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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.

Equality NC Supports Medicaid Reform in North Carolina

May 27, 2017

Equality NC Supports Medicaid Reform in North Carolina

Yesterday Equality NC and National Center for Transgender Equality submitted public comment to the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services in response to the Department’s solicitation for input regarding Medicaid reform in our state.

Equality NC and HRC Respond to NBA’s Decision Returning 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte

May 24, 2017

Equality NC and HRC Respond to NBA’s Decision Returning 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte

RALEIGH — Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) responded to the NBA’s decision to bring back the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019. The NBA had previously moved their 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte in response to HB2, the deeply discriminatory law that put LGBTQ North Carolinians in harm's way and cost the state over $600 million. Since then, HB2 has been replaced by another law — HB 142 — that continues the same anti-LGBTQ scheme put forward by the original measure.

Equality NC Responds to Passing of Sherrell Faulkner

May 19, 2017

Equality NC Responds to Passing of Sherrell Faulkner

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) advocacy organization, responded today to the passing of transgender woman of color, Sherrell Faulkner.

Equality North Carolina Announces Interim Executive Director and Search Committee Co-Chairs

May 18, 2017

Equality North Carolina Announces Interim Executive Director and Search Committee Co-Chairs

RALEIGH — Today, Equality North Carolina announced Matt Hirschy will serve as interim Executive Director of the organization during the search for a permanent Executive Director. Hirschy has served as a member of Equality North Carolina’s leadership team for nearly 3 years and has played a crucial role in the organization’s electoral, programmatic, and advocacy work. Hirschy will take on the new role at the end of Chris Sgro’s tenure in late May. Sgro announced his departure last week.

“License to Discriminate”

May 3, 2017

“License to Discriminate”

Once again, we are hearing rumors that President Trump is going to sign an Executive Order that could give federal agencies and contractors a license to discriminate. A previous Executive Order was leaked in February that gave us a shocking insight into what we may see come out of the oval office. It is widely anticipated that something will be forthcoming at some point possibly Thursday 5/4 to coincide with National Day of Prayer. Be on the lookout for these things:

Apr 18, 2017

Inexcusable: Equality NC & HRC Speak Out on NCAA’s Decision to Reward NC with Championship Games

Equality NC and HRC condemned the NCAA’s decision to reward North Carolina with championship games despite discrimination against LGBTQ people that remains enshrined in state law with HB 142. Because the NCAA Board of Governors requires all bids to include a completed non-discrimination questionnaire, HRC has also submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to North Carolina public universities for all materials related to their bids for NCAA events.

Apr 4, 2017

HRC & Equality NC Speak Out Against NCAA’s Damaging Reversal on Discriminatory Laws in North Carolina

RALEIGH - Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released the following statements in light of the NCAA decision to consider North Carolina for championship games, despite the discrimination against LGBTQ people that remains enshrined in state law.

Mar 30, 2017

SHAMEFUL: NC Lawmakers and Governor Cooper Sell Out LGBTQ Community With Discriminatory HB2 “Repeal”

RALEIGH — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Equality North Carolina, and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), strongly condemned North Carolina’s shameful new legislation that lawmakers and Governor Cooper touted as a “repeal” of their discriminatory HB2 law.

Equality North Carolina and HRC Commend NC Governor Roy Cooper for Reaffirming his Commitment to Fully Repeal HB2

Mar 13, 2017

Equality North Carolina and HRC Commend NC Governor Roy Cooper for Reaffirming his Commitment to Fully Repeal HB2

RALEIGH, NC - Today, Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) rights advocacy, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, hailed North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper for reaffirming his commitment to fully repeal HB2. The deeply discriminatory HB2 was passed almost one year ago and has since wreaked havoc on the state’s economy and its people. Attempts to repeal during a special session last year were thwarted by Republican leadership, and now time is running out for full repeal: the NCAA is nearing a decision that could move all NCAA championship games and events out of North Carolina until 2022 if HB2 remains in effect.

3 Things to Know About North Carolina’s HB186, a New Version of HB2

Mar 2, 2017

3 Things to Know About North Carolina’s HB186, a New Version of HB2

After nearly a year of unprecedented economic suffering and discrimination, North Carolina’s House and Senate leaders have failed to undo the damage they inflicted on the state and fully repeal HB2.

LGBTQ Advocates Condemn Shameful HB2.0 Proposal, Call on Legislators to Stop Playing Games

Feb 22, 2017

LGBTQ Advocates Condemn Shameful HB2.0 Proposal, Call on Legislators to Stop Playing Games

RALEIGH -- Today, Equality North Carolina and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) strongly condemned a Republican-led proposal which would double down on the most discriminatory provisions of North Carolina’s HB2. After nearly a year of unprecedented economic suffering and discrimination, the state’s House and Senate leaders continue to fail in their responsibility to undo the damage they inflicted on the state and fully repeal HB2.

Over 150 NC Mental Health Professionals Call for Repeal of HB 2

Apr 24, 2016

Over 150 NC Mental Health Professionals Call for Repeal of HB 2

ASHEVILLE, NC, April 24, 2016 - 157 mental health professionals from across North Carolina have called on Governor Pat McCrory to work to repeal House Bill 2, citing discrimination against transgender people as a threat to their mental health and wellbeing. The diverse group of professionals, including social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, and psychologists, state in a letter to the governor that the law “legitimizes discrimination” and is in conflict with the ethics of their professions.

NEW in North Carolina: Momentum Continues As More Executives from Major Companies Join in Call for Repeal of HB 2

Apr 21, 2016

NEW in North Carolina: Momentum Continues As More Executives from Major Companies Join in Call for Repeal of HB 2

WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, announced that executives from the Alcoa Inc., BASF Corporation, Ben & Jerry’s, Cascade Engineering, Dansko, Etsy, Green Mountain Power, Kickstarter, Live Nation Entertainment, New Belgium Brewing, New Seasons Market, Osceola Music, Patagonia, Self-Help, The Fresh Market, Vanguard, Warby Parker and Xerox Corporation have signed onto an open letter that now includes more than 180 leading CEOs and business leaders urging Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory law that was rammed through the legislature on March 23rd.

Equality NC and HRC to McCrory: Executive Order Creates Vital Protections But Doubles Down on Most Damaging Provisions of HB2

Apr 12, 2016

Equality NC and HRC to McCrory: Executive Order Creates Vital Protections But Doubles Down on Most Damaging Provisions of HB2

Raleigh, N.C. – Equality North Carolina, the state's leading LGBT advocacy organization and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), issued the following statement on Gov. Pat McCrory's executive order purporting to barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in state employment.

PayPal Withdraws Plan for Charlotte Expansion as Result of Sweeping Anti-LGBT House Bill 2

Apr 5, 2016

PayPal Withdraws Plan for Charlotte Expansion as Result of Sweeping Anti-LGBT House Bill 2

Charlotte, NC -- Today, PayPal announced that it has withdrawn plans to open a new global operations center that would have brought 400 new jobs to Charlotte. Dan Schulman, President and CEO, PayPal states, “The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte.”

Hyatt, HP, Northrop Grumman, Ralph Lauren, American Apparel, Qualcomm, Pandora, and More Join List of Over 120 Major CEOs & Business Leaders Urging North Carolina To Repeal Discriminatory Anti-LGBT Law

Apr 1, 2016

Hyatt, HP, Northrop Grumman, Ralph Lauren, American Apparel, Qualcomm, Pandora, and More Join List of Over 120 Major CEOs & Business Leaders Urging North Carolina To Repeal Discriminatory Anti-LGBT Law

WASHINGTON - This morning, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, announced that executives from Starbucks, Citibank, TD Bank, Hilton, Starwood Hotels, Choice Hotels, eBay, Accenture, Kellogg Company, Reddit, Barnes & Noble, Atlassian, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Ingersoll-Rand, Wasserman and the Wasserman Foundation, and CA Technologies have signed onto an open letter that now includes more than 100 leading CEOs and business leaders calling on Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory House Bill 2 that was rammed through the legislature last week.

In Meeting With North Carolina Governor McCrory, LGBT Equality Advocates Demand Repeal of Discriminatory New Law

Mar 31, 2016

In Meeting With North Carolina Governor McCrory, LGBT Equality Advocates Demand Repeal of Discriminatory New Law

RALEIGH, NC - This morning, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro, transgender advocate Candis Cox-Daniels, and other LGBT equality advocates went to the North Carolina State Capitol to hand deliver a letter from more than 100 major CEOs & business leaders urging Governor McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions of the deeply discriminatory HB 2 in the upcoming legislative session in April.

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