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Equality NC Names Chris Sgro Executive Director

Aug 19, 2013

Equality NC Names Chris Sgro Executive Director

Equality NC and its Board of Directors announced today that Chris Sgro, a senior Congressional staffer for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, with extensive experience advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) North Carolinians, will serve as the new executive director for Equality NC, the state’s leading LGBT advocacy organization. Sgro will begin his tenure with the Raleigh-based organization on September 6.

UNC Board of Governors Ban Gender Neutral Housing

Aug 9, 2013

UNC Board of Governors Ban Gender Neutral Housing

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted Friday morning to eliminate proposed gender-neutral housing plans on the system's 16 campuses. The vote will force officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to eliminate planned efforts to offer gender-neutral housing options to students beginning in 2013-14.

Equality NC Responds to Amendment One Challenge

Jul 9, 2013

Equality NC Responds to Amendment One Challenge

"Equality NC is proud to support the ACLU's efforts to overturn this discriminatory - and now unconstitutional - ban on the rights, responsibilities and protections of North Carolina's gay and lesbian families and join other states across the country that are fighting hard for the freedom to marry."

ACLU Moves to Challenge NC’s Amendment One

Jul 9, 2013

ACLU Moves to Challenge NC’s Amendment One

Today the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) announced plans to challenge North Carolina’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples by amending a federal lawsuit filed against the state last year on behalf of six same-sex couples and their children that challenges North Carolina’s ban on second parent adoptions. The announcement comes on the same day that the ACLU has filed a federal challenge to Pennsylvania’s marriage ban and the ACLU and Lambda Legal have announced a challenge to Virginia’s marriage ban.

Equality NC Joins National LGBT Organizations, Business Leaders to Push for Employment Protections

Jul 9, 2013

Equality NC Joins National LGBT Organizations, Business Leaders to Push for Employment Protections

Equality NC joined leaders from other LGBT advocacy groups and representatives from regional and national businesses today at a press conference led by the Human Rights Campaign highlighting the need for expanded employment protections for LGBT workers.

TAKE ACTION: UNC BOARD OF GOVERNORS TO VOTE TO BAN GENDER-INCLUSIVE HOUSING

Jul 3, 2013

TAKE ACTION: UNC BOARD OF GOVERNORS TO VOTE TO BAN GENDER-INCLUSIVE HOUSING

Take action: As of now, the UNC Board of Governors is considering doing exactly what we were able to avoid during this recent session in the North Carolina legislature: a ban on gender-inclusive housing at the 17 UNC System campuses. The Board of Governors will meet on August 8 and 9, to determine whether to strip gender-inclusive housing options that have been shown to not only promote LGBT student safety but also improve overall campus climate as well.

Equality NC Responds to Supreme Court's Prop 8 Dismissal

Jun 26, 2013

Equality NC Responds to Supreme Court's Prop 8 Dismissal

State’s premier LGBT organization calls decision “momentous victory for marriage equality”

Equality NC Responds to Historic Supreme Court Holding to Strike Down DOMA

Jun 26, 2013

Equality NC Responds to Historic Supreme Court Holding to Strike Down DOMA

State’s premier LGBT organization calls decision “an enormous victory”

STUDY: Gay couples at higher risk of housing discrimination

Jun 19, 2013

STUDY: Gay couples at higher risk of housing discrimination

A first-ever national study of housing discrimination against same-sex couples has found gay and lesbian couples face a higher risk of discrimination in the private rental market when compared to heterosexual couples. The study was administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the University of Albany, State University of New York.

POLL: 71% of North Carolinians Oppose Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Jun 17, 2013

POLL: 71% of North Carolinians Oppose Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

A new poll from NC-based Public Policy Polling found that 71% of North Carolinians think employers should not be able to discriminate against employees based on their sexual orientation compared to just 20% who think they should be able to.

New Policy Allows Transgender Americans to Change Gender Identity on Social Security Records

Jun 17, 2013

New Policy Allows Transgender Americans to Change Gender Identity on Social Security Records

On June 14, 2013, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a new policy to for updating Social Security records to reflect a person’s gender identity. Under the new policy, a transgender person can change their gender on their Social Security records by submitting either government-issued documentation reflecting a change, or a certification from a physician confirming that they have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition.

Impact of SCOTUS | Marriage Equality

Jun 17, 2013

Impact of SCOTUS | Marriage Equality

Take a look below at outcomes from the Supreme Court arguments in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases.

Search Underway for Equality NC’s Executive Director

Jun 14, 2013

Search Underway for Equality NC’s Executive Director

In a letter released today from Equality NC and Equality NC Foundation, Board Chairs Elaine Martin and Ken Wittenauer updated supporters and stakeholders on the latest in the organization's search for a new executive director. Current Executive Director Stuart Campbell announced his intention to leave the organization on April 15, 2013.

LGBT Workers Live and Work Under 'A Broken Bargain'

Jun 6, 2013

LGBT Workers Live and Work Under 'A Broken Bargain'

A landmark new report released in June 2013 examines how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers might have the same job as a coworker, yet be legally fired, denied equal benefits and be required to pay thousands of dollars more in taxes simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

New Poll Shows North Carolina’s Small Businesses Strongly Support  Employment Non-Discrimination Laws to Protect Gay and Transgender Workers

Jun 4, 2013

New Poll Shows North Carolina’s Small Businesses Strongly Support Employment Non-Discrimination Laws to Protect Gay and Transgender Workers

A scientific opinion poll released today by national organization Small Business Majority and local partner Equality NC reveals that 67 percent of entrepreneurs and small business owners in North Carolina believe state law should prohibit employment discrimination against gay and transgender people. Sixty-five percent also support a federal law.

Equality NC Joins LGBT Organizations Against Regressive Legislation

Jun 3, 2013

Equality NC Joins LGBT Organizations Against Regressive Legislation

Southerners On New Ground, Equality North Carolina, Freedom Center for Social Justice, the LGBT Center of Raleigh, and NC HEAT released a joint statement on Monday in support of the North Carolina NAACP’s ongoing protest efforts at the North Carolina General Assembly against regressive legislation.

Carolina Hurricanes Show Support for Gay and Lesbian Athletes in "You Can Play" Video

May 1, 2013

Carolina Hurricanes Show Support for Gay and Lesbian Athletes in "You Can Play" Video

In a video released Wednesday, North Carolina's NHL hockey team, the Carolina Hurricanes showed their support for gay and lesbian athletes. The video is part of the You Can Play campaign dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.

Openly-Lesbian Lydia Lavelle Running for Carrboro Mayor

Apr 11, 2013

Openly-Lesbian Lydia Lavelle Running for Carrboro Mayor

Board of Aldermen member Lydia Lavelle announced today that she will file to run for mayor of Carrboro in the November election. If elected, Lavelle would be the first openly-lesbian mayor in North Carolina.

NC Lawmakers Introduce State Employee and Teacher Nondiscrimination Bill

Apr 10, 2013

NC Lawmakers Introduce State Employee and Teacher Nondiscrimination Bill

Representatives Tricia Cotham (D-Mecklenburg), Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), Susi Hamilton (D-Brunswick, New Hanover), and Darren Jackson (D-Wake) on Tuesday introduced House Bill 647, Nondiscrimination in State/Teacher Employment.

Equality NC Responds to Legislative Efforts to Strike Down Gender Neutral Housing at UNC

Apr 3, 2013

Equality NC Responds to Legislative Efforts to Strike Down Gender Neutral Housing at UNC

Equality NC, North Carolina’s statewide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, condemned a Senate bill (SB658) filed on Tuesday that would overturn the University of North Carolina’s recently-adopted gender non-specific housing policy.

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