Stay Informed

News

Bank of America, American Airlines, Cisco, Miramax, & Uber Join List of More Than 90 Major CEOs and Business Leaders Demanding North Carolina Repeal Discriminatory & Radical New Anti-LGBT Law

Mar 30, 2016

Bank of America, American Airlines, Cisco, Miramax, & Uber Join List of More Than 90 Major CEOs and Business Leaders Demanding North Carolina Repeal Discriminatory & Radical New Anti-LGBT Law

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, released a letter from more than 80 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.

BREAKING: More than 80 Major CEOs and Business Leaders Demand North Carolina Repeal Discriminatory & Radical New Anti-LGBT Law

Mar 29, 2016

BREAKING: More than 80 Major CEOs and Business Leaders Demand North Carolina Repeal Discriminatory & Radical New Anti-LGBT Law

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, released a letter from more than 80 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.

Equality Advocates Respond to Attorney General’s Announcement on HB 2

Mar 29, 2016

Equality Advocates Respond to Attorney General’s Announcement on HB 2

RALEIGH – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said today that his office “will not defend the constitutionality of the discrimination in House Bill 2,” the sweeping anti-LGBT law the North Carolina General Assembly passed and Governor Pat McCrory signed last week.

Advocacy Groups File Federal Lawsuit Challenging North Carolina’s Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law

Mar 28, 2016

Advocacy Groups File Federal Lawsuit Challenging North Carolina’s Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law

RALEIGH – Today, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, HB 2. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and the University of North Carolina, is on behalf of two transgender North Carolinians, Joaquín Carcano, a UNC-Chapel Hill employee, and Payton McGarry, a UNC-Greensboro student, and Angela Gilmore, a lesbian and North Carolina Central University law professor.

Equality NC calls on North Carolina's General Assembly to Repeal and Replace Harmful Discrimination Bill In Short Session

Mar 25, 2016

Equality NC calls on North Carolina's General Assembly to Repeal and Replace Harmful Discrimination Bill In Short Session

Raleigh, N.C. — This week, the North Carolina General Assembly rushed through the most sweeping anti-LGBT bill in the nation. North Carolina is now suffering the backlash and consequences of ill-considered, negligent legislation. The harmful HB2 has opened the door to open discrimination against the LGBT community. Many legislators did not get to see the bill before they arrived that Wednesday morning and were given a mere 5 minutes to read over it. Public comment was held to 30 minutes, making it clear that lawmakers were not interested in the public's opinion on the bill.

Equality NC Responds to Governor Signing Worst Anti-LGBT Bill in Country

Mar 23, 2016

Equality NC Responds to Governor Signing Worst Anti-LGBT Bill in Country

Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality NC said, "Pat McCrory tonight proved that he does not have the best interest of North Carolina in mind. He signed the worst anti-LGBT bill in the entire nation. The bill tears away at the fabric of my community by overturning and preempting vital protections for gay and transgender people. He goes back on his word again by signing legislation coming out of an expensive and unnecessary special session.

Equality NC Responds to Passage of Worst Anti-LGBT Bill in Country and Prepares for Rally in Raleigh

Mar 23, 2016

Equality NC Responds to Passage of Worst Anti-LGBT Bill in Country and Prepares for Rally in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, Equality NC expresses deep concern about the sweeping anti-LGBT bill that passed in both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly. The bill overturns the crucial protections that Charlotte City Council had passed earlier in February, and which were supposed to go into effect on April 1st, 2016. It also strips municipal authority in any town or city to prohibit discrimination. Misinformation and fear-mongering played a big role in the weeks leading up to the special session and were again represented on the floor in both chambers. 200 cities across the nation have similar protections in place and none of the negative hypotheticals that were presented on the floor have been reported in any of those cities. NCGA leadership has succeeded in using the LGBT community as a wedge to divide North Carolina communities across the state and create self-interested political opportunity at the cost of LGBT people statewide.

Equality NC's Immediate Response to Special Session

Mar 21, 2016

Equality NC's Immediate Response to Special Session

Raleigh--Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality NC responds to call for special session, "Tonight the North Carolina General Assembly has let us know loud and clear that it does not understand the priorities of North Carolina. Speaker Moore and Senator Berger, have said that they will come back into session later this week to consider legislation which would overturn non-discrimination protections across the state. This special session session will cost 42000/day -- more than the average starting salary for a teacher in North Carolina. That waste of taxpayer money is negligent. 200+ cities across the nation including Myrtle beach and Columbia South Carolina have already enacted protections which mirror Charlotte. In none of these cities have these protections created a public safety risk, to indicate otherwise is a lie. This is an act of political theatre and at this point Governor McCrory must stand up and be what we expect from an executive and reject any legislation that comes out of this special session."

Equality NC Launches Petition to NCGA and Responds to Anti-LGBT Misinformation

Mar 21, 2016

Equality NC Launches Petition to NCGA and Responds to Anti-LGBT Misinformation

RALEIGH, NC – Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, launched a petition to members of the North Carolina General Assembly asking them not to pass legislation in a special session or the regular short session which would unfairly target gay and transgender people for political gain.

LGBT Leaders, Charlotte City Council Member, Allies Respond to NCGA Attack on Non-Discrimination Protections

Mar 17, 2016

LGBT Leaders, Charlotte City Council Member, Allies Respond to NCGA Attack on Non-Discrimination Protections

Raleigh, N.C. — Today, Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group stood with other leaders in reaction to fear-based attacks from the North Carolina General Assembly on municipal authority and LGBT people. Leaders in both chambers have threatened a special session, costing over $42,000 a day, to attack a non-discrimination ordinance passed by the City of Charlotte in February.

MEDIA EVENT: Members of Business, Transgender, Charlotte City Council, and Faith Communities React to NCGA's Potentially Wasteful Special Session

Mar 16, 2016

MEDIA EVENT: Members of Business, Transgender, Charlotte City Council, and Faith Communities React to NCGA's Potentially Wasteful Special Session

RALEIGH, N.C.–Leaders from the LGBT community, including transgender representatives will join faith and business leaders to voice opposition to a costly and wasteful special session this Thursday at the General Assembly. Senate and House leaders have both threatened a special session to overturn Charlotte's non-discrimination protections enacted by their democratically elected City Council.

Equality NC Responds to Berger’s Call on Attorney General Cooper to Take Action against Charlotte Ordinance

Mar 3, 2016

Equality NC Responds to Berger’s Call on Attorney General Cooper to Take Action against Charlotte Ordinance

Raleigh, N.C. — Today, Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group is disheartened by the continued use of misinformation and fear mongering during Senator Berger’s press conference. Unfortunately, it comes to little surprise taking into account the speakers’ (Buck Newton, Dan Bishop and Phil Berger) track record of attacks against the LGBT community.

Equality NC Responds to Calls for Special Session

Feb 26, 2016

Equality NC Responds to Calls for Special Session

RALEIGH, N.C. – Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, today calls for members of the General Assembly to reject Speaker Moore’s request for a special session to consider unnecessary legislation which would usurp local control from towns and cities after Charlotte City Council voted this week to add LGBT protections.

Charlotte City Council Approves Landmark Non-Discrimination Ordinance Establishing Local Protections for LGBT Residents

Feb 22, 2016

Charlotte City Council Approves Landmark Non-Discrimination Ordinance Establishing Local Protections for LGBT Residents

CHARLOTTE - Today, TurnOut! Charlotte, a partnership of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Equality North Carolina and MeckPAC, hailed the leadership and vision of the Charlotte City Council for voting to advance city-wide non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in public accommodations, vehicles for hire and in government contracting. The ordinance passed by a vote of 7-4, with the strong support of newly-elected Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who has been a leading voice for the ordinance in her campaign and since she’s taken office.

Legal Challenge Filed Against SB2,  North Carolina “Magistrate Recusal” Law

Dec 9, 2015

Legal Challenge Filed Against SB2, North Carolina “Magistrate Recusal” Law

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (December 9, 2015) – This morning six plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 2, the state law passed in defiance of federal court orders that struck down Amendment One and declared that marriage is a fundamental right for gay and lesbian citizens. Senate Bill 2 allows magistrates who do not believe in marriage equality to renounce their judicial oath to uphold and evenly apply the United States Constitution. Senate Bill 2 places personal belief above sworn constitutional duty and unlawfully spends public money to accomplish an expressly religious goal. Ansley v. North Carolina challenges Senate Bill 2 under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. The plaintiffs are represented by Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, a Charlotte-based law firm.

Equality NC Responds to Governor McCrory's  Anti-LGBT Political Posturing

Nov 23, 2015

Equality NC Responds to Governor McCrory's Anti-LGBT Political Posturing

RALEIGH, N.C. -- This weekend, Governor Pat McCrory attacked members of the trans community over Twitter and other forms of communication, in late response to a White House directive that schools must allow transgender students to use the restrooms that correspond to their correct gender under federal law.

Charter School in Rutherford County Votes to  Suspend All Extra-Curricular Activities Due to Complaints Regarding LGBT Clubs

Nov 16, 2015

Charter School in Rutherford County Votes to Suspend All Extra-Curricular Activities Due to Complaints Regarding LGBT Clubs

FOREST CITY, N.C. -- This afternoon, The Lake Lure Classical Academy school board in Rutherford county voted 5-3 to suspend all extra curricular activities for K-12 students. The vote came as a response to parents voicing opposition to newly formed LGBT groups. Chris Sgro, Equality NC’s executive director, issued the following statement in response to the vote.

TurnOUT! Celebrate Pro-Equality Majority Elected to Charlotte City Council

Nov 4, 2015

TurnOUT! Celebrate Pro-Equality Majority Elected to Charlotte City Council

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Equality North Carolina and MeckPAC congratulated the seven pro-equality candidates who won their Charlotte City Council elections this evening, clearing the way for consideration of a LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.

Equality NC Responds to Results of 2015 Elections

Nov 3, 2015

Equality NC Responds to Results of 2015 Elections

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Tonight, Equality North Carolina responded to the results of the 2015 municipal general election. For the first time in its history, Equality NC has endorsed in local elections for candidates who have pledged their support for LGBT North Carolinians.

Equality NC Issues Statement on Margaret Spellings

Oct 23, 2015

Equality NC Issues Statement on Margaret Spellings

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.

Stay in Touch

Talk to us:

ENC
P.O. Box 28768
Raleigh, NC 27611
tel (919) 829-0343
fax (919) 827-4573

info@equalitync.org

Stay Connected

Follow us on:

Stay Informed

Contribute

Build the grassroots organization it will take to bring Equality home.

Donate

Who We Are | What We Do | The Latest | Take Action
Privacy | Contact Us

© 2012 Equality NC · All Rights Reserved

Powered by ARCOS | Design by Plus Three