community with an online tool to write your legal will, at no personal cost. Just as you’ve supported the future of the LGBTQ community, now you can support your own future — for free. Take 20 minutes today to complete this important task and protect the people and causes you care about.