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Nov 3, 2013

N.C. Rep. Tricia Cotham Receives Equality NC Foundation Legislative Leadership Award

Award to be presented at 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala on Nov. 9, in Greensboro

Rep. Tricia Cotham

Raleigh, N.C. — Equality NC Foundation announced today that North Carolina State Representative Tricia Cotham (D-Mecklenburg), will receive the organization’s 2013 Legislative Leadership Award, presented at the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala, November 9, in Greensboro.

The annual Equality NC Foundation Legislative Leadership Award recognizes exemplary pro-equality leadership in the North Carolina General Assembly.

REGISTER NOW for the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala: https://equalityncfoundation.org/gala

Now in her fourth term in the State House, Rep. Tricia Cotham has quickly distinguished herself as a champion for equality and LGBT issues. Representing the 100th District (Mecklenburg County) in the N.C. House of Representatives, she was a leading opponent of Amendment One, North Carolina's ban on relationship recognitions for gay and lesbian couples. In 2011-2012, Cotham joined fellow representatives from the General Assembly to speak at press conferences, rallies, and forums about the harms of this discriminatory rewrite, even hosting her own fundraiser to defeat the measure.

In 2013, Cotham upped the pro-equality ante, sponsoring historic House Bill 647 (Nondiscrimination in State/Teacher Employment). A landmark effort to implement statewide workplace protection policies for gay and transgender workers, Cotham's bill introduced protections for North Carolina state employees and teachers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

"Equality NC Foundation is honored to recognize the extraordinary legislative leadership of Rep. Tricia Cotham at the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala,” said Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality NC Foundation. “We encourage all advocates for Equality to join us for this special evening as we celebrate a North Carolina leader committed to building a state of Equality.”

Other recipients of its 2013 Equality Awards include:

N.C. Sen. Josh Stein, Raleigh, N.C.
(2013 Inaugural Jamie Kirk Hahn Ally Award)
The Jamie Kirk Hahn Ally Award is lasting tribute to a hero of Equality taken too soon. This inaugural acknowledgement of Jamie's extraordinary pro-equality work, named posthumously in her honor, is awarded to a North Carolina LGBT ally for the ages.

Freedom Center for Social Justice, Charlotte, N.C.
(2013 Organization of the Year Award)
This inaugural award recognizes an extraordinary North Carolina organization doing groundbreaking work for LGBT citizens.

Janet Joyner, Winston-Salem, N.C.
(2013 Bob Page Equality Champion Award)
The Bob Page Equality Champion Award - named for a visionary leader in North Carolina's LGBT movement - honors a legacy of advocacy for LGBT North Carolinians.

For more information about the awards and recipients, visit: http://equalityncfoundation.org/gala/2013awards. The awards will be presented at the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala on Saturday, November 9, in downtown Greensboro (Empire Room, 203 S Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401.) Registration details for the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala is available at: http://equalityncfoundation.org/gala.

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