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Sep 21, 2015

Wake County Commission Votes to Add Employment Protections for Public Employees

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Are Now Protected Classes Under the County’s Non-Discrimination Policy

MEDIA CONTACT: Jonah Hermann, Equality NC, (920) 860-1416 -or- jonah@equalitync.org

RALEIGH, N.C. —Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, responded today to the recent vote by the Wake County Commission that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to its employment protections. Wake County is the second largest by population in the state.

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC praised the vote by saying, “This is an important first step towards the full complement of necessary protections for gay and transgender Wake County residents. We look forward to working with local governments all across the Old North State on the county and city levels to pass similar protections. Our kudos to members of the commission for updating their policy to protect LGBT Wake residents.”

Sgro added, “The fight toward full lived equality for folks living inside Wake County is far from over. Equality NC will continue its efforts with other community leaders and coalition partners to have these necessary protections extended to every resident.”

This historic vote marks the 8th North Carolina county or municipality to include these or similar protections in their ordinances.

ABOUT EQUALITY NC: Equality NC is a statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender North Carolinians. For more information, please visit w​ww.equalitync.org

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